“Return to Home” Feature Rolls Out

“Return to Home” Feature Rolls Out

Zwift has just announced via a forum post that they are rolling out the ability the “Return to Home” when saving your activity.

While it may sound a bit odd, this actually big news to many Zwifters, since it’s probably the most requested feature in Zwift history.

PC and Mac First

The feature will be released today on PC and Mac platforms only. Zwift says, “This feature will be released on iOS / Android / Apple TV at a future date.”

iOS / Android / Apple TV users may complain about the delay, but it’s important to note that these platforms have the easiest/quickest Zwift reboots. PC and Mac users, on the other hand, typically take 3+ minutes to save an activity then restart a new activity, and this update changes that!

How it Works

It’s not rocket science – it works exactly as you would imagine. Now when you save or discard your activity, you’re taken back to the home screen, where you can choose a new route, join another rider, choose a workout, sign up for an event… or click “Exit” to leave the game.

Users will notice two changes to the interface, which enables this “Return to Home” feature. The first is a revamped Save/Discard dialog. The second is the “Exit” button on the home screen:

The new Save dialog includes a photo picker, but only if you’ve ridden at least 2km. (And yes, the photos that show up are only those taken during the current activity):

If you end your session using the Companion app, the new UI looks like this:

New Deployment Method – Who Dis?

We’re excited to finally have “Return to Home” – but we’re more excited about how Zwift rolled this feature out. Did you notice what changed?

This feature rolled out without an update to download!

That means Zwift has developed the ability, in some measure, to bake new features into downloadable releases, then remotely enable those features for select users (in this case, PC and Mac platforms). This opens up a world of new feature testing potential – imagine rolling out a new feature just to experienced (level 40+ users) for testing and feedback. Or only to users who have led rides.

Zwift says, “in an effort to better test new functionality roll outs, we’re evolving our feature deployment in a way that’s independent of a game client download. While we didn’t deploy this one perfectly, we are excited about additional capabilities to test features and functionality with smaller segments of our member base – this ensures better testing, better iteration, and a better final product for all Zwifters.”

Your Thoughts

Share below! You might also want to share questions or comments on Zwift’s official forum thread.

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Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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Nathan Lipke
Nathan Lipke (@nlipke)
30 days ago

Awesome!!!!

Jer
Jer
30 days ago

Brilliant, about time!

Will
Will
30 days ago

Nobody asked for this! 😜

Mick Such
Mick Such
30 days ago

Just seen this when I finished my session. Brilliant news. Thanks all. 😍😍😍

Jon Kortebein
Jon Kortebein
25 days ago
Reply to  Mick Such

Same. Pleasant surprise this morning.

OJN
OJN
30 days ago

Yess!

John
John
30 days ago

About bloody time … we’ve only been waiting years …👍

Graham OAP
Graham OAP
30 days ago

Woo Hoo!

Dan
Dan
30 days ago

Rejoyce!!

Jeff Pearson
Jeff Pearson (@misterpearson)
30 days ago

This matters even more than the cool new Zipp graphics on my wheels!

Alex Fuller
Alex Fuller (@atfuller)
30 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Pearson

No…Zipp graphics are the most important.

Tony Lane
Tony Lane
30 days ago

👏👏👏🎉

Colin Peerman
Colin Peerman
30 days ago

The new deployment method is actually the bigger news here

Daren Chandisingh
Super Member
Daren Chandisingh (@dchandisingh)
30 days ago
Reply to  Colin Peerman

Reckon so. Said more or less the same thing on the forum

Jim
Jim
30 days ago

At last!

Ricardo Saraiva
Ricardo Saraiva
30 days ago

And about features to work for example at a Samsung Tab A???

Joe Whiteley
Joe Whiteley (@jwhiteley)
30 days ago

Never going to happen, it’s not up to running Zwift.

Colin Peerman
Colin Peerman
29 days ago
Reply to  Joe Whiteley

Frankly, it’s not up to running anything

C.L.F.
C.L.F.
30 days ago

Yuhuu! And it worked on only the second try! 😀

Daren Chandisingh
Super Member
Daren Chandisingh (@dchandisingh)
30 days ago

Literal game changer

Colin Peerman
Colin Peerman
30 days ago

I see what you did there 😂

Chan Stevens
Chan Stevens (@chanstevens)
30 days ago

This just in from our correspondent in the 7th circle of Dante’s Inferno. There has been an unexpected weather event that has blanketed the entire region with a powdery white substance. Local roads and pathways are inexplicably slippery, coated with an unknown substance that is translucent, extremely cold, and smooth.

