The outdated Fortnite mobile app will soon be virtually impossible to play for many users, but you can still get your battle royale fix on iPhone and Android by following these simple steps.
According to the creator of Fortnite Epic gamesit has not been able to update the app since August 2020 due to the ongoing legal wrangling with Apple and Google over in-game payments.
As a result, not only has the app missed major crossovers and events, but it also won’t accept V-Bucks (Fortnite’s virtual currency for purchasing items) and will only be open to those ages 18 and older from January 30.
Nevertheless, you can still play Fortnite on mobile for free through popular game streaming services and other mobile app stores. Here’s what you need to know.
How to play Fortnite on iOS
There are currently two ways to play Fortnite on iPhone and iPad, and both rely on services that allow you to stream games over the internet.
You can play for free on Xbox Cloud Gaming through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. While the latter is a subscription service, all you need is a free Microsoft account to access the battle royale game on your mobile browser.
In particular, you must ensure that your iOS device is updated to version 14.4 or higher in order to play. Your gameplay experience will likely be determined by your internet connection, with Microsoft recommending speeds of 10 Mbps or higher for iPhone and at least 20 Mbps for iPad.
Another option is NVIDIA’s rival GeForce Now game streaming service, which includes a free tier where you have to wait in a line to play for up to an hour at a time. You can pay to skip the line and play for up to six or eight hours by signing up for the premium plans, which start from £9 a month or £45 for six months.
Both services offer mobile touch controls and support for popular controllers like the Sony DualShock 4 and Xbox wireless pad. Plus, you can play with your friends on other platforms thanks to cross-play support.
How to play Fortnite on Android
In addition to the game streaming options above, Android users can access Fortnite by downloading the free Epic Games app from Epic’s website. Here you can follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the file on your device. In addition, make sure to go to your browser settings when prompted to allow installations of unknown apps.
Samsung phone and tablet owners can also download the Epic Games app from the Samsung Galaxy Store.
To play, Epic says your device must have Android OS 8.0 or higher, 64-bit, at least 4 GB of RAM, and one of the following GPUs: Adreno 530 or higher, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher.
Supported controllers include the Steelseries Stratus XL, Sony DualShock 4 Wireless Controller (Android OS 10 or later), Xbox Wireless Controller, Razer Raiju Mobile, Razer Junglecat, and Moto Gamepad.