With the recent removal of Fortnite on the Google Play Store, fans are worried about being able to play Fortnite on Android devices and receiving future updates.
There is good news on that front — you will have to revert to the original method of installing the game, but you will still get updates from Epic Games. Not only that, but you can continue playing on your favorite Android devices!
Until things are ironed out between Epic Games and Google, you’ll have to manually install Fortnite. Here’s how you’ll want to go about doing it.
Throughout the whole process, you have to keep the phone screen awake. Epic Games app doesn’t download in the background or if the screen is turned off.
Uninstall the Play Store version of the game completely. Simply find the app icon in your app drawer, long-press on it until you get the option to uninstall.
Once you have successfully uninstalled the Play Store version of Fortnite, open up https://fortnite.com/android on the web browser on the Android device you want to install the game on.
You will be prompted to download an APK file. While that is downloading, you can follow our guide on side-loading an app if you haven’t already as this is required to install the Epic Games app.
Once you have the Epic Games app installed, open it up and select the Fortnite tile. This will download the latest version of the game for you.
Once it loads, tap on Launch.
Once you launch the game, you will be prompted into signing into an Epic Games Account, or the associated account with your Fortnite account.
Tap on Yes, Find my account, followed by the account you wish to sign in with.
Once signed in, you will be prompted to download the game files, keep your screen on for the whole process as this will download and install the game for you.
Epic Games app doesn’t support background downloading.
Once the game is downloaded, you’ll have to sit through the installation of the game. Once installed, tap on the Play button and you’re all set.
You can also switch the toggle on at the bottom to launch the game instantly if you don’t want to press the button manually every time.
Once you boot up the game, you’ll be taken to the main menu. Now you’re ready to play the game and start dropping in!
How do I update the game?
If you want to update the game, you can open up the Epic Games app and choose Fortnite, followed by tapping the Update button.
Alternatively, you may find that when you launch Fortnite you will have to tap the Update prompt where Launch is normally found.
The update will download and then install when you can press the Launch button replaced by the Update button.