Recently Epic Games introduced its Fortnite on Android devices with a concept: it was just made for Samsung phones for some days just to promote the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Now, the restriction is removed and the beta invite codes are released to pick users of another smartphone than Samsung phones like the Google Pixel 2 XL.
There is still some trickiness involved with how you get the app as Epic said it would distribute the Android version of Fortnite on its own terms and conditions.
Recently, this application was released on Samsung’s app store, and also on Epic’s website and a Fortnite Installer program was also introduced to distribute the game on all compatible Android devices.
Considering this amazing arrangement, let’s have an overview of the step-by-step breakdown to ensure how to install and start playing Fortnite on Android.
STEP 1: Don’t Download from Play Store
Make it a point not to download the app from the Google Play Store or from a third-party online source. It has been strictly declared by Epic that it’s distributing Fortnite on Android only through its own website. It says that any link that you may come across on any other source like Twitter, Play Store, Reddit or any other source, claiming to offer the official APK file, is not reliable and it can infect your device with a virus.
You will receive a special warning also from Google that says “Fortnite Battle Royale by Epic Games, Inc is not available on Google Play.” So, stay away from anyone that claims to have any link of workaround with the waiting list, as it is probably false.
STEP 2: Look for Compatibility in your Device
Just have a look if your device is compatible with the Samsung device. If it is, you can download Fortnite right away, from Samsung Game Launcher or Epic’s website as stated earlier. Although the device list has the new Note 9, that phone is yet to launch. Some other compatible Samsung devices could be Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge, S8 / S8 Plus, S9 / S9 Plus, including the Tab S3, S4 and the Note 8.
If you own non-Samsung devices, Epic offers a complete list that is available on its website that includes original Pixel, Pixel XL, and their elements, along with a suite of normal to high-end devices like Huawei, Asus, LG, Xiaomi and OnePlus devices and you can check if your device name is listed in that.
STEP 3: Sign Up for the Waiting List
If you don’t have a Samsung device, the best way to have Fortnite on Android at the moment is to sign up for Epic’s beta online through their website. You can use your mobile also doing so or on the web, as Epic asks only for your email address. When you got through the entire process of queuing up, you will receive an email invite.
You must log in with your existing Epic account, whether you have created it using your Epic username on PC or your PlayStation Network / Xbox Live account. In this way, you can have Battle Pass progression across various platforms and retain your emotes, skins, and other components on Android.
STEP 4: Wait for your Invite
The last phase of the process is to just have patience and hold tight. As per Epic, it is inviting players in chunks and that you’ll be informed through email once you are invited. As the company‘s network infrastructure is delicate and it is maintaining an exclusive process, and the platforms it now supports, it wouldn’t be too long to get you invited. The company also says the process may take some days.
Earlier the iOS version of Fortnite also rested in the sign-up beta for a little more than two weeks prior to its official launch for everyone on the App Store. Same way, it will work for Android as well. So if you are not very comfortable with the waiting list approach, another wider availability may appear sometime close to September. You may opt to wait till that time.
STEP 5: Download Installer and then the Game
Due to the amazing and exclusive distribution model, in this case, you need to download two different applications, for any device Samsung and non-Samsung both. These two apps are Fortnite Installer, which is the official APK file that will install the game.
To follow this process, you need to turn off special permissions in your Android settings that allow you to download third-party apps, as per your specific version of Android you carry and the existing security settings that are there in your version. Once done, you’ll have to go through a range of download sequences that are somewhat more engaged than your normal app installation.
After you have gone through the entire process, you would be able to install Fortnite. Log in into your account now and start enjoying the game. It is suggested not to delete the Fortnite Installer program, as it’ll update the game with new patches in future.