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Why is AirPlay Lagging With Vizio TV?

As a Vizio TV and Apple AirPlay user, I have recently been dealing with lagging issues when trying to stream content from my devices to my TV. I was frustrated and confused as to why this was happening, so I decided to do some research and find out the root cause of the issue. After hours of trial and error, I discovered several tips and tricks that I used to solve my lagging issue.

In this blog post, I’m going to share with you the solutions that I found, as well as some other potential resolutions that I discovered in my research.

Investigate your WiFi connection for seamless streaming.
Look for and remove any interference that may be blocking the signal.
Switch to a 5GHz wifi router for a better connection.
Reduce the distance between the Vizio TV and Apple device.
Reset the devices to clear out any cache that may be slowing down the connection.
Set up an Apple TV device with the Vizio TV if AirPlay is not showing as an option.
Use AirPlay with most applications, including videos and photos on your Apple device.

Why is AirPlay Lagging With Vizio TV?

The likely reason why you are lagging with Apple AirPlay and your Vizio TV is due to the wifi connection you have.

You need a solid wifi connection in order to be able to broadcast content seamlessly and in a smooth fashion to your Vizio TV.

When you have a wifi signal that is not fast enough, that is when you may run into a lot of lag.  

Identifying Lagging Issues With Vizio TV

You need to work to figure out why you are running into lagging issues with your Vizio TV.

There are some steps you can take, many of which revolve around you spending a good chunk of time taking a look at your wifi signal.  

Investigating the WiFi

The way you check the wifi connection from your Apple device to your Vizio TV is to first look for any interference.

Do you have a direct line from the router and modem to the Apple device and your Vizio TV?

If the router and modem are inside of a cabinet, that may be a sign that the signal is not as strong as it should be. Remove interference where you can.

You also want to look at the connection type of your router. Switch to a 5GHz wifi router if you have the option.

You want to have the router in the faster 802.11n mode. You do not want to have it in b/g mode as this will slow down the signal.  

The final piece of the puzzle is to minimize any distance there is between the Vizio TV and the Apple device.

Place the two devices as close as possible and it will help to eliminate any of the lagging you are experiencing.  

Resetting the Devices

Another problem area could just be the devices you are working with. A restart of an Apple device and the Vizio TV can go a long way to helping get rid of any lagging you are experiencing.

Try a hard reset of your Apple iPhone or iPad. When you do the reset it will change things up and refresh the connection.

This will help to clear out any cache and other memory which could be slowing down the connection. A reset can be something that, on its own, corrects any lagging you are experiencing.

How to Use AirPlay With Vizio TV?

The way you use AirPlay with your Vizio TV is the same as you would with any other device. The Vizio TV wills support Apple AirPlay natively through its smart television capabilities.

This will allow you to go into the Apple device and choose AirPlay as a casting option to send the signal to your television.

If you are not seeing the Vizio TV as an option to use AirPlay with, then it may be that your Vizio TV does not support the technology. You can still use AirPlay with your Apple TV.

The way you would do this though would be to hook up an Apple TV device with the Vizio TV. You could also use a Roku or other streaming device with a channel that unlocks the capability.

Apple TV is going to be the easiest streaming box of the bunch.  

Once you have Apple TV set up with your Vizio TV, the device will show as a streaming option with the Apple device.

You can now use AirPlay with your iPhone or iPad to send the signal to the Apple TV. You can do this with most applications, inclusive of videos and photographs you may have on your Apple device.

It is a great way to get this content to a television.

Apple AirPlay is a great way to share content on your Vizio TV. That does not mean, though, that you will not run into issues.

With Apple AirPlay, you could find yourself in a situation where you have lagged.

If you work through some of the troubleshooting items we laid out above, it is likely you will be able to correct the problem for go-forward use.  

Pros of AirPlay with Vizio TV

  • Easily share content from an Apple device to your Vizio TV
  • No extra cables or adapters needed
  • Easy to use with just a few clicks

Cons of AirPlay with Vizio TV

  • May experience lag or connection issues
  • May require additional troubleshooting to fix any issues
  • May require an Apple TV device for the best streaming experience