In today’s world of on-demand entertainment, more and more of us are cutting cable and opting for internet-connected smart TVs. This allows us access to popular streaming apps like Spotify right on our television screens.
If you’re a Vizio TV owner wondering how to get Spotify on Vizio TV, you’ve come to the right place!
The Popularity of Spotify and Vizio TVs
Spotify has become one of the most widely used music streaming services, with over 299 million monthly active users as of 2019. The platform allows you to listen to music, podcasts, and more either for free (with ads) or through a premium subscription without any interruptions. With Spotify, you can easily search for and play any song, album, artist, or playlist instantly.
Vizio is one of the leading smart TV brands. They offer high-quality 4K TVs at affordable prices. Vizio TVs run the SmartCast operating system, allowing you to stream shows, movies, and more from popular apps. With Vizio’s intuitive menus and voice control remotes, their TVs make cutting the cord easier than ever.
With Spotify’s massive music catalog and Vizio TV’s user-friendly interface, it’s no wonder so many people want to combine these two platforms. Streaming Spotify through your Vizio TV provides a powerful home entertainment setup.
Understanding Vizio TV Apps
Vizio SmartCast TVs come equipped with the Vizio SmartCast App Store. This is Vizio’s app store, allowing you to browse and download compatible apps for your Vizio TV. It works similarly to smartphone app stores, giving you access to popular streaming, social media, gaming, and more apps optimized for the big screen.
The SmartCast app store includes many well-known apps like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and more. All you need is a Vizio account to start browsing and downloading apps. Most apps are free to install, while some require a paid subscription for full access.
Apps that you download from the Vizio SmartCast App Store will automatically show up on your Vizio TV’s home screen. You can then easily open and start using them. The SmartCast system makes it simple to find, download, and access apps quickly on your Vizio TV.
1. Connecting Your Vizio TV to the Internet
Before you can start downloading and using apps like Spotify, you first need to connect your Vizio TV to the internet. There are a few different ways to do this:
For the most reliable wired connection, you can connect your TV directly to your home router using an Ethernet cable. Simply plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on the back of your TV, and plug the other end into a free LAN port on your router.
Alternatively, you can connect your Vizio TV to your home Wi-Fi network. Go to your TV’s Settings menu, select Network, then select Wi-Fi. Choose your Wi-Fi network name and enter your Wi-Fi password when prompted.
If your TV isn’t near your router, you can also connect it to a mobile hotspot from your smartphone. Under your TV’s Wi-Fi settings, select the mobile hotspot network from your phone.
VIZIO Internet Apps Plus
Some older Vizio TV models have limited internet connectivity. If your Vizio TV does not have built-in Wi-Fi, you may need to purchase a VIZIO Internet Apps Plus adapter to get it connected. This gets plugged into an HDMI port.
Once connected, do a quick internet test on your TV to confirm the connection is active. Now you’re ready to access the Vizio SmartCast App Store and download apps!
2. Accessing the Vizio SmartCast App Store
There are a couple of ways to get to the Vizio SmartCast App Store on your TV.
From the home screen, navigate to the Vizio Apps icon and select to open the app store. Or press the V button on your Vizio remote to open the on-screen menu, then select Apps to enter the app store.
When you find an app you want, select Download to install it on your TV. Downloads typically only take a few seconds to a couple of minutes at most. Once installed, you can open the app immediately from the My Apps section.
3. Installing Spotify on Your Vizio TV
Now for the fun part – installing Spotify!
From the Vizio SmartCast App Store home screen, select the Music category. Look for the Spotify icon and select Download. The Spotify app is free to install.
Once the download completes, Spotify will now appear both within the My Apps section of the app store and also as its icon on your Vizio TV’s home screen for quick access.
If you already have a Spotify web player account, simply open the Spotify app and log in with your username and password. You can then immediately start streaming music through your TV speakers.
4. Using Spotify on Your Vizio TV
With Spotify installed, your Vizio TV transforms into a central home audio station. Here are some tips for getting the most out of Spotify:
1. Browse Playlists & Recommendations
Use your remote to navigate Spotify and browse recommended playlists and albums based on your tastes. Discover new music curated just for you.
In the Spotify search bar, look up any song, artist, album, or podcast you want to listen to. You can even search by genre.
3. Control Playback
Use the playback controls on your Vizio remote to play/pause, skip tracks, adjust volume, and more.
4. Connect Speakers for Sound
For best audio quality, connect external speakers, soundbars, or home stereo systems using the audio outputs on your Vizio TV.
5. Premium vs Free
With a Spotify Premium subscription, you unlock unlimited skips, high-quality audio, offline listening, and ad-free uninterrupted listening. Otherwise, use the free version.
6. Cast to Other Devices
Under Spotify device settings, you can cast the audio to other Chromecast-enabled speakers in your home for whole-home audio streaming from your TV.
7. Add to Playlists & Like Songs
When browsing, add tracks to custom playlists to organize your favorite music. Don’t forget to like songs so Spotify can learn your tastes.
Enjoy discovering new artists and customizing playlists! The large-screen real estate of your Vizio TV makes for an immersive Spotify streaming experience.
Getting Spotify on your Vizio Smart TV unlocks a world of music entertainment options right from your living room. By following the steps of connecting your TV online, accessing the Vizio app store, downloading Spotify, logging in or signing up, and learning the Spotify app controls, you can now stream endless music catalogs in just a few taps.
Whether listening to upbeat playlists during a party, setting the mood with jazz over dinner, or queuing up soothing classical music – Spotify on Vizio TV enhances your home audio possibilities. Share the music experience with family and guests. Discover new favorite songs. Let Spotify’s recommendations introduce you to great new artists. With Spotify now on your Vizio television, your home soundtrack possibilities are endless.
FAQs About Getting Spotify on Vizio TV
What devices can I use Spotify on?
Spotify is available across a wide range of platforms beyond just TVs. You can also use Spotify on smartphones, tablets, computers, speakers and home audio systems, gaming consoles, in-car entertainment systems, and more.
Do I need a Spotify subscription?
A premium Spotify subscription unlocks full access with no interruptions, higher audio quality, downloads for offline listening, and other benefits. However, you can access Spotify’s catalog for free if you don’t mind occasional ads. Both subscription and free listening are available on Vizio TV.
Does getting Spotify impact my smart TV storage space?
Installing the Spotify app only takes up a tiny amount of internal storage space on a Vizio TV – typically less than 100 MB. So you don’t need to worry about Spotify taking up room needed for other apps or media.
Can I control Spotify playback through my TV remote?
Yes! Once launched, the Spotify app is fully integrated and controllable with your normal Vizio TV remote. You can play/pause, adjust volume, skip tracks, and more.