One of America’s favorite pastimes is watching TV. Now that we have the ability to watch some movies at home as they are released at the theater, we are dependent upon a great TV screen. Vizio provides a great screen that is comparable to its more expensive competitors.
If your Vizio TV is zoomed in, adjust the picture aspect ratio settings within the TV. Reset the TV to install any pending updates. Check the remote for any damage to the buttons that could interfere with the TV settings.
While Vizio is a more affordable smart TV choice, it is not without its hiccups. If your Vizio TV zoom feature is not working properly, this article will help to troubleshoot some possible reasons why.
Vizio Turn Off Zoom Mode
While it is nice to adjust the settings of some images, it is not necessary to have the zoom feature on all the time. In fact, this can have an adverse effect on some images. Who wants to watch a movie when you can’t see the character’s faces? Or read subtitles that are running off-screen?
To turn off zoom mode on your Vizio TV, you will go into your TVs settings. Navigate to ‘Systems’ and then select ‘Accessibility’. Choose ‘Zoom Mode’ and press ‘OK’. Restart the TV. The screen settings will revert back to normal mode.
Change Aspect Ratio Settings
Aspect ratio settings are how images are measured. For example, an aspect ratio of 4:3 means that a particular image has 4 lengths and 3 widths. Content for older televisions was filmed in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Content for most modern televisions is now filmed in an aspect ratio of 16:9.
This difference can create problems when displaying images. One side effect of this is having black bars either on the sides or along the top and bottom of an image. To accommodate the difference, you can manually adjust the picture settings.
One way you can adjust the settings is with the push of a button on your remote. Depending on your TV remote, press one of the following buttons:
- Pic Size
- Pic Mode
When you are able to adjust the picture size, cycle through the ratios given until you find the one that returns the picture to normal.
If that does not solve the problem, press the ‘Menu’ button on the remote and go to ‘ Picture Settings’ or ‘Aspect Ratio’. You will then select one of the four options listed. Here is a brief rundown of each option so you will know which one suits your needs.
- Normal: This is the default aspect ratio. There is no zoom feature and the image will display normally. If you are watching a movie filmed in a 4:3 aspect ratio, you will see black bars on the right and left sides of the screen.
- Wide: This setting stretches the image to fit your screen. The black bars on the sides of the image are removed as well.
- Zoom: This setting enlarges the image so the black bars that are on the sides and top of the image are hidden. This setting should not be used when using closed captioning. This setting is not available for all TV channels so there will be times when the aspect ratio will change automatically to the default setting.
- Panoramic: This setting will stretch the sides of the image, however, unlike the wide setting, you will lose some of the picture in the process.
If you only see the Normal setting, the image size has already been adjusted to a fixed format and you will not be able to adjust it. Once you have chosen the setting you want, restart the TV.
Vizio Stuck In Zoom Mode
Too much of a good thing is never good. This saying is especially true when it comes to the zoom feature of your Vizio TV. As we discussed earlier in this article, the zoom setting can cause portions of the picture to be cut off.
If your Vizio TV is stuck in zoom mode, use the remote to navigate to your TV’s setting. On the remote, begin by pressing the ‘Menu’ button. Select ‘System’ > ‘Accessibility’ > ‘Zoom Mode’. Press ‘Ok’ to turn off Zoom Mode and return to the home screen.
If for some reason, you do not have a remote, you can still adjust your TV’s picture settings. Make sure the TV is on so you can easily see which settings solve the problem. Next, look on the back of the TV and locate the channel and menu buttons.
Press the ‘Menu’ button and then use either the ‘Channel Up’ or ‘Channel Down’ buttons to select ‘Picture Settings’. Once you have selected the ‘Picture Setting’ you want, use the volume buttons to adjust the screen size accordingly.
Most TVs automatically adjust the image size to fit the TV screen. If part of the image is missing, this could be due to what is called “over scanning”. Part of the image is cut off and then the rest of the image is stretched to fit the screen.
To adjust this setting, go into your TV’s picture settings and select either ‘Over Scanning’ or ‘Pixel Mapping’. Follow the instructions to adjust the settings accordingly.
Perform A Factory Reset
If manually adjusting the settings does not fix the problem, performing a factory reset will allow you to start anew. A factory reset should be performed as a last resort since it will remove all saved settings and preferences. The following steps will walk you through the process.
Step 1: Turn on the TV.
Step 2: Using the remote, press the Menu button.
Step 3: Go to ‘System’.
Step 4: Select ‘Reset and Admin’.
Step 5: Select ‘Reset TV To Factory Default’.
Step 6: Follow any on-screen instructions.
Step 7: Restart the TV and then follow the steps to set the TV up again.
All settings in your Vizio TV are now back to their original factory settings. The zoom feature should also be restored to normal. If you continue to experience problems with the zoom feature, contact Vizio support for more detailed support. There may be an issue with the internal hardware that needs to be replaced.
Vizio TV Keeps Switching From Normal To Wide To Zoom
It can be quite frustrating when the image on the TV screen fluctuates between settings. As we discussed earlier in this article, this may be due, in part, to the aspect ratio of each program. Some programs will not allow you to adjust the aspect ratio.
If the Vizio TV keeps switching from normal to wide to zoom, the resolution setting for the TV may be too high. The Vizio default screen display is 1080p HD. Most channels do not support this high of a resolution. Adjust display resolution settings in the TV settings.
Firmware Update Needed
Electronic devices are dependent on updates to run efficiently. Vizio TVs are no different. If a firmware update is pending, this will affect the performance of your TV. While updates are usually automatic, it is not a perfect system.
You can manually initiate an update by going to your TV’s settings and selecting ‘Check For Updates’. If any updates are pending, you will be asked to confirm the installation. During the installation, the TV will start and restart several times.
Once the process is complete, you will see a confirmation screen. Return to the main menu and see if the issue has been solved.
Settings Of External Devices
Some external accessory devices such as a DVD player or satellite box have their own aspect ratio they support. This could cause a conflict with your Vizio TVs settings. Unfortunately, there is not a quick and easy fix for this problem.
The user manual for each device connected to the TV should provide the aspect ratio it supports. You will then be able to adjust the TV settings accordingly.
Vizio TV Starts In Zoom Mode
You finally get the picture aspect ratio figured out. You have the picture settings where you like them. You enjoy your movie night and then it all starts over again the next day.
One reason your Vizio TV is starting in zoom mode again could be due to the cable or satellite box. Unfortunately, the cable box determines the picture size so you will not be able to adjust the pictures settings within the TV.
Turn off the cable box and then press the ‘Menu’ button on the cable box. Press the button until the display menu appears. You will be able to adjust the screen settings now. These settings should automatically be saved in the cable box.
If your Vizio TV starts in zoom mode, make sure the closed captioning feature is turned off. Press the dash button (-) on the remote to change the zoom ratio. Make sure other devices connected to the Vizio TV are programmed with the same ratio setting.