As a fellow cyclist/runner myself, sometimes I need to train from home, and Swift is a fantastic app for that; however, when it comes to streaming the video from your phone/iPad to the TV, it can be a little tricky. In this post, I will show you four easy ways to stream your training to your big TV.
1. Using Apple TV
If you have a 4th generation Apple TV for a newer 4k model, then you can stream fast and easy; this is a great way to broadcast because the devices have excellent communication, and there won’t be any latency in the transmission.
You will need:
- Apple TV 4K or an Apple TV 4th generation
- Zwift app
Once you’re ready to begin broadcasting the training, swipe up on the screen of the iPhone/iPad, select AirPlay, and then select the Apple TV. Please make sure you’re connected to the same network as the Apple TV; otherwise, you won’t be able to find it.
2. Via Lightning/HDMI Cable
Don’t have an Apple TV? No worries! You can use a Lightning to HDMI adapter or an HDMI cable to connect your device directly to the TV. Please make sure your phone/tablet is fully charged because, with this method, your battery will run out in about 2 hours.
3. Broadcast via mirroring to any Smart TV or Chromecast
Streaming now from your iPhone/iPad now is easier than ever. If you have a smart TV or a Chromecast, you can also mirror the training from your device, follow the instructions below, and you will have Zwift on your TV in no time.
- Make sure all devices are connected to the same network.
- Swipe up on the screen of the Apple device
- Click AirPlay and select the destination device (TV or Chromecast)
The broadcast to your TV should begin right away. Please be advised that Chromecast sometimes might have a delay of 2 – 3 seconds.
4. Screen mirroring from your Android phone to the TV or Chromecast
To stream your Zwift home training you don’t need to have an Apple device, you can do it from your Android without any issues, below are the steps you need to follow.
- Make sure you’re on the same WiFi network as the TV.
- Swipe down on the screen of your phone
- Select Wireless Projection
- Wait until the phone finds the TV, then select it.
- Wait for a few seconds until the connection is established, and you should be good to go.
My Zwift ride did not upload to Strava
There is nothing more frustrating than finishing your training and realizing your activity was not automatically uploaded, it happens more often than you think and here are the steps you need to follow to upload the information manually:
- From a computer
- Enter to my.Zwift.com and click on MyActivities.
- Find your missing activity and click download (this will be in the form of a FIT file)
- Enter in another tab to https://www.strava.com/upload/select click “choose file” and select the FIT file you previously downloaded.
- From a mobile device (it must be iOS10 or higher, you need to be able to save files in it)
- Navigate to my.Zwift.com in the browser and log in to your account.
- Click on the “Download” link under the activity you wish to upload to Strava.
- Save the file to your preferred cloud folder (iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive).
- Open a new tab on the browser and enter https://www.strava.com/upload/select. Click the “choose file” link, select the folder/cloud service you saved the file to and upload the file.
Zwift is not responding or acting slowly
Although I haven’t had this issue myself, I have read about it in several blogs. I am listing below a couple of successful solutions to this problem:
Launching Zwift without the ANT+ dongle
- Unplug the ANT+ dongle
- Launch Zwift
- Plug the ANT+ dongle back in and wait until is recognized
- Once Windows has recognized the device, pair your trainer and HR monitor like you’d normally do
- And have a great ride!