While Fortnite's battle royale mode has taken over multiplayer gaming on PCs and consoles, it's also been pretty popular on Android and iOS. However, the Android version has required an invite to play, and it's not available on the Google Play Store. Its maker Epic Games has solved one of those problems by removing the invite requirement. Now all you have to do is "sideload," or manually install the game, and you're off to the races.
However, Fortnite won't run on every Android phone. In fact, the official compatibility list is relatively short, and it's dominated by pretty recent devices. Here's all of the Android devices that Epic has certified to work so far:
- Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8+, S9, S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, Tab S4
- Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
- Asus ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
- Essential PH-1
- Huawei Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20, P20 Pro, V10
- LG G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30, V30+
- Nokia 8
- OnePlus 5, 5T, 6
- Razer Phone
- Xiaomi Blackshark, Mi 5, Mi 5S, Mi 5S Plus, Mi 6, Mi 6 Plus, Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer, Mi 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
- ZTE Axon 7, 7s, Axon M, Nubia, Z17, Z17s, Z11
- HTC 10, U Ultra, U11, U11+, U12+
- Lenovo Moto Z, Z Droid, Z2 Force
- Sony Xperia XZ, XZ Premium, XZS, XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ2, XZ2 Premium, XZ2 Compact, XZ3
The newly announced Google Pixel 3 phones will presumably work as well, along with the upcoming OnePlus 6T.
The iOS version of Fortnite can be downloaded right from the iTunes App Store and does not require an invite.
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Note that even if your phone is fully compatible, 3D games take a lot out of your battery juice, so be sure to charge up or be near an outlet, if you plan to dive into a gaming session. Also be aware that Fortnite Mobile does not yet allow gamepads, so you'll need to use the touchscreen interface to play. Plans are in the works to enable gamepads, but Epic Games hasn't announced a specific date.
No matter which Android phone you choose, the process of sideloading can be a little tricky, but we have a detailed guide for a variety of scenarios. If you want to know how the mobile version compares to the regular version, we've got the intel on that too. Haven't checked into the game in a while? We have the breakdown on the latest "season" of content to get you caught up.
- The Android version of Fortnite no longer requires an invite to play. As long as your device is compatible and you can manually install an app, it should now run on your device without needing an invite code.
- The OnePlus 6T and Google Pixel 3 are not yet on the official compatibility list, but their immediate predecessors were, so we expect these newer phones to work just fine, in case you were wondering.
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