The Easiest Step To Fix Your TV: Power Cycling A Vizio TV

Vizio TV power cord plug.

If your TV is not working the way you expect there are many different troubleshooting steps you could take to attempt to fix the problem. The simplest and easiest is to power cycle the TV.

Power cycling is the simple process of draining residual power from a TV. Power cycling is usually the very first step to take if your TV has a power issue, audio problem, picture problem, internet connection issue, or just about any other problem you can imagine.

Power cycling is quick and easy. It’s the first step you will want to take if you’re having problems with a Vizio TV.

How To Power Cycle

  1. Disconnect the TV’s power cord from the electrical outlet.
  2. Hold down the power button on the side of the TV for 30 seconds then release.
  3. Plug the TV back in and power it on.

It’s just that simple! Test the TV to determine if the original problem is still present.

Finding The Power Button

If you can’t find the power button on your TV it might be on the back of the TV. Vizio TVs manufactured in 2014 or later usually have a the power button the back of the TV on the same side where the input connections are.

You can find the power button on the back of the TV by reaching around the lower left corner of the TV.

If your TV was made earlier than 2014 then the power button is likely on the left or right side of the TV.

Hopefully power cycling will help you to fix the problem you are experiencing. If the issue continues then search through the other articles on this site. There is a ton of helpful information here that can be used to solve nearly any issue with a Vizio TV.

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6 thoughts on “The Easiest Step To Fix Your TV: Power Cycling A Vizio TV

  1. Don Beasley

    With all due respect this is not a fix. My Vizio just turns off for no reason. Sometimes I can just unplug it for 1 min or so plug it back (NOTE: I am doing the unplug / re plug from the back of the TV) and wait for it to reboot and all will be fine (For a while). Other times multiple re plugs and wiggling the power cord is necessary. I have done conductivity testing on the power cord and it checks out fine. I do believe this is an internal problem with solder problems between the plug and the power supply.

    If anyone else has the exact same issues please comment here.

  2. Keith Kenion

    I do too. I can usually unplug and replug and get it to power back on (I have to do this EVERY time I turn my tv off), the light in the bottom left corner is not coming on now though. Did you ever resolve yours?? I just got a firmware automatically installed a few nights ago and it seemed better for a while (didn’t have to unplug every time, just most) but now it’s not coming on AT ALL! 🙁

    Vizio 65″ D650i

  3. Josh railey

    With no intended respect this method has not even come close to working even one time. Garbage fix for a garbage tv.

  4. Tianna Schaeffer

    So the remote got stuck in the couch a month or two ago and once we finally found it, it no longer worked, even with brand new batteries. Haven’t gotten around to buying an universal remote yet, but definitely will be soon. This morning, the power button on the TV did nothing, either. Power cycling did not help. Eventually my husband ripped the button off of the TV and found that there was a small metallic dot that had come off of the button, but even after super glueing it to the tip of a pencil and depressing the center of the hole where the button was, and hearing it click, it still was doing nothing. Finally, he was messing with a plastic arm that was slightly recessed in the hole and deformed from getting the button out, I looked up from my phone and saw the screen was working and yelled “stop! It’s on!!!”
    So today we are going to get an universal remote. I say, planned obsolescence!!

  5. Kevin Miller

    Watching TV when all a sudden there is an audible popping sound followed by TV immediately going black – appearing to lose power. No sound, nothing. TV does not respond to remote. Never fires up. Tried recycling power by unplugging at source, etc. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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