With over 125 million players worldwide, Epic Games’ free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite has morphed into a true mainstream phenomenon. You can now find it on nearly every platform from PC to console, even mobile. But is Fortnite cross-platform compatible? Yes, yes it is (for the most part). In fact, part of the game’s success is due to Epic allowing players to compete with their friends across most platforms that support Fortnite.
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In this guide, we will tell you how to enable Fortnite cross-platform play so you can battle, or just hang out with friends — whether they are on a PC, console, or mobile device.
Sign up for an Epic Games account
The one thing Fortnite cross-platform players need to get started is a free Epic Games account. You can do that inside the game itself, or via Epic’s website. The Epic account keeps track of your player character’s progression, along with any in-game purchases you’ve made, so that if you switch from, say, your Android phone to an Xbox One, your progress and items will be available.
If you want to play online with others across different Fortnite platforms, you will need to link your platform to your Epic Games account. Players on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac have to make that link to play anyway. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players can link to their Epic account on the game’s official website. Nintendo Switch players are asked to link to their Epic account when they start their game.
IOS and Android Fortnite gamers can also sign up for an Epic Games account inside the game itself. You can create a standard email account, or use your Facebook, Google, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, or Nintendo Network account to sign in.
Adding your Fortnite online friends across platforms
Getting together with your friends online in Fortnite is actually pretty easy. On the consoles, iOS, and Android, you can add any friend with an Epic Games account directly through the game, via the main menu. Mac and PC gamers can do the same via the Epic Games Launcher. There’s also the option of using the game’s Party Finder feature to search for any of your Epic Games account friends across platforms if they happen to be online.
The game also has a Squad Fill feature that lets you auto-fill a party with random users not on your friends list. However, you have to be in a cross-platform party to play against players on other platforms.
Fortnite cross-platform compatibility
Here’s the most important part of the Fortnite cross-platform feature. If you want to play Fortnite with the most online friends across the most platforms, your best bet is to play on the Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game. Those players can battle with any other player on those platforms.
For a while, Nintendo Switch players of Fortnite were also able to play with every other player on other supported platforms. However, in March of 2019, an update to the game removed the support for Switch Fortnite players to cross-play with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players by default. This was due to the fact that the Switch version of Fortnite has a 30fps limit, while the Xbox One and PS4 versions have a much higher 60fps limit. Now, Switch players can only play with iOS and Android Fortnite players by default.
Also, iOS and Android players can only play against PC, Mac, PlayStation and Xbox One players if those players join a crossplay party. If that’s the case, then they be will be placed in crossplay matchmaking queues.
How to merge Fortnite accounts
Because Sony waited so long to support full cross-platform play for Fortnite, some players have two accounts; one for the PlayStation 4 and the other for the Xbox One and Switch consoles. Epic Games recently added the ability to merge accounts so that players can finally play the game under one account. If you are one of these players, and if one of your Fortnite accounts was on the Xbox One or Switch and the other was on the PS4 before September 28, 2018, you can now merge them together, and transfer any cosmetic items and V-bucks you had into that one account as well.
Here’s how it works:
- First, go to Epic’s Fortnite Account Merge website.
- Then, sign into what you want to be your primary Fortnite account.
- You will be sent an email with a security code. Type or paste that code into the website.
- You will be asked to verify your Fortnite username on your primary account.
- Once you do that, it’s onto your secondary Fortnite account. Sign into that on the Account Merge page.
- As before, you will get a security code via email. Enter it into the secondary account section of the site.
- Finally, verify your Fortnite username on your secondary account.
That concludes the process, except for one thing. The actual transfer of your cosmetic items and V-Bucks from your secondary account to your primary account will take about two weeks to take place so be patient.
As you can see, Epic Games has developed Fortnite for crossplay and cross-platform gamers in mind. However, the technical limitations of the Nintendo Switch version have now caused Epic to cut down on that support.