Fortnite has launched on Android devices. The beta launched exclusively on Samsung devices last week, and now it’s available on other Android platforms. However, you’ll have to jump through a few hoops before you can jump from the battle bus. [Update: Epic has officially launched Fortnite for Android, doing away with the need for an invite to play it. We’ve got an updated guide on how to download Fortnite Android, but the important thing to keep in mind is that it’s not on the Google Play Store. You’ll instead download it from Epic’s website, so just be sure you’re on the real deal rather than an impostor site.
Epic is using a special Fortnite Installer on the company’s website, so you’re not going to find what you’re looking for in the Google Play Store like other mobile games. Searching for “Fortnite” or “Fortnite Battle Royale” won’t get you anywhere. What type of Android device you’re using will determine where and how you install the game.
Things are a bit easier for you if you’ve got a Samsung device. If you have a Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8 Plus, S9, S9 Plus, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, or Tab S4 then go to Game Launcher. From there, search for Fortnite and download the installer. That’s it. You can also download the game straight from Epic’s website.
It’s with other Android devices where things get tricky. First, you’ll need to check Epic’s list of compatible devices. If your device is eligible, you can sign up on the Fortnite Android beta waiting list with your email. Eventually, you’ll get to the front of the queue and get an email invitation to the beta. Log in with your Epic account to connect your Xbox Live, PSN, or PC Battle Pass progress.
After that, you’ll need to wait again. Epic reports it should only take a few days for you to get your official invite to the Fortnite beta. When your invitation is registered, you’ll be able to download the Fortnite Installer. Once that’s on your device, you’ll be able to download the Fortnite app to your phone or tablet.
When the download is done, wait for Fortnite to boot up and log into your Epic account. From there, you’ll be able to start playing. You’re advised to keep the Fortnite Installer even after you’ve started playing, as the installer is what keeps the game updated with new patches, not the actual game app.
If you’d rather avoid waiting for your invite to the beta, you can delay trying to install Fortnite until the game’s official Android launch. The app still won’t be available in the Google Play store when it does release. You’ll either have to download the game through Samsung’s Game Launcher or from Epic’s website.
Fortnite is available on Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices.