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(7 Steps) How To Program Vizio Remote [2023]

How To Program Vizio Remote

I have a very messy neighbor.

And I noticed something particular with him…

He constantly loses the remote controls for his TV, DVD player, and the like.

So, to end his suffering, I gave him a universal remote from Vizio.

But how do you program it for multiple devices?

Read on to find out:

  • How to program a Vizio remote in 7 easy steps.
  • Easy troubleshooting steps to fix a broken remote control.
  • How to use your smartphone as a remote for your Vizio TV.
  • Programming codes that’ll work for TVs like Samsung, Philips, and Sony.
  • And lots more…

How to program Vizio remote? 

You can program your Vizio remote by entering the correct programming code that matches the brand from your TV, soundbar, DVD player, etc. Alternatively, you can download a Vizio remote app to control your TV with your smartphone. 

7 steps to program a Vizio remote

Most people nowadays have a TV, DVD player, soundbar, receiver, etc.

And all these devices come with a separate remote control.

So, before you even watch your favorite TV show…

You first need to find multiple ‘zappers’ to get things going.

That’s why having a Vizio universal remote control makes life a bit easier. 

But you need universal programming codes to set it up.

These codes allow your Vizio remote to connect to the device you want to control.

You can find the complete list of these codes for your Vizio universal remote control here.

Programming a Vizio remote

Now that we have the correct codes, we can start programming it by taking these 7 easy steps:

Note: We use a Vizio TV in this example to keep it simple.

  1. Manually turn on the Vizio TV (or the device you want to control).
  2. Push and hold the power button for 5 seconds until the LED blinks twice and remains lit.
  3. Choose a 4-number programming code for your TV brand from the table below. 
  4. Enter the digits by using the numeric buttons from your Vizio Remote. 
  5. The LED will flash once after entering each digit.
  6. When the code is accepted, the LED blinks twice and turns off.
  7. Aim the remote at the Vizio TV and push the power button. Once the TV turns off, you’re done.

Note: If you tried these steps and they didn’t work, repeat using a different code.

Below, you’ll see some popular TV brands with their universal programming codes to connect your Vizio remote.

TV brandUniversal programming code
Hisense1176 0073 0182 0216 1016
JVC0060 0026 0197 0069 0160 0247 0923 0012 0065
LG 0134 0004 0050 0009 0005 0155 0132 0227 0338 0012 0057 0080 0156
Philips0154 1174 0062 0204 0184 0208 0205 0206 0207 0004 0189 0183 0199 0200 0081 1149 1154 0288 0456 0003 0008 0068 0075 0086 0087 0141
Samsung0105 0077 0076 0109 0007 0009 0004 0005 0085 0172 0942 0358 0012 0015 0080 0104 0106
Sony 0128 0013 0002 0071 0380 0152
Vizio 1169 1168 0081 0112 0143 1011 0050 1000 1222 1322 1189 0218 0219 0220 0221 0222
Westinghouse0143 0114 1146 0002

So, if you have 1 of these brands, then try it out.

If not, and you don’t see your TV in this table, you can check this link for the complete list.

You’ll also find the codes for other devices, such as DVD players, VCRs, HD set-top boxes, etc.

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Bonus #1: Use your smartphone as a remote

We all know how frustrating it is when you can’t find your keys, wallet, or in this case, the remote control.

Most of the time, it’s under or between the pillows on your couch, right?

And 99 out of 100 times, you’ll find it back anyways.

But let’s say this time it’s really gone or worse…

It’s completely broken.

What’s best to do then?

Well, I got the correct fix.

Simply use your smartphone or tablet as your remote control for your Vizio TV.

I found a Vizio remote control app for Android and iOS.

Note: Your Vizio TV and smartphone must be connected to the same WiFi.


For Android devices, you can take these 3 simple steps:

  1. Go to the Google PlayStore.
  2. Search for the app: TV Remote Control For Vizio TV.
  3. Install it and follow the on-screen instructions.


And for iOS (Apple) devices, you can take these 3 easy steps:

  1. Go to the Apple Appstore.
  2. Search for the app: Viz – Smart TV remote control.
  3. Install it and follow the on-screen instruction

And for visual guidance on how to do it on an iPhone, you can check out this helpful video:

If you’re done, then try it out.

Bonus #2: Troubleshooting a Vizio remote that’s not working

Troubleshooting A Vizio Remote That's Not Working

If you have a remote that isn’t working anymore, don’t throw it away just yet.

See, there are some creative ways to bring it back to life.

First, check if nothing is blocking the IR (infrared) sensor in front of the TV.

Unlike Bluetooth or WiFi, IR needs a direct line of light to send or receive signals from 1 device to another.

That’s why nothing should be in the way.

So, remove obstacles that could block the signal and try again.

No luck?

Then check the batteries, especially if they’re put correctly. Meaning the + and – symbols should match their respective symbols in the battery compartment.

Alternatively, replace the old batteries with new ones.

Pro tip: Don’t mix old batteries with new ones. Only use new ones. 

You might also like: 9 Ways To Fix A Vizio TV That Won’t Connect To WiFi 

Lastly, unjam stuck or glitchy buttons. 

See, many things can get between the buttons from the remote control, such as dust, sand, hand lotion, etc.

So, to fix stuck buttons, these 4 simple steps:

  1. Take the batteries out of the remote control.
  2. Press and hold the power button for 30 seconds.
  3. Then press all the buttons numerous times.
  4. Place the batteries back.

After, you can go ahead and see if your remote’s working again.