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11 Steps To Reset Vizio Soundbar In 1 Minute (2023 How-To)

How To Reset Vizio Soundbar

Is your Vizio sound bar not working properly?

If so, a simple reset may help solve your problem.

But if you’re in a hurry, how can you do it in the fastest way possible?

Read on to find out:

  • 5 steps to reset the Vizio soundbar to factory settings.
  • 3 easy-to-follow steps to reset a Vizio soundbar remote.
  • How you can reset your Vizio soundbar with and without the remote.
  • The importance of resetting your Vizio soundbar and when you should do it.
  • And a lot more…

Is there a reset button on the Vizio soundbar?

There is no reset button on the Vizio soundbar. But, you can press and hold a button combination (“Bluetooth” and “Volume Down”) to start the process. Continue holding these for around 5 seconds. Then release the buttons. Once the reset is done, all the LEDs on your soundbar should flash 3 times. 

How to reset Vizio soundbar to factory settings: 5 steps

#1: Power on your soundbar

Connect the power adapter to your soundbar. Then plug it in a wall outlet.

After this, press the “Power” button on your device or on its remote.

And then…

#2: Tap and hold the “Bluetooth” and “Volume Down” buttons

Like I said earlier, there’s no single reset button on a Vizio soundbar.

But, there’s a certain button combination that can activate it. 

And you could even factory reset the Vizio soundbar without a remote.


Press and hold the “Bluetooth” and “Volume Down (-)” buttons on your soundbar at the same time.

Note: Keep in mind that by doing this, you’ll be erasing all the saved settings on your device. So it’s like you’re bringing it back to its original factory state. And you have to set up everything again after this.


#3: Hold them for about 5 seconds

After pressing the buttons, continue holding them while counting to 5.

The time may vary by a few seconds in other models. Either less or more.

However, 5 seconds was stated in the official Vizio soundbar manual. So it’s the usual waiting time.

Then lastly…

#4: Release the buttons and wait until the LEDs blink thrice

Is your Vizio soundbar blinking earlier?

If so, then it should stop as you release the buttons.

Also, if the reset was successful, all the LEDs on your soundbar will flash 3 times.

This means that the process is already done. So this is the only way to know whether you did the right thing or not.

Then as a last step…

#5: Check if your soundbar is working properly again or not

If you want to make sure you’re doing it right, check out this short clip:

But if your device doesn’t have any sounds, it’s also possible that you have an audio issue.

So here’s a bonus trick that can help fix this problem.

How do I reset my Vizio soundbar with the remote?

It’s also possible to reset your device using its remote.

But, this will only work for models in these series:

  • V-Series 5.1.
  • M-Series 5.1.

Also, this may not have the same effect as a factory reset. Wherein all your saved info will be gone in only a few clicks.

But doing this, will:

  • Reset the audio preferences.
  • Remove all paired Bluetooth devices.
  • Erase some of the sound bar’s settings.

To do this:

Step 1: Get your Vizio soundbar remote first.

Step 2: Press the “Setup” button.

Note: Again, this isn’t available in all remote controls. The “Setup” button is usually found in models with a screen display at the top. Such as the remote for Vizio V51-H6 5.1 soundbar.

Step 3: Navigate to “Reset Audio” or “Reset All”

If you only want to reset the sound settings of your device, click “Reset Audio.”

But if you need to delete most of the settings…

Step 4: Select “Reset All.”

Step 5: Click “OK” to start the reset process.

Step 6: Wait until it’s done.

You’ll know if it’s finished if all the LEDs on your Vizio soundbar flash 3 times.

How do I reset my Vizio soundbar without the remote? 3 steps

#1: Remove your soundbar from its power source

First, turn your Vizio soundbar off.

It’s not enough to simply shut it down. To make sure, remove its cord from the outlet as well.

Note: The first set of steps can also reset your soundbar without using the remote. But if the problem still continues, you may do this after.

It’s called ‘hard resetting.’ And to perform this, you don’t have to press any buttons – both on your device and remote.

#2: Unplug all your sound bar’s connections

These include all the cables and cords you see that are linked to your device.

Reading tip: 11 Quick Fixes: Vizio Sound Bar HDMI Arc Not Working


#3: Leave your soundbar for 10 seconds

After removing all its connections, leave it that way for a while.

Then once the 10 seconds are over…

#4: Plug all the connections back in

This must clear any errors in your Vizio soundbar system. So press all the buttons on your remote.

And check if your soundbar responds to it and functions well.

Now, if your Vizio remote is also not working…

It might also need a reset.

But, before trying the steps below…

Make sure first that there’s no object that gets in the way between your remote and soundbar.

The path around them should be clear. So if you see an obstruction, remove it right away.

But if there’s no object blocking the signals…

Proceed with the steps on how to reset your remote.

How to reset Vizio soundbar remote: 3 steps

#1: Take out its batteries 

Remove the back cover of your Vizio soundbar remote. Then take out all the batteries inside.

#2: Power cycle your remote

To do this, simply press each button of your remote twice. 

Once you’re done…

#3: Put the batteries back inside

Put Batteries Back Inside Vizio Soundbar Remote

Insert the batteries you removed earlier in your remote.

Make sure they’re placed properly – with the poles touching the correct sides of the slots. 

Then, try controlling your Vizio remote. And see if it works again with the soundbar.

Note: Usually, remote batteries last up to 3 to 6 months – depending on the usage. So if it’s still not functioning, then you might need to replace them.

Why and when should I reset my Vizio soundbar?

You should reset your Vizio soundbar when it’s not turning on or off and not working properly. 

This is because it can help clear any errors in its system. 

Also, by doing this, your device will return to its previous factory state. So this is recommended if it malfunctions due to incorrect settings.

Aside from these, a reset might also help if your Vizio soundbar:

If you want to know how to do this, check out the steps written above.

What to do if my Vizio soundbar isn’t working after resetting it?

If your Vizio soundbar isn’t working after resetting it, it might be in “Demo Mode.” 

So here’s what you need to do to disable it. 

First, press the “Input” and “Bluetooth” buttons at once on your soundbar. 

Hold them for around 10 seconds. Then, wait until all the LEDs on your device flash 4 times.

Does this work?

If not, here are 2 more other ways to deactivate Demo Mode:

Option #1: Using the SmartCast mobile app

  1. Install the SmartCast mobile app on your phone if you don’t have it yet. 
  2. Open the app.
  3. Go to “System.”
  4. Disable “Demo Mode.”

Option #2: Using other button combinations

If the “Input” and “Bluetooth” buttons don’t work on your soundbar…

Then it might be in a different type of Demo Mode.

And the only way to find this out is by trial and error.

If your soundbar only plays USB contents, press “Input” and “Volume Up.” 

But if it only plays audio when linked to RCA cable, press “Input” and “Volume Down” instead.

Then again, wait until all the LEDs blink 4 times.

Note: If they flashed only once, repeat the steps all over again.

You might also want to know: Why is my Vizio soundbar blinking white?