Playing Fortnite on Android? Epic’s runaway success of a multiplayer shooter is now on pretty much every console and platform imaginable, but for an on-the-go gamer with an Android OS smartphone or tablet, this is the way to go.
Epic Game’s multiplayer juggernaut has finally brought the Fortnite Android app out of beta, and you can now enjoy the full Fortnite experience on a select range of compatible Android devices.
You can check out how to download Fortnite on mobile in our separate how-to guide, but the page below has everything else you need to know about the mobile version of the popular game.
Battle royale shooter Fortnite is now the most-played video game on the planet, with PC, console and iOS gamers logging on in their tens of millions to try and win one of its 100-player, last-man-standing matches.
After a very short exclusivity window for Samsung devices, the initial beta rolled out to a more extensive list of Android phones over the summer. (More details on the exact devices below.)
Here’s everything you need to know about the gaming phenomenon that is Fortnite, for your Android or iOS phones and tablets.
What is Fortnite on Android?
The mobile version of Fortnite 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, it’s the same game.
Fornite on Android release date
Epic has not yet announced an exact release date, though the beta is now live and the official launch can’t be far behind.
Sources had told both XDA Developers and 9to5Google that the phone will hit stores on August 24, and that Fortnite on Android will be a Samsung exclusive available exclusively for 30 days after that – possible even just on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – before unlocking for other Android phones on September 23.
Thankfully it came to us a lot sooner, though new phones are still being added to the roster of devices able to play the game.
Anyone playing the newly-announced Galaxy Note 9 or Galaxy Tab S4 also got an exclusive Galaxy-themed character skin to wear.
What devices will be compatible with Fortnite on Android?
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
Razer: Phone / Phone 2
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
HTC: 10, U Ultra, U11 / U11+, U12+
Lenovo: Moto Z / Z Droid, Moto Z2 Force
Sony: Xperia XZ / Premium, XZs, XZ1 / Compact, XZ2 / Premium / Compact, XZ3
A post on Epic’s website confirmed the beta was initially running on a select number of Samsung Galaxy devices, with other Android phones to follow shortly after.
You can see the full list of devices running the game in the box, right – including some more recent additions. But remember: it’s likely that more devices will be supported when Android on Fortnite comes out.
Epic also suggests devices not on this list may support the launcher if you have the following specs:
- OS: Recommended Android 8.0 or higher, 64 bit
- RAM: 3GB or higher
- GPU: Adreno 530 or higher, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher
How will you install the game?
First thing’s first: you won’t find it on the Google Play Store like all your other apps.
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.
All players have to do is open an internet browser on their smartphone – whether that’s Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer – and go to Fortnite.com/Android, where they’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.
Why would Epic keep the Android version off the Play Store?
It’s certainly a bold decision—the Play Store is where Android users get the vast majority of their apps, and so by not being there, Epic potentially loses some players. But Fortnite is a huge household name, and perhaps the developer is hoping players won’t mind taking a few extra steps to get it on their phone.
Besides, by forcing players to download the game through its website, Epic doesn’t have to share any of the money it makes from in-app purchases with Google. If Fortnite was on the Play Store, Google would take a 30% slice, as Apple does with the iOS version.
An official press release cited Epic’s desire to build a “direct relationship” with its players – while acknowledging the “economic efficiency” of circumventing Google’s store tax entirely.
Considering that Fortnite on iOS has passed 100 million downloads and cleared $160 million from in-app purchases, swerving the Play Store may prove to be a smart business decision.
This was only the start, however: Epic has since launched its own Epic Games Store to offer Fortnite and more besides through its own digital marketplace.
Will Fortnite on Android support cross-play with iOS, PCs and consoles?
Yes – Fortnite on Android will be 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.