How to Connect Vizio Soundbar to WiFi, Easy to Follow Steps

Your Vizio soundbar works best when connected to WiFi. While your TV’s internet connection is sufficient for most operations, the soundbar will eventually need to update. Having your soundbar connected to WiFi can avoid problems associated with updates. 

I’ve worked with a lot of soundbars, and Vizio soundbars are a little tricky to work with. Below, we’ll look at how to connect Vizio soundbar to WiFi, as well as some troubleshooting for when it refuses to connect.

Why Connect Your Vizio Soundbar to the Internet? 

You may wonder why you need to connect your Vizio soundbar to your WiFi. After all, as long as it’s working, why does it need the connection? 

The truth is, your Vizio Soundbar might eventually need updates. Firmware and software updates coming from Vizio periodically, and these updates help boost your soundbar’s performance, compatibility and may fix existing issues. 

If you don’t get these updates, your soundbar may stop working unexpectedly. There might be issues with the connection between your soundbar and your TV. Sometimes, an update is the only way to make your soundbar work again. 

Keeping your Vizio soundbar connected to WiFi is the best way to make sure that these updates happen automatically. With any luck, new updates will be installed upon release. You’ll never have to worry about manually pushing an update or scrambling to connect your soundbar to the internet. 

How to Connect Vizio Soundbar to WiFi

Connecting your Vizio Soundbar to your WiFi connection can be complicated. These few steps can help you get connected without too much trouble.

1. Get Vizio SmartCast

Vizio SmartCast is an app for your smart device, and it’s crucial to the process of connecting your Vizio soundbar to your WiFi. Android users can find Vizio SmartCast on the Google Play store, whereas Apple devices can download it from the Apple App Store. 

This app will help control most of your Soundbar features. You can also use it to access apps on your TV, do convenient searches on streaming platforms, and more. Overall, it can be used as a remote with extra features.

One of those features is helping to control your Vizio soundbar’s settings. First, you’ll have to connect your Soundbar with the Vizio SmartCast app on your device.

2. Connect Your Phone to WiFi

Before you go any further, it’s important to make sure that your smart device is connected to WiFi. Tablets may already be connected to WiFi, but many cell phones won’t be. It’s important to toggle on the WiFi connection on your phone. Make sure that your phone is using that connection instead of cell phone data. 

3. Putting Your Vizio Soundbar into WiFi Mode

Next, you need to put your Vizio soundbar into WiFi or pairing mode. This requires that your Vizio soundbar is already connected to a TV. You’ll need to be able to see the menu options during this step.

Once your Vizio soundbar is connected to the TV, both the soundbar and the TV need to be turned on. You’ll also need your Vizio soundbar remote. 

First, press the ‘Menu’ button on your Vizio soundbar remote. You’ll be able to use the arrows on your remote to navigate the menu until you find the ‘WiFi Setup’ option. To select it, press the play button. 

At this point, your Vizio soundbar should enter WiFi or Pairing mode. This mode is indicated by a flashing LED light on your soundbar, usually found near the front. Once you see this blinking LED light, it means that you can pair your Vizio soundbar with the Vizio SmartCast app. 

4. Pair your Vizio Soundbar to your Vizio SmartCast App

Now, open your Vizio SmartCast app on your smart device. While you’re doing this, make sure to double-check that your smart device is connected to WiFi instead of data. If it isn’t, this may not work. 

Once you have the SmartCast app open, tap the three dots on the upper left corner of your screen. This should bring up the settings menu for Vizio SmartCast. You should choose the ‘Device Settings’ option.

Choose the ‘Vizio Devices’ options from here. Next, click ‘Add New Device’.

Instructions will appear on your screen. Follow this in-app tutorial to finish connecting your Vizio soundbar to WiFi. 

What if it doesn’t connect? The following troubleshooting steps can help fix many connection problems. 

5. Troubleshooting

There may be a few reasons why your Vizio Soundbar won’t connect to WiFi. It may not even be connecting to your Vizio SmartCast app. Here are some solutions you can try. 

  • Make sure that the ‘Link’ option is turned on. This option can be accessed via your soundbar’s remote. Some models may not have this option. Still, if you are having trouble connecting your Vizio soundbar to the SmartCast app, this is one of the first things you should check.
  • Sometimes, your Vizio soundbar may need to be reset. This allows a smooth connection and may reset certain services that aren’t functioning correctly. To reset your Vizio soundbar:
    • First, unplug your Vizio soundbar. Make sure that you physically unplug the cables. Turning off a surge protector may not work in the same way. 
    • Wait 30 seconds.
    • Plug the Vizio soundbar back in. 
    • Turn the Vizio soundbar on. 
    • Attempt to reconnect your Vizio soundbar to your WiFi network using the steps above.
  • You may need to update your Vizio soundbar’s firmware. You may be able to do this manually using your home computer and a thumb drive or other USB storage advice. This can be a complicated process, but it may force your Vizio soundbar to update without connecting to the internet first.

This may help your soundbar connect to the internet afterward, however. 

Conclusion

It can be tricky to get your Vizio soundbar to connect to WiFi, mainly because you have to use a companion app on your smart device. However, once you have the app installed, the process is simplified. Troubleshooting may help if your device refuses to connect. It can be a simple issue that’s preventing the connection. 

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