As expected, Epic Games has released Fortnite for Android – but it’s not available in the Google Play Store. You have to install it manually. How to use.
Update: Fortnite was made available in the Google Play Store … and then removed on August 13, 2020. You can still download Fortnite on any Android device and skip the Play Store – or if you have a Samsung device, you can install it from Samsung’s app store.
One of the nice things about Android is the ability to install APKs – Android package packages – which are not included in the Play Store. This allows developers to let users test apps without going through the official channels and gives users the freedom to install specific apps that they may not be able to get anywhere else. This naturally entails the risk of deteriorating security.
Unfortunately, this is the way Epic decided to go with Fortnite for various reasons that we will not get into here. Even if it makes it a little more difficult for you to get started, it is still really not difficult to do – depending on your phone model, the process may be a little different.
How to install Fortnite on all Android devices
You can install Fortnite for Android on any Android phone it supports through Epic’s official website. To do this, you must load the Fortnite Launcher. Here it’s lean.
First, you must first download the launcher. To get it, go to www.fortnite.com/android and press the Epic button. This will download the Epic Games app – it’s a fairly small download, so it should not take long. When done, drag down the notification panel and press the download message.
(The current site looks a bit different, but the process is the same – press the “Epic Games App” button and install the APK as it is downloaded.)
But here the process starts to get a little more fuzzy – especially depending on which version of Android your phone is running. When the installation starts, it will probably be blocked by default. You must allow it to be installed.
If a warning dialog box appears, bring up the Settings button. This will move you to the menu to allow apps to be installed from unknown sources (aka “page load”). An Android 8.0 (Oreo) and higher, this is done per app base, so you have to allow it for whichever browser you use to download the app (in our case it is Chrome beta). Just slide to switch to the on position.
On Android 7.0 (Nougat) and below, the process is basically the same (but fundamentally different – you can read more about this). When you tap the Settings button, it takes you to the Security menu, where you slide Unknown sources to the On position. A separate warning is displayed – just press OK on it.
From there, press the back button to jump back to the Fortnite installer, and then press the Install button. It takes a few seconds before the Fortnite Launcher is installed. Once done, you will need to download the 90MB game file by pressing the Install button.
You are not done yet – when the game is installed, it will have a much larger access file to download at the first launch. Let it do its thing, you’re ready to play.
How to install Fortnite for Android on Samsung devices
Because Samsung had a short exclusivity period for Fortnite, it’s also easier to install on its devices with the Galaxy Apps store. To get started, go to www.fortnite.com/android from your Samsung phone or visit the Epic Games app page in the Samsung app store.
From there, press the Samsung button – this will redirect you to the Fortnite page in the Galaxy Apps Store. Click the Install button to download the installer.
Once downloaded, the installer launches Click the Install button here to download the entire Fortnite game – it will require storage permission, so just grant it when you request it. When the installation is complete, click the Start button.
The game will launch, but you’re not done yet – it has another gigabyte to download. When it’s done, however, you’re ready to rock and roll.
What to do if you have trouble installing Fortnite
Side-tracking is a fairly simple process, but if you happen to run into any issues, we have a complete foundation for how to load apps on Android, which covers the process in detail. This varies between versions of Android, where Google takes a much more secure approach starting with Android 8.0 (Oreo).
For Oreo, you must enable unknown sources for each app which you plan to download and install APK from. This can be a bit confusing – we have a much deeper explanation here – but this prevents unauthorized apps from installing APK files, leading to a more secure system.
If you encounter any snags trying to install Fortnite, I suggest you check both of these posts for more information.