Fortnite Battle Royale has finally come to Android. It’s taken its sweet time, but now you can enjoy going toe-to-toe in the world’s most popular battle royale game while on the move with your Android device.
Interestingly, Fortnite Battle Royale developer Epic Games decided it was best to stay away from the Google Play Store. Instead, it’s distributing Fortnite via a custom installer downloaded from its website. That may sound like a complicated method, but it’s actually really rather simple.
At the moment Fortnite on Android isn’t available to anyone other than Samsung Galaxy Note 9 users as it’s still only in beta. However, you can head over to the Fortnite website to sign up to be informed of when the beta expands to new frontiers.
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How to sign up for Fortnite on Android beta
Head to the Fortnite website on your mobile device or, if you’re on a computer, select the “Android Beta” option in the top left corner of the website.
Epic list all the supported handsets you can use to play the Fortnite beta, so make sure you have access to one of them otherwise you’ll end up disappointed. As a rule of thumb, Epic state that Android devices running 64-bit Android (5.0 or higher), with 3GB or more of RAM and an Adreno 530, Mali-G71 MP20 or Mali-G72 MP12 and higher will be able to run Fortnite.
Once you’ve signed up to the beta, Epic will email you with a link once it’s publicly available and then you can download the installer and play. Be warned, there is a waiting list to join, so you may have to hold on for a little while longer to get on board just yet.
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How to download Fortnite on Android:
If you’ve either already been accepted into the beta, have a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and access to Samsung’s app store or have managed to obtain an APK file of the Fortnite installer, here’s how you can go about installing Fortnite on Android.
- Only download the installer from a trusted source, such as the Samsung app store or the Fortnite website. Sites offering up APK downloads are almost certainly going to be distributing dodgy software.
- If you have a compatible device, namely anything Samsung, you’ll be able to download the launcher from the above sources with no issue. If you aren’t running a Samsung device, you’ll have to sign up for a waiting list and then join when Epic lets you.
- Once you’ve got the installer onto your phone, it’s really a simple process of opening the installer and following instructions. You’ll be asked to trust installation from third-party sources, and then Fortnite will download to your device with little to no issues.
- Once completed, you can boot up Fortnite on Android and let it download the required updates. Then you can sign into your account and start playing.
- Don’t remove the Fortnite installer as it’s responsible for updating the game with new patches going forward.