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Here's how to install Fortnite for Android and iOS

It can be tricky, but it's possible!
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May 16, 2022
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Fortnite for Android has been out for a while now, as well as the iOS version.  However, in August 2020, Fortnite’s developer and publisher Epic launched a direct payment system from inside the iOS and Android apps. That’s a significant violation of Apple and Google’s policies, which require app developers to give up a large percentage of any revenue from apps or games that use their respective app stores.

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In retaliation, Apple removed Fortnite from its iOS App Store, and Google also took the game out of its Play Store. While you can still download and install Fortnite via the Epic Games app without the Google Play Store, the same cannot be said for new installs for iPhones or iPads.  Some people have resold some iPhones with Fortnite pre-installed for thousands of dollars. However, you can install the Fortnite iOS app on your iPhone or iPad if you have previously downloaded the game on your device. Furthermore, there’s a new option for iOS owners to play the game, with no installation required.

QUICK ANSWER

To install Fortnite on Android devices, go to Fortnite's website and download the Epic Games app on your Android device. Install the app, open it, and download Fornite.

You can also play Fortnite on iOS using Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming. Open Safari and go to Xbox.com/Play. Go to Fortnite > Play for free and create a shortcut to your home screen. Then open the Cloud Gaming shortcut and hit Play for free. Sign in and tap Play.


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How to Install Fortnite on Android devices

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  • Go to Fortnite’s Android download page.
  • Tap where it says Get it on the Epic Games app.
  • Hit Download Anyway.
  • Open the downloaded file. Allow installing from external sources if prompted.
  • Tap Install.
  • Hit Open.
  • Next to Fortnite, tap Get.
  • Hit Install.

Note: This method doesn’t work on all devices. We came up with these instructions using a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus running Android 12. Steps and compatibility might vary depending on your hardware and software.

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How to Install Fortnite on Samsung devices

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Alternatively, Samsung users can also get the Fortnite app by downloading Epic Games from the Samsung Galaxy Store.

  • Open the Galaxy Store.
  • Search for Fortnite.
  • Download the Epic Games app.
  • Tap the Play button to open the app.
  • Select Fortnite.
  • Hit Install.

Install the Fortnite app on your iPhone or iPad

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The first method will only work if you’ve already downloaded Fortnite on your device in the past.

  • Open the iOS app store and tap the account icon in the top right corner.
  • Tap the Purchased section.
  • Tap the My Purchases option. You should see a long list of all app purchases under your account.
  • Search for Fortnite on your My Purchases page. When you find it, tap the cloud icon next to it.
  • That’s it. You should be able to then install the Fortnite iOS app on your iPhone or iPad.

Note: These steps were put together using an iPhone 12 Mini running iOS 15.4.1. Some steps might differ depending on your device and its software version.

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The future for Fortnite on iOS — Play via Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming

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At the time of this article, there’s no way for iOS devices to install Fortnite on a new iOS account that has not installed the game before. People who have previously installed Fortnite on their iOS devices won’t get new updates for the game, either.

However, in May 2022, Microsoft and Epic Games announced that Fortnite is available to play via Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service. iPhone and iPad users can go to Xbox.com/play on their web browser and play Fortnite, thanks to streaming cloud gaming. There’s no need to pay for an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription either. All you need to have is a free Microsoft account to access Fortnite via cloud servers.

  • Go to Xbox.com/play using Safari.
  • Under Fortnite, hit Play for free.
  • Tap Get ready to play.
  • Tap the Share button.
  • Select Add to Home Screen.
  • Tap Add.
  • Open the Cloud Gaming shortcut.
  • Hit Play for free.
  • Go into Sign in and provide your credentials.
  • Tap Play.

FAQs

In 2020, OnePlus announced that its OnePlus 8 series of smartphones could run Fortnite for Android at a blazing 90FPS. That is partly due to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and its 90Hz display. Now the list shows a healthier amount of supported devices.

Epic does not currently support Fortnite for Android on jailbroken phones and rooted phones. However, the company added that it is looking into supporting rooted devices if the developer can also offer effective anti-cheat solutions.

The good news is that Fortnite for Android does support Bluetooth headsets for listening to the game and other players. The bad news is that those headsets don’t currently support voice chat as well. The game supports voice chat, but you will have to use your phone’s microphone to chat with friends.

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 decide to connect a mouse or keyboard to your phone to play Fortnite for Android, Epic says it will remove you from your match.