Epic Games finally launched their popular game, Fortnite, on Android devices last week.
When the game launched, it was only made exclusive to Samsung-made phones for a few days. However, the exclusivity period is over and beta invite codes are going out to select users of non-Samsung phones.
Epic Games is using its own website and a Fortnite Installer programme to distribute the game to all compatible Android devices. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to download Fortnite on Android:
1. Device compatibility
If you have a compatible Samsung device such as the Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge, S8/S8 Plus, S9/S9 Plus, Note 8, Note 9 as well as the Tab S3 and S4 tablets you will be able to download the game through the Samsung app store.
For those with non-Samsung devices, Epic has a full list on its website.
On the list devices such as the Pixel, Pixel XL, and their successors, along with a suite of midrange to high-end Asus, Huawei, LG, OnePlus, and Xiaomi devices are listed.
2. Forget the Google Play Store
Epic Games said that it is only distributing Fortnite on Android through its own website. So do not go to the Google Play Store or any other third-party web source.
3. Sign-up on the waiting list
If you do not own a Samsung device, you will have to sign-up for Epic's beta through its website. You should make sure that you log in with your existing Epic account. That way, you can get Battle Pass progression across platforms and keep your skins, emotes, etc.
Once you have signed up, you will have to wait for your invite. Epic said that it will be "inviting players in waves" and that "you’ll be notified via email once you are invited."
4. Get the installer and the game
When downloading the game, the first thing to get is the Fortnite Installer, which is the official APK file that then installs the game. In order to do this, you may need to turn off special permissions in your Android settings that allow you to download third-party applications.
Once it's completed, you should be able to log in to your account and start playing Fortnite.