Vizio TV Won’t Turn On – What to Do?

If your Vizio TV suddenly won’t turn on, it can be very frustrating. Buying a new TV can be expensive, and having to get it repaired can be costly and time-consuming.

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Don’t worry, though. If this happens to you, there’s no reason to panic. There are a couple of possible reasons why your Vizio TV won’t turn on, and in most cases, it’s not due to the TV being broken. Usually, it just takes a few minutes and some troubleshooting to get your TV back up and running.

What to Do if Your Vizio TV Won’t Turn On

Making sure to check a couple of things can help you resolve this issue in a matter of minutes. By doing some quick troubleshooting, you can get back to watching your favorite shows in no time.


To help you do that, here are some potential reasons why your Vizio TV won’t turn on and how you can resolve them.

Check the Remote

If you can’t turn on your Vizio TV using a remote, there might not be anything wrong with the TV at all. Instead, the issue might be with the remote itself. One of the most common issues is that the batteries are dying or are already dead.

To see if this is the case, try replacing the batteries and turning the TV on again. If there’s still nothing happening, there is one more potential remote issue to check.

Sometimes your remote isn’t properly connected to the device. This can often happen if you have more than one Vizio TV or if you haven’t set it up properly. The easiest way to check if this is the case is to turn on your TV by pressing a button on it.

Many people have issues finding the button and believe that it doesn’t even exist. But the button is there and you’ll usually find it by reaching behind the TV. It’s typically either on the bottom-left or the bottom-right side.

If the TV works, you might have to set up your remote again. To set up your remote, press the TV button, which is usually located at the top-right corner of your remote, and follow the instructions.

However, if nothing happens when you try powering on your TV using the ‘on’ button, read on to see other possible reasons why your TV isn’t working.

Check the Power Source

If you’ve made sure that the remote is working correctly, but the TV still won’t turn on, checking the power is the next logical step.

The first thing you’ll want to do is see if pressing the Menu button is yielding any results. The button can be found both on the remote and the TV itself, so try pressing both buttons to see if the menu will pop up.

If it does, then there’s power in your TV, and the source might be an issue. Make sure that your TV is fully plugged into a power source before trying to turn it on again.

Another reason for this problem could be an issue with the satellite or cable service from which you receive service.

If you press the Menu button and nothing happens, it could mean that your Vizio has power issues. There are a couple of things you can do in this case.

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Power Cycle Your Vizio TV

If you suspect that you might be having power-related issues, the first solution you can try it power cycling your Vizio TV.

Power cycling can solve more issues than you might think. More often than not, doing this will resolve a problem that you’re facing with your TV.

The process of power cycling your Vizio TV is straightforward and goes like this:

  1. Unplug the cord of your TV from the outlet and leave it disconnected.
  2. Locate the power button on your TV. As we said, you’ll usually find it on the bottom left or right side.
  3. Press and hold the button on your TV for around 10 seconds.
  4. Try turning on your TV again.

The preceding steps are likely to work in many cases. If it doesn’t work the first time, try It again, making sure to hold the button down for at least 10 seconds. Often, this will be enough to fix your TV so that you can get back to relaxing.

And if power cycling your Vizio TV doesn’t work, there is one more thing that you can try to resolve the issue.

Check the Power Cord

The thing that can often prevent your TV from turning on is a loose cord. A loose power cord sometimes causes problems for even the most technically savvy among us.

To make sure that the cord fits well, you need to check its connection to both the power outlet and the TV itself, making sure both connections are plugged in. Even a slightly loose power cord connection can interrupt the flow of electricity to your TV, and it’s not always apparent that your TV is unplugged from its power source.

See if the cord is correctly plugged into the outlet. A good idea would be to unplug it, then plug it back in to make sure it is secure. Another thing you can do is to try to plug the cord into another outlet just to make sure that the current outlet isn’t faulty.

After you’ve checked the outlet, make sure that the cord didn’t get loose on the back of the TV itself. A loose power cord connection to the TV happens more often than you might think, especially if you have children or pets that run around the TV. Again, unplug the cord from the TV and plug it back in to ensure the power cord is fully plugged into the TV.

Still Having Issues?

If none of the above tips work for you, it might be time to give Vizio customer support a call. These solutions fix the problem in a lot of cases, but if nothing works, there might be some issues with your TV that you can’t fix yourself.

The Vizio customer support team may be able to help you solve the problem by working with you over the phone or by telling you how to send in your TV for repair.

