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How To Install 3rd Party Apps on Vizio TV

How To Install 3rd Party Apps on Vizio TV
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To get the most out of your Vizio TV, you need to find the right apps which are according to your taste. Because there are a lot of beautiful apps which work well to spend your day well.

You may want to install apps that are not available on Vizio TV created by Third-Party developers.

Key Solution Points:

  • Download Apps on Vizio TV | With V Button
  • Install Third-party apps to your VIZIO SmartCast using Amazon Firestick
  • Install Third-party (Sideload) apps to your VIZIO TV using Airplay
  • Install Google Play Store app to access additional apps
  • Install Apps on VIZIO Smart TV from USB
  • Install apps Using Vizio Internet Apps (VIA) Plus Platform

How to Download Apps on Vizio TV | With V Button

  • First, Click the V button on your Vizio TV remote control to get to the app’s home menu.
  • Click on one of the options on the top screen that takes you to the App Store options (Featured, Latest, All Apps, or Categories).
  • Next, highlight the app(s) you want to add that is not already on your list.
press v button from remote

How to Download Apps on Vizio TV | Without V Button

  • Install Apps on VIZIO Smart TV from USB
  • Make sure that your VIZIO TV has the ES File Explorer app which is used to open the APK file from USB.
  • Press the Menu button on the VIZIO Smart TV remote and navigate to the Settings menu.
  • Open the Instructions menu and select Notes and Instructions.
  • Skip the Must read before playing the photo, video, or music files section and check the supported USB file system format by the Smart TV.

How to Prepare a USB Flash Drive with a supported File System?

  • Step 1. Connect your USB flash drive to the computer and launch this program to enter its main interface.
  • Step 2. Select the USB flash drive from the disk map and click on Format Partition at the left pane.
  • Step 3. In the pop-up window, you can select FAT32, FAT16, exFAT, or NTFS from the File System drop-down menu based on your needs and click on OK. Here we take FAT32 for example.
  • Step 4. Click on Apply to execute the formatting operation.

Follow Steps to Install Third-Part Apps Using a USB Flash Drive

  • First, Launch the Settings menu on your VIZIO Smart TV.
  • Now, Go to Security & Restrictions.
  • Here, Look for Unknown Sources.
  • Toggle the button to On.
  • Open the web browser and make sure you go to the official website of the app which you want to install on your TV
  • Plug the USB Flash Drive into your Smart TV
  • Find the .apk file in the app folder, and then copy the file from your computer to the USB drive.
  • Plug the USB drive into your TV, and then find the .apk file in the drive, right-click it and select Install.

Note: Not all VIZIO Smart TVs may support the installation of apps from USB, please check the TV’s user manual before proceeding. Also, some apps may not be compatible with your TV, it’s worth checking compatibility before attempting to install them.

Install Third-party (Sideload) apps to your VIZIO TV BY CASTING OR MIRRORING

If your favorite app is not available on Vizio SmartCast App Store, you still have got an idea to download 3rd-party apps by using Amazon Firestick and then try downloading through it.

You may find it challenging to download the app involving Amazon Firestick due to the various steps involved but it is not impossible. Just follow the steps mentioned below to download without any issues.

  • First, Go to Amazon Firestick Menu.
  • Click Play button to access the Fire Stick setup screen.
  • Now, Select the language which you want to use.

The next step is the configuration of the Internet with Amazon Firestick. It will auto-search for the networks available. Just put the password of your internet connection and you are all set to go ahead.

Now, You have successfully configured Amazon Firestick. Install the apps on your Vizio Smart TV through Amazon Firestick. Amazon firestick also enables you to install third-party apps on your LG TV.

Amazon Fire Stick can play a couple of media and games including:

  • Music.
  • Installing apps.
  • Playing games.

Here are just a handful of the applications that you can get through the Amazon Appstore for your Fire Stick:

  • Netflix
  • Hulu
  • The CW
  • YouTube
  • Fox Now
  • NBC

Follow the instructions below for the step-by-step guide to installing apps using Firestick.

