How to: ride any world on Zwift iOS

How to: ride any world on Zwift iOS

UPDATE: while the world tag hack can be done on iOS, it’s simpler to use the “date hack” method outlined here.

Using an iPhone or iPad to run Zwift, and you want to ride a different world than ZwiftHQ has currently scheduled?

The world tag hack is already in common use for Zwifters on PC/Mac. This hack can also be used on Zwift iOS, although it’s a bit more challenging. Here’s how to get it done…

Altering your prefs.xml file on PC using iFunbox:

  1. Connect iDevice to PC via USB cable
  2. Open iFunbox
  3. Go to “Managing App Data” tab and click Zwift>Open Sandbox
  4. Click on the Zwift>Zwift folder, right click on prefs.xml file and choose “Copy to PC” to save a copy of prefs.xml to your computer
  5. Open and edit prefs.xml on your computer (instructions here)
  6. In iFunbox right-click prefs.xml and choose “Copy from PC.” Select the edited prefs.xml from your computer to copy it onto your iDevice.
  7. Run Zwift on your iDevice and enjoy your selected world (but do it quickly–see below!)

Here’s a video showing the steps above:

Unlike Zwift on PC/Mac, Zwift iOS will automatically switch you back to the scheduled world if you use this world tag hack and don’t move past the startup screen quickly enough. You will see a “changing worlds…” message as shown below:

To avoid this, simply click your username quickly when signing in.

Important: Do not insert bogus values into your preferences file!

There are no “hidden” courses, secret maps or back doors which can be found by inserting the wrong values into your prefs.xml file. If it’s invalid, Zwift will just behave unpredictably or even crash. Follow these instructions carefully and you’ll be safe!

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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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Lenah7026 (@awestwood)
1 year ago

Actually there is a much easier way to choose Worlds on iOS, even for those of without a PC or Mac. Check the calendar for a date that has the world you want to ride, then on your iPad/iPhone go to Settings/General/DateTime and toggle off ‘Set Automatically’ and enter that date. Open Zwift, let your devices connect, set the World and Route, tap Ride. Now before starting, press your Home button, set the date back to automatic, return to Zwift and ride. You’ll stay in the World you selected, and also your rise will be in the current date (and… Read more »

6 months ago
Reply to  Lenah7026

Thanks Lenah – that worked a charm! March 4h BTW! For France and Ventoux ….I rode it last week when it was there on the 4th and wanted to ride it again today but was disappointed when I couldn’t find it…I’m glad I found your tip – I’m just knackered now after 3 hours in the saddle! 😉

Timothy Walsh
Timothy Walsh
1 year ago

I saw a post recently concerned that using the world hack violated the terms of our subscription. I reached out to Zwift support and they confirmed the use of the hack was a violation of the terms.

Eric, you might want to validate the use of the world hack is a violation and possible let your readers know. It would really suck to get banned from Zwift for doing this.

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