As long as you’ve got plenty of storage space on your Android phone or tablet, you can download Fortnite and start playing right away with your friends.
Keep in mind that if you try and look for Fortnite on the Google Play Store, you probably won’t find it. If you do, it won’t be the official app, and you risk downloading a virus or spyware. If you’re looking to download the official Fortnite: Battle Royale app, you should follow these instructions.
A warning before we start
Slow down before you rush off to download anything called “Fortnite” from the Google Play Store. Epic Games did not release Fortnite: Battle Royale on the Google Play Store, so you won’t find it there. That’s important to note because it means any app on the Play Store is not the official Fortnite app — no matter how loudly it says it is.
While some are likely to be harmless clones, others may be harmful apps that seek to steal your personal data. Be aware of what you’re downloading, and if your aim is to download only the official Fortnite: Battle Royale Android app, follow this guide, and we’ll make sure you get the goods.
Which Android devices are able to play Fortnite: Battle Royale?
Android is an exceptionally large church, so there’s no definitive and complete list of phones and tablets that will be able to run Fortnite with no problems. Epic did state that pretty much any Android device running Android OS 8.0 or higher, with at least 4GB of RAM, and a GPU along the lines of an Adreno 530 or higher, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher. If you’re looking for better graphics and performance Epic recommends that these Android phones can run Fortnite at 60 frames per second:
Samsung Galaxy: Note 9 (U.S. variant only), S10, S10e, S10+, S10+ 5G, Note 10, Note 10+, Note 10+ 5G, A90 5G, Galaxy Tab S6
Huawei: Mate 20 X, Huawei P30 / P30 Pro
Sony: Xperia 1
OnePlus: 7 Pro
Asus: ROG Phone II
The list hasn’t been updated with the latest phones, though, so you can expect that the Samsung S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra will most likely appear at some point down the line.
Still not sure if your phone is capable of running the game? As a general rule of thumb, flagship phones from the last couple of years should have no problems, while you’re on dodgier ground with mid-range and budget phones. If you’re running Android 8.0 Oreo and have 4GB of RAM, then you’re probably safe to try installing it.
How to download Fortnite: Battle Royale on an eligible Samsung phone
The method for getting set up on an eligible Galaxy device is easy, but it requires a couple of steps and a lot of installing.
Start by accessing the Galaxy Store app on your Samsung device. Once the store loads up, search for the Epic Games application. Download and install the app to continue. Once it’s installed, open up the application and then locate Fortnite on the list. This is where you’ll choose to install the main game app.
The first time you open the app, you’ll be asked to grant it permission to access your storage. There’s nothing nefarious here; it needs access to be able to download the game. After you grant the necessary permissions, tap the big yellow Install button and let the initial files finish installing.
Once installed, open Fortnite using the app’s icon and wait for it to load up. It will eventually ask you to log in using an existing account or to create a new one. Pick whichever option works best for you and then start playing.
How to get Fortnite: Battle Royale on another Android device
Because there’s no direct deal with most other Android device manufacturers, you won’t be able to download Fortnite directly from any other device store as you would with a Samsung device. However, it’s still easy to get Fortnite installed.
You’ll need to start by downloading the Epic Games app directly from the website. Either access that link on your Android device, Google “Fortnite Android,” or scan the QR code on a computer screen on your Android device. Once you’ve downloaded the file, tap it and hit Install when prompted. You may need to grant Storage permissions to complete this process.
After that, you can either tap Open at the end of the installation process or open the Epic Games app from your app drawer or home screen. Like the process for Samsung phones, you’ll need to find Fortnite in the Epic Games app and then install it. You may be asked to confirm Storage permissions for the installation, so feel free to tap Allow when prompted. You may also need to give the app permission to install the Fortnite game, so if prompted by a system message, hit Settings, then tick the box for Allow from this source. Then hit the back button and hit Install.
When that’s done, hit Open or open the app from your apps, and Fortnite: Battle Royale will begin downloading. This can take a little while, so grab yourself something to drink and settle down to wait. Once it’s complete, congrats! You’re ready to sign in to your account (or create a new one) and start winning yourself some games. All that’s left to do is to brush up on your skills with our Fortnite tips and tricks article and hurl yourself out of a bus.