M Newberry
M Newberry
30 days ago
Reply to  Chan Stevens

^^^^^^😂

David Fitzwater
David Fitzwater
29 days ago
Reply to  Chan Stevens

The report explicitly claims that the substance itself is cold but makes no mention of the ambient temperature. So we may have to wait a while for the Zwift gods to answer the rest of our prayers.

Simon Murray
Simon Murray
30 days ago

Before is was annoying…….but now its perfect 😁

Mauricio
Mauricio
30 days ago

They might called NASA to implement this. Awesome😮

Different opinion
Different opinion
30 days ago

But what if I want to quit and close? They’ve basically replaced a forced choice with a different forced choice, surely it would be progress to give users a choice of what they want to do instead of forcing them to do one thing or another at the whims of the developer.

Colin Peerman
Colin Peerman
30 days ago

“get your pitchforks here, folks. Get ’em while they’re fresh…”

JayDee
JayDee
30 days ago

It’s just one click more, like in any other application/game.

Kathy B
Kathy B
29 days ago

OMG it’s always the ones sitting at home with the brilliant ideas than the ones doing all the work.

Matthias
Matthias
29 days ago

You are totally right, this was the first thing I thought when using the new feature. And yes, this shouldn’t be much effort (speaking as a software developer myself).

PRSboy
PRSboy
29 days ago

Oh for heaven’s sake…

curtis
curtis (@crepen)
29 days ago

To all the folks defending Zwift, this “solution” is still half baked (at best). You still need to start a ride to get to anything behind the menu button. And how hard would it have been to include a save and close button as well, since that is probably what 90% of people will do (I know I will, since I don’t trust Zwift to run properly without a restart). So they added a extra step to the most likely workflow, in order to facilitate a less likely path. As an ex-UI developer, this is just a bad solution. I… Read more »

Curtis Repen
Curtis Repen (@crepen)
28 days ago
Reply to  curtis

I guess some at Zwift was reading this. They just made my ride exit without the extra step, or really, any steps at all. It did this without saving, mind you.

[[ For the sarcasm-impaired, Zwift just crashed and exited and and left behind a corrupt .FIT file that I can’t import. Zwift has never crashed on me before this ride. ]]

Rixter
Rixter
30 days ago

Woohoo!

Paul
Paul
30 days ago

Had that happen today. Thought Zwift had glitched or crashed. Cool feature, but a heads up about the change would have been nice.

Xavier
Xavier
29 days ago
Reply to  Paul

I did get an email, and this was effective on my next ride.
Amazing it took so long for such a basic feature but much appreciated anyway.

Wayne
Wayne
30 days ago

Wow, something we have been wanting and asking for for so long and we actually got it! I want to say thank you Zwift but at the same time why did it take so long?

Phil
Phil
30 days ago

Great, and it works

Evan M
Evan M
30 days ago

My biggest pet peeve was having to exit. Now if they can only make the garage and achievements available without having to go into a ride would be a plus too

Schwinn-man
Schwinn-man
30 days ago
Reply to  Evan M

Thanks for your comment, Evan. I didn’t wanna be a Party pooper and put this one on main thread sinceeverybody SO excited, but when I saw Return To Home title I was hoping the new feature will include My Garage and Achievements, as well…😔 Yes, it is somehow improvement, but if I still need to sign up for the Ride, quit, and Exit it in order to get to My Garage then it doesn’t do me any good 😕. Ride On!

Werner Reiter
Werner Reiter
30 days ago

Today I was pleasantly surprised when I finished the event. The new deployment method is also very posptive. Thank’s Zwift 👏

Paul M
Paul M (@paul-mcneil)
30 days ago

And there was much rejoicing….yay….Thanks for listening Zwift. 🙂

Stephen
Stephen
30 days ago

Boom!!!

Wanda A.
Wanda A.
30 days ago

YES!!! Finally!! Thank you!!! Now we just need a Lap counter. 🙂
Thank you for the hard work!

Gav Shearer
Gav Shearer
30 days ago

Yay, they finally fixed that issue. I’ve only been zwifting for a year, but that was one thing I could never understand with zwift. Having to quit the entire game just to change a ride or start something else after U finished, was such a waste of time. So glad it’s fixed now thanks zwift. Oh and thanks Eric for all your work and effort with the insider. Cheers gav

Marc
Marc
30 days ago

Halleluiah indeed!

David
David
30 days ago

But they broke the integration with Tacx Bluematic and other Tacx trainers I believe. The wattage goes crazy with barely pedaling 😩

tempocyclist.com
30 days ago

Basically THE biggest feature release in Zwift history! It’s actually crazy just how long it’s taken Zwift to integrate this feature, but great to see it and well done.

