This might come as a shock to you but Fornite can’t be found on the Google Play Store. That’s right.
The biggest game in the world with millions of concurrent players logging in hours of play daily was removed from Google’s app store back in August 2020.
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The reasons for that are beyond the scope of this article.
Let’s just say that we’re experiencing a clash of titans on an epically corporate scale at the moment. Regardless of that, the reality is that we, the end-users who love and play Fortnite have been affected by this development.
In the past, we could simply go onto the Play Store, search for Fortnite and download it. Easy peasy. Now that this method is out the window, Epic Games has had to provide us with other ways to get the Android version of Fortnite onto our phones. The solution isn’t as elegant as searching, tapping and playing but it’s still quite pain-free.
Download the Fortnite file
To get Fortnite on your Android phone, you need to first download the Epic Games app .apk file. To get the file, you need to navigate to a web address.
On your phone, use your web browser to tap here to go to this website or type fortnite.com/android in the address bar. This should give you a banner asking you to install the Epic Games app.
- When you tap on the banner, your phone will give you a warning that the file you’re about to download may harm your device. Don’t worry, it’s safe.
- Just tap “OK” and the app should begin to download. Once it’s finished (shouldn’t take long) you’ll be given the option to “Open” the file. Do that.
There’s a chance your browser won’t allow you to install apps from that source. Easy fix.
Just head to your browser’s settings and click the slider to allow files from that source. Finally, the app should ask you if you want to “Install” it. Tap on the option and the Epic Games app should now be installed onto your phone.
Now it’s time for the main event. Installing Fortnite. When you open up the Epic Games app, you should see banners for two games: Battle Breakers and Fortnite. Tap on Fortnite (duh!) and a prompt should pop up asking if you want to install Fortnite. Tap on the button that says “Install”. Once that’s done, tap on the “Launch” button.
Congratulations! You’re now back to playing Fortnite on your Android phone. For those of you who have a Samsung phone, you can more easily find the Epic Games app by searching and installing it from the Galaxy store, like in the good old days.
Fortnite itself shouldn’t have any problems updating as that’s now handled by the Epic Games app. All other functions, like cross-platform play and controller support, should work as normal. Now go on and get that next Victory Royale!