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Vizio Soundbar Not Turning On? Here’s How to Fix It

I recently ran into an issue with my Vizio soundbar not turning on, and it was really frustrating. After trying a few things, I finally figured out how to get it working again. I decided to write this post to share what I learned and what other solutions I found online. So, if you’ve been having the same issue with your Vizio soundbar not turning on, then keep reading. I’ll be discussing the most common fixes for this issue, so you can get your soundbar working again in no time.

No Indicator LightIndicator light is off, indicating a potential power issue.Check cables, perform a power cycle, reseat the power cable, check the power source, check the circuit breaker, try another cable, contact Vizio support.
Indicator Light On, Soundbar Not OnIndicator light is on, but the soundbar isn’t working properly.Check soundbar connection to TV, ensure TV is set to the correct input, perform a factory reset.
Soundbar Not Turning On With RemoteThe soundbar doesn’t turn on when using the remote, suggesting an issue with the remote.Replace remote batteries, ensure the remote is in range and not obstructed.

What to Do When Vizio Sound Bar Isn’t Turning On?

When your Vizio soundbar doesn’t turn on, the first thing you need to do is to check the indicator light. If the indicator light is on, but your device isn’t working properly, this isn’t a power issue.

On the other hand, in case the indicator light is off, there are a few fixes that you need to try. Let’s check them out.

  1. Make Sure the Cables Are Secure

It goes without saying that the first thing you should check is the power cable. A loose power cable is more common than you think. So, make sure your power cable is secure and plugged into a power source.

  1. Perform a Power Cycle on Your Vizio Soundbar

You can proceed with the following steps to perform a power cycle on your soundbar:

  1. First, unplug the power cable from the Vizio soundbar.
  2. Then, hold down the power button for 5 seconds while the soundbar is unplugged.
  3. Finally, reconnect the power cable and try powering your soundbar once again.
  4. Reseat the Power Cable

You can simply unplug the power cable from your soundbar, and also from the power source. Then, wait for 30 seconds and plug the cable back in. Make sure the cable is tightly connected to both the soundbar and power source.

  1. Check the Power Source

Unplug your soundbar from the outlet and plug any device in it to make sure it’s working. In case you’re using a power strip, connect your soundbar to the outlet directly.

If the outlet is working, you might have a bad cable, or your device might be suffering from hardware issues.

  1. Check the Circuit Breaker

In some cases, your circuit breaker might get tripped due to an electrical issue. If there are other devices that aren’t turning on, like your TV, it’s best if you check the electric circuit breaker.

  1. Try Another Cable

Grab a compatible power cable and use it to power your Vizio soundbar. If it works, you simply had a bad cable. If it doesn’t, you need to get your device checked.

  1. Contact Vizio Support

The last resort is to contact Vizio support for further help. You can also schedule a repair to get your soundbar checked for hardware issues.

What to Do When the Indicator Light Is on?

If the indicator light is on, but your soundbar isn’t turning on, that means it’s not a power issue. Luckily, there are a few fixes that you can try. Let’s check them out.

  1. Make Sure Your Soundbar Is Connected to the TV

Typically, your soundbar is connected to your TV through an audio port. Make sure that the cable is connected to the right port and that it’s secure in place.

  1. Check That Your TV Is Set to the Right Input

The next thing to inspect is the input method on your TV. Make sure that it’s set to the correct input of your Vizio soundbar.

  1. Perform a Factory Reset

You can perform a factory reset on your soundbar by simply pressing and holding both the “Bluetooth” and the “Volume Down” buttons.

You can also reset your Vizio soundbar with your remote by following these steps:

  1. First, press “Setup” and tap on “Reset All”.
  2. Then, press “Ok” to confirm the process.
  3. Finally, wait until the LEDs flash three times.

However, these methods can be slightly different from one model to the other. So, you’ll need to check your Vizio sound bar user manual, or go to Vizio’s website and look for your TV model.

What to Do When Vizio Sound Bar Isn’t Turning On With Remote?

In case your Vizio soundbar doesn’t turn on with the remote, you probably have an issue with your remote and not your soundbar. To check, try turning on your Vizio sound bar by pressing the power button on the device itself instead of the remote.

If it works, your remote probably needs fresh batteries. Simply remove the cover and replace the drained batteries with new ones.

Additionally, you might be out of range! So, bring the remote closer to the soundbar. To add, make sure that no object is blocking the way between the remote and the soundbar.


So, why is your Vizio sound bar not turning on?

The most common reason for this issue is loose cables, so make sure your cable is secure. You can perform a power cycle and reseat your power cable to fix the issue.

This also might happen due to a problem with your outlet, a tripped circuit breaker, or simply a bad cable.

Hopefully, this will solve the issue you’re facing!