Fortnite is finally on mobile in full force, with the iOS and Android versions of the most-played game worldwide both out of beta, and lots of players have already jumped in to try their hand.
The runaway success of Epic’s battle royale shooter, which sees a hundred players duke it out on an island map to be the last fighter standing, has already seen it return to Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch.
Thankfully, Fortnite’s cartoonish art style conjointly lets it downscale easily to smartphone screens, that haven’t been more capable of competitive online gaming – with an aim-assist possibility for mobile players mourning the loss of detail at that smaller size.
So it’s much the real factor, and if you are reading this it’s as a result of you would like to jump right in – we’ve put together a step-by-step guide for beginning your Fortnite mobile journey.
Update: Epic has been shaking things up with the launch of its digital marketplace, the Epic Games Store. Whereas the library is presently limited to pc and Macintosh titles, there are plans to expand into “Android and other platforms throughout 2019” – and therefore the Android version of Fortnite looks a certainty. (Apple devices do not allow external downloads as easily. Therefore it’s unlikely we’ll see this on iOS.)
If you are an iOS user reading this, all you’ve got to do is head to the App Store as usual and search for Fortnite within the search bar. You then hit install and sit up for the game’s icon to pop up on your home screen or list of apps. Easy, right?
If you are sporting an Android phone, though, you will not find it on the Google Play Store like all your other apps. This is partially to ‘build a direct relationship with players’ however might have more to do with not giving Google 30 minutes cut on Fortnite app purchases.
There are lots of malware scams posing as Fortnite mobile apps right now. Therefore we’ve kicked off specifically what you need to go to begin playing Fortnite’s official mobile game on the go.
1. Check your phone can play it
Before you go any further, it’s worth checking your phone is genuinely compatible with Fortnite mobile. Whereas the game has been optimized to play on mobile, older phones aren’t up to the performance standard required to run the game.
A post on Epic’s website confirmed the original beta was at first running on a select number of Samsung Galaxy devices, with other Android phones to follow shortly after. The beta’s now ended and unfolded the game for direct download, with no invite required – however, you’ll see the complete list of devices running the game below (Click on each name to see the mobile versions)
2. change your security settings
This is most likely the best step to overlook. First, you need to permit your android device to install and run apps downloaded from other places. Be cautious when you activate this setting, as you will need to make sure you only download apps you know are safe and reliable.
There are already reports of fake Fortnite mobile apps doing the rounds, therefore ensure it’s solely Epic Game’s official version to avoid downloading malware to your phone.
Head to your phone’s Settings tab: on Android phones, sometimes a small cog icon found within 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. download the Fortnite Installer
While iOS users are jubilantly downloading Fortnite from Apple’s App Store, anyone on android will need to find a dedicated install file on the Fortnite website.
Players will need to open a web browser on their Android smartphone – whether that’s Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or internet explorer – and visit the Fortnite android online page to download the Fortnite Installer.
Previously players had to request a beta invitation to get the file, although you may now be able to download it directly to your smartphone with no back-and-forth.
The install file APK can only take up about 2mb of storage, although the game itself comes in additional sizeable 2GB.