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 TV4K to run Zwift on Apple TV.

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: CABLE and 4iiii. 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.
  • Digital AV Adapter to HDMI: 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 30-pin to a lightning adapter 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:

Some Mac Laptops don’t have an HDMI cable, so you will need a Thunderbolt to HDMI 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
  • HDMI cable
  • 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 CABLE or 4iiii 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!