Learn How to Reset Apps on VIZIO Smart TV to Get Unstuck

The primary joy of owning a smart TV is getting to enjoy your favorite shows across different apps, all of which are available on the same device and are easily accessed with a few simple clicks. 

However, this joy is somewhat diminished when the apps start crashing or malfunctioning on your smart TV. This makes it imperative to know how to reset apps on VIZIO Smart TV. 

While I am the proud owner of an LG Smart TV, most folks around me, from my parents to my girlfriend, have a VIZIO Smart TV at home. Consequently, I am frequently called upon to resolve one issue or the other. 

While I have already discussed resetting a VIZIO Smart TV for my parents or clearing the cache on my girlfriend’s television set, I will be exploring something else entirely in this article.  

Now, you all know one’s girlfriend cannot be put off for long. However, once I had resolved her TV issues, she couldn’t stop bragging about it to her friends. 

As a result, I found myself besieged by her friends to resolve the issues on their smart devices, too. As a self-confessed idler, I had no interest in helping them all. 

However, in the end, I really couldn’t say no to her best friend as else I would have landed in deep trouble with my girlfriend. 

However, everything worked out for the best in the end, as I learned so much about how apps work on a VIZIO Smart TV. It also gave me a chance to create an exciting, new topic for my blog and even learn how do you reset apps on a VIZIO Smart TV

However, before we learn how to reset apps, let’s examine the key reasons why you may need to do so. 

Why Do You Need to Reset Apps on VIZIO Smart TV

Why Do You Need to Reset Apps on VIZIO Smart TV

Trust me when I tell you that there’s nothing worse than your Netflix app crashing while you are binge-watching Euphoria or watching all the seasons of Dollface on Hulu. I know how I feel when it happens to me during a Money Heist marathon. 

My girlfriend and her best friend were seriously annoyed once this happened a few times. As a result, I was called in to ensure that it never happened again. 

Now, for those of you who are facing issues with the apps on their VIZIO televisions, here’s a checklist of factors that may be causing them:

Low Memory Storage

If you allow the cache data to accumulate in your TV’s memory instead of clearing it out every few months, then the chances are that your device is low on storage. 

A low or backed-up memory may be the reason why your apps are not functioning properly. The piled-up cache can corrupt your apps or even prevent you from installing the latest updates on your TV.

Slow Internet Speed

Slow Internet Speed

Another reason why the apps on your VIZIO Smart TV keep buffering is a slow internet connection.

I personally think it’s a waste to use your smart TV without the internet or even with a slow internet connection as it’s such a waste.  

If your TV keeps buffering instead of playing your favorite shows, you need to check your internet connection right away. 

Here is how you can check the internet speed on your VIZIO Smart TV:

  • Press the Menu button on your smart TV remote.
  • Navigate to the Network section. 
  • Next, press OK.
  • You now need to go to Test Connection and press OK again.
  • Next, a page displaying information about your TV’s internet connection will pop up. 
  • Once it has finished loading, select Download
  • Check the internet speed on your TV. 
  • Your internet speed should be at least 1,000 Kbps for your apps to function well.
  • Anything lower than this, and your apps will not be able to function properly. 

You may need to get your internet connection checked or may even have to upgrade your current plan to enjoy faster internet. 

Pending Updates

All the apps on your VIZIO TV need to be updated at frequent intervals to keep them in good working order. 

However, in some instances, you may forget to update your apps or be unable to do so due to a full TV memory or slow internet connection. 

Irrespective of the cause, outdated apps often develop software problems that prevent their proper functioning.

Now, to resolve all of the issues listed above, you must learn how do you reset apps on a VIZIO Smart TV. Once you have discovered and mastered how to do this, you will be able to help your apps recover and perform better in the future. 

So, let’s down to business, shall we?

Discover How to Reset Apps on a VIZIO Smart TV

Here’s a Step-by-Step Guide on How to Reset Apps on Your VIZIO Smart TV

Step 1: First, click on the Menu button on your VIZIO Smart TV remote.
Step 2: Once the Menu appears, click on the Choose System section.
Step 3: Navigate to Reset & Admin option. 
Step 4: Click on Soft Power Cycle.
Step 5: After selecting the Soft Power Cycle, the unit will shut down, reboot, and reset all your VIZIO Smart TV apps. 

Now, I have shown you how to reset apps on VIZIO Smart TV
Next, we will see how to reset Netflix on VIZIO Smart TV and then explore how to reset the Hulu app as well.

How to Reset Netflix on VIZIO Smart TV?

If the Netflix app in your VIZIO Smart TV isn’t working properly, you need to follow the steps outlined below to reset Netflix on your VIZIO Smart TV:

Step 1: Go to your VIZIO Smart TV’s Home Screen and go to Settings.
Step 2: Select the General Section and open the Applications section
Step 3: Click on Manage Applications and scroll down to select the Netflix app.
Step 4: After clicking on the Netflix app, select storage and click on Clear Data.

Once you have cleared the cache data from your Netflix app, your Netflix app will be restored to its original or factory settings. 

Once you reconfigure your settings on the app, it should be smooth sailing ahead. 

How to Reset Hulu App on VIZIO Smart TV?

After Netflix, the Hulu app has some of my girlfriend’s favorite shows. Naturally, her best friend is a big fan of the streaming platform, too. 
However, this app might face the same problem as the others, and if it stops functioning properly, you will have to reset it.

Here’s How to Reset Hulu App on Your VIZIO Smart TV:

Step 1: Select the VIA or V button on your VIZIO Smart TV remote.
Step 2: Select the Hulu App on your VIZIO Smart TV to update it, and press the yellow button on your remote.
Step 3: If you see the update option, click on that, but click on delete if it doesn’t appear.
Step 4: After deleting, navigate to the App Store using your remote.
Step 5: Select the Hulu app, and click on ‘OK’ to install it. If you haven’t deleted it, you can click on the update to get the latest version.


Q.1  How do I refresh my VIZIO Smart TV?

Answer – To refresh your VIZIO Smart TV, you need to download the latest software update available on your device manually. 

Click on the V button on your VIZIO TV remote, and navigate to the System section. If the software update is available, click on it to access the latest version and install it on your TV.

Q.2 How do I delete apps and reinstall them on my VIZIO Smart TV?

Answer – To delete apps from your VIZIO Smart TV, you need to press the VIA button on your VIZIO Smart TV remote. 

A pop-up menu will appear, and then you can select delete apps selecting each of them. 

To reinstall them, you have to navigate to the Play Store via your remote, search for the apps you want to reinstall, and click on the Install option for each of the apps.

Q.3 How do I reset my VIZIO SmartCast?

Answer – The simplest way to reset your VIZIO SmartCast TV is to press and hold the input and volume button situated on the side of your TV. 
Now, keep holding it for 10 to 15 seconds, and a banner will appear on your device telling you to press and hold the Input button resetting the TV to its factory or default settings.


Generally, the apps on your VIZIO Smart TV will function properly, but if they start crashing frequently or keep buffering, then it’s time for a reset. 

You can easily apply the different methods and techniques outlined above to get your apps functioning again. 

If you still face issues with the apps on your VIZIO TV despite following all these steps, I would suggest calling their customer service for help. 

Do let me know if my methods worked out for you. If any of my fellow geeks have more tips or hacks to reset the apps on VIZIO Smart TV, feel free to share them with our readers in the comments below.

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