How to Connect Vizio Smart TV to Internet/Wi-Fi Without Remote?

If you’ve ever lost your Vizio TV remote, you know how frustrating it can be. Trying to find something that seems to have disappeared into thin air seems downright impossible.

Surely, we can turn up/down the volume and do some basic functions using the physical buttons on the Smart TV itself, but without the remote, it is hard to connect to the Wi-Fi/internet and access your favorite streaming content.

Fear not, for we have a simple guide to help you hook up your Vizio TV to the internet without a remote so you won’t miss out on your favorite shows.

how to connect Vizio to wifi without remote

Follow the steps below in the given order:

Method 1: Using Vizio SmartCast App

The first thing you can do is to download the Vizio SmartCast app Which is available on both the Apple Store and Google Play Store.

Once you have downloaded the app,

  • Open the Vizio SmartCast app on your smartphone
  • Find the ‘Control’ Panel at the bottom of the main menu. It looks like a TV with a subwoofer in front of it.
  • Tap on ‘Devices’ at the top-right corner of the screen.
  • Select your TV from the list of devices. If you do not have the TV listed, make sure that your smartphone is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Your smartphone will now work as a normal Vizio remote, allowing you to control all the functions of your Smart TV.

The list of devices doesn’t come up with your Visio TV as first you have to connect your smart TV to the same internet connection. For this to work you would need an ethernet cable.

All you would have to do is to plug in one end of the ethernet cable directly to your Vizio TV and the other to your router.

You might have to restart your smart TV for the connection to take place.

Method 2: USB Mouse or Keyboard

Alternatively, you can connect a USB Mouse or Keyboard to your Visio TV. This method works only when your Vizio TV has a USB port which is very likely. The process is straightforward.

All you have to do is to plug in the USB Mouse or Keyboard to the TV and use either of them to navigate the interface.

The keyboard might be easier as you can use the arrow keys to move the cursor around and then press enter to select. But most importantly, you can easily fill in the password for your Wi-Fi network.

Trying to use an onscreen keyboard with a mouse to fill in the Wi-Fi password can be tedious and time-consuming.

Method 3: Using a Third-party remote app

We all know that smartphones with IR blaster can be used as a universal remote for controlling devices like TVs, Air-conditioners, and DVD players.

The only limitation to this method is that popular smartphone manufacturers like Apple do not include the IR blaster in their devices, while others like Samsung ditched the IR blaster in their latest flagships.

However, most Chinese smartphones still include the IR blaster, and if you happen to have one, you can use it to control your Vizio TV without the remote.

First, find the Vizio TV’s IR code. This can be easily done by searching for ‘Vizio TV Remote Codes’ on Google. You will get a list of codes that you can try.

Once you have the code, you will have to download any third-party app on Google Play Store that can control your phones’ IR blaster. You will have to fill in the details for your Visio TV to control it through your phone.


These are the only three methods that you can use to connect your Vizio TV to the internet without a remote. All of them are easy to follow and don’t require any technical expertise. In case, this guide doesn’t work for you, the last resort would be to buy a new Vizio remote.