How to Get Fortnite on a Chromebook

Play your favorite game on your Chrome OS laptop

Fortnite is a massively popular shooter game available for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Epic doesn't support Linux or Chrome OS, meaning there's no official way to play Fortnite on a Chromebook, even if it's running Linux.

There are two ways to get around Epic's oversight and get Fortnite on Chromebook: sideload the Android app, or use Chrome Remote Desktop to play your Windows or macOS version of the game remotely.

Fortnite playing on a Chromebook.
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Why Doesn't Fortnite Work on Chromebooks?

Epic decides which platforms to release Fortnite on, and they've chosen not to support Chrome OS or Linux. That means there is no official way to play Fortnite on a Chromebook even if you install and run a full version of Linux.

If Epic ever decides to support Linux, then running the Linux Fortnite app will be the best way to play Fortnite on your Chromebook. Until then, you can either sideload the Fortnite Android app or play using Chrome Remote Desktop connected to a computer that's capable of playing Fortnite.

Since Epic doesn't officially support sideloading the Fortnite Android app on Chromebooks, compatibility isn't very good. You need to be able to run Android apps, you need a 64-bit processor and Chrome OS 64-bit, and you need at least 4 GB of RAM. If you meet all of those requirements, it may work.

How to Sideload the Fortnite Android App On Your Chromebook

While it's possible to sideload the Epic Games installer and Fortnite on some Chromebooks, it's a fairly complicated process, and it doesn't work with most Chromebooks.

You have to enable developer mode, enable Android apps, enable apps from unknown sources, and download the Epic Games launcher yourself using an Android phone. After all that, if your Chromebook doesn't make the grade, you won't be able to install or play Fortnite.

A screenshot of Fortnite technical requirements on Android and Chromebook.

Here's how to sideload Fortnite on your Chromebook:

  1. Enable developer mode on your Chromebook.

  2. Enable Android apps on your Chromebook.

  3. Navigate to Settings > Google Play Store > Manage Android Preferences.

    A screenshot of Chromebook Google Play Store settings.
  4. Tap Security.

    A screenshot of Chromebook Android app settings.
  5. Tap Unknown Sources.

    A screenshot of Chromebook Android app settings.
  6. Navigate to fortnite.com/android using an Android device and save EpicGamesApp.apk when prompted.

    A screenshot of Fortnite downloading to an Android device.
  7. Connect your Android phone to your Chromebook with a USB cable, and transfer EpicGamesApp.apk to your Chromebook.

  8. Run EpicGamesApp.apk on your Chromebook.

    A screenshot of the Chrome file manager.
  9. Click Package Installer.

    A screenshot of opening an apk on a Chromebook.
  10. Click or tap Install.

    A screenshot of the Epic Games installer on Chromebook.
  11. Click or tap Open.

    A screenshot of the Epic Games installer on Chromebook.
  12. Click or tap Install.

    A screenshot of Fortnite on Android.

    If you see a gray DEVICE NOT SUPPORTED box instead of a yellow install button that means your Chromebook isn't capable of running Fortnite.

  13. Complete the installation, and start playing Fortnite.

    A screenshot of Fortnite on Android.

How to Play Fortnite on Chromebook Using Chrome Remote Desktop

If your Chromebook isn't capable of installing or running the Android version of Fortnite, you can try playing through Chrome Remote Desktop. This is an app that connects your Chromebook to a desktop or laptop Windows or macOS computer, and you actually use that computer to play Fortnite.

To use this method, you'll need a Windows or macOS computer that's capable of playing Fortnite and a fast Internet connection.

Slow network speeds, your Chromebook hardware, and your Windows or macOS computer hardware can all impact the overall performance of Fortnite using this method. While this method works, your overall performance will be worse than if you were just playing on your Windows or macOS computer.

Here's how to play Fortnite on a Chromebook using Chrome Remote Desktop:

  1. Install Chrome Remote Desktop on a computer capable of playing Fortnite.

    A screenshot of Chrome Remote Desktop.
  2. Install Chrome Remote Desktop on your Chromebook.

    A screenshot of Chrome Remote Desktop on Chromebook.
  3. Using your Chromebook, connect to your Windows or macOS computer and enter your PIN, if prompted.

    A screenshot of Chrome Remote Desktop accessing a remote computer.
  4. Open the Epic Games Store and launch Fortnite.

    A screenshot of the Epic Games Store in Chrome Remote Desktop.
  5. Play Fortnite through Chrome Remote Desktop.

    A screenshot of Fortnite running through Chrome Remote Desktop.