Michael Collins
30 days ago

Feature flags!? Whoa they at least have an intern coding now!

Terrie
Terrie
30 days ago

Will this allow you to ride on one route or world and then go to a different one and have the miles totalled so you could get your Century ride badge from different routes or worlds? For example do 25 miles on one route, then 50 miles on another and another 25 on yet another to accomplish a 100 mile ride, but not have to do them all on the same route or world?

TriGuy
TriGuy
30 days ago

Will this allow me to do a brick session meaning doing a run after a ride without exiting?

John K
John K
30 days ago

Awesome!. Now for the “monthly” route updates….😂

Kent
Kent (@kentkkoch)
30 days ago

Jabba dabba duuuu! 😃😃👏👏

David Das
David Das
29 days ago

It took like, 5+ years for them to ‘listen’, that’s poor but at least it’s done now! Next please – stop bloody informing everyone when I go on Zwift!!!

Jason Cheshir
Jason Cheshir
29 days ago

It was a surprise when I finished my ride last night… Well done Zwift this has made separating warm ups and cool downs from my workout easy. 👍

Rogier V
Rogier V
29 days ago

The happiness in de comments is beyond any measures! 😀
Now, when I complete one ride and start another, will it save to Strava as 2 separate rides? I think it will, with both their own screenshots, right?

Tony Lane
Tony Lane
29 days ago
Reply to  Rogier V

yes, still two distinct rides, but you avoid having to re-load zwift for the second ride.

Rogier V
Rogier V
29 days ago
Reply to  Tony Lane

…which I was hoping. I log my Strava rides including the title of the route I rode (for easier double check on badges) So this is ideal! #badgehunting

Matthias
Matthias
29 days ago
Reply to  Rogier V

Almost. I did two rides “back to back” yesterday and it uploaded the screenshots (done via F10 on a laptop) to both rides on Zwift but only to the first one on Strava.

Marek
Marek
29 days ago

Finally!

Kathy B
Kathy B
29 days ago

Thank you.

Bernard
Bernard
29 days ago

The ‘choose picture from current work-out’ bit is still flawed. Yesterday I first did a race and then went to another world to ride a cooldown. When I was done with the cooldown and saved that ride I had one picture to add – taken in the start pens of the race. This issue also existed before the update.

Cody
Cody
29 days ago

A feature that should’ve been available since the beta in September 2014, but I’m stoked nonetheless! Noticed this feature yesterday before I had heard anything about it, so I was quite surprised.

Pierre
Pierre
29 days ago

We will be able to change of pace partner during the warm up (because starting with B.Brevet is too hard, then it’s ok, and finally it’s too easy). Tomorrow, I’ll start with C.Cadence before switching ! Great new !

jim
jim
29 days ago

Why would they PC and MAC first??????? I see that they say that IOS/Android has a faster reboot but I look at most rides and I see the majority using their phone so this makes absolutely no sense…….. and not to have a date for the IOS/Android rollout is crazy.

Hemsk
Hemsk
29 days ago
Reply to  jim

>but I look at most rides and I see the majority using their phone

If you mean the phone icon next to their name, that just mean they are using the companion app, not that they’re running the game on a phone.

Ian
Ian
28 days ago
Reply to  Hemsk

Riders phone symbol appears on screen if they are using the companion app on their phone whist riding, not necessarily running zwift on it… I use apple tv with my phone running the companion app so I can interact with riders & have the map in front of me…

James Metcalfe
James Metcalfe
29 days ago
Reply to  jim

I run zwift on the PC, but have the phone app open at the same time as it is more convenient for taking screenshot images and giving ride ons than the laptop.
I can’t imagine running zwift only on the companion app, except that time the laptop battery ran out mid ride, it was not a great experience and I wouldn’t want to repeat it.

Joel
Joel
27 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

True! I have often used the companion phone app with my main system whether it be a PC, MAC or apple TV. Only time I use my phone for running full Zwift app is for running outside. It now pairs with the apple watch app. Only 2 more elusive badges to go! 500 and 1000 running miles! Go ta catch them all!

Scott Bulfinch
Scott Bulfinch
29 days ago

Probably a good thing now that I know what is going on, but I missed a race yesterday as my PC kept crashing when I tried to join without closing the on-going warmup.

Neville Morton
Neville Morton
29 days ago

Used it today, absolutely brilliant 👍👍

Jay
Jay
29 days ago

What is that “Active Club” Feature there in the start screen to choose from? I don’t have it😳

Stephen J Kunnath
Stephen J Kunnath
29 days ago

Yes!!!!!

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