Epic’s hit battle royale game, Fortnite, made its long-awaited debut on Android earlier this summer, but up until now, it has only been available to users who received an invite for the beta. That has changed, and now all Android owners can download the Fortnite beta even without an invitation, provided they have a compatible device. Here’s how you can jump in.
Unlike most other games available on Android, Fortnite can’t be downloaded through the Google Play store. Epic had previously announced that it is bypassing Google’s app store and offering the game to fans directly through its own website. If you want to download Fortnite on Android, all you’ll need to do is go here on your phone and scan the QR code when prompted.
As previously noted, Fortnite won’t be compatible with all Android devices. You’ll need to have a “recent high-end Android smartphone” in order to run the game. Fortunately, there’s a fairly long list of supported devices outlined here and on Epic’s FAQ page, and even if you don’t have one of the phones listed there, you may still be able to run the game if your device meets the following recommended minimum specs:
- OS: Recommended Android 8.0 or higher, 64 bit
- RAM: 3GB or higher (Recommended 4 GB)
- GPU: Adreno 530 or higher, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher
Part of the reason Epic is skipping Google Play with Fortnite’s release is to bypass the 30% “store tax” applied to all purchases. The developer also says this move allows it to “bring its games directly to customers,” but it isn’t without some drawbacks. Namely, it leaves the game susceptible to security risks, while some Android apps that promise free V-Bucks and other cheats are actually phishing schemes.
Fortnite is currently in the third week of Season 6, bringing a new set of weekly challenges to complete across all platforms. You can find tips for all of the tasks available thus far in our Season 6 challenge roundup. Completing these earns you Battle Stars, which in turn levels up your Battle Pass and unlocks special cosmetic items and other rewards, such as the new Pets. You can everything that’s up for grabs in our Season 6 rewards gallery.