Fortnite for Android is finally here, and you can download the highly popular battle royale game from Epic Games right now.
However, Epic, as we have reported before, has elected not to release Fortnite for Android via the Google Play Store. So how can you safely download it and install Fortnite for Android so you can start playing? We have the answers for you right here.
Download and install Fortnite for Samsung Galaxy devices
Epic Games and Samsung have a deal where you can install Fortnite for Android via the pre-loaded Galaxy App Store.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
If you own one of those above devices, you should first find the Galaxy App Store on your home screen. Tap on it, and you should see a big Fortnite banner in the front page of the store. Tap on that banner, and you will then be prompted to download the Fortnite installer.
Once you tap on the installer link, it should download quickly onto your Samsung device (the installer itself is just a bit over 4MB), and then the installer should automatically begin the Fortnite for Android download process. You may be prompted to give permission to access your phone’s storage before you can continue.
You should also keep in mind that the install of the game will take 1.88GB of storage space on your phone, so you should make sure you have enough free space on your phone’s onboard storage, or via your microSD card.
Download and install Fortnite for Android for other devices
If you have a non-Samsung Android device, you can download and play Fortnite if your smartphone or tablet meets or exceeds the following hardware or software system requirements:
- Android 8.0 or higher
- 3GB of free onboard storage
- At least 4GB of system RAM
- GPU requirements: Qualcomm Adreno 530 or higher, ARM Mali-G71 MP20, ARM Mali-G72 MP12 or higher
Epic’s FAQ page also lists these specific phones and tablets that officially support Fortnite for Android. Keep in mind this is not supposed to be a comprehensive list:
- Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
- Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
- Essential: PH-1
- Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
- LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
- Nokia: 8, 8.1/X7
- OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
- Razer: Phone / Phone 2
- Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
- ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11
- HTC: 10, U Ultra, U11/ U11+, U12+
- Lenovo: Moto Z/Z Droid, Moto Z2 Force
- Sony: Xperia XZ/Premium, Xzs, XZ1/Compact, XZ2/Premium/Compact, XZ3
- Google Pixel 3/XL
- Lenovo Moto Z3
- Huawei Honor View 20, Mate 20 /X/Pro
- Samsung Galaxy A9
If your phone or tablet is listed above, or if it meets or exceeds those specs, you can go to the Epic Games website at the link below to begin downloading the installer.
Be aware that you may need to go into your phone’s settings to turn off restrictions for third-party apps before you get the Fortnite for Android installer.
Fortnite for Android 60FPS support
A few smartphones allow Fortnite for Android to run at a blazing 60FPS. If you own the U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, along with the Honor View 20 or the Huawei Mate 20 X, you should be able to run the game at that high framerate level.
Fortnite for Android on rooted or jailbroken phones
Epic does not currently support the Fortnite for Android on jailbroken phones. It also does not currently support playing the game on rooted phones. However, the company added that it is looking into supporting rooted devices in the future if the developer can also offer effective anti-cheat solutions.
Fortnite for Android controller, mouse and keyboard support
If you want to install Fortnite for Android and play it with a console-like game controller, the good news is that Epic recently updated the game to support Bluetooth controllers. The FAQ page says most Bluetooth controllers should work with the game but it also listed a few specific devices:
Unfortunately, Fortnite for Android does not support mouse or keyboard controllers. Indeed, if you do decide to connect a mouse or keyboard to your phone to play Fortnite for Android, Epic says it will remove you from your match.
We will update this post with more information on how to download and install the Fortnite for Android game when that information is released.