In 2018, Epic Games released their battle royale blockbuster Fortnite BR to Android devices, but with a significant catch. Fortnite limited it to Samsung-made phones for a few days to help advertise the then-new Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
At the time, prospective gamers met with a waiting list and, in some cases, a limited selection of Android phones that could play the game. It’s far less challenging to do it now. However, you’ll still have to get the file straight from Epic to use it.
Epic is facilitating the availability of Fortnite for all Android devices via its website and the Fortnite Installer app. To ensure that you are well-prepared and have a firm grasp on how to begin playing Fortnite on Android, we have outlined the steps below. However, a word of caution before we get down to business:
Avoid the Play Store
First and foremost, avoid downloading anything from the Google Play Store or any other unknown online source. Epic has clarified that its official website and the Samsung Galaxy Store are the only places to get Fortnite for Android.
A “No results” notification appears when you look for the Fortnite BR game in the Play Store. (Because of concerns about malware-laden fake versions, Google displayed a special warning when users searched for “Fortnite BR by Epic Games, Inc is not available on Google Play.)
Download the Installer and Then the Game
This distribution methodology is different from the norm. Therefore you’ll need to get two apps. The first is the official Android application package (APK) file that will set up Fortnite for you.
Depending on your version of Android and your current security settings, you may need to disable some permissions in your Android settings that allow you to download third-party programs. The subsequent download routines are more complicated than the installation of most apps.
Here is a detailed rundown of everything you may expect:
- For the Samsung Galaxy Store download of Epic Games, if you have a Samsung device. Then, move on to step 6.
- If it doesn’t work, head over to Epic’s main page. For this page, you’ll discover instructions for downloading Fortnite on Android by visiting fortnite.com/android or scanning a QR code.
- No matter the option, it will direct you to a page with helpful instructions. You’ll also see an installer pop-up; select “Open” to begin the setup process.
- You may likely see a warning from your phone’s security system stating that it cannot download apps from that website. Select “Preferences” from the menu that appears. You can enable “Allow from this source” on a screen titled “Install unknown apps.”
- Later, Fortnite willyou’ll be asked if you wish to set up the app. Select “Install” from the menu. There will be a pop-up that says “App install,” When you see it, tap “Done.”
- The app installer will be labeled as Epic Games in your home screen and app drawer. The APK’s download notification could also arrive in your inbox. Select the APK by clicking the icon or the alert.
- A website with the Fortnite logo will load when you click the link. After you’ve done so, select “Install.”
- The warning about downloading programs from untrusted sources may appear again. If you want to allow content from this source, go back to the Settings menu and turn on “Allow from this source.”
- After that, the app will launch, download any available updates, and install them.
After that, fire up Fortnite, sign in and go to work. Epic Games has previously suggested players preserve the Fortnite Installer application, as you will use it to apply future patches.