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Vizio TV Factory Reset

Whether you are trying to restore a particular operation, are needing to wipe the memory clean of your TV, or are on the last attempt to resolve a long-standing problem, a factory reset may be just the fix. When it comes to this process though, how is it done?

To complete a factory reset on your Vizio TV, click the menu option on the remote control and select ‘Help’ > ‘Clear Memory’ > ‘Clear Memory/Factory Defaults’ > enter the PIN (0000 if not previously set) > ‘OK’ > and your TV will then commence returning back to factory settings.

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Completing a factory reset is something that many find as a last-ditch effort to resolve any major issues within their Vizio TV, as this process wipes the data from your TV and leaves you with a TV that is essentially fresh from the factory. Although this may seem rather intimidating, a factory reset can be the best answer for any major unresolved issues. Whether you are trying to complete a factory reset or are having issues getting one to take place, help is below.

Vizio Factory Reset

There is a long list of reasons as to why owners would want to restore their Vizio TV to factory settings, but many people tend to be afraid to do so due to the results that follow. When a factory reset takes place, the TV is reprogrammed to be exactly as it was when it came from the store, which means you will have to set up and install all previous applications that were on the device. If you know a factory reset is needed, read below to see what the process looks like.

To complete a factory reset on a Vizio TV, click the menu option on the remote control and select ‘Help’ > ‘Clear Memory’ > ‘Clear Memory/Factory Defaults’ > enter the PIN (0000 if not previously set) > ‘OK’ > and your TV will then commence returning back to factory settings.

It is essential that during this time, you don’t turn off the TV or try to change anything within the screen. Once the TV has completed the reset, you will then be prompted to set the TV back up, as if you were bringing a brand new TV home from the store. Follow the on-screen instructions for set up and you will then be able to download any applications that you would like on the TV once you have connected the device to a network with a strong enough signal.

Vizio TV Factory Reset Without Remote

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The previous section was guided by the understanding that the owner of the Vizio TV needing a factory reset had a remote control. For most, a reset is the easiest when a remote is present and operation of the TV is of course, much easier. If you find yourself in a position where you either don’t have a remote or you can’t find the remote to your TV yet you need to complete a factory reset, read on to see how it is possible.

If you need to complete a factory reset on your Vizio TV without a remote, on the TV itself, press and hold the ‘Volume Down’ button simultaneously with the ‘Input’ button. When prompted, release the ‘Volume Down’ button and hold ‘Input’ for 10 seconds which will prompt the reset.

Once the factory process has begun, you will then need to wait to perform any other actions on your device until it has completed. However, keep in mind that a factory reset causes owners to have to set up their TV as if it were brand new. Because of this, you will need to have a remote to get through the setup process as well as downloading and installing any applications that you previously had that will be wiped from the TV through the reset.

Vizio TV Factory Reset Code

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If you use a remote control to perform a factory reset on your Vizio TV, there will be a step where you are prompted to input a reset code. This is a four-digit code that will then take you into the process of resetting your television and getting your device back to its original state. However, if you get to this step and don’t know the code, take a look below to see what the standard code is for getting you into the factory reset process.

If you are trying to complete a factory reset on your Vizio TV and are looking for the factory reset code, the preset code is ‘0000.’ However, it is possible to reset this code to your own preferences and if this was done previously, that is the code you must use for the code to be validated.

How To Factory Reset Vizio TV

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There are a few different ways that one can go about resetting their Vizio TV, but no matter which way you choose or which model of TV you are resetting, the end goal is to be able to have a TV with a clean slate. This can rid the TV of major and minor problems and also give you the chance to set up a used TV from scratch as if it was your first. If you are looking to complete a factory reset on your Vizio TV, take a look below to find the steps to do so.

To complete a factory reset on your Vizio TV, for those with a VIA Plus TV you will press the ‘Menu’ button on your remote > ‘System’ > ‘Reset & Admin’ > ‘Clear Memory’ > ‘Clear Memory/Factory Defaults’ > enter the pin ‘0000’ if not reset > and select ‘OK’ to start the factory reset process.

If you have a VIA TV, the process is mostly the same as above, but with only a few different selections. For this TV model, press the ‘Menu’ button on your remote control > ‘Help’ > ‘Clear Memory’ > ‘Clear Memory/Factory Defaults’ > ‘OK’ > enter the pin ‘0000’ if not reset > ‘OK.’ Once you have selected ‘OK’ your TV will then begin to reset to its factory settings in which you should avoid pressing any buttons or changing any actions within the device.

