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How to play Fortnite on a Chromebook

There's no native version, but you can get it running if you want to.
June 23, 2023

Fortnite is one of the most popular games on the planet. While it’s available on most platforms, a Chromebook is the last device you would think about playing Fortnite on. Fortnite is not officially available on Chromebooks, but there are several ways to get it working on your Chromebook.


You can use NVIDIA's GeForce Now to play Fortnite on a Chromebook. You can also sideload the Android version of Fortnite or play it remotely from your PC by using Chrome Remote Desktop on your Chromebook.


Using GeForce Now

NVIDIA GeForce Now is NVIDIA’s game streaming service and works on most devices with a web browser. Cloud gaming is a great way to get Fortnite on your Chromebook since Chromebooks don’t quite have the hardware for native gaming. However, this method will require a fast and stable internet connection so your ping isn’t too high.

Head to the GeForce Now website to play Fortnite on a Chromebook with GeForce Now. Click the Join Now button at the top right corner. Alternatively, you can head to the login page if you already have a subscription.

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Select your plan by clicking the Join button under your preferred plan.

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You will be redirected to the signup/login page. Enter your email or click a connected account signup button to proceed.

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Enter your details and click Create account. Head over to your email inbox to confirm your account. The page will redirect to confirm account details. Click Create an account.

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Next up will be the account settings confirmation. Check the boxes as per your preference, and click Submit.

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The checkout screen will confirm your membership and allow you to launch it in Chrome. Click the Launch button under Chrome.

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Agree to the terms by clicking the Agree & Continue button. Click through the tutorial walkthrough.

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Find Fortnite via the search bar at the top or listed in the Free-to-Play section on the homepage.

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Click to expand the listing. Click the Play button.

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You may need to log in again, and GeForce Now will ask you to log in to your Epic Games account and connect it for quicker login.

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Once done, Fortnite will launch in your Google Chrome browser. You may have to wait in a queue if you have a free subscription. The game will take some time to load and will start when done. This should be the best way to play Fortnite on a Chromebook until gaming-focused Chromebooks start rolling out.

By sideloading the Android app

To sideload the Fortnite Android app on a Chromebook, you will need to download the APK file and install it on your Chromebook. For this, your Chromebook needs to be running on an ARM processor, which means Intel and AMD CPUs are not supported. Your Chromebook also needs to support Android apps.

The first step is to enable Developer Mode on your Chromebook. This will lead to your internal storage getting completely wiped, so keep that in mind.

Once you have enabled Developer mode, head to the Fortnite for Android download page, Epic Games only allows you to access the download from an Android device, but you can use the developer tools in Google Chrome to bypass that.

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Press Ctrl + Shift + J to bring up developer tools, and then press Ctrl + Shift + M to switch the view to mobile.

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Press the reload button located on the Google Chrome address bar. Click the Get it on the Epic Games App button to download the Epic Games installer.

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Press Keep when the Chrome downloader warns you that the APK file is potentially dangerous. Don’t worry, though, as this method uses the official APK from Epic Games itself. Find the downloaded APK in your files app in the Downloads folder.

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Double-click it to launch the installer.

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Click Continue to proceed, and then Install.

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The installation will finish. Click Open to launch the app. In the Epic Games app, click the Get button next to Fortnite and Install to install the game.

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You can launch the game post-installation using the Epic Games app. This version was designed for mobile, so you may not have the smoothest experience on a Chromebook with this version.

By using Chrome Remote Desktop

This method is for folks accessing a PC that can run Fortnite. You can use Chrome Remote Desktop to play Fortnite remotely from the PC on your Chromebook.

Install Chrome Remote Desktop from the Chrome Web Store on both the Chromebook and the Windows PC by clicking Add to Chrome.

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Once done, launch the Chrome Remote Desktop web app on both systems. On the Chromebook, Click + Generate Code under the Share this screen tab in the Chrome Remote Desktop web app. You’ll get a code that’s valid for five minutes.

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In the web app on the Windows system, enter the access code under the Connect to another computer section, and click Connect. Permit remote access on your Windows system when prompted.

Fortnite on Chromebook Chrome Remote Desktop
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You can now play Fortnite on your Chromebook through the remote desktop session.


Generally, a Chromebook cannot directly run Epic Games or games from the Epic Games Store, as these games are designed for Windows, Mac, or specific gaming consoles. However, streaming platforms like GeForce Now can allow you to play Epic Games on a Chromebook, given that you have a stable and fast internet connection.

To play Fortnite on your Chromebook through GeForce Now, follow these steps:

  1. Open Chrome and go to the GeForce Now website.
  2. Log in or create an account if you don’t have one.
  3. In the search bar, look for Fortnite.
  4. Click on Fortnite and then click on ‘Play’. Remember that you also need an Epic Games account to play Fortnite.

Your best option is to use a game streaming service like GeForce Now. This would allow you to stream Fortnite to your Chromebook via a stable internet connection.

Yes, GeForce Now is allowed and fully supports Fortnite.