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 new Galaxy Note 9, the Android beta is now open to many more users.
Of course, Fortnite is already available for free on lots of other platforms, such as Windows, macOS, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, iOS, and Nintendo Switch. The game is free on Android as well, but note that Fortnite is not listed on the Google Play Store. Epic Games offers Fortnite as a download from its website instead. Don’t worry if you have questions about how that works; we walk you through each step in the process below.
If your device is not eligible for the beta or you simply can’t wait any longer for your invite, fear not. We got a chance to play Fortnite on a Samsung Galaxy S9+ shortly after it launched. Check out our full hands-on impressions of Fortnite on Android for more.
How to Sign Up for Fortnite’s Android Beta
The first step is to head over to Fortnite’s Android Beta page on Epic’s website. To get started, simply sign in with an existing account or create a new one. The site will ask you what platform you play Fortnite on, as well as what Android device you own.
Epic Games lists all of the compatible Android devices on its website, which includes the Essential PH-1, OnePlus 6, Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, Razer Phone, and all models of the Google Pixel. Epic also includes a general set of minimum specs for devices: 64-bit Android 5.0 or higher, 3GB RAM, and either an Adreno 530 GPU or the Mali equivalent.
How to Download the Launcher and Install Fortnite
Once you get approved for the beta, Epic Games sends you an email with a link to the Fortnite Installer. Epic says that the invite should arrive within a couple of days, so eligible players should not be kept waiting for too long.
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.
How to Install Fortnite and Sign In
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.
On the game’s sign-in page, you must enter the account that you used to sign for the beta. Otherwise, none of your progress will save across devices and you’ll need to start all over with progression and character customization.
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 or your beta invite is taking forever, 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.