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How to Resolve Vizio TV Image Cut Offs

As a Vizio TV owner, I was increasingly frustrated with the seemingly random cut-offs of images on my TV. I decided to do some research, and was amazed to discover that there were some simple tips and tricks that could help me resolve my image cut-off issue. In this blog post, I will share with you how I solved my issue as well as other solutions that I discovered.

Easy fixes include modifications to your aspect ratio, backlighting, and HDR settings. Loading content from external devices also needs the picture settings to be optimized. If the issue persists, a firmware update or a factory reset may be necessary.

6 Ways to Resolve Vizio TV Image Cut Offs

Troubleshooting should begin with power cycling your Vizio and checking for loose connections. If your TV still has cut images on the edges, then here are six ways to fix it:

1. Adjust Aspect Ratio on Vizio TV

The aspect ratio is an important feature of any display. This value refers to the width-to-height relationship that dictates the shape of the frame. 

Since pictures are created with different aspect ratios, TVs are designed to adjust displays accordingly. This is done through image scaling and introducing black bars on the edges to make them fit into the screen.

Innovations have made this process flawless. However, sometimes this scaling causes quality issues like cutting too much on the edges.

You may encounter this issue on your Vizio TV, which usually stems from choosing the Wide aspect ratio. The quick fix is to go to your System settings, then change the aspect ratio under the picture settings from Wide to Normal.

Just make sure to restart your Vizio TV after the changes.

2. Modify HDR Settings

Your TV screens may blur on the edges, which gives the impression of cut images. This effect can be due to your HDR or High-Dynamic Range setting. This feature works by creating deeper blacks and brighter highlights.

To reduce this blurring effect, a simple tweak in your HDR setting may just do the trick. Do this by following the steps below:

  1. First, open the Menu tab on your TV.
  2. Next, click on the Input Settings option.
  3. Then, go to the Full UHD color option.
  4. Afterward, switch OFF the feature and exit the menu.
  5. Finally, restart your Vizio TV and check if the issue gets resolved.

3. Adjust the Backlighting Setting

Your Vizio TV’s local dimming feature can be accessed through the “Active Full Array” setting. This backlighting setup controls the brightness and contrast of the display.

While it boosts picture quality, it can create noise similar to the HDR feature. This typically occurs when watching in dark environments or playing heavily dark content

Turning off this option or keeping it at a low setting may be best to avoid viewing issues. Go through the following steps to change your backlight setting:

  1. First, locate the Picture option on the Menu tab.
  2. Next, click on the Setting tab. 
  3. Open the Advanced Picture or More Picture settings.
  4. Then, click on the Active Full Array option.
  5. Choose OFF or Low.
  6. Finally, exit the menu tab and restart your TV.

4. Optimize Settings for External Devices

Connecting your Vizio to personal computers, game consoles, and disc players also affects screen display.

Each time you plug in an external device, you should optimize the settings to match your TV. Toggle between the Picture settings, particularly the aspect ratio and output resolution.

5. Update Vizio TV Firmware

Keeping updated Firmware is essential in fixing bugs and errors. It can also give your TV added features to make it more functional.

Here are the steps to update your TV’s firmware:

  1. First, navigate to the System option from the Menu tab.
  2. Next, locate and select the Check for Update option.
  3. Then, perform the update and wait for it to finish.
  4. Lastly, restart your TV and check if the issue persists.

6. Perform a Factory Reset

If the previous methods don’t work, then your last resort is to factory reset your Vizio TV. This will wipe out configurations you made and downloaded contents. The good thing is that it also erases bugs and errors.

Here’s how you can do a factory reset on your Vizio TV:

  1. First, navigate to the System tab under the Menu.
  2. Next, click on the Reset and Admin options.
  3. Then, select the Reset TV to Factory Defaults tab.
  4. Afterward, enter the Parental Control Code.
  5. Confirm the reset.
  6. Lastly, reconfigure your settings and see if it works.


Vizio TV image cut-offs can be due to your TV settings or simply an outdated operating system. Connecting to external devices and compatibility issues with content can also be the reasons for blurry or dark edges.

You want to try modifying the picture settings, particularly the aspect ratio, HDR, and local dimming features, to try to fix the issue. Optimize these settings as well when viewing content from external devices.

Also, make sure that Vizio TV firmware is updated to remove bugs and errors. If this doesn’t solve the problem, then do a factory reset.