How To Connect Vizio TV To WiFi Without Remote

How To Connect Vizio TV To WiFi Without Remote

If you have lost your remote or the remote is not functioning properly, this guide will provide you with some of the practical methods on how to connect a Vizio TV to WiFi without a remote.

One of the easiest ways to connect Vizio TV to the internet if you do not have a remote is by using a USB mouse or USB keyboard.

To do this, connect the keyboard or mouse directly to your TV and then go to Menu > Network > Set up a WiFi connection. You can now choose your home network and enter the password.

Other methods include using TV menu buttons, an ethernet cable, an IR-enabled remote app, a universal remote, or a Vizio mobile app

Key Points

  • It is possible to connect Vizio TV to WiFi without a remote. The best approach is to connect a mouse or keyboard via a USB port.
  • Other common approaches include purchasing a universal remote, downloading the smartphone remote app or using an ethernet connection.
  • You can also acquire a new Vizio TV remote if it is damaged and under warranty. Alternatively, you can pay for a new remote.

Ways For Connecting Vizio TV to WiFi Without Remote

Below are some of the simple ways of connecting your Vizio TV to the internet without using the remote:

#1. USB Mouse or USB Keyboard

A lot of smart TVs come with USB ports that allow you to connect peripheral devices such as a USB mouse or USB keyboard.

With a Vizio TV, you just need to plug the USB mouse or keyboard into the right port to configure these devices.

Depending on the model of your Vizio TV model, you can find the USB port on the back panel or the sides of the TV.

But not all smart Vizio TVs are compatible with USB a mouse, or USB keyboards.

Follow the steps below, to verify whether your Vizio TV supports these devices:

  • Start by connecting a USB mouse or USB keyboard to the Vizio TV.
  • Check if the mouse or keyboard is working on your TV.
  • Go to the WiFi settings.
  • Create a connection for your desired WiFi network.

#2. Universal Remote

Universal remotes enable you to manage and control several electronic devices at the same time.

Given the number of remote-equipped devices present in our homes, it is beneficial to have a universal remote.

If you own a universal remote, check for a code list that comes with it. Additionally, you can find the code for your Vizio TV online depending on the brand of the universal remote.

Below are the steps for configuring a universal remote to fix the issue:

  • First, use the Power button to turn on your TV.
  • Next, press and hold the TV button until you see the power light lit.
  • Enter your Vizio TV’s code from the list.
  • On your Vizio TV go to Menu then Network.
  • Choose your home WiFi and enter the correct password.
  • Tap on ‘Connect’.

#3. IR-enabled Remote App

Downloading an IR (Infrared) remote app on your tablet or phone can help you connect your Vizio TV to WiFi.

Make sure your phone has a built-in IR sensor as these remote apps use IR technology.

Check your phone’s specifications to see if it has a built-in IR sensor (blaster). Most Android phones have an IR Blaster, but iPhones do not have this feature.

Use the steps below to create a WiFi connection via an IR remote app:

  • On your phone, go to Play Store.
  • Download the TV Remote Control for Vizio TV app and install it.
  • Open the app and choose the infrared (IR) interface.
  • Now point your phone towards the TV and turn on the TV by pressing the power button on the app.
  • On your Vizio TV, go to Menu then Network.
  • Choose your home WiFi and type the right password.
  • Tap on Connect.

#4. Ethernet Cable

Vizio smart TVs come with ethernet ports, which can either be on the back panel or the sides and can be used to create a wired internet connection.

Check your router accessories if you do not have an ethernet cable. Your router should also have an ethernet port.

Here are the steps to follow:

  • Connect one end of the ethernet cable to the router and the other end to your TV.
  • Use the power button at the bottom or back of the TV to turn on your Vizio TV.
  • Check whether your Vizio TV has recognized the wired connection.
  • Your TV should now be connected to the internet.

#5. Vizio Mobile App (Formerly Vizio SmartCast App)

The Remote apps for smart TVs only function when the TV and your phone are using the same router or network.

