why does my vizio sound bar keep turning off by itself

Probably you have been asking, ‘’Why does my Vizio sound bar keep turning off by itself?”

You are not alone since this write-up covers your problem. When projecting sound from whichever device to your Vizio soundbar, you will always want to listen to it without any interruption.

However, like most upcoming devices, the Vizio soundbar may fail to respond because it turns off itself.

I know how embarrassing this situation can be, but the best thing is that you can solve the issue without too many hassles. Read below to see why the problem occurs, and how you can fix it.

If your Vizio soundbar turns off automatically, you will need to reset your device. If the firmware is the problem, always connect it to the internet so that it can update it automatically.

Reasons Why Vizio Soundbar Turns off Automatically

Various reasons may cause your Vizio sound to turn off automatically. Check below some of them.

  • The firmware is out of date
  • You are not using a Vizio remote
  • You have Eco settings on/off

Note: Vizio soundbar allows users to stream sound or music from tablets, smartphones, and computers if they have Bluetooth capability.

After pairing the source device to your soundbar, you should stay within the soundbar’s range.

You should always reduce your source device and sound bar’s volume before pressing the play button to avoid damaging your ears.

How Do I Stop my Vizio Sound Bar from Turning off Automatically?

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The automatic turning off of the Vizio soundbar can be quite frustrating.

However, you can stop the automatic turning off of the soundbar using several methods. Below are some of them.

Method #1: Reset Your Vizio Soundbar

Resetting a soundbar solves several problems. However, it deletes every detail in the soundbar, such as Bluetooth pairings. Hence you will need to set it again.

To reset your soundbar, follow these steps:

  1. On your Vizio remote control, click the menu button.
  2. Navigate through to the Reset No using the up/down button.
  3. Click the next button to go to Reset Yes, then click the Play button.
  4. Ensure Confirmed Yes is displayed, then click the play button to allow resetting to continue.

When the LED lights on the soundbar display flash three times, then the reset is finished.

Reset using the Bluetooth and the volume down buttons

You can also reset the soundbar using your Bluetooth and the volume buttons. To do so correctly, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the menu, then find the volume down button on your Vizio soundbar.
  2. On the control panel, locate the Bluetooth button.
  3. Press the two buttons simultaneously, then hold for around 5 seconds.

The LED lights on the soundbar display will flash three times to show that the reset is complete.

Method #2: Reset the Eco Settings

When you have the eco settings on/off, the soundbar will turn off automatically if it does not detect any audio signal. So, you can power it off if you do not want it to go off.

Using your remote, press next or previous to access the eco power settings. Then Turn off the eco settings.

Method #3: Update the Firmware

Vizio soundbar automatically downloads any new updates as long as it is connected to the internet via a SmartCast mobile app.

So, you must first download the app on your mobile then connect the soundbar to the Wi-Fi using these steps.

Step 1. Press the Menu button on your remote. Navigate through to the Wi-Fi setup using the arrow keys and then select it using the play/pause button.

Step 2. Press the Pause/play button again to confirm your selection. The front LEDs will cycle.

Step 3. Scroll down the app, then click on ‘Device Settings.’         

Step 4. Select ‘Add new device’ then follow the prompts on the screen to complete the setup.

When you are through with connecting the app’s network with the soundbar, you can now proceed to update the firmware using these steps.

  • Go to your mobile app’s settings menu.
  • Go to ‘system’ followed by ‘check for updates.’

If the soundbar has a firmware update, it will automatically power off and download and install the update.

Now, wait for around 30 minutes for the installation to complete. When the soundbar installs the new firmware, the mobile app and the sound bar’s connection will be lost.

However, it will restore after the installation is over. So, you will not need to worry if the disconnection happens. Do not remove the soundbar from the power source during the updating process.

Method #4: Change the Remote

Could you be using a universal remote or any other that is not a genuine Vizio soundbar remote? If so, it causes the soundbar to turn off automatically.

This is because, though the universal remote may work, all the functions may be work properly. Hence Vizio always recommends you use a genuine remote.

Hence, ensure that you get a genuine Vizio soundbar remote to solve this issue.

Why Does My Vizio Soundbar Keep Turning Off by Itself Even After Resetting?

If you have tried any or all the methods listed above, your soundbar should stop the automatic turning off the problem.

However, if it fails to respond, you will need to reach Vizio customer support for assistance.

Since they are the makers, they may help you understand why the problem occurs. They may recommend a hardware repair if need be.

You may need to explain the kind of issue you are facing with details if required; they can resolve the problem.

Resetting your soundbar can help you stop it from turning off automatically. You also need to ensure that the firmware is updated. Connecting it to the internet via the Vizio SmartCast app on your phone downloads the updates automatically.

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If you have been stressed and asking yourself, ‘Why does my Vizio sound bar keep turning off by itself?’’ I know this piece has helped you through.

If changing the Eco settings does not work, you may need to reset the device. Do not forget to always use a genuine Vizio remote if you do not want the incident to keep occurring.

If your vizio sound bar turns off automatically, you may need to reset it to default settings. Factory resetting erases all data, including that issue causing the soundbar to turn off itself.

Nicole B