The Zwift Companion app turns your mobile device into a remote control for Zwift and makes Zwifting more fun and social. When used alongside Zwift, the Companion app gives you a map view and the ability to chat, make U-turns, and interact with others. It’s also an event calendar for what’s on deck, making it a useful on-the-go tool to plan your next race, ride, or run.
In this article, we'll cover how to pair and explore the features inside.
PAIRING WITH ZWIFT
To use the Companion app, both the device that's running Zwift (whether PC, Mac, iOS, or Apple TV) and the mobile device running the Companion app need to be on the same (WiFi) network. As long as your Zwift device and mobile device share the same router and network, they'll automatically connect once they're both opened and you've logged in.
- Make sure your mobile device is connected to the same (WiFi) network as the Zwift device.
- Launch the Companion app on your mobile device.
- Log in on the Companion app using the same credentials you use for Zwift.
- Launch Zwift on your main device and log in.
- After you log in, Zwift and the Companion app will connect, and you'll see the main screen on the Companion app change from "Home" to "Game."
Notes: The order you launch the Companion app and the Zwift game isn't set. You can launch Zwift before the Companion app.
After Zwift and the Companion app connect, you'll see the screen change from "Home" to "Game"
While connected, the Zwift Companion app works as both a bike computer and a controller for some of your actions in the game. You can view each of these screens by tapping the tabs in the app or swiping to the left and right.
- GAME -
With the Companion app's built-in map function, you'll know where you are, where you're going, and what's coming up next.
- DASHBOARD -
The Dashboard provides all the key metrics you expect from a bike computer:
- Elevation climbed
- Elapsed time
- Heart rate
If you have a PowerUp available, you'll be able to activate it by tapping the bar at the bottom of this screen.
The U-Turn function works by tapping and holding. More details in the U-Turns article.
You can also end your ride and automatically upload it to your Zwift dashboard and any third-party sites you've connected by tapping and holding the Stop button at the bottom of the screen for three seconds.
View all the buttons on the action bar by swiping to the left or right.
And finally, you can also access the same in-game emotes and functions through the app. Just swipe left or right along the bar at the bottom of the screen.
- ZWIFTERS -
Want to see who’s riding next to you? The Zwifters screen shows you the riders closest to you, and the Zwifters you follow who are also currently online. Switch between the two columns by clicking the header text.
Main Zwifters screen and a profile view of a rider.
- Zwifters close to you.
- Zwifters you follow.
- Favorite a rider: you'll receive push notifications when a favorite starts a ride.
- Manage your follow/unfollow settings for a Zwifter.
- Send a private message.
- Give the Zwifter a Ride On.
- Fan view the Zwifter in-game. Your view in Zwift will change to that rider.
- Report the Zwifter for negative behavior.
Scroll up or down on a list to see riders from the selected category on course in front or behind you. See how much time separates you, their power output (w/kg), and how far they've ridden in their current session.
Tapping on a rider shows their profile. Private message a friend, or give your new favorite Zwifter a Ride On. You can also Fan View to see the world from their saddle.
Finally, in the rare case of a disruptive rider, you can flag them for Harassment, Bad Language, or a potentially incorrect setup by tapping Flier.
If you see a rider you want to follow, tap the orange follow button in the top-right corner of your screen (see managing your followers).
You can also view their activities by tapping the banner at the bottom.
- MESSAGES -
The Messages screen shows the group chat with nearby Zwifters and direct messages you've received. Swap between them from the menu at the bottom of the screen. If you're swapping between channels, just be careful to select the correct one before you send.
When you're not paired with the Zwift game, this will be the main screen. It includes the following categories and a preview of its content.
Note that the screen will be different for Android and iOS: iOS will always have the menu button at the bottom of the screen, while on Android, it's behind the menu button in the top-left.
- Zwifting Now: If any of the Zwifters you follow are riding, you'll see a sample here.
- Events: An upcoming event will be featured in this section.
- Activities: See the most recent activities completed by users you follow.
- Goals: See your active goal.
By tapping the arrow on the title bar of each section, you can enter its own dedicated section, each of which includes more features.
Tap the arrow on the title bar to see everyone who's currently riding. Once you've switched to the Zwifting Now page, you'll the list filterable into two groups: "All Zwifters" and "Zwifters you follow."
Tapping on a rider shows their profile, and it works largely the same as it does when you're riding, except you can only give Ride Ons or follow a rider (no private messaging, fan viewing, or flagging).
Tap the arrow on the title bar to see a full listing of upcoming events. You can also filter by event type and jump ahead to future events later in the week by tapping the arrows in the header.
Tap the arrow on the title bar to see the full list of activities completed by users you follow. You can then give them a Ride On!
See all the goals you've already set and choose new ones.
CONNECTED AND ON-THE-GO FEATURES
Whether you're connected or not, there are always two buttons at the top of the screen:
- The "notifications" flag in the top-right corner.
- The "menu" button in the top-left (Android) or bottom-left (iOS).
Tapping each of these will bring up a different screen.
The notifications screen will show you updates whenever a Zwifter follows you. You can approve/reject requests here by tapping the Orange Plus button or Gray X button, respectively. These can be used after you follow a Zwifter, too.
The menu button on Android contains seven sub-categories. The iOS version has five of these.
- Dashboard/Home: goes to Dashboard (if you're riding) or Home (if you're not).
- Events: This takes you directly to the Events section; view and RSVP for upcoming events.
- Activities: This takes you directly to the Activities section/feed.
- Notifications (Android only): Instead of tapping the notifications flag, you can get there by tapping this instead.
- Goals: Takes you directly to the Goals section.
- Shop: this will open your phone's default web browser and take you to the Zwift shop so you can get that sweet, real-life Zwift kit or other accessories you need to get started.
- Settings: To access Settings on iOS, tap your profile picture.
- Update your profile
- Change your password
- Make your profile public or private
- Choose whether or not to receive messages
- Adjust your notification settings
- Choose which third-party fitness sites to connect with
- View the mobile app version
- Log out
Note: You will not be able to use the Companion app if you are connecting your computer to the Internet with your phone as a hotspot.