Are you seeing a black-and-white image on your Vizio TV? This might make you feel like you stepped back in time, but this is not the case. Your Vizio TV is experiencing an issue that is causing your screen image to be black and white.
You may be asking yourself why is this happening, my TV was working fine earlier. There could be a few reasons why your Vizio TV screen is displaying a black-and-white image. Below I will be going over the most common reason behind this issue.
Why is Vizio TV Black and White?
There are a few things to consider when your Vizio TV is displaying a black-and-white image on the screen. How are the Cables? Have you checked the Color Settings? Is the issue only when you are using a device that is connected to your TV such as an Xbox or PlayStation? Are there any software updates for your Vizio TV?
All questions you should be asking yourself, but do not worry I will be going over all of these questions in this guide. And ways you can solve this problem with your Vizio TV.
1. Issues With the Cables
One of the most common reasons why your Vizio TV screen is black and white is issues with the cables. It could be that your cables are not placed correctly. When your Vizio TV cables are incorrectly placed this could affect your TV’s display color, which could be the cause that your screen is black and white.
This issue could also be caused by loose or damaged cables. Obviously, if the cable is damaged it will not work properly, but did you know that even a loose cable can cause this issue with your Vizio TV?
Check over all the cables that are connected to your Vizio TV for any damage on your cables and if they are placed correctly to see if this solves the issue.
Fix – Make Sure Cables Are Connected/Secured
The first thing you should do when experiencing your Vizio TV screen is black and white, is check your cables. And yes, that does mean all of the cables you have connected to your Vizio TV.
What you want to be looking for is if your cables are placed in the correct spot and if any cables are damaged or loose. As stated above having any damaged or loose cables can be the reason behind your Vizio TV screen being black and white.
Your Vizio TV screen will also turn black and white if the cables are not placed correctly. The best solution to this is to unplug all the cables from your TV and any devices that are connected to your TV.
Wait a few minutes before you plug the cables back in, and make sure the cables are in the correct spot. If you see any cables that are damaged, replace them with new ones to see if this fixes the problem.
2. Color Settings Need to Be Adjusted
Have you checked the color setting on your Vizio TV? If the issue is not with the TV’s cables then the next thing to look at is the color settings on your TV.
If your color settings are adjusted to where there is no color this could be the reason why your screen is black and white. When your TV is adjusted to have no color then the screen will only appear as black and white. Thankfully this is an easy fix by just going into the color setting on your Vizio TV.
Fix – Adjust Color Settings
If the reason behind why your Vizio TV screen is black and white is due to the color settings, then all you have to do is go into the setting on your TV. When you are in the color settings on your Vizio TV you will have to configure the color to get it back to normal. Go through and make adjustments that will stop your TV screen from being black and white.
3. Vizio TV Power Fluctuations
Has your Vizio TV experienced power fluctuation recently? Either due to a thunderstorm and constantly losing power, or a power issue with the outlet the TV is connected to? If your Vizio TV has been experiencing any power fluctuation this can cause issues with your TV’s screen.
When your Vizio TV’s power gets interrupted this can have a negative effect on the display quality. This sometimes can lead to a fuzzy picture display or even a black-and-white image.
Fix – Turn Vizio TV Off and Back On
Power fluctuation can be caused by different reasons, but when your Vizio TV’s power gets interrupted this can be the cause behind seeing a black and white image on your TV’s screen.
There are two things you can do to solve this issue based on the reason behind the power fluctuation.
The first solution is if you are experiencing power fluctuations due to a severe thunderstorm that may cause a power outage. The best thing you can do is turn off your TV until the storm is over and turn it back on to see if this fixes the problem.
The second solution is if you believe that the outlet your Vizio TV is plugged into is the reason behind the power fluctuation. Then move your TV to a different outlet to see if your screen goes back to normal and there are no more power fluctuations.
If none of these solutions solve the problem and you are still experiencing a black-and-white screen due to power fluctuations, this could be a faulty power supply or a damaged capacitor. If this is the case then it may be time to contact a professional to see if you can get your Vizio TV repaired.
4. Issue With Devices Connected to Vizio TV
Are you only seeing a black-and-white image on your Vizio screen when you are on another device that is connected to your TV? Say that you are only seeing the black and white image when you are playing Xbox, but when you are watching TV the image is normal.
This could be an issue with the device that you are connected to and not your TV. Are the cables to your device and TV placed in the correct port? Are any of these cables damaged? Have you checked the color settings on your device? These should be things to look at when experiencing this particular problem.
Fix – Unplug Devices From Vizio TV
As mentioned above, if you are only seeing a black-and-white image on your TV screen when you are using a device that is connected to your TV. Then the issue could be with the device and not your TV.
Look over the cables that are connected to the device and TV, is there any damage? Are the cables loose? Are the cables placed in the correct port? If there are any loose cables, unplug the cables and plug the cables back into the correct port securely.
If there is any damage to the cable, replace the cables with new ones. Always make sure the cables are placed in the correct port because if not, this can cause problems with your TV’s image. Another thing to check is the color setting on your TV, make sure that they are set correctly so that the image on your Vizio TV screen is not black and white.
5. Bug/Glitch in Vizio Smart TV Software
Like with all smart devices bugs/glitches can appear causing issues with your devices. If there is a bug/glitch within the software of your Vizio Smart TV this can be the reason why you are seeing a black and white screen.
When there are corrupt files present in your Vizio Smart TV this can make your TV not function properly. This is where updates come in handy, the Vizio Support Team sees these problems and sends updates out to the users to fix these problems.
Fix – Update Vizio Smart TV Software
Make sure that your Vizio Smart Tv is connected to your WIFI before you perform an update. If you are running an outdated software or firmware on your Vizio Smart TV this can cause your TV to have some malfunction.
One of these issues could be a black-and-white image on the screen. Doing an update can solve this problem and get your screen back to normal. Follow these steps to manually update your Vizio Smart TV.
- On the TV remote press the V key.
- In the menu select System.
- Then select Check for Updates.
- Your TV will now check for any available updates.
- If there is a new update available, press Confirm to complete the update process on your Vizio Smart TV.
Note, if you believe that the issue is an issue with your Vizio Smart TV’s software but there are no updates. Contact the Vizio Customer Service and report the issue.
You might not be the only one experiencing that and the more that report the issue the faster they will come out with an update to solve the problem. You might have to wait a few hours for the update to come out to get the bug/glitch cleared from your TV software.
My Final Thoughts
In conclusion, if none of these fixes work and you are still seeing a black-and-white image on your Vizio TV, then this could be a hardware issue. Your Vizio TV could be faulty and needs to be either repaired or replaced.
If it is under warranty contact the Vizio Customer Service to see if you can get a new one. If you believe that your TV is faulty, consider the price difference between hiring a professional or just buying a new TV.
If the professional can not repair your TV, you still have to pay for the repair cost plus a new TV, that is something you need to consider. It might be best to just buy a new Vizio TV if your old one is faulty and can not be fixed.