Fortnite is now available on a wide range of Android devices. After a brief period of exclusivity on Samsung’s Galaxy line of phones and tablets, including the Galaxy Note 9, the Android beta is now open to many more users.
Of course, Fortnite is already available for free on platforms like Windows, macOS, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, iOS, and Nintendo Switch. The game is free on Android as well, but you can’t download it from the Google Play Store. Epic Games offers Fortnite for Android as a download on its website instead (here’s why).
Don’t worry if you have questions about how that works; we walk you through each step in the process below.
How to Access Fortnite’s Android Beta
The Android beta was previously invite-only, but is now available to everyone using a compatible phone. The first step is to head over to Fortnite’s Android Beta page and scan the QR code or navigate to fortnite.com/android on your Android device.
Epic Games has a rather lengthy list of compatible phones (below) on its website, but it says that even if your specific model is not listed, the game might work if your phone is running 64-bit Android 8.0+, has 3GB of RAM or more, and an Adreno 530 GPU or higher, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher
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
Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
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
HTC: 10, U Ultra, U11/ U11+, U12+
Lenovo: Moto Z/Z Droid, Moto Z2 Force
Sony: Xperia XZ/Premium, Xzs, XZ1/Compact, XZ2/Premium/Compact, XZ3
How to Download the Launcher and Install Fortnite
The Installer acts like any other browser download, except that it’s a launchable program. When you try to launch the installer, your phone prompts you to give your browser permission to install apps. Most Android apps come from the Google Play Store, so this behavior is not allowed by default.
While enabling installs from the browser is simple, this setting opens your device up to potential web vulnerabilities. Make sure to only access the installer download via the link from Epic Games’s email, and verify that the link redirects you to the official site and not some malicious lookalike page. In any case, we recommend downloading an Android antivirus app before giving your browser this access.
Once you download the Fortnite Installer, you need to install Fortnite itself. The download should only take a couple of minutes, but this depends on your network speed. Afterward, the game pulls down any outstanding updates and optimizes for your device.
You’ll be asked to sign in, so progress will save across devices and you won’t need to start all over with progression and character customization.
Fortnite on Android works just like every other version of the game. Your goal is to be the last player standing and eliminate any enemies in your way. Make sure to actually read the tutorial screens and familiarize yourself with the controls and mechanics in Fortnite’s Playground mode before you jump into a competitive match.
For newcomers or anyone looking to improve their chances of a victory, check out our collection of tips for Fortnite players. Although we can’t guarantee a win, this general advice and commentary will help you have the best Fortnite experience you can. After all, like other games in the battle royale genre such as Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite is just as much about luck as skill.
As with any major software release on this scale, Fortnite’s rollout might hit a few bumps along the way. If you’re too impatient to wait for Epic Games to resolve every issue, remember that you can play Fortnite for free on nearly every other gaming platform.
Make sure to leave a comment if you had any issues installing or playing Fortnite on your Android device. If you just want to sound off about the game, we welcome that, too.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated on 10/12 when Epic removed the need for an invite.