As long as your compatible Android phone or tablet has plenty of empty storage, you can download Fortnite and start playing right away. But here’s the problem: Google kicked Fortnite from the Play Store. If you do search and find it listed in Google’s store, it’s fake and you risk exposing your phone to a virus or spyware.
If you want to download the official Fortnite: Battle Royale app, keep reading and follow our instructions.
A warning before we start
Fortnite: Battle Royale used to be a huge hit on both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store. But after an update that allowed players to make in-app purchases directly from Epic, Apple and Google promptly booted the game from their stores. Perform a search, and the official game isn’t listed. Instead, you’ll find unofficial clones on the Google Play Store.
While some are likely to be harmless, others may be harmful apps that seek to steal your personal data. Be aware of what you’re downloading.
If your aim is to download only the official Fortnite: Battle Royale Android app, keep reading.
Which Android devices are able to play Fortnite: Battle Royale?
Unlike iPhones and iOS, Android is an exceptionally wide platform device-wise. There’s no definitive and complete list of phones and tablets that can run Fortnite without problems. However, here are the minimum requirements:
- Version: Android OS 8.0 or higher
- RAM: 4GB or more
- GPU: Adreno 530 or higher, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12, or higher.
Here is Epic’s list of Android phones that can run Fortnite at 60 frames per second:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (USA variant only)
- Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+, Note 10+ 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
- Honor View20
- Huawei Mate 20 X
- Huawei P30, P30 Pro
- Sony Xperia 1, Xperia 5
- Xiaomi Mi9
- OnePlus 7 Pro
- OnePlus 8, 8 Pro
These devices can run Fortnite at 90 frames per second:
Still not sure if your phone can run Fortnite? Typically, flagship phones from the last couple of years should have no problems. However, you’re on dodgier ground with mid-range and budget phones.
Bottom line, if you’re running Android 8.0 Oreo and have 4GB of RAM, then you’re probably safe to install it — how it runs depends on the hardware.
How to download Fortnite: Battle Royale on an eligible Samsung phone
The method for getting set up on an eligible Galaxy device is easy, but it requires a couple of steps and a lot of installing.
Step 1: Open the Galaxy Store app and search for Epic Games.
Note: If you have a Galaxy device that currently doesn’t support the Epic Games launcher, like the Galaxy A10e, skip to the next section of our guide.
Step 2: Download and install Epic’s app.
Step 3: Open Epic’s app, search for Fortnite, and load the game’s page.
Step 4: On the Fortnite listing, grant Epic’s app permission to access your storage. There’s nothing nefarious here; it needs access to be able to download the game.
Step 5: Tap the big yellow Install button to download and install the initial Fortnite file.
Step 6: Open Fortnite using the app’s icon and allow the game to finish installing the remaining files.
Step 7: Log in using an existing account or create a new one. Pick whichever option works best for you and then start playing!
How to get Fortnite: Battle Royale on another Android device
Epic Games hasn’t made a deal with any other phone manufacturers. Unless you own a phone from one of the brands mentioned above, your device-specific app store won’t have Fortnite in it. There is still an easy way to get Fortnite on your Android device:
Step 1: Load this webpage directly in your Android device’s browser, or use your device to scan the QR code presented on a computer screen.
Step 2: Tap the Get it on the Epic Games app button.
Step 3: Tap OK to download and install the EpicGamesApp.apk file. You may see a prompt for granting the phone permission to install “unknown” apps, aka side-load. Your phone might ask you if you want to grant the new app access to the phone storage. You should grant both permissions.
Note: If you’re only able to download the APK file, open up your downloads, and click Fortnite. After you do this, you’ll see a new window pop up and an option to tap Install. Once again, there may be various prompts asking you to side-load the app or gain access to your phone’s storage.
Step 4: Click Open once the file has been successfully installed. Another option is to open the Epic Games app from the app drawer or your home screen.
Step 5: Find and install Fortnite (this should be listed in the Epic Games app). Click Allow if the Epic Games app asks you to give it access to your phone’s storage.
Note: Be aware that you may need to grant access to successfully install Fortnite. If the system prompts you with a message, hit Settings, then check the box next to Allow from this source. After this, click the back button and select Install.
Step 6: Click Open or open the app from your drawer or home screen. You’ll see that Fortnite: Battle Royale will begin to download the rest of the game. It typically takes a while for the download to finish, so it’s wise to enjoy a snack or run a quick errand as you’re waiting.
Step 7: After your download is complete, sign in to your account (or create a new one) and start playing the game. Now, all you need to do is practice and perfect your skills. We don’t want to end up catapulting yourself out of a flying bus, so please be sure to review our article on Fortnite tips and tricks. You’ll be glad you did.