  • First, create an account on Amazon to allow Amazon Firestick to connect with your Vizio Smartcast.
  • Connect your Amazon Firestick to your Vizio Smart TV using HDMI.
  • Plug the power adapter of the Amazon Firestick into the power outlet.
  • Now, turn on your TV and go to the input menu of Vizio TV.
  • Select Amazon Firestick and turn it on.
  • You can open any browser and search for the app you wish to download.
  • Download the Apk file and install it on your Vizio TV.
  • Ensure that you have an active internet connection on the devices.
connect firestick with vizio

Install Third-party apps to your VIZIO TV using Streaming Device

This is one of the best and simplest options which doesn’t require any additional equipment. It basically does mirror or cast your content from the app through any other device to your Vizio TV.

In this way, you can use Apple Airplay or Google Chromecast.

How to use Apple AirPlay 2 with VIZIO Support/SmartCast

You can easily stream shows, music, apps, and photos from your iPhone or iPad to your VIZIO TV. You can even mirror your Macbook screen for Slideshare.

  • First, connect your VIZIO with the same Wi-Fi network as your device (iPhone)
connect your VIZIO with the same Wi-Fi
  • Now, choose the app which you want to stream to your VIZIO TV.
choose the app
  • Now, look for the Airplay icon on the top of the screen to stream content from the app to your VIZIO TV.
look for the Airplay icon
  • Now, select your Vizio TV on the screen.
select your Vizio TV
  • Finally, what will be on your screen through the app will now be available on your VIZIO TV.


How to use Google Chromecast with VIZIO TV

Your VIZIO TV has a built-in Chromecast which allows you to stream apps to TV from your phone, tablet, or computer.

  • First, make sure that your VIZIO TV and Smartphone are on the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Now, download the Google Home app to your smartphone.
  • Once, you have downloaded and set up Chromecast on your device
  • Click on your VIZIO TV device as shown in the below image.
lick on your VIZIO TV
  • From there, click on Cast on the screen.
click on Cast on screen
  • Click Cast Screen and Start Now.
  • Now, you can stream your screen and app display to your VIZIO TV.

Install Apps on VIZIO Smart TV with Vizio Internet Apps (VIA) Plus Platform

This method works best when you are not able to use ‘V’ button. Follow the steps mentioned below.

  • First, turn your TV on and connect it to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Press the Home button twice from your Remote control.
  • VIA interface will be shown on the screen.
  • Now, go to All Apps and search for your required app.
  • Select the app.
  • Press and hold OK until the app gets installed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Download Disney Plus From My VIZIO TV?

The easiest way to get Disney+ on a Vizio TV is to download the Disney+ app via the SmartCast TV platform. 

All Vizio SmartCast TVs from 2016 and later will support the app, so if you have a recently-purchased TV, simply head to the SmartCast platform, download the app, sign in, and get to streaming!

What is VIZIO SmartCast?

Smartcast is a capability the TV has using apps on your smartphone or tablet that are capable.

VIZIO SmartCast products are smart devices but there are no built-in applications. Instead you “cast” or “fling” the content to the display.

Where is the app store on my Vizio Smart TV?

  • First press the VIA button on the remote.
  • Now, Select Connected TV Store from the control on the screen.
  • Select All Apps, Latest, Featured, or Categories to find the app you wish to add.
  • Now, Install the app.

How to access local apps without a TV antenna?

Locast app is the best option for accessing local apps when you don’t have an antenna for your Television.

You can also check Xumo, Tubo, and Pluto TV to access thousands of movies for free.

Does Vizio have Google app store?

  • You can add Google Play to some models with the following approach.
  • First press the VIA button on the remote.
  • Now, Select Connected TV Store from the control on the screen.
  • Select All Apps, Latest, Featured, or Categories to find the app you wish to add.
  • Now, Install the app.

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