Ready to play Fortnite on your Android phone? Of course you are. Everyone is is!
The free-to-play game that has taken the world by storm is finally available to Android users, but the installation process is a little … wonky.
Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite, I've decided not to list the game on the Play Store for reasons I'll avoid here. What you need to know is that you need to load Sideload to get Fortnite on your Android device. If that's an intimidating expression, well, it should be. Loading apps on an Android device is inherently dangerous, but with a little extra work you should be fine.
If you do not have a Samsung Galaxy device, you have to wait a bit before you can start playing. Epic starts sending invitations after a short exclusivity period for Samsung users. Visit Fortnite.com/Android on your phone for a beta invitation.
If not from the Play Store, then where?
You must download the Fortnite installer, which will install and keep Fortnite up-to-date. To grab the APK (Fancy term for Android app file), open the browser of your device and type Fortnite.com in the address bar.
Samsung Galaxy users can exclusively install Fortnite for the next few days and have the option to install the Fortnite Installer directly from Epic Games or through Samsung Galaxy Store.
I recommend using the Galaxy Store option as it is safer and easier to manage. Tap the Galaxy Store button and follow the instructions. Finally, you must grant the Fortnite Installer memory permissions so that the game itself can be downloaded.
Once the process is complete, you can start Fortnite and download the game before you can play. It's important to keep the Fortnite installer on your phone as the game itself will receive updates in the future.
A note about using the Epic Games installer
If you download the installer directly from Epic Games, you must give Chrome permission to install apps from unknown sources. If you leave this permission turned on, you can open your phone to potential evil actors, so go back and disable this permission after the Fortnite installer is installed.
On Samsung devices, you can revoke this permission in . Settings > Lock Screen and Security > Install unknown apps. If you used Chrome to download the APK, select Chrome from the apps list and move the switch next to All from this source to the Off position. The same process can be followed if you have used Samsung Internet to download the APK.
The process depends on the phone manufacturer and the proprietary Android skins used. We will update this post as soon as the Samsung exclusivity with instructions for non-Samsung devices is completed.
Is my device compatible?
Maybe. Epic releases Fortnite as Android Beta with support for the following devices according to a FAQ on Epic's website:
- Samsung Galaxy: S7 / S7 Edge, S8 / S8 +, S9 / S9 +, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, tab S4
- 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 ($ 330 at Amazon Marketplace) V30 ($ 720 at Amazon.com) / V30 +
- Nokia: 8
- OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
- Razer: Telephone
- Xiaomi: Black Shark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / Mi-Mix 2S Mi-Note 2
- ZTE: Axon 7/7, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11
Devices are currently not working, but with corrections in progress:
Bummed because your phone is not working properly the tablet is not on the list? There is a possibility that it will work if it has the following specifications:
- Operating System: 64 bit Android, 5.0 or higher
- RAM: 3 GB or higher
- GPU: Adreno 530 or higher, Mali G71 MP20, Mali- G72 MP12 or higher