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How to fix the YouTube app on Vizio Smart TV?

A few years ago, watching YouTube content on your TV was something special, as you had to know how to connect your computer or any other device to your TV. Nowadays, we have smart TVs with their own applications such as the Vizio Smart TV, but sometimes it just doesn’t work no matter what you try. If you’re having trouble with the Vizio YouTube app, don’t worry, this guide should solve your problem in no time!

What’s the problem with my Vizio Smart TV and YouTube?

First and foremost, one can experience a number of different issues related to the YouTube application on Vizio Smart TV. Nothing is just black and white, no pun intended, and you should be aware of these issues before undergoing any sort of reparation process.

Here’s a small list of the most common YT app issues and error messages we made for you to keep things as simple as possible:

  • Your Vizio TV screen is freezing during transmission
  • The YouTube application isn’t working at all on your Vizio Smart TV
  • YouTube is showing an error message on Vizio Smart TV
  • YouTube can’t load on your Vizio Smart TV
  • The YouTube application crashes on your Vizio Smart TV
  • Vizio YouTube gets a black screen, forcing you to close the application

Step-by-step guide on how to fix YouTube on my Vizio Smart TV

So now that you are aware of all the different issues you may encounter while using your Vizio Smart TV, it’s time to narrow them down by going through our complete step-by-step guide below.

How to hard reset the YouTube application on my Vizio Smart TV?

As a first and obvious test, we are just going to try a simple shutdown and power on again to see if that doesn’t solve your issue. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Check your cables and your Wi-Fi router to see if everything is running smoothly.
  2. If everything is fine with the cables and your internet connection, we will still hard reset everything nonetheless.
  3. To start with, power off your internet router completely and power it back on.
  4. Next, you are going to pull out the power cable of your smart TV for a couple of seconds, and plug it back in before powering the beast again.
  5. Press the Power button to turn on your Vizio Smart TV, check if your internet connection is indeed going through your TV, and test the YouTube application.

How to Update the YouTube application on my Vizio Smart TV?

Now, if step 1 didn’t work, don’t panic, there are a few other things we can try. Actually, you have to think of your smart TV as if it was an iPhone with its applications. These applications need to be updated sometimes. Here’s how you update the YouTube app on your Vizio Smart TV:

  1. Before you begin, know that by default, the apps on your smart TV should update automatically. That being said, sometimes they don’t update correctly, which can lead to some compatibility issues and whatnot.
  2. Firstly, go to the Settings menu within the Remote Control Menu.
  3. Go to the System menu.
  4. Select the Check for Updates option.
  5. Your Vizio TV will check for updates and reboot itself afterward.
  6. Once that’s done, verify your internet connection and start the YouTube app.

How to update the firmware on my Vizio Smart TV?

Well, now that we know that all your applications are updated, let’s see if your Vizio Smart TV is up-to-date as well! Follow the instructions below:

  1. First make sure, as always, that your Vizio TV is on and connected to the internet.
  2. Usually, firmware updates are done automatically when you turn off your TV, but in some cases, the update might have failed.
  3. Go to your main menu with the Vizio remote, and go to Admin & Privacy settings, or on some models, it will be called System Settings.
  4. Then, choose Check for Updates. If there is an update, it will download and install it automatically.
  5. Try your YouTube app again to see if it works now.

How to clear the cache on my Vizio Smart TV?

Still not working? This time around, we are going to clear the cache data on your Vizio Smart TV. To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the main menu on your Vizio Smart TV.
  2. Select the Admin & Privacy settings, sometimes called the System menu on older models.
  3. You should be able to find something called Reset and Administration and Clear Memory. Select Clear Memory.
  4. It will ask you to enter a PIN, the default one is 0000.
  5. Press OK and try your YouTube app to see if that solved the issue.

How to reset my Vizio Smart TV to the factory settings?

Okay, none of the above solved your problem, so it’s time to reset your Smart Vizio TV to its factory settings. Please note that this is going to erase your user settings and your apps. Your Vizio TV will be like new. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to the main menu on your Vizio Smart TV.
  2. Select the Admin & Privacy settings, sometimes called the System menu on older models.
  3. Select Reset to Factory Settings.
  4. Then press OK and wait for the process to be done.
  5. Now, reconnect your Smart TV Vizio to the internet, and reinstall the YouTube app.
  6. Open the YouTube Vizio application and see if it works.

In conclusion

If you go through all the above steps, you should be able to solve any problem you may have encountered with the YouTube application. As a reminder:

  1. First, always make sure that your Smart Vizio TV is connected to the internet.
  2. Then, make sure that everything, the YouTube app, and your smart TV firmware are up-to-date.
  3. Finally, you can clear the cache and try a hard reset.
  4. If nothing works, then as a last resort, you can reset your Vizio Smart TV to its factory settings.

We hope this was helpful and that you can enjoy YouTube content on your Vizio TV.

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