Ensure that your phone or tablet is connected to the home WiFi that you want to connect your TV to, then follow the steps below:

  • Download the VIZIO Mobile App and install it on your phone or tablet (the app is compatible with iOS 13.0 or higher versions and Android 8.0 or higher).
  • On your phone, open the VIZIO Mobile app and follow the instructions on the screen.
  • Select ‘Continue as a Guest’ or create a new ‘Vizio account’.
  • Tap on the ‘Get started’ prompt.
  • From the listed devices, choose your Vizio TV.
  • Enter the four-digit code shown on top of your Vizio TV.
  • On the app, go to Menu then Network.
  • Choose your home network and type the WiFi password.
  • Tap on ‘Connect’.

#6. TV Menu Buttons

The menu buttons present at the back or the bottom of your Vizio smart TV can enable you to access the settings.

Once you are in the settings menu, go to Network and connect your TV to your home WiFi.

#7. Mobile Hotspot

If your Vizio TV is not automatically connecting to your home’s WiFi, it means that your network is password-protected.

Since removing this password can cause problems with the other devices in your home and can be hectic, you should try connecting your Vizio TV to your mobile hotspot.

Simply use your mobile hotspot to create an open WiFi network without a password on your phone and your Vizio TV should connect to it automatically.


HDMI CEC is a universal control method supported through the HDMI connection as the remote signals are transferred via the HDMI cable.

This means that you can use the remote of an HDMI CEC-supported streaming device that is connected to the Vizio TV to control both the TV and the streaming device. This includes connecting your TV to the WiFi.

Frequently Asked Questions

How To Turn On A Vizio TV Without A Remote?

If your remote is missing or is not functioning properly, there are other methods of connecting your Vizio TV to WiFi.

The first method that you can try is connecting a USB mouse or keyboard to your Vizio TV. If this does not work, try the other methods mentioned above.

How can I access the Settings and Menu on a Vizio without using the remote?

You can access the menu and settings on your Vizio TV by either using the Vizio SmartCast app on your tablet/smartphone or the menu buttons on your TV.

From the two options, you can change your TV’s settings and connect to your home WiFi.  

Can I use the Vizio SmartCast app for free on my smartphone?

Yes. The Vizio SmartCast app can be downloaded and used for free on your smartphone to control your TV and even access live TV channels.

It does not require you to pay any subscription charges and you do not need to log in as you can use it as a guest.

Why does my Vizio TV automatically change to SmartCast interface?

If your Vizio TV is connected to your PC or an external streaming box, then it will use it as a video source.

But, if the external devices are powered off or disconnected, your Vizio TV will automatically change to SmartCast interface.

This interface will allow you to enjoy all the features and stream TV shows and movies using the apps included.

How can I switch from SmartCast to HDMI input on my Vizio TV without a remote?

You can still use your Vizio TV as a standard TV when it is connected to external streaming devices even when you do not have a remote.

However, you will not be able to see the device if it is not selected as the primary streaming device.

Fortunately, you can use the menu buttons located on the back or bottom of your Vizio SmartCast TV to change the input from SmartCast to HDMI.

Where are the menu buttons located on my Vizio Smart TV?

You can use the menu buttons on your TV to connect to WiFi or change the input source. To find the menu buttons, look at the back of the TV behind the screen. If they are not there, look at the bottom edge of the TV.

Final Words

If your Vizio TV remote is not working or missing, you can use other methods to connect your TV to the internet without it.

Some of the methods include using an ethernet cable, a USB keyboard, a USB mouse, an IR-enables remote app, a universal remote, or even the Vizio mobile app.

If none of the methods mentioned above enable you to connect your Vizio TV to WiFi, you can get a replacement Vizio remote if your TV is still under warranty. If the warranty is expired, then you need to buy a new remote.

Daniele Besana

Daniele Besana

Daniele is a freelancer consultant with 15 years of experience in network security, customer support, Linux and Salsa. He worked for Juniper Networks in Netherlands, providing support and consultancy on security projects across Europe and Middle-East.

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