Vizio TV Locks Up On Factory Reset

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Up to this point in the article, the main focus has been how to complete a factory reset on a Vizio TV, and looking back, the process is relatively cut and dry, which may lead individuals to believe that there is nothing that could really go wrong. However, some Vizio TV owners have found that once they start the factory reset process, their TV locks up and will not complete the action. If this is the problem you are experiencing, read below to find out what to do.

If your Vizio TV locks up during a factory reset, the first thing you need to try is disconnecting the device from its power source to allow for a reset. To do this. Unplug the TV directly from its power source and hold down the power button on the TV for 10 full seconds before releasing it.

Once you have released the power button, you can then plug the TV back into its original power source, turn the device on, and go through the steps to start a factory reset. If this does not work and your Vizio TV is still locking up during a factory reset, it can actually be helpful to complete this same process a second time. Try once more to go through the previously listed troubleshooting steps and turn on your device to see if a power reset will successfully take.

Vizio TV Keeps On Factory Reset On Power Off

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If your goal is to complete a factory reset on your Vizio TV, there are few people who would have a problem with this procedure finishing as it should. Therefore, if the factory reset has completed and you go to turn off your TV, you would expect for the screen to go away and for the reset to also be finished. However, some Vizio TV owners have found that when they power off their TV the factory reset remains on, causing questions of “Why?” to arise.

If your Vizio TV keeps on factory reset mode when the power is off, it could be that pulling your TV from power is the quick and permanent solution. To do this, simply unplug your TV directly from the power outlet and drain it of any residual power for 30 seconds.

To drain your Vizio TV of residual power, find the power button on either the front or back of your TV and hold it down for 30 seconds once you have unplugged the TV from the outlet. When those 30 seconds have passed, you can then plug your TV back into the power outlet and turn it on. Once it is on, turn it off and see if you are still able to see the factory reset screen displayed, as this troubleshooting method should prevent it from popping back up.

Vizio Frozen On Factory Reset

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If you are able to navigate through the steps to complete a factory reset, have confirmed that you want the process to ensue by pressing ‘OK’ on the screen, and are watching as the reset takes place, you may be surprised when your Vizio TV screen suddenly freezes. There are few things more frustrating than finally getting to the end of a project only to be met with a delay, but if your Vizio TV is frozen on factory reset, read below to find out exactly what you need to do.

If your Vizio TV is frozen on factory reset, it could be that the TV simply needs to be turned off and the process needs to be restarted. To do this, simply turn the TV off, drain it of power by holding down the power button on the TV for 10 seconds, then go through the steps for a factory reset.

Vizio TV Keeps Crashing After Factory Reset

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Once a factory reset has been completed, the idea is that you are given an essentially new device, as you have to set the TV up again and install all preferred applications. Although this is typically the case for most, some Vizio TV owners have found that once the factory reset has completed, their TV continually crashes. If you are someone who is dealing with this interruptive issue, there is a likely cause to the problem and a quick solution to stop the crashing.

If your Vizio TV keeps crashing after a factory reset, it could be that your TV is in need of a software update. To check for any updates, press the ‘V’ button on the remote > ‘Systems’ > ‘Check for Updates’ > then allow the TV to check for updates and confirm installation if found.

If you don’t see that any updates are available yet are still experiencing problems with your Vizio TV crashing after a factory reset, try resetting the TV with a more in-depth approach. To do this, simply unplug the TV from its power source, allow it to sit for one hour unplugged after you have held down the power button on the TV for at least 10 seconds. Once this time has passed, you can plug the TV back in to see if it functions as it should with the completed factory reset.

Vizio TV Factory Reset Stuck On Time Zone

Once a factory reset has completed, you will then be taken through the various steps to reset your Vizio TV. This includes various items like selecting language, networks, and time zone. If you get to the time zone section and select your region, but notice that you are not able to continue on with the process, don’t panic. If this is the problem you are dealing with and you cannot get out of being stuck within the time zone selection, read below.

If your Vizio TV is stuck on the time zone section after completing a factory reset, remove the TV directly from its power source and hold down the power button on the TV for 10 seconds to drain it of residual power. Once you turn it back on, you should then be able to set up the TV manually.

For questions concerning a factory reset on a Vizio TV, the factory reset code is ‘0000’ if not previously changed to a specific code, try resetting your device if you encounter issues with the TV locking up while in the middle of a reset, and disconnect your device from power to complete a reset.

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