How to Change Source Name Displayed on Your Vizio TV Screen

Having a Vizio TV at home provides great entertainment. However, with multiple devices connected, it can get confusing to remember which input source is which. Fortunately, Vizio TVs allow you to customize the names of input sources to make them more recognizable.

Why Change Input Source Names

When you connect devices such as a Blu-ray player, game console, streaming stick, etc. to your Vizio TV, generic names like “HDMI-1” or “Input 2” show up in the input menu. These names don’t indicate which device is connected to that input.

Renaming input sources with easy to understand names like “Blu-ray”, “Xbox”, “Roku” makes selecting the correct input effortless when switching between devices. It also helps guests use the right input without confusion.

So whether you want to personalize your setup or add clarity for visitors, customizing input names on your Vizio TV is useful.

How to Change Input Source Name on Vizio TV

Changing input source names on a Vizio TV is quite straightforward. Here are the step-by-step instructions:

Using Vizio TV Remote

  1. Turn on your Vizio TV and grab the remote control.
  2. Press the “Menu” button to bring up the on-screen menu.
  3. Navigate to “System” and select “Input Name”.
  4. Highlight the input source you want to rename and press “OK”.
  5. To use a preset name, highlight it from the list and select it. To enter a custom name, use the on-screen keyboard and press “OK” when done.
  6. The source name will now change to the new name.
  7. Press “Exit” when finished with all changes.

Using Vizio Mobile App

  1. Connect your Vizio TV and phone to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Open the Vizio SmartCast app on your phone.
  3. Tap on your TV from the list of available devices.
  4. Tap on the “Input” icon at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Select the input source you want to rename.
  6. Tap on the input name to bring up the keyboard.
  7. Enter new custom name and tap “OK” to save changes.

That’s it! The input source name on your Vizio TV will now reflect the new name.

Tips for Changing Input Names

Here are some useful tips when changing input names on your Vizio TV:

  • Make names descriptive, for example “Blu-ray Player” instead of just “Blu-ray”
  • Use names easy for anyone to understand, for example “Xbox Series X” instead of “Game Console”
  • Keep names short enough to display clearly on the input menu
  • Change names right after connecting a new device to avoid confusion
  • Rename inputs even for temporary connections to add clarity
  • Use uppercase letters at start of names and lowercase for rest for consistency

Why Input Names Change Back

Sometimes you may notice that the custom input names you set have reverted back to the default names. This usually happens after a factory reset or firmware update on the TV.

As the TV loses its customized settings, the input names go back to default. So you’ll just have to rename them again using the steps outlined above.


Being able to customize the names of input sources is an extremely handy feature on Vizio TVs. Whether you want to set up your new TV or add some personalization to an existing setup, make use of this feature. Carefully renamed inputs can make your Vizio entertainment experience much more enjoyable!