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Here's how to install Fortnite for Android and iOS
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’s 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.
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.
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 Fortnite.
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 and select Continue anyway. The game will launch after these few steps.
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How to Install Fortnite on Android devices
Note: This method doesn’t work on all devices. We devised these instructions using a Google Pixel 7 running Android 13. Steps and compatibility might vary depending on your hardware and software.
How to Install Fortnite on Samsung devices
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.
- Open the Epic Games page.
- Tap on Install.
- Tap on Open.
- Go to the Fortnite page.
- Tap on Install.
- Pick Launch to start playing.
Note: This method doesn’t work on all devices. We devised these instructions using a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus running Android 12. Steps and compatibility might vary depending on your hardware and software.
Install the Fortnite app on your iPhone or iPad
Re-download Fortnite on iOS
The first method will only work if you’ve previously downloaded Fortnite on your device.
- Open the iOS app store and tap the profile 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 assembled using an Apple iPhone 12 Mini running iOS 16.5. Some steps might differ depending on your device and its software version.
The future for Fortnite on iOS — Play via Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming
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.
- Find Fortnite and go to its page by tapping on it.
- Hit Play.
- The game will launch.
Many smartphones allow Fortnite for Android to run at a blazing 60FPS. Here’s the current official list from Epic Games. However, this list hasn’t been updated in a while, meaning many other phones might also be capable of running the game at that high frame rate.
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S21
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (USA variant only)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
- ASUS ROG Phone 2
- ASUS ROG Phone 3
- ASUS ROG Phone 5
- Sony Xperia 5
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 or iOS, 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.