Have any other troubleshooting tips or suggestions? Share them with us in the comments!

24 thoughts on “Vizio TV Won’t Turn On – What to Do?”

Avatar Terrence A FitzGibbon says:
My m50 is 6-7 years old. It will not power up. Troubleshot and its the power supply. They cost 24 bucks. Easy fix, easy to take apart. Most of the boards on these TVs are dirt cheap, easy to get to and replace. If it powers and you do not get video through say an HDMI port, its usually the main board. Most of the time if it just does not power, its the power supply…..
Avatar Joseph Behr says:
same thing happened to me. I left for three hours with the TV on a vizio 42 inch,come back home TV wont turn on tried everything unplug rerbut everything.Throwing the TV out any suggestions for a better TV?
Avatar Mike says:
Never buying a Vizio again!
Avatar Michael Brown says:
I’ve had this Vizio smart TV for two days and it wont turn back on, worked fine yesterday. I was still signing in to everything. None of this stuff worked…what a piece of crap…
Avatar Michael says:
I’ve had this Vizio smart TV for two days and it wont turn back on, worked fine yesterday. I was still signing in to everything. None of this stuff worked…what a piece of crap…
Avatar SheWatches says:
I’m giving up on my Vizio. The not turning on thing began about a month ago. The set is about 2 years old. I’m sick of holding my breath, waiting to see if it will or will not turn on each time. I’m sick of doing the reset procedure. I checked out Consumer Reports brand rating & Vizio was last. Didn’t used to be that way.She
Avatar Kim Lisenby says:
I went to turn mine on heard a pop and I unplugged it reset the cable box,
I tried to turn it on with the left hand side power button no response. I bought it in 2015
at Costco it was a floor model.Its not a smart TV just reqular.
Avatar Don Suth says:
sounds like a small part BLEW on power board like a CAPACITOR. try youtube for fix
Avatar stevo says:
thank you! you are a god:)
Avatar Carol says:
I bought a Vizio M550NV in 2010 and it worked fine until a few nights ago. I was flipping through the channels and the screen went black. I tried resetting it with all that I read on here and nothing has worked. The VIZIO logo on the front of the tv stays yellow and it will not turn on no matter what I have tried to do. The only “power” button that I found was a silver button on the back left hand side of the tv. Any help would be appreciated. I am so close to throwing this thing out and purchasing another brand. This is aggrivating to say the least.
Avatar Carol says:
The same thing happened to me and my husband just the other week. Its a different model than yours, but, when the TV would not turn on with the remote or the knob on the back of the TV I decided to buy another remote. When I got the new remote, I added batteries to the remote and it turned the tv on. When I attempted to turn the tv with the other remote I noticed the light turning on (VIZIO) on the bottom of the tv even though there was no picture or sound which is why I thought about just trying a new remote for it. I hope this information helps someone.
Avatar The Juicys says:
TECHjunkie you da’ bomb! Last night turned tv off, everything was fine, but during a wicked thunderstorm. This am would not turn off with the remote OR the side tv button. I google, and found YOUR answer, unplugged from wall for 1 minutes, then held the side button for 10 seconds and it booted up. thank, Thank You, THANK YOU!
Avatar Michelle says:
Same problem of the black screen. We had a TV repairman come two months ago. Of course it magically worked when he was here. Was fine again until a few weeks ago. Then it started turning itself off again. Today, it turned off and won’t come back on like it was doing a few months ago when we called the repairman. Power cycling doesn’t seem to work. It’s 2 1/2 years old. TVs should last longer than this. With quarantine, no one is coming to fix it any time soon. If anyone has any other suggestions, let me know!
Avatar joseph Odum says:
HELP – my E422Va will not turn on. I have replaced the power board. I have replaced the min board – twice. the parts company sent me a second board in case the first was not good. i have the dim power light on. it does not change when pushing the power button.i have done the power cycle thing more than a dozen times. i have a rock solid 5.2V STBY. there is no change to the on signal from main board to power board when pushing on button. disconnected the power board connector form main board. shorteed 5V pin to on pin. This caused the backlight to flash on off on off on off, but did not turn on. i need some serious direction on where to turn next oh honorable tech junkie…
Avatar Richard Johns says:
I’m having the same problem as everyone. Change batteries in remote,did power check. Still power light comes on 2 sec. goes out and nothing. Do I need a tv repairman if ther is such a person?
Avatar Bob Hardy says:
