How To Broadcast Zwift From Any Device Onto Your Big Screen TV

With so many choices to run Zwift, getting Zwift onto your big screen TV can be a little technical. In this guide, I will walk you through the different ways you can get Zwift from the little screen onto your big screen TV.

As of today, you have the following options to run Zwift:

  • Mobile device: This is currently only available for iOS devices – iPhone and iPad.
  • Personal Computer: This is available for Windows and Mac OS.  
  • Apple TV: Zwift is now available on Apple TV. You need the 4th generation or Apple TV 4K to run Zwift on Apple TV. Shop Apple TV on Amazon >

With all these choices, connecting all these devices can be a challenge. Some devices are Bluetooth only while others are only ANT+.

ANT+ To Bluetooth Bridge

I reference the ANT+ to Bluetooth bridge below, so let me just explain what this bridge is.

It’s a little device that is used to receive data from ANT+ devices such as your indoor bike trainer, power meters, heart rate monitor, footpod, or speed and cadence sensor, and rebroadcast that data in Bluetooth.

Two companies make this product: [amazon_link asins=’B071S929ZC’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’zwif-20′ text=’CABLE’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ef4ed651-e4ee-11e7-830e-47aca632421d’] and [amazon_textlink asin=’B00BHZQ6OG’ text=’4iiii’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’zwif-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e3f7171e-e4ee-11e7-89d2-45396d1ddb6a’]. Depending on your setup, you might or might not need one.  So every time you read ANT+ to Bluetooth bridge below, you know this is what I am talking about.

With that out of the way, let’s go over each setup.

Mobile Device to Big Screen TV

Zwift is currently available for iPhone and iPad only. An Andoird version is expected to be released in 2018. You need the following to run Zwift on your iPhone or iPad and broadcast it onto your TV:

  • Bluetooth Compatible Smart Bike Trainer. If you bought your trainer in the past couple of years, then it’s probably Bluetooth compatible.
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B009WHV3BM’ text=’Digital AV Adapter to HDMI’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’zwif-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e031669c-e4ef-11e7-873e-3bcd9ec42d11′]: This is a little adapter that connects to your iPhone/iPad lightning port and lets your display whatever on your screen to an HDMI equipped TV.Alternatively, if you don’t want to use a digital AV adapter, you can use an Apple TV to Airplay content on your iPad/iPhone to your TV. This method works ok but you might experience some disconnects or lags.  
  • ANT+ to Bluetooth Bridge (optional):  If you have other ANT+ only devices that you would like to use, you can use an ANT+ to Bluetooth bridge as mentioned above.
  • If you don’t want to use an ANT+ to Bluetooth bridge, you can use the Wahoo ANT+ Key. This key allows your phone to connect to ANT+ devices. Unfortunately, this key is only compatible with 30-pin phones. So it will not work with iPhones after the iPhone 4s. You will need to purchase a [amazon_textlink asin=’B014854UWG’ text=’30-pin to a lightning adapter’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’zwif-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’39ee1ed0-e4f0-11e7-b421-dbf57a1e2b03′] in addition to the ANT+ Key.

Personal Computer to Big Screen TV

You can run Zwift on your personal computer. Zwift is compatible with Windows 7 or greater or Mac OSX 10.8. Zwift is graphics intensive and a minimum of 1GB dedicated graphics card is required to run Zwift without running into issues. If you want to broadcast it to a big-screen TV, then you might want to consider something a little more power to get a 1080 HD picture. Zwiftalizer is a great tool that can provide you with some benchmarks and information on how your system will run Zwift.

What You Need:

  • Bluetooth Compatible Smart Bike Trainer. If you bought your trainer in the past couple of years, then it’s probably Bluetooth compatible.
  • A personal computer with enough power to run Zwift. A 2014 Mac Mini with SSD hard drive is what I’ve been using and had no issues running Zwift in 1080 HD. For Windows, [amazon_textlink asin=’B01LZLPO1H’ text=’this Dell’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’zwif-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’4dd7d11f-e4f1-11e7-b332-01a16e1fd35c’] will do a great job and at a good price.
  • ANT+ Stick. This plugs into computer’s USB port and receives ANT+ signal.
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B014I8SP4W’ text=’HDMI cable’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’zwif-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1dfa8d38-e4f1-11e7-a1e0-dd1952885bed’]

Some Mac Laptops don’t have an HDMI cable, so you will need a [amazon_textlink asin=’B01N6M2VN4′ text=’Thunderbolt to HDMI’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’zwif-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’5caf8faf-e4f1-11e7-b85c-c9a7e3d0c6c2′] adapter. Check your laptop ports.

