Vizio Unveils Updates to TV User Interface and Mobile App

Vizio Unveils Updates to TV User Interface and Mobile App

Vizio has announced a suite of updates to its TV user interface and mobile app to help customers easily navigate streaming choices.

The new Vizio AutoUpdate and redesigned Vizio Mobile app allow TV owners faster access to to favorite apps, movies and free streaming options.

Vizio’s first announced AutoUpdate of 2023 provides shortcuts for select Vizio TV owners with a new Quick Menu, WatchFree+ Mini Guide and Recent Apps row.

The redesigned Vizio Mobile app for iOS and Android extends the features to smartphones, with quick access to voice controls, simple content discovery features, one-button access to WatchFree+, and streamlined subscription-management tools through Vizio Account.

“At Vizio, the customer experience has been and always will remain the primary focus of everything we do,” Kaitlyn Collins, VP of product marketing for Vizio, said in a statement. “We are dedicated to providing exceptional value with our products, even beyond the original purchase. By delivering new features and capabilities to Vizio users with our free AutoUpdates, we amplify the value of our TV lineup.”

Quick Menu allows Vizio customers to adjust picture settings, pair Bluetooth headphones for private listening on compatible models, activate or disable closed captioning subtitles, and access the full menu of in-depth settings.

Viewers can press left on the remote while watching Vizio WatchFree+ — which now features more than 260 channels and more than 6,000 movies and shows for free — to bring up the new WatchFree+ Mini Guide on the left hand side. The Mini Guide lets viewers scroll through programming on other WatchFree+ channels without interrupting the viewing experience.  

There’s a new addition to the “Apps and Inputs” row on the Vizio Smart TV home screen, allowing users to get to their favorite apps faster. Selecting the “Recent Apps” icon brings up a list of the most recently used apps, letting viewers continue yesterday’s binge session with no delay. 

The newly redesigned Vizio Mobile app makes it easier to control the Vizio entertainment experience, subscribe to streaming services, take advantage of special offers, browse favorite apps, and discover movies and shows.

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Vizio Mobile key features and updates include:

  • Voice Control: The push-to-talk feature, now available on the app remote screen, allows for navigation of the catalog of supported apps and free channels using simple voice commands. Viewers can launch favorite apps, movies, and TV shows with Vizio Voice.
  • Discovery: Vizio Mobile provides one-click access to entertainment discovery features such as promoted premieres, streaming apps, free content, and seasonal programs directly on the mobile remote.
  • Fast Access to WatchFree+: The feature allows one-button access to 260-plus free channels and 6,000-plus on-demand shows and movies.
  • Launch Apps: Viewers can open apps on their device to display on the TV screen and create personalized app lists to launch favorites.
  • Device Control: Viewers can power their Vizio devices on and off, adjust volume, change inputs, turn on closed captions, set a sleep timer, and control their home entertainment experience from their mobile device.
  • Browse Movies and TV Shows: Viewers can access Vizio’s catalog of entertainment across multiple streaming services and free channels.
  • Manage Subscriptions: Viewers can use Vizio Account to subscribe, manage, and pay for subscription services and take advantage of special offers. This month’s featured offer comes from Starz. For a limited time, Vizio users can subscribe to the Starz streaming service for only $5 a month for three months using Vizio Account.


“The redesign of our highly rated Vizio Mobile app is a direct reflection of our commitment to deliver the best user experience for millions of users who start their entertainment journey with Vizio on their smartphones,” Steve Yum, VP of product management at Vizio, said in a statement. “Vizio Mobile has everything you need to control your Vizio TV, plus additional features that extend the value of Vizio products across the board.”

Vizio Mobile is available for download free on Google Play and in the App Store.

11 thoughts on “Vizio Unveils Updates to TV User Interface and Mobile App”

  1. Hello-
    I’m Vahik and have recently purchased a 2023 Vizio TV. The “Customize App Row ” Icon is not in the row of apps. Where do I find it? I checked You Tube and it shows it to be right before the Netflix App. My 2023 TV however, is lacking the Icon..


  2. Upon receiving updates on my Vizio tv, im no longer able to type in channel numbers and have the tv change to that channel. Instead I have to type in a number then click OK before it will advance to the channel. Also, the I put ink says Antennae and doesn’t name the channel number or any program info.
    I am
    Very unhappy with this update done 8/2023. It’s also very confusing to the elderly who once had free control over what channels they want to watch.
    Please fix these issues!!!! I may have to seek out other TVs and get away from Vizio TVs. I’ve had Vizios for a very long time, but this update has me rethinking.

    1. Could vizio at least put out a manual to show us how to use this new update. My tv is almost useless and not enjoyable to watch.

    2. I hate update. My remote doesn’t have watchfree button. I can no longer put my apps in the order I want to place them. I don’t keep internet on 24/7 so navigating my antenna channels is a nightmare. When I turn on tv it no longer goes to antenna channel automatically. When I put channel numbers in on screen keyboard and accidentally push enter it messes up the number. New and improved this update is NOT. I had no complaints on the tv before this update. Because I have to use remote more are you planning on sending us a new remote ? Updates should be for security issues not justifying a geek’s job by New and Improving Things. Please undo this nightmare or at least give me an option to return to the old way of navigating my tv.

  3. Vizio should just change it back. Now getting from one program to another is frustratingly slow. I hate it! I have 3 Vizio TV’s and I am planning to get a big screen TV to replace the 12 year old Vizio in the living room. I will not buy another Vizio. Now I feel robbed as the Vizio TV’s in my guest room and sunroom are all but useless. Damn you Vizio!!!

  4. I am also extremely unhappy with this new update. I called them and reversed the update and all was well again for 2 weeks. Today, without any prompt or warning, again my television is difficult to watch. It would be bad enough if you had full time internet access. However I do not. I drive a truck and most of the time watch off air television. This update has made that very difficult. I will never purchase another Vizeo!! This one will be replaced soon.

  5. Am shopping for a new TV to replace my two year old Vizio because the update made the TV almost on watchable. The so-called guide is unreadable when you’re lying in bed with no glasses on and you can’t surf or the channels up and down because it doesn’t tell you what channel you’re on no descriptions it is the dumbest thing they have ever done. The customer should have the choice of whether they want an update, and they should be able to watch their TV. The way they would like to since they paid for it I don’t stream TV I don’t plan on paying to ever watch TV and now I have a useless TV.

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