Getting Started With Zwift

There are four ways to connect your Kinetic inRide and Smart or Smart Control trainers with Zwift.


  • Option 1: use the free Zwift Mobile Link (ZML) app as a bridge for Android and iOS mobile devices to send trainer data to the Zwift desktop app running on a PC or Mac.
  • Option 2: Mac computer users can connect directly via Bluetooth Smart (BLE) to the Zwift desktop app.
  • Option 3: Apple iOS device owners can connect directly via Bluetooth Smart (BLE) to the Zwift iOS app.
  • Option 4: Apple TV owners can connect their Kinetic devices directly to the Zwift Apple TV app via Bluetooth Smart (BLE).

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Option 1: Connect using the Zwift Mobile Link (ZML) app and a PC or Mac computer

In this configuration, the Zwift Mobile Link app acts as a bridge, connecting your Kinetic trainer to your phone and then connecting your phone via Wi-Fi to your computer. This is a good option for anyone using an Android device to connect their Kinetic trainer who doesn't have an Apple computer with native Bluetooth Smart, an iOS device or an Apple TV.

The setup check list: 

  1. Computer connected to WiFi (Zwift app loaded and running)
  2. iOS or Android device connected to the same WiFi network as computer.
  3. Smart Control trainer plugged in and not paired with any other apps
  4. Or, Kinetic Smart trainer or inRide sensor "awake", and not paired with any other apps (turn the wheel to wake up trainer).
  5. Smart Control firmware up to date (firmware updates are done by pairing your Smart Control trainer on the "Sensors" screen of the Kinetic Fit app, do this prior to starting a Zwift ride—inRide sensors and Smart trainers don't require firmware updates).

NOTE: Be sure to you have the latest version of Zwift Mobile Link for iOS from the App Store, or for Android from Google Play. Bluetooth must be enabled in SETTINGS on your device, but you will pair trainers within the Zwift app and NOT directly to your device.

Get started with Zwift Mobile Link:

  1. Be sure that Bluetooth is enabled in the device settings on your phone or tablet, note that you will pair trainers within the Zwift app and NOT directly to your phone settings.
  2. Launch the Zwift Mobile Link app. Be sure your trainer is on and active. Select More > Settings > Sensors. (Be sure that Bluetooth is turned on in your device settings.) You're ready to connect to the Zwift app on a computer when you see the map screen. Your computer and your phone or device MUST both be on the same WiFi network for Mobile Link and Zwift to work together.
  3. Launch Zwift on the computer and activate connection using Zwift Mobile Link. Select Gear Icon and select "Use Zwift Mobile Link" if not already selected. Zwift will automatically look for devices using Mobile Link. The trainer will not connect unless ZML app is on the same WiFi as computer and is powered on. On the PAIRED DEVICES screen, note the BLE-smartphone icon in the upper-left corner of this screen. It should indicate that the game is connected to the app by emitting circles—if it's not, see our troubleshooting article. NOTE FOR iOS Only: Open Zwift Mobile Link on your iPhone. In the iOS app, tap the menu button, then SETTINGS > SENSORS > Enable Bluetooth LE Sensors. You’ll only have to do this once. (This screen is NOT ON THE ANDROID VERSION. It happens automatically on the Android app.)
  4. On the PAIRED DEVICES screen, Spin the trainer to wake it up. Select Search for Controllable Trainer. Trainers will appear in pairing window. Select "OK" to continue.*
  5. Device will show when paired. Pair the Power Source and Cadence and you're ready to ride.
  6. Click either RIDE or SELECT WORKOUT and start your ride.

*NOTE: When pairing inRide sensors or Kinetic Smart Trainers, you only need to pair with POWER SOURCE and CADENCE. Kinetic fluid resistance trainers are not "Controlled" by the Zwift app. Riders must control the resistance of Kinetic fluid trainers.


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Option 2: Native Bluetooth Smart using the Zwift desktop app on a Mac computer

Connecting using native Bluetooth Smart on a Mac computer is a cleaner signal path and allows a direct connection with the trainer and bypasses the Zwift Mobile Link app.  This is a great set up alone or with a HDMI cable to an external monitor.

The setup check list: 

  1. Computer Bluetooth turned on
  2. Computer connected to WiFi or hard wired to internet connection
  3. Smart Control trainer plugged in and not paired with any other apps
  4. Or, Kinetic Smart trainer or inRide sensor "awake", (turn the wheel to wake up trainer) and not paired with any other apps.
  5. Smart Control firmware up to date (firmware updates are done by pairing your Smart Control trainer on the "Sensors" screen of the Kinetic Fit app, do this prior to starting a Zwift ride—inRide sensors and Smart trainers don't require firmware updates).
  6. Zwift loaded and running on Mac 

Get started with Zwift direct to a Mac computer:

