How To Update Apps on a Vizio TV

A cool feature of Vizio’s line of smart TVs is the built-in Chromecast device. Chromecast is, of course, Google’s streaming media adapter that allows you to play video and music from streaming services directly on your TV. The various channels, including music and games, are organized into ‘apps’ on Vizio TVs. Since these apps are software-based and run on the integrated Chromecast processor, it is essential to keep the apps up to date. This article explains how to keep the apps on your Vizio Smart TV up to date.

There have been several generations of Vizio smart TVs and the procedures for updating the apps are different for each app. However, there are two categories of Vizio TVs: the older VIA and VIA Plus models, and the newer models (including the P-Series and M-Series) with SmartCast. I will guide you in updating the apps for both categories of TV.

Update apps on a Vizio VIA or VIA Plus TV

The original system for adding apps to Vizio Smart TVs was VIA, which stood for Vizio Internet Apps. If you want to update apps on these models, you have to do it manually. This process requires uninstalling the VIA app and reinstalling it or performing a firmware update (which does the same thing).

If you just want to update your apps, you’ll need to uninstall and reinstall each app:

  1. press the V or THROUGH button on your remote.
  2. Select the app you want to update and select the yellow button on your remote.
  3. When you see it Update, hit that. If you don’t, then choose Delete App and then ok.
  4. Confirm your choice by marking Yes and on . to press Okay.
  5. Navigate to the App Store use your remote.
  6. Find the app you want to update or reinstall and press Okay.
  7. Select to install and let the process complete.

Vizio uses the Yahoo platform to host these apps, so you’ll see the “Yahoo Connected Store” when you select them.

You need a USB stick and about 15 minutes to manually upgrade the firmware.

  1. Turn on your TV, go to Settings and then System to check the firmware version number under Version.
  2. Download the latest firmware for your TV model from the Vizio support website. Select Support and enter your TV’s model number to get the correct firmware. Compare it with the version listed on your TV and continue if the installed version is older.
  3. Rename the file you downloaded to fwsu.img. This will allow your TV to recognize it as a firmware image file.
  4. Copy the file to your USB drive.
  5. Turn off your TV and insert the USB drive into your TV.
  6. Turn on your TV. You should see a blue light on the TV indicating that it has picked up the USB and firmware image file.
  7. Once the blue light goes out, turn off the TV and remove the USB drive.
  8. Turn on the TV and go to Settings and System to check the firmware version number under Version to make sure you are using the latest firmware.

Updating apps on a newer Vizio TV

Next generations of Vizio TVs will use SmartCast TV, a version of Chromecast. With Chromecast, you can use an app on your phone to cast content directly to your TV. These newer models don’t require you to manually update your apps; they update themselves automatically when you’re not using your TV. These models also update their firmware periodically, but you can do it manually if you prefer. Vizio TVs equipped with SmartCast make much shorter work of updates. As long as your TV is connected to Wi-Fi, it only takes a few seconds to manually update your TV.

  1. Turn on your TV.
  2. Select with the remote control Menu and then Settings.
  3. Select System and Check for updates.
  4. Confirm any updates if found.

You should see a progress indicator on the screen showing how far along the update process is. Let the TV update itself without interference, and your TV will reboot and load the latest firmware. You can now open SmartCast TV and view any new apps or features released with the update.

Frequently Asked Questions

If we haven’t answered all of your questions above, read on to learn more about updating apps on a Vizio Smart TV.

How do I set up Amazon Prime on my Vizio TV?

It’s easy to set up Amazon Prime on Vizio because the extension is right on the television. Follow the steps below to sign in to your Amazon Prime app.

1.) Locate the Amazon Prime Video app on the home screen of your Vizio Smart TV. It should already be installed.

2.) Click on the Amazon Prime video app and Login with your username and password.

3.) Enjoy your Amazon Prime Video!

If you need to start over with your TV, check out how to hard reset your Vizio TV. If you need a firmware update, learn how to update the firmware on your Vizio TV.

How do I update my Hulu app on Vizio TV?

Many of you may have noticed that Hulu no longer works on your television, and Vizio addressed the issue of Hulu not working on their website.

Vizio stated, “Some older VIZIO VIA devices can no longer stream Hulu Plus. This is due to an upgrade Hulu made to the Hulu Plus app. This affects multiple devices from almost all electronic manufacturers. There is no issue. with your VIZIO TV or with Hulu Plus.”

If your television is part of one of the models they have listed on their website, you will no longer be able to watch Hulu.

Is Disney+ available on my Vizio Smart TV?

It depends. Any Vizio model that supports SmartCast TV (2016 or newer) is compatible with Disney+. Unfortunately, older models will not support the app.

Why can’t I update my maps?

If you have a SmartCast TV, you cannot update apps. If the TV was preloaded with applications, the updates would come through when the developers release them. Other SmartCast TVs come without apps to update.

You can only update apps on the VIA (Vizio Internet Apps) Vizio TVs. Assuming you have a VIA TV, the first troubleshooting step is to make sure your TV is connected to the internet. Then turn your TV off and on again. Finally, you can uninstall and reinstall the app that is not updating with the latest version.

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