Vizio has a wide range of 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) TVs. They all have native 4K picture quality, including HDR support. HDR refers to high dynamic range, a feature that provides better contrast. That means the colors on the screen look more realistic.
If you need to enable 4K on Vizio, you are probably using an external device such as a computer, game console, etc. that you have connected to your Vizio TV. In this case, you must enable the HDR function through the TV settings or the designated Vizio Smartcast app.
Read on for detailed instructions on both methods and additional information.
How to turn on 4K
Let’s get straight to the point and show you how to enable 4K HDR on your Vizio TV for external use. Native support will always be there, but you probably want a better image on your PC, laptop, or console.
Follow the steps:
- Download the Smartcast app to iOS The Android.
- Start the SmartCast app.
- Tap Settings.
- Then tap Inputs and choose HDMI Color Subsample.
- Select HDR on the HDMI port you’re using (for example, HDMI 1 or another port you connected your device to).
Please note that we assume that you have already connected your external device to your Vizio 4K TV. If not, connect it with an HDMI cable and follow the steps above. Just remember the HDMI port you used.
You can do this on your Vizio TV instead
If you don’t like smart devices and apps, we hear you. You can also do this through your Vizio TV’s settings. The steps may vary slightly depending on the type of Vizio TV you are using. That’s why we mention the app solution first: it’s more general.
Anyway, here are the instructions for enabling 4K HDR on Vizio V Series 4K TVs (should work the same for M and P models):
- Turn on your 4K Vizio TV.
- Go to Input Settings.
- Select the correct HDMI port.
- Enable the Full UHD Color option.
That’s it, your external device should now recognize the 4K HDR TV setting, and your picture should be clearer. Please note that this only works on newer models, which means older models may not be supported. For example, while a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X can accept this 4K HDR resolution, their older counterparts won’t be able to run it.
Additional ordered configurations
Vizio 4K TVs have great customization options that you can adjust to your preferences. Open the Picture settings on your TV and experiment. We recommend trying the movie mode, which will further improve the image quality for your viewing pleasure.
You have the backlight function in the same menu, as well as the brightness and contrast. It all comes down to personal preference, and we leave that up to you. Unfortunately, the motion settings on Vizio TVs are limited, but enable movie mode if you want a jitter-free picture.
If you are a gamer, you will appreciate the setting called Game Low Latency. Open the Image settings, then select More Image and turn on Game Low Latency. This option will significantly reduce input lag and improve your overall gaming experience.
If you are using a computer with your Vizio TV, we recommend that you run the computer picture mode. Go to Picture Settings, followed by Picture Mode and select Computer.
Enjoy your 4K content
This is how you enable 4K HDR on your Vizio TV for all external uses. Hopefully this article will help you get the best picture quality from your TV. All of the Vizio 4K models are solid, but the latest P-series is hands down the best. Therefore, they are the most expensive.
No matter what Vizio 4K TV you have, you should be able to use these tips. Of course, the menu structure and option names may vary slightly.
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