  1. Check to see that Bluetooth is turned on for your Mac in the System Preferences.
  2. Launch Zwift app and activate connection using Built-in Bluetooth. Select Gear Icon to change Bluetooth setting from the Mobile Link app connection to USE BUILT-IN BLUETOOTH. (Zwift will automatically look for devices using Mobile Link. The trainer will not connect unless this setting is changed. Status bar icon will change to the Bluetooth icon when Zwift app is configured to connect with native BLE and now ready to pair with Smart Control trainers.)
  3. Begin pairing devices. Be sure trainer is plugged in and firmware is updated. 
  4. On the PAIRED DEVICES screen, Spin the trainer to wake it up. Select SEARCH for CONTROLLABLE TRAINER. Trainers will appear in pairing window. Select "OK" to continue.
  5. Device categories display in blue when paired. Pair the POWER SOURCE and CADENCE and you're ready to ride.*
  6. Click either RIDE or SELECT WORKOUT and start your ride.

*NOTE: When pairing inRide sensors or Kinetic Smart Trainers, you only need to pair with POWER SOURCE and CADENCE. Kinetic fluid-resistance trainers are not "Controlled" by the Zwift app. Riders must control the resistance of Kinetic fluid trainers.

Compatible Mac computers with native BLE:

  • The Mac Mini and MacBook Air both received Bluetooth 4.0 support in 2011.
  • The MacBook Pro and iMac added it in 2012.
  • The Mac Pro received support in December 2013.

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Option 3: Native Bluetooth Smart using the Zwift iOS app

Connecting to Zwift using native Bluetooth Smart on an iOS device is a cleaner signal path and allows a direct connection with the trainer and bypasses the Zwift Mobile Link app. This is a great set up alone with an iPad or using a HDMI cable and external monitor.

Download the Zwift iOS app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zwift/id1134655040?mt=8

The setup check list: 

  1. iOS bluetooth enabled in phone or tablet settings, note that you will pair trainers within the Zwift app and NOT directly to your phone settings.

  2. iOS device connected to internet, Zwift app loaded and active

  3. Smart Control trainer plugged in and not paired with any other apps

  4. Or, Smart trainer/inRide sensor "awake", (turn the wheel to wake up trainer).

  5. Smart Control firmware up to date (firmware updates are done by pairing your Smart Control trainer on the "Sensors" screen of the Kinetic Fit app, do this prior to starting a Zwift ride)

Get started with the Zwift iOS app:

  1. Check to see that Bluetooth is enabled in your iOS phone or iPad in Settings, note that you will pair trainers within the Zwift app and NOT directly to your phone settings.

  2. Launch Zwift iOS app and activate connection using Built-in Bluetooth. You'll get an alert if device Bluetooth is not active. Bluetooth icon emits circles when actively searching for devices.

  3. Select Power Source, Controllable and Cadence and select the Kinetic device for each. Be sure Kinetic Smart Control trainer is plugged in and not paired with any other apps, or if using a Smart trainer or inRide sensor, turn the wheel to wake up the sensor.

  4. Paired devices will show blue. Each device needs to be paired by searching and selecting. Kinetic fluid Smart trainer and inRide sensor users only need to pair Power Source and Cadence since fluid trainer resistance is not controlled by the Zwift app.*

  5. Click either RIDE or SELECT WORKOUT and start your ride.

*NOTE: When pairing inRide sensors or Kinetic Smart Trainers, you only need to pair with POWER SOURCE and CADENCE. Kinetic fluid-resistance trainers are not "Controlled" by the Zwift app. Riders must control the resistance of Kinetic fluid trainers.


Option 4: Connect directly with the Zwift app on an Apple TV via Bluetooth Smart

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Connecting using native Bluetooth Smart to an Apple TV is a cleaner signal path and allows a direct connection with the trainer and bypasses the Zwift Mobile Link app. This is a great solution for anyone with a newer Apple TV. Follow this link to the Zwiftblog for a full Apple TV getting started rundown: https://zwiftblog.com/zwift-on-apple-tv/

The setup check list: 

  1. Apple TV on and connected to WiFi or hard wired to internet connection
  2. Smart Control trainer plugged in and not paired with any other apps
  3. Or, Kinetic Smart trainer or inRide sensor "awake", (turn the wheel to wake up trainer) and not paired with any other apps.
  4. Smart Control firmware up to date (firmware updates are done by pairing your Smart Control trainer on the "Sensors" screen of the Kinetic Fit app, do this prior to starting a Zwift ride—inRide sensors and Smart trainers don't require firmware updates).
  5. Zwift Apple TV app loaded and running on Apple TV 

Zwift Tips 

  • Calibrate Kinetic trainers first using the Kinetic Fit app. This will make the Zwift experience as accurate as possible.
  • Smart Control trainer owners should always have the latest Fit app version installed. Update firmware in the trainer if prompted.
  • Mobile device battery level should be at least 50% if you’re planning on riding for longer than an hour.
  • You can lock your device screen or send the app to the background while BLE devices are connected and the app will continue to work.
  • Mount your device on or near your handlebars for best reception between your BLE peripherals and your phone.