vizio tv stuck on downloading updates

If your Vizio TV stuck on downloading updates, we can guarantee that we will help and if not at least conclude where the problem is.

It is well-known that such issues are common for newly purchased Vizio TVs so keep reading to learn how to properly troubleshoot it.

To Fix Vizio TV stuck on downloading updates, first cancel the updates, restart your Vizio TV and resume them after. Doing so will refresh the data and might resolve any temporal issues.

Sometimes the problem could be based on minor breakdowns and a restart could fix the problem easily.

If the updates have been going for a long amount of time, this can be the result of not launching your TV in a while, so make sure you give the TV some time.

In this post, we will discuss what might cause your Vizio TV to keep downloading updates endlessly and what can you possibly do in order to prevent this issue from persisting.

With all that in mind let’s ensure some things and start the troubleshooting methods.

Why Is Vizio Smart TV Stuck on Downloading Updates?

If your Vizio Smart TV is stuck on the downloading update tab, there could be several things to ensure before you start troubleshooting.

It is essential to check if your internet connection is proper and that your TV hasn’t lost Wi-Fi half the way through the updates.

Another thing you should check is if your Vizio TV restarts.

A single reboot during firmware update is absolutely normal, but if your Vizio TV keeps restarting, this indicates an improper update. 

In other words, if there is bad data throughout the update logs, your Vizio TV won’t be able to load them and will keep restarting endlessly.

Either way our methods above cover everything so, without further ado let’s jump right in.

How To Fix Vizio TV Stuck on Updates?

fix vizio tv stuck on downloading updates

It is time to start troubleshooting so pay close attention.

The methods above are meant to be applied in the order they are listed so even if you’re well familiar we recommend not to skip the steps.

Method #1. Restart Vizio TV

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One of the simplest approaches that are worth trying in cases like those is a firm restart.

As we have mentioned above, a reboot is well-known to deal with temporal bugs and glitches that might stick your Vizio TV on the update page.

In order to restart your Vizio TV entirely, make sure to also perform a power reset which includes some simple steps which are not hard to execute.

This way, you will also ensure that the electricity that will enter your TV upon bootup will be fresh and no power issues will impact your TV’s performance further on.

In order to perform a power reset on your Vizio TV, follow the steps below:

  • Turn off your Vizio Smart TV using the remote
  • Unplug the Power cable from the power outlet
  • Wait for 3-5 minutes
  • Plug the power cable back into the power outlet
  • Wait for another 10 minutes and turn on your Vizio Smart TV

Simple as that, you have now performed a firm power reset on your Vizio smart TV and any temporal glitches should now be gone.

Our advice would be to remain patient after plugging the power cable back in so your Vizio TV could cool down entirely before checking if the issue persists.

If a power reset doesn’t seem to resolve your issue, feel free to proceed with our next method.

Method #2. Check Internet Connection

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If your Vizio TV stuck on downloading updates it means that you might have issues with your network.

For instance, if your network is down or really slow, the Vizio TV will not be able to download the updates which often results in a never-ending loop.

To find out if there is an issue with your internet, you can simply take any other device, and connect it to the same WiFi network as your Vizio TV.

If there is no internet on the device either, then here is what you can do.

Note: If you are already using an Ethernet cable (direct connection) you can skip the following solutions and move on with the next method.

Use Wired Connection

A helpful method that will increase the network’s effectiveness on your TV is wiring your Vizio TV with the modem router using an ethernet cable.

Doing so will significantly increase the connection’s speed on your Vizio smart TV and will get rid of temporary issues related to the Wi-Fi.

Relocate Router

If using a wired connection doesn’t seem suitable for your situation, then relocating your router could also do well.

It is well-known that the closer your modem router is to your device, the better connection speed you will be benefiting from.

We suggest positioning your router based on the Ghz of your network.

If your network is 2.4Ghz, a few walls between your Vizio TV and the router won’t be an issue.

But if you’re using the 5Ghz network it can hardly travel through more than one wall.

Restart Router

Simply press the Power button on the back of the router and wait for about a minute.

During that time, you can also disconnect it from the power outlet, which will ensure clean boot up.

Restart your Vizio TV and check if the updates can now proceed.

Before meaning any conclusions wait at least 10 minutes to see if the updates will finally progress.

Method #3. Re-launch Update

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A simple approach that could resolve the issue is to relaunch the update.

First, following the first method, restart your TV and power cycle it.

Then, before plugging your power cable in, make sure to power cycle your remote for the best results.

Next, turn on your Vizio smart TV, access the settings, and launch the update.

The process should not take longer than 30 minutes and afterward the update should be installed and applied. 

If you’ve already tried that, move on to the next method.

Method #4. Skip Vizio Update

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This approach is meant to bypass the issue, instead of fixing it but it will definitely get rid of the Vizio Smart TV stuck on downloading updates issue.

This method is known to skip the update or re-schedule it for later without actually installing it to your device.

All you have to do is simply locate the Skip button located somewhere on your update tab.

It really depends on what Firmware version your Vizio is currently running, because as the version progresses, the different the interface becomes.

The problem might be from the update itself and all Vizio users experience the same issue at the same time.

Skip the update and wait for a week, then try again when a hotfix is out.

Method #5. Contact Manufacturer

contact manufacturer

To wrap this up, we have one last method that has a great possibility of resolving your issue.

It is well-known that manufacturers could supply you with the best troubleshooting information, related specifically to your model Vizio smart TV.

Upon contact, make sure to include all of the steps you have tried attempting to remove the issue.

This will help the manufacturers troubleshoot the issue more easily and will speed up the feedback process.

With a little luck, the issue will be identified and resolved within the same day, so we’ve figured that it is worth trying.

Bottom Line

We hope that now you know why Vizio TV stuck on downloading updates and how to effectively troubleshoot it.

This whole issue could be related to something small that we’ve missed so contacting the tech support should always be a last resort but it’s as effective as it can get.

For more Vizio-related posts, make sure to visit our technical blog, which is focusing on quick and effective solutions.

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Nicole B