Update: August 13, 2020 – Google has now pulled Fortnite for Android from the Google Play Store, after Epic Games launched a direct payment system inside the app. We have left the instructions on how to get the game from Google Play intact for now, but be aware the game is currently not available from the app store.
Fortnite for Android has been out for a while now. You can download and install Fortnite via the Epic Games app. We have the download and install methods right here.
Download and install Fortnite for Android – Epic Games app install
If you choose, you can still get the Fortnite installer for Android via the Epic Games app. You will have to download and install it on your smartphone first, and then download and install Fortnite for Android. Since this app is not on the Google Play Store, here is how you get the app:
- Use a web browser on your phone and surf to the Fortnite.com/Android URL.
- You should see a banner telling you to get the Epic Games app. Tap on it.
- You will see a warning claiming that this type of file can harm your device. Tap on “OK” to proceed anyway.
- You will then see the EpicGamesApp.apk file downloaded. Tap on the “Open” link.
- You might be told that your browser cannot install apps from this source. You will then have to go to your browser’s settings, and then tap on the slider or option to allow the browser to install the app from that source.
- Finally, you will be asked by the Epic Games app itself if you want to install it. Tap on the “Install” option to do so.
- The Epic Games app should now be installed on your Android device.
Download and install Fortnite for Android via Epic Games app – Game download and install
Now we will actually download and install Fortnite for Android from the Epic Games App. Here’s how to do it.
- Tap on the newly installed Epic Games App icon on your phone.
- You should see a big banner for Fortnite, along with the only other Epic Games Android game, Battle Breakers. Tap on the Fortnite banner.
- You should see something pop up asking you to install the game. Tap on the “Install” button.
- You should see the button turn into a progress bar as the app downloads and installs Fortnite.
- Finally, the app will show you two buttons; one to uninstall Fortnite, and one to launch Fortnite. Tap on the Launch button.
Download and install Fortnite for Android via Epic Games app – Samsung Galaxy Store
If you own a Samsung Android smartphone or tablet, you can go to the Galaxy Store and install the Epic Games app on your device. This eliminates the need to go to the Fortnite website. Once installed, simply follow the procedure above to install Fortnite for Android.
Download and install Fortnite for Android via Google Play Store (Note: Not currently available)
This method, as of this writing, is NOT currently available; we will update this post when and if it becomes available again.
Most Android-based smartphones and tablets have the Google Play Store pre-installed. In order to get Fortnite, just search for the game inside the Google Play Store and then when you find it, just tap on the Install button.
Note: Do NOT search for the Epic Games app in the Google Play Store to get Fortnite. Epic Games has still elected not to release that app for Google Play.
Download and install Fortnite for Android – Hardware or software system requirements
Before you use the Fortnite installer for Android, make sure 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
If your phone or tablet meets or exceeds those specs, you can play Fortnite for Android.
Fortnite for Android 60FPS support
A number of smartphones allow Fortnite for Android to run at a blazing 60FPS. Here’s the current official list, although other phones might also be capable of running the game at that high of a frame rate.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (USA variant only)
- Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+, Note 10+ 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
- HONOR View20
- Huawei Mate 20 X
- Huawei P30 / P30 Pro
- Sony Xperia 1
- Xiaomi Mi9
- OnePlus 7 Pro
- ASUS ROG Phone II
Fortnite at 90FPS
Recently, OnePlus announced that its new OnePlus 8 series of smartphones can run Fortnite for Android at a blazing 90FPS. That is due in part to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and its 90Hz display.
Fortnite for Android on rooted or jailbroken phones
Epic does not currently support 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 support for Bluetooth headsets and voice chat
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 itself does support voice chat, but you will have to use your phone’s microphone for chatting with friends.
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:
- Steelseries Stratus XL
- Sony Dual Shock Controller 4
- Microsoft Xbox Wireless Controller
- Razer Raiju
- Razer Junglecat
- Moto Gamepad (Moto Mod for Moto Z phone series)
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.