vizio sound bar bluetooth pairing not working

In cases where the Vizio sound bar Bluetooth pairing not working there are many things that could be responsible.

It could either be related to your TV’ settings or an obstructed signal between the devices. In this guide, we will cover everything you should know about the issue as well as the best solutions out there.

To solve Bluetooth connectivity issues, restart both of your devices and check if they are already paired. Take under consideration the distance between the devices and try to forget then repair the soundbar. Lastly, you should factory reset your TV and soundbar to see if that will help.

Let’s now review what might be causing the Bluetooth pairing issues with your soundbar, before we start troubleshooting.

Why Is Vizio Sound Bar Bluetooth Pairing Not Working?

If your Vizio soundbar refuses to pair via Bluetooth, quite a few things could be causing the malfunction.

First of all, it is good to determine if the Vizio soundbar is paired with another device.

If the soundbar is already paired, it won’t appear in the Bluetooth menu of your device.

If that’s not the case and the soundbar is not already paired, here is what else might have happened:

1. Insufficient Range

If you’re too far away from your Vizio soundbar, you won’t be able to pair with it through Bluetooth.

2. Soundbar not in Pairing Mode

Your Vizio soundbar might not be in pairing mode, which will prevent it from showing in your device’s Bluetooth list.

3. An Issue with the Device

A problem with the device you’re trying to connect to the Vizio soundbar, might be the reason this issue keeps coming up.

4. Power Problems

Lastly, a power problem with your soundbar outlet or adapter might be the reason why the Bluetooth pairing does not work.

Now that we have all of these causes upfront, let’s proceed with the actual solutions and fix your problem as soon as possible.

Vizio Sound Bar Bluetooth Troubleshooting Solutions

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Before we go any further, try rebooting your Vizio soundbar from the power button if you haven’t tried it yet.

This issue might occur due to a temporal glitch with the device’s Bluetooth, so make sure to restart before applying any of the upcoming solutions.

If the reboot didn’t help, here are the top ways to fix the Bluetooth of your Vizio soundbar:

Solution #1 Disconnect Vizio Soundbar

The first problem that might be causing the issue would be if your Vizio soundbar is already paired.

Users admit that upon turning on their Vizio soundbar, it automatically connects to the output devices, to which they were last connected.

Make sure that your Vizio soundbar is NOT connected to any devices before retrying the Bluetooth reconnection.

You will know that your soundbar is paired when it doesn’t appear in the Bluetooth menu of the device you’re trying to connect.

Once you’re certain that your Vizio soundbar is disconnected from any receivers, check if the issue is solved.

Solution #2 Turn On Vizio Soundbar Pairing Mode

It is possible that you haven’t turned on the pairing mode of your Vizio soundbar.

If not put into a pairing mode, your Vizio soundbar will NOT be discovered through any devices that have Bluetooth enabled at a considerable distance.

Your Vizio soundbar would have a pairing mode, on the middle of the top panel. Once you’re certain that the soundbar is running, press the pairing mode button and hold until the LED pulses twice.

This means that the soundbar has been put to pairing mode and now you can retry the Bluetooth connection.

Solution #3 Re-Pair Bluetooth Connection

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We suggest retrying the Bluetooth connection the right way. It is possible that you’re just not connecting the Vizio soundbar the right way, which could cause a lot of trouble.

Here is how to pair your Vizio soundbar correctly:

  1. Press the Bluetooth pairing button on Vizio’s hardware again.
  2. Check the LED and make sure it is pulsating.
  3. Open the Bluetooth options on the device you’re trying to connect with. (Users most often want to connect their Vizio soundbar to a TV)
  4. Search for the Vizio soundbar and.
  5. If it does not appear, press the Refresh/Rescan button.
  6. When it appears choose the soundbar, and make sure it says Connected.
  7. Play any type of audio to test out the Bluetooth connection.

If the problem remains, let’s undergo a hard reset on your soundbar and output device.

Solution #4 Hard Reset Vizio Soundbar

If the Vizio sound bar Bluetooth pairing is not working, we suggest hard resetting your soundbar in case this glitch has been caused by an issue with the power.

This method is also known as a power cycle and often it also helps with temporary software bugs so you have a really good shot at resolving the problem.

Here is how to hard reset your Vizio soundbar in a few easy steps:

  1. Turn OFF the soundbar by pressing and holding the power button for 5 seconds.
  2. Once the TV shuts off completely, detach its power adapter from the power source.
  3. Wait for another ~5 minutes until the device completely discharges.
  4. Reconnect the power adapter and turn on your soundbar by pressing the power button again.

Once your soundbar reboots, turn on the pairing mode again and try connecting through Bluetooth.

Solution #5 Reposition Your Soundbar

If the Vizio soundbar is too far away from the TV or the device you’re trying to connect to, you might be able to see the soundbar in your Bluetooth option.

Also if there are any wireless devices or large metal objects in between, your Bluetooth connection might get severely disrupted.

This is why we suggest repositioning your Vizio soundbar in another place, where it will be closer to the output device. Choose an area where there are no electronic devices on top or beneath the soundbar.

Once you’re done, press the pairing button again and retry the Bluetooth connection on your Vizio soundbar.

Solution #6 Install Drivers (For PC)

If you’re trying to connect a Vizio soundbar to a computer you should know that there should be certain drivers installed.

Drivers can be found on the Vizio website, which supports the latest firmware of your soundbar as well as the latest version of Windows 10 on your computer.

To install the drivers, follow these steps:

  1. Open Google on your PC and write “Vizio PC drivers”.
  2. Open the first link which should be the official page of Vizio.
  3. Locate the newest drivers and download them to your computer.
  4. Wait for the download and install the drivers’ tab.

If your PC supports Bluetooth, it will definitely connect with the soundbar now.

You will be able to scan for the soundbar through the drivers’ tab and connect effortlessly.

Note: You might need a Bluetooth dongle to allow the connection on your PC.

Solution #7 Reset Vizio Soundbar

If nothing helped so far, we fear that you’re left with one option – factory resetting your Soundbar.

This might be the best shot at resolving the issue since a factory reset will erase all current system configurations, which might impact Bluetooth’s connectivity.

Here is how to factory reset your Vizio soundbar easily:

  1. Make sure your soundbar is running.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Down + Bluetooth button (Pairing button).
  3. Hold these two buttons down for 5 seconds.
  4. All of the 12 LEDs will flash three times.
  5. Wait for the factory reset to complete.

Once the reset is done, press the pairing button and try reconnecting your Vizio soundbar.

If it does not work, you might want to check online whether the connection to the device you’re using supports the Vizio soundbar. you can also reach out to Vizio customer service for additional help.

Read Next: How To Hook Up a Soundbar To a Vizio TV?

Bottom Line:

Hence to fix Vizio soundbar Bluetooth issues, hard reset the device and make sure you’re using drivers if you’re connecting it to a PC. Next, reconnect the soundbar and change its position to be closer to the other Bluetooth device.

Finally, perform a factory reset on the soundbar, and if nothing works reach out to Vizio support.

Now that you know why Vizio sound bar Bluetooth pairing not working, we hope you will be able to fix the issue with our solutions.

If you were unable to establish the Bluetooth pairing, maybe the device you’re trying to connect with does not support this type of soundbar.

Nicole B