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How do I reset my vizio tv picture settings?

If you want to reset your Vizio TV’s picture settings back to the factory default settings, it’s a straightforward process. Resetting the picture settings can help resolve issues if the current settings are causing problems or if you want to clear out any customized settings and start fresh.

Why Reset Vizio TV Picture Settings

There are a few reasons why you may want to reset your Vizio TV’s picture settings:

  • Picture quality issues – If you notice the picture doesn’t look right, has distorted colors, or other issues resetting the settings may help.
  • Clearing custom settings – If you or someone else customized the picture settings and you want to go back to the original defaults.
  • Before calibration – Resetting before a professional calibration ensures all old settings are cleared out.
  • Troubleshooting problems – A factory reset eliminates settings as a potential cause of issues.

Resetting removes any customized picture modes, enabled features like noise reduction, as well as picture adjustments like brightness, contrast, color, tint, and sharpness. It takes the TV back to the original settings when it came out of the box.

Reset Vizio TV Picture Settings from the Settings Menu

Most Vizio TV models have a Reset Picture Defaults option in the Settings menu that will reset all picture settings. Here are the steps to reset from the Settings menu:

  1. From the TV menu, go to the Settings option.
  2. Go down to Reset & Admin.
  3. Select Reset TV to Factory Defaults.
  4. Choose Reset.

This will reset all of the TV’s picture settings like brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness back to their default values. Any custom picture modes or settings adjustments will be cleared out.

Reset Settings from the Inputs Menu

Many Vizio TVs have a Reset Picture Defaults option in the Inputs menu as well:

  1. From the TV menu, go to Inputs.
  2. Select the input source you want to reset, such as HDMI-1.
  3. Go to More Picture and select Reset Picture Defaults.
  4. Choose Reset to confirm and reset that input’s picture settings.

This will reset the settings for just that individual input back to defaults. All other inputs will maintain their existing settings.

Reset Options from the Picture Menu

Some Vizio models also have Reset options directly in the Picture menu:

  1. From the TV menu, go to Picture.
  2. Select Picture Mode Edit.
  3. Highlight a custom picture mode and select the Reset Mode button to reset just that mode.
  4. Or select Reset All Picture Modes to reset all modes.

This lets you reset just the custom picture modes while keeping other pre-set modes intact.

Soft Power Cycle to Reset

If the reset options aren’t available or accessible, you can reset the picture settings by power cycling the TV:

  1. Turn the TV off either using the remote power button or the power button on the TV.
  2. Unplug the TV power cord from the wall outlet.
  3. Keep the TV unplugged for 2 minutes.
  4. Plug the power cord back in and turn the TV on.

Allow the TV to fully reboot until the home screen appears. This soft power cycle will reset the TV, including all picture settings, back to factory defaults.

Factory Reset with Buttons on Vizio TV

Some Vizio TV models have a sequence of buttons that can be pressed on the TV itself to perform a factory reset. This varies by model but often it is:

  1. Turn the TV on.
  2. Press and hold the Menu button on the TV for 5 seconds until the picture resets.
  3. Press and hold the Power button on the TV until you see the Vizio logo appear, then release it.

Refer to your owner’s manual for the specific button sequence for your Vizio model. The buttons directly perform a factory reset to restore the original picture and audio settings.

Reset from SmartCast App

If enabled on your model, you can also reset your Vizio TV from the SmartCast app on your phone or tablet:

  1. Open the Vizio SmartCast app.
  2. Tap on your TV name.
  3. Tap Reset to Factory Settings.
  4. Tap Reset to confirm the reset to factory defaults.

The SmartCast reset will restore the original factory picture, audio and other settings.

Reset Vizio Sound Bar Settings

If you have a Vizio sound bar connected to your TV, you may also want to reset its audio settings after resetting the TV. Follow these steps to reset a Vizio sound bar:

  1. Turn the sound bar off.
  2. Press and hold the Bluetooth and Volume Down buttons together for 10 seconds.
  3. When the status indicator on the sound bar flashes, release the buttons.

This will perform a factory reset of the Vizio sound bar’s settings, including audio and connectivity settings.


Resetting your Vizio TV picture settings is simple and can help resolve issues caused by customized picture modes or settings adjustments. The most convenient way is using the Reset Picture Defaults option available in the TV’s menus. For models where that option is not available, soft power cycling the TV or using the button sequence to factory reset the TV are alternatives to restore the original picture settings.

Resetting provides a fresh start and eliminates settings as a potential cause if you are having picture issues. It clears out any old settings so you can calibrate a TV or configure the optimal picture settings for your viewing environment.

Reset Method Procedure
Settings menu Select Reset & Admin > Reset TV to Factory Defaults
Inputs menu Select input > More Picture > Reset Picture Defaults
Picture menu Select Picture Mode Edit > Reset Mode or Reset All Picture Modes
Soft power cycle Unplug TV power, wait 2 minutes, plug back in and turn on
Button sequence Press and hold Menu then Power buttons in sequence
SmartCast app Open app, select TV, tap Reset to Factory Settings

Vizio provides multiple ways to reset your TV depending on the model and your preference. Resetting can quickly restore the original picture quality if needed. Just be sure to reset any connected sound bars as well.