How to Get Fortnite on Android

Yes, you can play Fortnite on your Android smartphone

Fortnite logo

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Fortnite is one of the most popular online games available today and many fans rejoiced when it was first made compatible with Android. However, its been a long road for Android users to get more seamless access to the battle game.

Read on to learn how to install Fortnite on Android device without having to go to an app store.

The History of Fortnite on Android

Originally, the Fortnite Android beta was compatible only with the latest Samsung devices. Later, the app was accessible only to those who had a compatible code. Epic Games has since broadened its compatibility for the Fornite Android beta to a wide range of smartphone brands and has also shared the device specifications required for installation.

Though the Fortnite Android beta is now available for many popular Android smartphones, users still won't be able to find the app on the Google Play Store. This is because Epic Games has opted to self publish its app to have more control over its contents.

How to Install the Fortnite Android Beta

This method works for all compatible Android smartphones by downloading the official Fortnite beta launcher by Epic Games.

  1. Access fortnite.com/android on the mobile browser on your smartphone and tap Download.

    Alternatively, go to the launcher download page on your desktop browser and scan the available QR code.

  2. You'll be prompted to allow certain security permissions before being allowed to install the Fortnite launcher and game.

    Fortnite download permissions
    Fortnite download permissions.

    You can (and should) go back to your settings to revoke these access permissions, as they can cause a security risk to your smartphone.

  3. Tap Install from the Fornite Installer to download the official .apk file that will allow you to install the game.

  4. Tap Continue when prompted to allow the app to access your device storage.

    Fortnite Installer
    Fortnite Installer.

    Select allow for any further security permission prompts that may come up.

  5. Tap Launch within the Fornite Installer and wait for the game to complete its set up.

    Fortnite downloading
    Fortnite downloading.
  6. Set up a new account if you don't have one already or log into your Fortnite account to begin playing.

    Fortnite installation complete
    Fortnite installation complete.

How to Revoke Android Security Permissions

Once the Fornite Android beta has begun its final set up, you can proceed to revoke the permissions you granted to allow the Fortnite launcher to install. Epic Games recommends users keep the Fortnite Installer on their smartphone in order to have access to updates and patches.

To do this, tap Settings > Apps & notifications > Special access > Install unknown apps. From there, you should see the Fortnite Installer is set to "allowed." Tap the app and toggle Allow from this source to off.

Smartphones Compatible With the Fortnite Android Beta

Below is a list of all the Android-based smartphones that are compatible with the Fornite Beta for Android.

Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 edge / S7 Active, S8 / S8+ / S8 Active, S9 / S9+, S10e / S10 / S10+ / S10 5G, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3 / S3 WiFi, S4, A9 / A9 Pro
Sony Xperia XZ / XZ Premium, XZs, XZ1 / XZ1 Compact, XZ2 / XZ2 Premium / XZ2 Compact, XZ3, Xperia 1
LG G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+, V50
OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, 5T, 6, 6T, 7 and 7 Pro
Xiaomi Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer, Mi Mix / Mi Mix 2 / Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2, Redmi Note 7, Poco F1
Google Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL
Asus ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
Essential PH-1
Nokia 8, 8.1/X7
Razer Phone / Phone 2
ZTE Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11
HTC 10, U Ultra, U11/ U11+, U12+
Lenovo Moto Z/Z Droid, Moto Z3, Moto Z2 Force
Huawei HONOR 10, HONOR Play, HONOR Mate 10 / Pro, HONOR Mate RS, HONOR Nova 3, HONOR P20 / Pro, HONOR V10, HONOR View20, HONOR Mate 20 / X / Pro, HONOR 20

Samsung users with a compatible device can also access the beta from the Samsung Galaxy Store.

System Requirements for Fortnite Android beta

If your Android smartphone isn't on the list of compatible devices, you may still be able to install the Fortnite Android beta if the device has the following minimum specifications:

  • OS: Recommended Android 8.0 or higher, 64 bit
  • RAM: 3GB or higher
  • GPU: Adreno 530 or higher, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher

Recently released devices may not be included on Epic Games' compatibility list, but should be compatible with the Fortnite Android beta, especially if they're premium or flagship smartphones with high end specifications.