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Using the Apple Watch with Zwift

Apple Watch support as a heart rate monitor is now in beta! While there may be some bugs, you can try it out now. Pairing works like it would for a normal Bluetooth HRM with just a few extra steps.

Downloading the Zwift Apple Watch App

First, you'll need to download the Zwift app to your Apple Watch. Follow the instructions on Apple's website for installing an app to your watch.

  • You'll need the Zwift app if you plan on connecting directly with your iPhone.
  • You'll ALSO need the Mobile Link app for Apple Watch if you want to connect to a PC, Mac, or Apple TV.

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Pairing the Watch App with Zwift

Once you've installed the app on your watch, pairing the Apple Watch largely follows the same steps as pairing any other Bluetooth device depending on which platform you're using for the Zwift game and how you're connecting.

Pairing via Native BLE (iPhone)

  1. Turn on your iPhone's Bluetooth setting via your Settings screen.
  2. Launch the Zwift game on your iPhone.
  3. Log in.
  4. Skip the pairing screen for the heart rate monitor (you can pair your other sensors normally if you'd like) and join the world.
  5. While in game, tap the Menu button in the lower-left, and tap the Pairing icon in the lower-right.
  6. Open the Zwift app on your Apple Watch. It will say Zwift in the top-right and unpaired at the bottom of the Watch screen.
  7. It will say Zwift in the top-right and unpaired at the bottom of the Watch screen.
  8. Search under the Heart Rate menu on the pairing screen in game.
  9. The Apple Watch will show up under the Heart Rate menu on the pairing screen in game.

 

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Zwift Apple Watch app unpaired. | Watch visible in Heart Rate pairing screen. | Apple Watch changes to paired after it's selected.

 

Pairing via Zwift Mobile Link BLE (PC/Mac/Apple TV)

  1. Turn on your iPhone's Bluetooth setting via your Settings screen.
  2. Open the Mobile Link app on your mobile device. Make sure your mobile device is on the same WiFi network as the computer you're using.
  3. Launch the Zwift game on your computer.
  4. Log in.
  5. Skip the pairing screen for the heart rate monitor (you can pair your other sensors normally) and join the world.
  6. While in game, tap the Menu button in the lower-left, and tap the Pairing icon in the lower-right.
  7. Open the Zwift app on your Apple Watch. It will say Zwift in the top-right and unpaired at the bottom of the Watch screen.
  8. Search under the Heart Rate menu on the pairing screen in game.
  9. The Apple Watch will show up under the Heart Rate menu on the pairing screen in game.

 

Troubleshooting FAQ

Q: My Watch isn't showing up under the Heart Rate menu.

A: Double-check to make sure you followed the above steps exactly. If you still can't connect, see our article on troubleshooting Bluetooth pairing issues.

 

Q: My watch shows up as paired, but has a "0" for heart rate.

A: Zwift doesn't have permission to the Apple Health app's data. Enable this to solve the problem.

 

Q: My Watch unpaired from the game and won't pair again.

A: This is a known issue.

 

Q: I received a notification on my watch and it disconnected my Watch.

A: This is a known issue.

 

Q: My Watch won't pair with my iPad.

A: The Apple Watch isn't compatible with the iPad. This is an Apple limitation, not a Zwift one.

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