That’s right, Fortnite on mobile. The runaway success of Epic’s battle royale shooter, which sees 100 players duke it out on an island map to be the last fighter standing, has already seen it come to Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch.
Thankfully, Fortnite’s cartoonish art style also lets it downscale easily to smartphone screens, which have never been more capable of competitive online gaming – with an aim-assist option for mobile players mourning the loss of detail at that smaller size.
So it’s very much the real thing, and if you’re reading this it’s because you want to jump right in – and we’ve put together a step-by-step guide for starting your mobile Fortnite adventure.
- Fortnite on Android: everything you need to know
If you’re an iOS user reading this, all you have to do is head to the App Store as usual and search for Fortnite in the search bar. You then hit install and wait for the game’s icon to pop up on your homescreen or list of apps. Easy, right?
If you’re sporting an Android phone, though, you won’t find it on the Google Play Store like all your other apps. This is partially to ‘build a direct relationship with players’ but maybe largely to avoid giving Google a 30% cut on purchases of the app.
There have been a lot of rumors floating around what this means for players, so we’ve set out exactly what you need to go to start playing Fortnite on the go.
1. Check your phone can play it
Before you go any further, it’s worth checking your phone is actually compatible with Fortnite. While the game has been optimized to play on mobile, older phones simply aren’t up to the performance standard needed to run the game.
Coming to these Android devices:
Samsung Galaxy: S7 / S7 Edge , S8 / S8+, S9 / S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, Tab S4
Google: Pixel / XL, Pixel 2 / XL
Asus: ROG, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11
2. Change your security settings
This is probably the easiest step to overlook. First you need to allow your Android device to install and run apps downloaded from other places. Be cautious when you turn on this setting, as you’ll want to make sure you only download apps you know are safe and reliable.
There are already reports of fake Fortnite apps doing the rounds, so make sure it’s only Epic Game’s official version to avoid downloading malware to your phone.
Head to your phone’s Settings tab: on Android phones, usually a small cog icon found in the drop-down header bar. Then scroll down and next to where it says ‘Unknown sources’, tap the toggle to turn this setting on.
3. Request the Fortnite Installer
While iOS users have been happily downloading Fortnite from Apple’s App Store, anyone on Android will have to find a dedicated install file on the Fortnite website.
Players will have to open an internet browser on their smartphone – whether that’s Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer – and go to Epic’s sign-up page for the Android Beta, where they can input their email and wait for a invitation to the beta to come through. The email link will direct you to the Fortnite Installer for download.
The install file APK will only take up about 2mb of storage, though the game itself comes in at a more sizeable 2GB.