I have an older vizio tv, when you turn it on it only stays on for a couple seconds and goes right off. I have gone through all the
steps mentioned but no difference. Oddly enough I can turn it on with the remote, but can not turn it on with the button on
the tv. I have tried multiple outlets and all with the same result.
Avatar Anne says:
I had horrible problems with our 6 month old Vizio. It came on in the middle of the night, changed inputs on its own, lost volume etc. After many lengthy service phone calls, I decided to change the batteries on the remote that comes with the TV. Miraculously I have had no problems since. Someone suggested the infrared of the battery in the remote was talking to the tv so it was cycling on its own. Go figure.
Avatar Rudy says:
Hey Jennifer my tv is doing the same exact thing. No picture or sound and the light comes on for a few seconds and then it fades away. I’m thinking maybe the power supply board needs top be replaced Did you get yours working? Any info is GREATLY appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Avatar Kay says:
Mine is doing exactly the same thing. Working fine then turned off when I left for a couple hours now won’t come back on. Did everything with power that was posted and new batteries but light comes on power and then goes back off
Avatar Ed says:
My vizio tv is doing exactly the same thing.
Did you get yours fixed ?
Was it the main power board ?
Avatar renovater says:
besides doing a power cycle, I have also turned the tv on (got no picture or sound) then I pressed the input button and scanned through this menu a time or two, stopped at the tv input, tv came on! don’t know why, but it did it.
Avatar Bubba74 says:
Having same issue. Did you find any comments on how to fix?
Avatar Marina Alba says:
I red alot of comments about this vizio tv and it seems that they are good for about one year after warranty doesn’t cover. I have same problem, the light turns on but tv doesn’t work. Very disappointed!!!
Avatar renovater says:
my 50″,(brand new) was not coming on, sometimes a brief sound would emerge for about 1 second, then disappear. I did the power cycle and it worked! tv came right on.
disconnect power cord from wall. hold down ON button (I used the one on the back of tv) for 10 seconds, plug tv back again. turn on. make sure you hold button for a good 10 seconds.( I have not shut if off yet, to see if it comes on again.)
Avatar Giselle says:
My Vizio turns on and just shows the logo but that’s about it. It won’t do anything else. What should I do?
Avatar Tea says:
That is a different problem. This thread is about when the screen remains black when you power on.
my new TV worked great for the first month, now it will not turn on. Tried to do the power recycle on numerous occasions to no avail. All cables/wires are plugged in correctly.
Avatar Dorothy K Morris says:
My remote has new batteries. I have to hold the button down for a very long time before the TV turns on. When it is on, channels change easily and quickly. Then turning it off takes another long time. Don’t think is the remote and tv works fine after it finally comes on. What could be the problem?
Avatar Joel says:
All of the advice doesn’t work. Does that mean tv is bad?
Avatar Drakkar says:
i have the same issue… bought it in 2018. its 2019 and they said its no longer under warranty
Avatar nnn says:
large vizio smart tv.. worked fine, moved to another room and tv wont turn on via remote or tv buttons. unplugged tv and plugged back in and tv light comes on and fades out… tried piwer cycling, leaving unplugged for a day, etc. remote nor tv buttons do anything… BUT

BY Chance i was setting up my much older vizio tv right infront of it AND MY OLD REMOTE TURNED BOTH TVs ON… i got my new remote working once after removing/replacing batteries… my new smart tv remote and the buttons on tv still dont work

so, IM USING AN OLD VIZIO REMOTE and it works just fine… go figure…

Avatar Tom says:
Well, that saved me $400. Thank you!
Avatar Richie says:
My tv won’t turn on. I did do all the power cycle
For ten seconds or more held the power
Button down for 10 seconds still a black screen
The light on the left corner don’t turn on either
Avatar Diana says:
The same is with my tv. What did you do?
Avatar Debbie says:
I’m having the same problem. It was working and then two hours later when I went to turn it on nothing. No light, just a black screen. I’ve tried all the power cycling nothing works. Anybody have any suggestions?
Avatar Jocelyn says:
My Vizio’s screen is black, the white light in the lower left corner works (showing that it’s on) but the screen is black.
Avatar Jennifer says:
Same thing just happened to me. What did you do? I have tried to reset it and everything they recommend. Nothing – just the white light at the bottom of the left lower part of TV for about 2-3 seconds and then blank.
Avatar Candice Jeffery says:
Thanks this helped

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