How To Update Apps on a Vizio TV

One of the cool features offered by Vizio’s line of smart TVs is the built-in Chromecast device. Chromecast, of course, is the streaming media adapter from Google that lets you play video and music through streaming services directly onto 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’s processor, keeping the apps updated is essential. This article will show you how to keep the apps updated on your Vizio smart TV.

How To Update Apps on a Vizio TV

There have been multiple generations of Vizio smart TVs, and the procedures for updating the apps are different for each one. 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 walk you through 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 called 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 removing the VIA app and reinstalling it or performing a firmware update (which does the same thing).

To update your apps only, you need to remove then reinstall each app:

  1. Press the V or VIA button on your remote.

  2. Select the app you want to update and select the yellow button on your remote.

  3. If you see Update, hit that. If you don’t, select Delete App and then OK.

  4. Confirm your choice buy highlighting Yes and pressing OK.

  5. Navigate to the App Store using your remote.

  6. Select the App you want to update, or reinstall and select OK.

  7. Select Install and allow the process to complete.

Vizio uses the Yahoo platform to host these apps, so you will see the ‘Yahoo Connected Store’ when selecting them.

To manually upgrade the firmware, you will need a USB drive and around fifteen minutes.

  1. Turn on your TV, navigate to Settings and System to check the firmware version number under Version.

  2. Download the latest firmware for your model of TV from the Vizio support website. Select Support and enter your TV model number to get the correct firmware. Compare it to the Version listed on your TV and proceed if the installed version is older.

  3. Rename the file you downloaded to ‘fwsu.img.’ This allows your TV to recognize it as a firmware image file.

  4. Copy the file to your USB drive.

  5. Power off your TV and insert the USB drive into your TV.

  6. Power on your TV. You should see a blue light on the TV telling you it has picked up the USB and the firmware image file.

  7. Once the blue light goes out, power off the TV and remove the USB drive.

  8. Power on the TV, navigate to Settings and System to check the firmware version number under Version to make sure you’re running the latest firmware.

Update apps on a newer Vizio TV

Subsequent generations of Vizio TVs use SmartCast TV, which is a version of Chromecast. With Chromecast, you can use an app on your phone to cast content directly to your TV. These newer models do not require you to update your apps manually; they update themselves automatically when you aren’t using your TV. These models also update their firmware periodically, but you can do this manually yourself if you want to. Vizio TVs equipped with SmartCast make much shorter work of updates. As long as your TV gets connected to WiFi, it should take just a few seconds to update your TV manually.

  1. Power on your TV.

  2. With the remote, select Menu and then Settings.

  3. Select System and Check for Updates.

  4. Confirm any updates if found.

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

How Do I Update My Hulu App on Vizio TV?

Many of you may have noticed that Hulu won’t work on your television anymore, and Vizio addressed the Hulu not working problem on their website.

Vizio stated, “Some older VIZIO VIA devices will no longer be able to stream Hulu Plus. This is due to an upgrade Hulu performed to the Hulu Plus app. This affects multiple devices across almost all electronic manufacturers. There is not a problem with your VIZIO TV, or with Hulu Plus. Hulu Plus will no longer work on the TVs listed below.”

If your television is a part of any of the models on their website, you will no longer be able to watch Hulu.

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 on the television directly. To log onto your Amazon Prime app, follow the steps below.

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

  2. Click on the app “Amazon Prime Video” and log in using your user name 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, read how to update the firmware on your Vizio TV.

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