Adding and Managing Applications on TVs Vizio and displays home theater performed differently depending on the system used. We’ll take a look at each system: SmartCast, Vizio Internet Apps, and Vizio Internet Apps Plus.

Here is the breakdown system by model year:

  • All in 2018 TVs Vizio Smart equipped with the SmartCast function.
  • 2016 and 2017 inchless home theater displays have SmartCast.
  • 2016 and 2017 Vizio Smart TVs feature SmartCast or Vizio Internet Apps+.
  • Vizio Smart TVs 2015 and older are equipped with Vizio Internet Apps or Apps+.

Check the user manual for your specific model for system identification. To use any of the Vizio app platforms, your TV or home theater display must be connected to your home network and the Internet.

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How SmartCast works

The basis of SmartCast is Google Chromecast platform , in which the content of the Internet is application can be displayed on the TV screen with help casting it from a compatible smartphone or tablet. It means that instead of connecting the Chromecast dongle to the TV TV has a built-in Chromecast feature .

In addition to streaming content the SmartCast app for smartphones/tablets goes beyond casting, providing control of all TV functions including input selection, picture calibration, and audio settings. Also, when you start broadcasting, the TV will automatically switch from the input of the current source (such as a TV channel or any of HDMI inputs ) per source broadcasting .

When you select a TV or movie title, SmartCast lets you see which apps it’s available on instead of having to check each app to find it. SmartCast will also provide recommendations based on your browsing history.

Key SmartCast Applications

In addition to streaming content from your smartphone or tablet, SmartCast displays and TVs also include basic applications installed on a display or TV that can be accessed directly on the screen without broadcasting. You can use the TV remote control and built-in navigation interface.

Vizio Smartcast TV Essential Applications
bable CBS All Access CBS News cocoro
ConTV crackling Stream of Curiosity DAZN
pigeon channel Fandango now FilmRise FitFusion
FlixFling a stack of hay Hulu iHeart Radio
Love Direction NBC Netflix newsboy
Plex Pluto TV Prime Video (Amazon) Redbox
Try it Toon Goggles TV games voodoo
Watch for free Xumo YouTube YouTubeTV

To make it easier to manage the main applications, you can use function application string settings Vizio . This allows you to change the order in which the main apps appear on the home screen so that you can group your favorites closer together.

Here’s how to use Customize App Row:

  1. Use the remote control to select icon » Customize application string» .

    Vizio SmartCast TV - App Bar Customization - Moving Apps
  2. Select an application and move it using the left and right cursors provided. When you’re done, choose OK then Ready . If you decide you don’t want to move the app, you can choose Cancel .

    Vizio SmartCast TV - App Bar Customization - App Move Example

Adding Apps to SmartCast TV

With SmartCast, you can also use the SmartCast mobile app to access an additional pre-selected group of apps that can be cast to your display or TV.

However, if you want to add apps that are not included in the main list, or pre-selected mobile apps available for immediate broadcast, you must add them to your smartphone so that you can also cast them to your TV. as when using a Chromecast device .

This means that any apps you add that are not in the list of essential apps and that are installed on your TV are on your smartphone and you must use it. If you have the same app on your TV and phone (such as Netflix or YouTube ), you can choose to start directly from your TV or broadcast using your phone.

The process for adding an app is the same as on a Chromecast device.

  1. Go to Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

  2. Select in available Chromecast with application support for casting.

  3. Press Install .

  4. Once installed, the app now integrates into your smartphone’s casting.

  5. To create an app, open it and tap Cast l ogo (the same logo used by Chromecast) at the top of the smartphone screen.

    An example of the Cast logo in the app

After you start streaming and your content starts playing on your TV or SmartCast display, you can simultaneously perform other tasks on your phone without interrupting playback, including searching for other content to broadcast, making a phone call, turning off your phone, or even leaving your home with a phone.

Playback will stop when the program ends or when you use the TV remote control to perform another function on the TV.

Vizio Internet Apps / Apps +

As mentioned in the introduction, instead of SmartCast, many Vizio TVs may have Internet applications on Vizio / YahooI based or platform Apps+ Smart TV.

VIA/VIA+ works similar to the platforms found on most Smart TVs. All applications reside on or can be added to the TV, giving users the ability to manage and add all of their applications directly through the TV using the remote control. However also supported mirroring and showing a limited number of applications using compatible smartphones and tablets.

Adding Apps to VIA or VIA + TV

As of December 2, 2019, Netflix will work more on select 2012-14 Vizio smart TVs running Vizio Internet Apps or Apps Plus. Contact the technical support for your TV model for more details.

As with most Smart TVs, VIA and VIA+ already have a selection of pre-installed apps such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora, and iHeart Radio, but you can add many more apps from Vizio App Store . On some models, you can also add an app Google Play Movies & TV .

Here’s how to add more apps:

  1. Click button V on the Vizio TV remote control to go to the main application menu.

  2. Tap on one of the options at the top of the screen, which gives you access to the app store options (» Favorites» » Latest» » All Applications» or » Categories» ).

  3. Then highlight the apps you want to add that aren’t already added to your list.

  4. For TVs that have VIA, click OK and go to Install App . After installing the application, it will be added to your selection for viewing.

  5. For VIA+ TVs, press and hold OK, until the application is added to the list » My Apps» .

    Installed apps display a colored star in the top right corner of the app icon.

  6. To select and play content from an installed application, click the corresponding icon using the TV remote control.

Remove streaming service from My Apps list

  1. Highlight the icon for the specific app you want to you want to delete. A submenu will appear with the delete option.

  2. Click OK next to the uninstall option and the app will be uninstalled.

If you choose to reinstall the removed app at a later date, it will still be available through the app store using the previous procedure for adding an app.

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