Fortnite is finally rolled out, but sadly for not all Android devices yet. The battle royale game won’t be available to download through Google Play Store. Samsung has struck an exclusive deal with Epic Games according to which the hugely popular survival game is only playable on the newly release Galaxy Note 9 for the next three months. Fortnite for Android is a Galaxy-exclusive offer, for now. However, Android’s developer community has managed to find a workaround this issue in order to make it possible for anyone with a compatible Android device to get Fortnite right now.
The announcement and proposed solution has certainly sent a ripple of excitement among Android enthusiasts who can’t wait to play in this popular shooter, but it’s not all without a few drawbacks. While you can go ahead and install Fortnite on your Android device, there is an off chance your game account with Epic games could get banned if you use the method outlined below. So take precautionary steps and use a secondary account.
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Update: While the current Fortnite APK is working, Epic Games is acting swiftly to crackdown on unauthorized methods. Therefore make sure to check in frequently for the most up-to-date information, and keep playing Fortnite on your Android device.
Disclaimer: This tutorial uses an unofficial version of the game that’s been ported to bypass device restrictions – that’s why the danger of potential ban always lurks around. So before starting, you should check if your phone is official supported by the Fortnite beta released by Epic games.
Android Beta initially will work on the following devices:
- Samsung Galaxy: S7 / S7 Edge , S8 / S8+, S9 / S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, Tab S4
- Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
- Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
- Essential: PH-1
- Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
- LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
- Nokia: 8
- OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
- Razer: Phone
- Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S,
- Mi Note 2
- ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11
Currently unsupported, working on fixes in the near term:
- HTC: 10, U Ultra, U11 / U11+, U12+
- Lenovo: Moto Z / Z Droid, Moto Z2 Force
- Sony: Xperia: XZ/ XZs, XZ1, XZ2
Step 1 – Download the MODDED APK
First, get the latest APK from this XDA thread. Look the first link underneath “Download”, as the APK is frequently updated to bypass Epic Games’ restrictions.
Next, download the APK file via your browser by tapping “Download” at the bottom of the screen and save the file directly to your device. When done, tap “OPEN” when prompted.
Step 2 – Install the APK
Once the file is downloaded, you need to install the APK. Tap “Install” at the bottom of the page to begin the process. Once the progress is complete, tap “Open” to launch Fortnite.
Step 3 – Play Fortnite
Now you can start playing unofficial Fortnite. It’s important to note that Epic’s servers are overloaded with new players right now. You may encounter some issues when attempting the initial download as it could stay stuck on the screen for a few minutes, but without interfering let the app retry the download – eventually, things will fall into place, and you will be back playing against your fellow Android users for the first time.
Alternative Method: Sign Up for an Email Invite
If the first method isn’t your cup of tea, Epic Games has a live signup link on its website for users to receive emailed game invites. Simply tap “SIGN UP FOR EMAIL INVITE” to get the latest beta on your Android device. If you have a Fortnite account, tap YES on the following page, or tap NO to create an account.
Once you’ve signed up for the email invite, however, there is no telling when you’ll receive a download link. If you’re interested in getting the game immediately, try APK method instead of an invite which could take some time.