Fortnite mobile: how to download Fortnite for iOS and Android
If you’re looking for a fun gaming fix on the go, why not Fortnite on mobile?
Since 2018, Epic Games’ battle royale shooter has been available on both iOS and Android devices. It has taken the popular game to a wide range of pocket-sized smartphones and bag-ready tablets.
Bringing Fortnite to mobile was a no brainer. The runaway success of Fortnite Battle Royale, which sees 100 players duke it out on an island map to be the last fighter standing, had already seen great success on 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 Fortnite mobile players mourning the loss of detail at that smaller size.
So Fortnite mobile is very much the real thing, and if you’re reading this it’s because you want to jump right in to the Epic Games mobile game. To that end, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide for starting your Fortnite mobile game adventure.
What is Fortnite on mobile?
Fortnite mobile is the full game you know and love from PCs and consoles, with the same weapons, the same map and an identical update schedule. The controls are adapted for touchscreen, with some actions automated to make it less fiddly, including picking up items and opening doors.
Elements of Fortnite’s UI are different on Android too, with extra building buttons popping up, and there are both on-screen footstep and gunshot indicators to tell you the direction of any nearby sounds. Other than that, Fortnite on mobile is the same game.
How to download Fortnite mobile on iOS
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?
How to install Fortnite mobile on Android
First thing’s first: you weren’t originally able to find it on the Google Play Store like all your other apps. Then in April 2020, Epic Games put the game up on the Google Play Store, which you can download here.
Originally, you had to download a separate APK file directly from Epic Games to be able to play the game. You can still do that, but it’s a little more complicated than the Google Play Store method.
If you do want to go the other route, open an internet browser on your smartphone – whether that’s Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer – and go to Fortnite.com/Android, where you’ll find 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.
What devices will run Fortnite on Android?
It’s worth checking your phone is actually compatible with Fortnite on Android. The easiest method to work that out is to go to the Google Play Store, press ‘Install’ and see if your device is allowed to download the game.
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.
After a brief exclusivity window for Samsung Galaxy phones, Fortnite is open for all Android devices that are capable of running the game. Epic Games has said the below specs are recommended:
OS: Recommended Android 8.0 or higher, 64 bit RAM: 3GB or higherGPU: Adreno 530 or higher, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher
Does Fortnite mobile support cross-play?
Yes – Fortnite on Android and iOS is compatible with iOS, PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions of the shooter, so you’ll be able to squad up with your friends on other platforms. Cross-play is currently available between all consoles listed above, after mounting pressure from fans convinced Sony to change its tune.
Stay tuned to this page for updates as-and-when they happen.