Hi @Rachel_Brown_Catenar, sorry to hear about your frustration with Zwift no longer automatically pairing with your desired configuration of Power, Cadence and Controllable Trainer.
First, I can confirm the recent issues Zwifters have experienced with mixing power meters and controllable trainers are only with Apple devices as Shuji mentioned at the top of this post. So Android (and Windows) were unaffected and remain unaffected.
Second, I am fairly confident we can get your iPad configured to use the devices you want to use.
Now it sounds to me like you would like to use the Rotor Power Meter for power and cadence and the KICKR as your controllable trainer.
Even if I have that right, I may not have an accurate picture of what the Pairing Screen looks like once devices are detected and displayed. It sounds to me like your KICKR is found for power, then you swap to Rotor Power Meter for power, but cadence and controllable trainer are not set.
If I’m wrong about what the Pairing Screen looks like after devices are detected and displayed, I would ask you to please take a screenshot of the Pairing Screen and post it in a reply.
I refer to the displayed Power, Speed, Heart Rate, Cadence, and Controllable devices as “widgets” in my steps below because you can tap them to change whatever device is selected.
Now I don’t want to scare you with my list of steps. You do not need to run through this entire list each time you launch Zwift. This list is just to ensure we can set up your desired device configuration.
Others who are reading this post should keep in mind these steps are intended only for iPad, iPhone or Apple TV. Do not attempt these steps on Mac, it will only confuse things.
Finally, if I got the correct picture of things, here are the steps I think will get you configured with your desired set up.
Once you have launched Zwift and devices are detected and displayed:
- If KICKR is selected for power, tap on the Power widget to unpair KICKR as power.
- Power off the KICKR
- Power the KICKR back on
- Tap on the Power widget to pair KICKR as power.
- Wait for KICKR to appear in the list.
- Select KICKR.
- Pairing Screen should now advance to show Heart Rate, Cadence and Controllable widgets.
- Controllable widget may be empty.
- Tap Controllable widget
- Wait for KICKR to appear in the list.
- Select KICKR. Controllable Trainer widget should now show KICKR selected.
- Now tap on Power widget to unpair KICKR for power.
- Other widgets will disappear and we return to just empty power/speed widgets.
- Now tap on Power widget again to pair Rotor Power Meter.
- Wait for Rotor Power Meter to appear in the list.
- Select Rotor Power Meter.
- Pairing Screen should now advance to show Power, Heart Rate, Cadence and Controllable widgets.
- Controllable widget should now show KICKR selected.
- Tap on Cadence widget to pair Rotor Power Meter for cadence.
- Select Rotor Power Meter. Cadence widget should show Rotor Power Meter.
If these steps worked and you are satisfied with the set up, tap on the “Let’s Go” button to advance. The devices to be selected for Power, Controllable Trainer and Cadence should now be saved on your iPad for future Zwift sessions.
The question remains why I would ask you to select KICKR for power, when we both know you really want to use Rotor Power Meter for power? It’s complicated, and Zwift is looking to change the way the Pairing Screen works to avoid this confusion. However the straight answer is that currently the only way to select KICKR for controllable trainer is to first pair KICKR for power.
After pairing KICKR for controllable trainer, you can then unpair power, pair Rotor Power Meter for power, and then pair Rotor Power Meter for cadence. This is the order that must be followed to set what I understand to be your desired configuration.
If my steps did not result in your desired set up please know I remain committed to resolving this issue. I may just need more clarification on the desired set up and the step number where my suggestions stopped working for you.