Most people are opting for Smart TV rather than non-smart TV because of the upgrades and features that come with Smart TVs. When it comes to smart TVs, Vizio is one of the top brands out there. Several cool features come with Vizio Smart, from Wi-Fi, streaming options, Bluetooth, and many more. One of such cool features is the Smartcast.
If you want to know if your Vizio TV has the Smartcast feature, this post is for you. Also, you will understand how Smartcast works, how to pair your smart device to Smartcast and other details.
What Is Smartcast?
The Smartcast feature is built-in to most new Vizio Smart TVs. The Smartcast is a built-in entertainment device that allows you to stream apps from a tablet or mobile phone to your TV. With Smartcast, you can stream the latest movies and TV shows on your TV.
Note that, there is currently a limit to the number of programs you can cast on your smart TV. But over time, Companies will expand on the number of apps that will support this feature.
Does My Vizio TV Have Smartcast?
That depends on the brand model of your Vizio TV. But most Vizio smart TVs produced from 2018 till date come with the Smartcast feature. Also, Vizio smart TVs produced between 2016 and 2017 have either the Smartcast or VIA+ feature.
So, if your smart TV is produced between 2016 and 2017, you need to check to confirm if it comes with the Smartcast feature of the VIA+. Finally, older Vizio TVs come with either the VIA or VIA+ feature.
How Do I Know If My Vizio TV Has Smartcast?
There are several ways to know if your Vizio TV has Smartcast. Follow either of the options below to see if your TV has the feature.
a. Check TV Manual
The fastest way to check if your Vizio TV has the Smartcast is to check the TV manual. There is a page where the TV features are listed. Go through the list and check for Smartcast. If you’ve lost the TV manual, follow the other options below.
b. Check TV Production Year
We mentioned earlier that any Vizio Smart TV produced from 2018 to date comes with the Smartcast feature. If your TV falls under this category, it means it supports the Smartcast feature. For TVs produced between 2016 and 2017, you may have to double-check to know if it supports Smartcast or VIA+ feature that’s built-in to the TV.
c. Check The TV
First, check for ethernet ports. If your Vizio TV has ethernet ports, chances are that it has the Smartcast feature. Also, check for Wi-Fi features from the TV menu option. That doesn’t mean that all Vizio TVs with these features support Smartcast.
d. Visit Vizio Website
Finally, you can confirm from the Vizio Website. Visit the website, enter your TV’s model number. It will show the TV’s features and specifications. Check to see if the model supports the Smartcast feature.
How To Pair Smartphone or Tablet To Vizio SmartCast Device
The process of casting your Smartphone to your Smart TV is straightforward. You can do this with any phone that supports either the Android or IOS operating systems. Follow the steps below to pair your tablet or Smartphone to your Vizio Smartcast device.
Step 1. Visit the App store on your smartphone. Search for and download the Smartcast mobile app. You have to ensure your Smartphone or Tablet supports the app. Your smartphone must support the following operating system to meet the requirement
. IOS 8.0 or higher
. Android 4.4 or higher.
Step 2. Install and open the Vizio Smartcast Mobile App. You have the option to either create an account or continue as a guest.
Step 3. You will see a list of Vizio Smartcast devices on the home page. Click on the device name you like to pair.
Step 4. To confirm the connection, you’ll see a code on your TV. Copy the code and enter it on the Smartcast app. If you’re pairing to a Sound Bar, you need to press a button on the soundbar to confirm the pairing process.
Step 5. This completes the pairing process. You can use the app as a remote for your Smart TV.