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Vizio Tv Watchfree Not Working

Recently updated on November 17th, 2022 at 02:47 am

Watchfree is a cool feature run by pluto tv. Through watchfree, you can stream tv channels for free on your vizio tv. But for some users vizio watch free is not working on their vizio smart tv. If the watchfree is not working on your vizio tv, it is most likely due to bad internet connection, a temporary glitch, cache issue. Some vizio owners reported that watch free is stuck on loading screen with spinning wheel icon. Some users are facing black screen issue whenever they are trying to stream watchfree on their vizio smart tv.

If you are also facing this issue, then don’t worry this guide is for you. In this post, I’m going to explain how to troubleshoot the watchfree issue on your vizio smart tv.

How Do I Fix Pluto tv/ Watchfree not working on Vizio?

Internet connection

First of all, make sure that your internet connection is working properly. To check your internet connection try streaming a video on youtube. If the internet is working, then check your internet speed at speedtest.net. You can also press the menu button on your remote then select network test. Now vizio tv will check the internet connection on your vizio tv. If your connection speed is slow then you can get stuck on the loading screen of watchfree.

If the internet connection is slow then move your router closer to the vizio tv. You can also try using an ethernet cable for faster and stable internet connection. If this doesn’t help then try unplugging your router for 10-15 minutes. Then plug it in and turn it on, now check if the internet is working properly or not. If it is not working then you need to contact your internet service provider for help. 

Power cycle your vizio tv

Power cycling will fix the watchfree not working problem on most vizio tv owners. This will hard reset your Vizio tv and remove any temporary glitch which is causing smart cast to stuck on the loading screen. For power cycling, your Vizio tv follow the steps below.

Soft power cycle from the menu

  1. Press the menu button on your remote and select the system.
  2. Now select reset and admin.
  3. Scroll down and select soft power cycle.
vizio tv soft power cycle

After the soft power cycle launch pluto tv and check if it is working or not.

Hard reset 

  1. Turn off your vizio tv using your remote.
  2. Now unplug your tv from the power socket and press the power button on your vizio tv for 10 seconds.
  3. Now, wait for 10-15 minutes.
  4. After 10 minutes plug in your vizio tv and turn it on.
  5. Now launch watch free and start streaming.

Watchfree/pluto tv not working issue will be fixed on most vizio tv owners after the power cycle. If the issue persists then you can try following other steps below.

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Update Vizio tv firmware

Updating your vizio tv firmware can help you in fixing the watchfree/pluto tv issue. For updating vizio tv firmware you can follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. Press the menu button on your vizio remote.
  2. Now go to the system.
  3. Now select check for updates.
update vizio tv firmware

After updating your vizio tv launch watchfree and check if it is working or not.

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Factory Reset Your Vizio TV

If none of the steps worked for you, then resetting your vizio tv back to factory setting can help you in fixing the watchfree/pluto tv issues. Factory reset will remove any custom settings from your vizio tv. For resetting your vizio tv follow the steps below.

  1. Press the menu button on your vizio remote.
  2. Scroll down and select the system.
  3. Scroll down and select reset & admin.
  4. Now select reset to factory settings. 
  5. Now select ok for confirmation.
  6. When the reset completes set up your vizio tv.
factory reset vizio tv

Now you’ll be able to stream watchfree without any issues on your vizio smart tv.

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