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Zwift/Rouvy etc on a tablet. Can it be done?

I'm thinking of getting a turbo trainer type thingy. Weather has been censored for months now and today it is full on winter conditions out there. As Boris is going to totally lock down our area I might not be able to go on the bike any more so a turbo seems a good idea.

I know where I can get a decent Elite jobbie, but don't have a laptop. All I have is a Samsung tablet; Android.

I've looked at downloading Zwift or Rouvy and I keep getting messages sayiing the app is not optimised for my device - whatever that means. Does anyone use a tablet for these apps, and if so do you have any problems? There's no way I'm buying a laptop just for this, so if this won't work I'll just get a dumb trainer, and save some money.

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  • N0bodyOfTheGoatN0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 4,229
    Zwift for Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zwift.zwiftgame&hl=en_GB

    Works on my Xiaomi Mi A2 mobile, when the Surface Pro 4 isn't available to run Zwift on Windows 10.
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  • Darius_JedburghDarius_Jedburgh Posts: 675
    That's good. Requires Android 7.0 and I'm on 8.1. getting better all the time. Only problem is that turbo has been sold overnight!!!
  • Darius_JedburghDarius_Jedburgh Posts: 675
    Edit...no go. My device isn't compatible with the app! Tablet is only 2 years old???
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 12,651
    edited 6 June
    Zwift should work on pretty much any phone. Share to smart TV/device for a bigger screen.
    PS - Weather has been outstanding for months. This is a temporary blip.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • Darius_JedburghDarius_Jedburgh Posts: 675
    pblakeney said:


    PS - Weather has been outstanding for months. This is a temporary blip.

    Thanks. Not sure where you are but up in the forgotten north we have hardly had a day without 10-15mph winds since this time last year. Even in this recent warm spell the wind has been blowing. Two weeks ago it took the roof off our neighbours new shed.

    A calm day is a real novelty round here.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 12,651
    Wind has been an issue but I found that I preferred that to sweating buckets on the turbo in recent temperatures.
    Something to consider.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • Darius_JedburghDarius_Jedburgh Posts: 675
    edited 6 June
    Agreed. I can put up with wind up to 20mph, but today it's blowing gusts up to 45mph and I ain't going out in that. I'm really thinking of winter; not for everyday use, but when the wind is howling, the rain is sheeting down and the temperature is close to zero there is an increasing attraction of staying in. We live right on the West coast, and there is very little between us and good old Uncle Sam Land so winds come in unchecked. For 30 miles or so inland everywhere is flat as a pancake so little shelter.

    Edit...just looked out the window and a sizeable tree is down and blocking our road. Neighbour is out with a chainsaw, so think I'll get mine out and help him.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 12,651
    In that case hope for a C19 decline and the market will be flooded with second hand.
    Go straight to a direct drive. Any joy with phone compatibility?
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • Darius_JedburghDarius_Jedburgh Posts: 675
    edited 6 June
    Good news, council have turned up to clear the tree; that's a major surprise!

    I looked at the Zwift app on play store and it seemed OK. I followwed the link above and it was no go. I've looked at Rouvy, and whilst I get a possible incompatible warning, it downloads, and I meet all requirements, but might need an Ant dongle. As turbos are rarer than hen's teeth think I'll not do anything till I can find one. Should have pressed the button last night instead of thinking how best to get it past SWMBO. He who hesitates is lost!
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 12,651
    edited 6 June
    It is easier to get forgiveness than permission! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Tried a phone?
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • Darius_JedburghDarius_Jedburgh Posts: 675
    20/20 hindsight is a wonderful thing😁😁😁

    Haven't tried a phone. Was thinking of the tablet for a larger screen.

    I'll have a play.
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 2,580
    I use Rouvy on a Samsung tablet which is a few years old. Absolutely no problems.

    I have a Chromecast to mirror the tablet screen to an old TV.

    I've also used my Samsung phone for Rouvy and that works fine too.
  • ibr17xviiibr17xvii Posts: 373
    Slightly OT but in bang for buck stakes Zwift on Apple TV is hard to beat depending on your setup.
  • Darius_JedburghDarius_Jedburgh Posts: 675
    Thanks. I've just got Rouvy working on my phone. Zwift also downloaded with no problems.
    I've ordered a Ant dongle to try with the tablet.
    I don't have either an old TV or anything Apple so those avenues are closed to me, but thanks for the kind thoughts.
  • sam_h_1984sam_h_1984 Posts: 14
    despite your comment on my post I thought I'd add something here ;)

    Running it on your phone as above is a good shout, it's by far the easiest way of getting on, I've tried it on a tablet before and really unless it's apple it always felt really laggy and slow. My cheap iPhone ran it far happier than my Samsung tablet - but yours might well be better.

    I've tried it on apple TV, which I got cheap off ebay for just this purpose and also got a really cheap 32" TV - job done. This does limit your Bluetooth options though as I think you're restricted to 2 using apple TV

    ANT+ dongle and laptop is sadly the best option out there, runs smooth, much less lag than with Bluetooth (it's really off-putting having lag when a hill starts it tends to just happen rather than graduate)

    have you looked at sufferfest at all? yes it's a bit less interesting that Zwift but I found it gave a better workout.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 12,651


    I've tried it on apple TV, which I got cheap off ebay for just this purpose and also got a really cheap 32" TV - job done. This does limit your Bluetooth options though as I think you're restricted to 2 using apple TV

    Possibly depends on your turbo. My 2T sends power and cadence (which is spot on according to my Garmin). I use the second connection for HR. Sorted!

    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • sam_h_1984sam_h_1984 Posts: 14
    yeah there's certainly ways around it, I mean you can connect some bits through the companion app too which adds to the options.
  • Sutton_RiderSutton_Rider Posts: 436
    I've got an old laptop Windows 7 and zwift won't work with that. Bkool works, but you may need an ANT+ dongle about Β£10 on ebay. I'm also running an Samsung android tablet v10 zwift works fine both Bluetooth and ANT+, but bkool wont work with ANT+ only Bluetooth.
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