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How to Connect Mobile Hotspot to Vizio Smart TV

As a frustrated owner of a Vizio Smart TV, I recently had the challenge of trying to connect it to a mobile hotspot. After some research and trial and error, I was able to successfully connect and wanted to share my experience and the tips and tricks I learned along the way.

In this blog post, I’ll explain in detail the steps I took to connect my Vizio Smart TV to a mobile hotspot and provide other solutions that might help you get connected. So if you’re having trouble connecting your Vizio Smart TV to a mobile hotspot, read on to find out how I did it and how you can too!

Connecting Mobile Hotspot to Vizio Smart TV: Step-By-Step Instructions

Connecting your Vizio smart TV to the internet using a mobile hotspot is relatively simple. You can do it using any mobile device with a cellular connection. However, the exact steps you’ll need to take will differ slightly depending on the type of phone you’re using.

Since most mobile devices available on the market can be categorized into iOS or Android devices, we’ve provided detailed step-by-step instructions for what to do when using each type.

Using an iPhone

The first step is to open up your iPhone’s Settings menu by tapping the gray cog icon on the home screen. Next, tap on Mobile Data, then Personal Hotspot or Settings. Now tap on Personal Hotspot and make sure that the toggle is set to On.

There’s also a nifty shortcut you can use to turn on the hotspot on your iPhone.

It involves swiping down from the top-right corner of your screen. This should prompt the Control Center menu to appear. Next, tap and hold the center of the Connectivity tab. From the icons that pop up, select the one for Personal Hotspot.

Now that your iPhone’s hotspot is enabled, go ahead and turn on your Vizio TV. You’ll want to access the settings menu by pressing the Menu button on your remote. Select Network and choose your iPhone from the list of connection options that show up.

Now all that’s left is for you to enter your iPhone hotspot’s password.

Using an Android Phone

Access your phone’s settings menu by swiping down from the top of your screen and tapping the cog icon on the top right. Next, tap on Connections, Mobile Hotspot and Tethering, and ensure that the slider for Mobile Hotspot is turned on.

To check the name that your device will appear under and the password you’ll need to enter, tap on Mobile Hotspot.

An easier way to turn on the hotspot is to swipe down from the top of your screen twice. You’ll find several shortcuts to certain settings, such as location and Bluetooth. These shortcuts should include the hotspot icon.

Simply tap it so that it turns blue and you’re good to go.

Once you’ve turned on your phone’s hotspot, turn on your Vizio TV and press the Menu button on the remote. Next, select the Network section from the settings menu that pops up. A drop-down menu will appear with all of the networks available for connection.

Select your Android phone from the list and enter its password. Your TV should now be connected to the web, enabling you to utilize all of its features

Why Is Mobile Hotspot Not Working With Your Vizio TV?

If your Vizio TV is failing to establish a connection with your mobile hotspot, there are several reasons why this may be the case. Here are two of them:

Incorrectly Configured Settings

One possible reason for your TV’s connection issues is that its settings aren’t configured as they should be. One of these settings is the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).

To adjust your TV’s DHCP settings, press the Menu button on your remote, then select Network. Now, select Manual Setup followed by DHCP

If the DHCP is set to Off, turn it on by pressing your remote’s right arrow button. In case it’s turned on, turn it off by also pressing the right arrow button and then turn it back on.

Software Glitches

Your issue may also be software related. To correct any software glitches your Vizio TV may be encountering, turn the TV off and unplug it from the power source. You should turn off the hotspot on your phone for good measure too.

After 30 seconds or so, plug your TV back in and turn the hotspot back on. More often than not, this will solve the issue.


If you’re wondering how to connect a mobile hotspot to your Vizio TV, the answer is that it’s pretty simple.

All you’ll need to do is to turn on your phone’s hotspot and search for it through your TV network settings menu. Once you’ve entered the password correctly, your TV will be connected to your phone’s internet.