Zwift on Apple TV

Zwift on Apple TV is the cheapest and simplest way to get on Zwift. All you need is a Bluetooth compatible trainer and a 4th generation Apple TV or the latest Apple TV 4K. You can get one for around $150 for the 32GB version. You don’t need the 64GB unless you plan on downloading a lot of other contents. The actual Zwift app is only about 650 MB.

What You Need

  • Apple TV 4K or Apple TV 4th generation (Shop Apple TV on Amazon)
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B014I8SP4W’ text=’HDMI cable’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’zwif-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1dfa8d38-e4f1-11e7-a1e0-dd1952885bed’]
  • Zwift Companion App (available for iOS and Android)
  • ANT+ to BLE bridge. This is optional if you want to connect ANT+ only devices.

Apple TV only supports 2 Bluetooth devices connected. So if you have a CycleOps Hammer, or a Wahoo KICKR connected to Zwift on Apple TV as a power source and controllable trainer, then you used one open Bluetooth connection and you are left with one. You can use the last connection for any other Bluetooth device such as a Bluetooth compatible heart rate monitor or speed and cadence sensor.

Some smart trainers can also calculate your cadence. For example, if you have a Tacx NEO, then you can pair the NEO as a Power Source, Cadence, and Controllable trainer. This uses only one Bluetooth channel.

How to Overcome Apple TV Bluetooth Limitations

There are a couple of ways you can overcome the Bluetooth limitations on Apple TV:

Zwift Companion App

If you have additional Bluetooth compatible devices, you can use the Zwift mobile app as a bridge. The Zwift mobile app is available for iPhones or Andoird phones.  In the SETTINGS menu, go to SENSORS and enable BLUETOOTH LE SENSORS.

ANT+ to BLE Bridge

You can use an ANT+ to BLE bridge, such as [amazon_link asins=’B071S929ZC’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’zwif-20′ text=’CABLE’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ef4ed651-e4ee-11e7-830e-47aca632421d’] or [amazon_textlink asin=’B00BHZQ6OG’ text=’4iiii’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’zwif-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e3f7171e-e4ee-11e7-89d2-45396d1ddb6a’] to connect multiple ANT+ devices to Apple TV. The bridge will transmit the data from multiple ANT+ devices in one Bluetooth signal so you don’t have to worry about the Bluetooth limitations.

Hopefully, this guide will make connecting your Zwift to a big-screen tv simple. Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions.

Thank you for reading!

About The Author

Tariq H Ali

Tariq Ali is the founder of SMARTBikeTrainers.com. He's an avid triathlete and enjoys the outdoors and a good cup of coffee. You can follow him on Instagram or Twitter for everything swim/bike/run, Zwift, and coffee.

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judy
judy
1 year ago

what if I want to put Zwift on a smart tv, not using appletv?

petri
petri
11 months ago

In Windows 10 you can wirelessly transmit screen to most recent TVs supporting Miracast. Most computers should support this (at least Intel based). I tested it today and while there was some latency and lag it did work at least in Zwift running in windowed mode. To configure it on Windows 10 PC navigate Settings -> Devices -> Bluetooth & other devices + Add bluetooth or other device ->Wireless display or dock. Or should press windows key + p and choose connect to a wireless display and select duplicate projection mode. On Chrome browser you could also cast in desktop… Read more »

cez
cez
8 months ago

Using iphone 11 screen mirroring to compatible samsung tv. Quick and simple !!!

Dave
Dave
7 months ago

Tried casting to apple tv but not getting any sound. Other apps (i.e. YouTube) do transmit sound so it’s something with the Zwift app

Andrew
Andrew
6 months ago

Hi Tariq. Very helpful but I’d like to confirm something. I want to connect to Zwift via AppleTV but my power meter only transmits ANT+. If I already have an ANT+ dongle that connects to my iPhone, can I use the Zwift Companion app to connect to the AppleTV? I ask because the ANT+ to Bluetooth Bridges are sold out on amazon.

Chris
Chris
6 months ago

Hi Tariq, thanks for this! I have been using Screen Mirroring (not AirPlay) on iPhone X, but starting to have lots of freezing or drops. Want to try the Digital AV adapter for better stability. Do I need to buy the expensive genuine Apple product, or can you recommend an aftermarket one that works? The Amazon link in article above doesn’t work, maybe they don’t sell that model anymore? Thank you!

Paul
Paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Chris

I use £6 Chinese hdmi adapter from eBay ,iPhone to Samsung tv , no lag , worked great for the last 12 months 😊

Susie
Susie
4 months ago

This maybe a stupid question but if I buy an adapter to connect my Mac to a smart TV, does the TV need an aerial? Without one at the moment it doesn’t work but I haven’t tried connecting it yet as I haven’t bought the adapter!

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