Run Zwift with minimal distractions using this simple hack

To run Zwift with minimal on-screen “heads up display” elements, add this line to the <config> section of your Zwift preferences file located at Documents/Zwift/prefs.xml:

<MINIMAL_UI>1</MINIMAL_UI>

This turns off the rider list, leaderboards, speed/rider timer, and more. Here’s a screenshot of the result:

Zwift running with minimal interface elements

Zwift running with minimal interface elements

Here is my prefs.xml file with the line added. If you’ve never edited an XML file before, it is as easy as opening the file in a text editor (Notepad works great on a PC), editing the file and saving your changes. Saving a backup copy of the original file is always a good idea!

<ZWIFT>
 <DEVICES>
     <LASTCADENCEDEVICE>720996</LASTCADENCEDEVICE>
     <LASTPOWERDEVICE>720996</LASTPOWERDEVICE>
     <CTF>12543</CTF>
     <LASTHRMDEVICE>7891038</LASTHRMDEVICE>
     <LASTSPEEDDEVICE>9716</LASTSPEEDDEVICE>
     <LASTTRAINERDEVICE>2837993477</LASTTRAINERDEVICE>
 </DEVICES>
 <CONFIG>
     <MINIMAL_UI>1</MINIMAL_UI>
     <RICHMOND_BRANCH_PREFERENCE>0</RICHMOND_BRANCH_PREFERENCE>
     <BRANCH_PREFERENCE>3</BRANCH_PREFERENCE>
     <BATTPREFS>20</BATTPREFS>
     <PREFERRED_MONITOR>2147516416</PREFERRED_MONITOR>
     <TRAINER_EFFECT>0.5</TRAINER_EFFECT>
     <IMGPREFS>0</IMGPREFS>
     <USER_RESOLUTION_PREF>1920x1080</USER_RESOLUTION_PREF>
     <AMBIENT_VOL>0</AMBIENT_VOL>
     <SFX_VOL>0</SFX_VOL>
 </CONFIG>
 <WORKOUTS>
     <LAST_WORKOUT>4035902721</LAST_WORKOUT>
     <EDIT_IN_WATTS>1</EDIT_IN_WATTS>
     <USE_ERG>1</USE_ERG>
 </WORKOUTS>
</ZWIFT>

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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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Jgil
Jgil
1 year ago

Can this be done so that it only turns off portions (leaderboards/nearby riders) rather than the whole HUD?

Garth
Garth
1 year ago

I tried this today for the Haute Route ven-top ride and while I certainly enjoyed riding without all the screen clutter, I am pretty certain it is not possible to get powerups with this hack enabled?

clasher
clasher
8 months ago
Reply to  Garth

No powerups, and no spinner at the top of the alpe either! I almost always use the minimal UI now since I mostly do solo free-rides but missing out on bonus xp is kind of annoying. Also no good if one is doing laps for XP on the TT bike, there goes a good chunk of XP too!

Peter
Peter
10 months ago

Where is this file located on an Android phone? I’m not finding it.

Andrei
Andrei (@aistratov)
10 months ago
Reply to  Peter

It is on a PC. Are you running Zwift on a phone ?????

Andrei
Andrei (@aistratov)
10 months ago
Reply to  Andrei

If seriously, on Android you can just swipe many of the elements of the user interface off the screen. This may require a little experimenting where to touch the screen to move UI elements off the screen, but it works for me with the running version of Zwift.

Mr Michael Thomson
Mr Michael Thomson
7 months ago
Reply to  Andrei

You can only move 2 of the elements the rest stay

M.A.
M.A.
6 months ago

Hi there,

With a Workout running in parallel, will the workout still trigger ERG mode and can i use the companion app to check the Watts while riding? Or will this setup also kill the companion app control for workouts?

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