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How To Use the Amazon Fire TV Stick with a Vizio TV

Posted by Arch on December 7, 2018

Vizio is a brand that needs little introduction for US customers. It has become synonymous for high-quality smart TVs that can fit any user. But Vizio can become even smarter if you add a Firestick to it.

Using a Firestick with a Vizio TV is quite straightforward once you have the devices hooked up. We’ve created a detailed guide on how to set up and use a Firestick on any Vizio TV. The write-up also includes a neat trick to extend the Firestick remote functions to your Vizio.

Don’t hesitate to pop a comment and tell us which Vizio model you like the best. Also, feel free to share your experience with using Amazon Firestick on a Vizio.

Hooking up Firestick to a Vizio TV

To enjoy Fire TV content, you need to connect Firestick to your Vizio TV first. The process is simple and it takes only a few steps. This is how to do it:

1. Plug in Your Firestick

Amazon Firestick plugs directly into an HDMI port on your Vizio TV. Turn the TV around, find the port, and carefully plug your Firestick all the way in.

2. Power up the Firestick

There are two ways to get power to your Firestick. You can use the USB cable and plug it directly into a port on your Vizio TV. However, a more stable option would be to plug the USB cable into the power adapter connected to a wall socket.

3. Turn on Your Vizio

Once you have everything plugged in, turn on your Vizio and select the HDMI port. You should be able to see the Firestick logo as the device boots up.

The boot time may depend on your Firestick model, so be patient until the device loads the setup screen.

Set up the Firestick on Your Vizio

As the Firestick loads, it will search for the remote. You need to press the Home button on the remote to pair it with the Firestick. From there on, follow the steps below to complete the process:

1. Select the Language

Scroll down and select your preferred language.

2. Connect to Wifi

The new window gives you a list of the available wifi networks in the Firestick’s range. Choose your home wifi and enter the password if prompted.

Note: Use the wheel on the remote to navigate the menus and confirm by pressing the central section inside the wheel.

3. Sign in to Your Amazon Account

If you got the Firestick from Amazon it will automatically connect to the purchasing account. Otherwise, you need to sign in with your Amazon username and password.

4. Parental Controls

The following setup window gives you an option to enable parental controls. If you choose to enable it, some videos will require a PIN to download or play.

5. Finish Up

Next, you get the information about Firestick Alexa compatibility. Click Got it and you will be taken to the Fire TV home screen. At this point, you can enjoy Firestick content on your Vizio TV.

Use CEC on Your Vizio TV

CEC is the neat trick that extends the usability of the Firestick remote. The abbreviation stands for Consumer Electronics Control and allows you to control Vizio TVs with the Firestick remote. You can turn the TV on and off using the remote and have immediate access to Fire TV.

1. Select Menu

Press the Menu button on the Vizio remote.

2. Enter the System

Access the System options and find CEC.

3. Toggle it on

Enable CEC on your Vizio by toggling left or right.

The Firestick has CEC enabled by default and you can check if the option is on by taking the following steps:

Settings > Display & Sound > Enable HDMI CEC Device Control

Firestick Apps to Complement Your Vizio

Firestick apps allow you to take full advantage of the Vizio’s HD screen. You can play high-resolution movies and TV series, stream live TV, and play music. Check out our selection of apps and don’t hesitate to give more suggestions in the comments section below.

Netflix

Netflix is by far the most popular paid streaming services. It offers an excellent combination of fresh and classic content to keep you entertained for hours on end. Locate the Netflix app on your Fire TV and click Get to install the app and enjoy your favorite series on your Vizio.

Pluto TV

If you want to have live TV on your Firestick free of charge, Pluto TV is the app for you. It offers more than a hundred channels and there are thousands of movies and TV shows as well.

Spotify

Music fans will appreciate Fire TV Spotify. The app gives you access to millions of songs and you can even sync it with the Spotify on your smartphone.

To Wrap Up

Vizio is a great TV in itself, but adding a Firestick to it can take your experience to the next level. The setup procedure is simple and you should have Fire TV up and running in no time. Don’t forget to enable the CEC option for some additional usability.

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This Guide Last Updated: December 7, 2018

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