How To Download Apps On Vizio Tv

Are you new to the world of smart TVs and looking to unlock the full potential of entertainment with your Vizio TV? One of the best features of smart TVs is the ability to download a wide variety of streaming and media apps right to your television. This allows you to customize your viewing experience with access to popular services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video and so much more.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk through step-by-step exactly how to download and install new apps on your Vizio smart TV. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need

Before diving into the app downloading process, you’ll want to ensure you have the proper equipment and connectivity:

  • A Vizio smart TV
    • Model year will determine the app store interface
    • [Check your TV’s specific model and year on Vizio’s website]
  • Active Wi-Fi internet connection
    • Stable, high-speed Wi-Fi is recommended for smooth app downloads and streaming
  • Vizio TV remote control with voice capabilities
    • This will enable easy voice commands to search for and open apps

Once you have these essentials set up, your TV will be perfectly optimized for exploring and installing a world of apps.

Step 1: Access the Vizio App Store

Access the Vizio App Store

Using the Vizio TV remote, navigate to the pre-installed app store on your television. The name of this may vary slightly depending on your TV’s model year, but common titles include:

  • VIA Plus Apps

VIA Plus Apps

  • Connected TV Store
  • Internet Apps Plus
  • Vizio App Store

Once you’ve entered the app store, you’ll see various options to browse featured and top apps or directly search by name. Take some time to explore the interface and note where the major sections are such as:

  • Featured Apps
  • Categories (Movies & TV, Music, News, etc.)
  • Top Free
  • Top Paid

The beauty of smart TV app stores is that the selection is always expanding with more and more streaming and media options added over time.

Step 2: Find the App You Want

Now it’s time to locate that specific app you’re looking to add to your home screen! Vizio smart TVs provide access to many top entertainment apps such as:

  • Netflix
  • Hulu
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Disney+
  • YouTube
  • Spotify
  • Pandora
  • HBOMax
  • Sling TV
  • ESPN
  • CBS
  • Fox
  • NBC
  • and much more!

There are a few easy ways to track down the app you want depending on how you prefer searching:

Browse Categories

Categories allow you to casually scroll through different apps grouped by type and popularity:

  • Featured
  • Top Free
  • Top Paid
  • Movies & TV
  • Music & Audio
  • News
  • Sports
  • Kids & Family

Take some time scrolling through apps under different categories of interest and see what catches your eye.

Use Voice Search

A fast way to directly search is using the Voice button on your Vizio remote control:

  1. Press the Voice/Microphone button
  2. Say the name of the app you want (“Netflix”, “Hulu”, etc.)
  3. Select the correct app from the results

It will automatically pull up matching apps to choose from. This saves time versus typing and searching.

Manual Keyboard Search

You can also select the Search option (usually a magnifying glass icon) and manually type in the name of the app:

  1. Press Search
  2. Type app name into search bar
  3. Browse matching results
  4. Select the correct app

Take your pick of browsing methods or combine them to find exactly what you’re looking for quickly and easily!

Step 3: Download and Install the App

Once you’ve found the app tile for the app you want, it’s time to download and install it to your Vizio TV:

  1. Select the App Icon/Tile
    Simply click or press on the app icon to open more details.
  2. Choose “Download”, “Get”, or similar option
  3. Wait for installation to complete
    This will begin downloading and installing the app on your TV. Download speeds will vary based on your internet connection, but should only take a few moments for most apps.
  4. Open the app from your TV home screen
    Once downloaded, the app will automatically appear as a new icon on your Vizio home screen menu.

And that’s it! Within a few clicks and short download, you can add all your favorite apps right to your TV home screen.

Using and Activating Apps

After successfully installing an app through the Vizio app store, simply navigate to the home screen icon to open it:

  1. Select the app icon
  2. Go through any initial setup
    • Login with account credentials for that app
    • Agree to terms and conditions
    • Enable/disable notifications
    • Link/activate device
  3. Start browsing and enjoying content!

For example, when opening Netflix for the first time, you’ll want to:

  • Sign in to your Netflix account (or start a new one)
  • Customize your viewer profile (Kids, adult, etc.)
  • Browse categories or use search to find specific movies/shows
  • Start watching and add to your My List!

Don’t be afraid to open app settings and preferences to further customize your viewing experience based on your unique interests.

Tips for Managing Apps

As you start downloading more and more apps, you may want to reorganize or remove some from your home screen over time.

Moving App Icons

You can easily rearrange app icons/tiles on your Vizio TV home screen:

  1. Use your remote to select and hold an app icon
  2. Once it starts wiggling/moving, drag it to your desired new location
  3. Let go to set the app placement

This lets you group similar apps together or prioritize your most-used ones.

Deleting Apps

If you decide you no longer need a certain app, you can delete it in just a few clicks:

  1. Select the app icon
  2. Choose “Delete App” or similarly named option
  3. Confirm deletion

Note this will require re-downloading if you ever want to restore the app again.

Troubleshooting Tips

While the app downloading process is usually quick and smooth, there can occasionally be some minor hiccups. Here are some tips for troubleshooting:

  • Weak Wi-Fi signal
    Try moving your TV or router for a stronger, more reliable internet connection.
  • VPN or network restrictions
    Ensure any VPN software or network configurations allow smart TV access.
  • App glitches or freezing
    Delete the problem app and re-install a fresh version from the store.
  • System is out-of-date Go to your Vizio TV settings to check for the latest software updates available.
  • Contact Vizio Support
    If all else fails, reach out to Vizio customer service via phone, email, or chat for more direct help.

Most issues can be resolved through some basic troubleshooting. Don’t hesitate to contact Vizio support for assistance.

Take Your Vizio TV to New Heights

Downloading a custom selection of apps is the best way to take your new Vizio smart TV to the next level. With these tips, you’ll be browsing and enjoying top streaming services, music, sports, news and more in no time.

By installing your most-used apps, your Vizio TV transforms into an entertainment command center. Imagine having one-click access to binge watching Netflix, streaming live sports through ESPN, or listening to curated playlists through Spotify – the possibilities are endless!

I hope this guide has provided you all the info needed to start customizing your app-enhanced Vizio smart TV, including how to restart Vizio TV. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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