In­stall Fort­nite on an An­droid phone

Not ev­ery phone can hop on board the bat­tle bus. BRAD CHACOS re­veals the ones that can

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Epic Games’ Fort­nite is eat­ing the world, and now the bat­tle royale game (and oc­ca­sional golf sim­u­la­tor) is fi­nally com­ing to An­droid. Sam­sung Galaxy de­vices held ex­clu­sive ac­cess to the Fort­nite beta for now, but Epic has started rolling out in­vites to own­ers of other phones as well.

Can your phone even play Fort­nite for An­droid though? The game re­quires some se­ri­ous graph­i­cal

horse­power de­spite its car­toon­ish looks. Here’s how An­droid users can gain ac­cess to Fort­nite, fol­lowed by the full list of phones that can play it on An­droid.

How to play Fort­nite on An­droid

To cel­e­brate the launch of the Galaxy Note 9 (see

page 46), Sam­sung Galaxy own­ers can play the Fort­nite beta right now. Any­one who owns a Galaxy S7 or later, the Galaxy Note 8, or Galaxy Tab S3 or S4 will find a Fort­nite icon in Sam­sung’s Game Launcher app. (You can find it in your app drawer.) Just tap it to start down­load­ing the game.

If you pre-or­dered the Galaxy Note 9 via Sam­sung’s web­site, the com­pany gave you a whop­ping 15,000 V-Bucks to use in Fort­nite along with an ex­clu­sive Galaxy out­fit. It’s pretty slick.

Ev­ery­one else must sign up for in­vi­ta­tions to the beta, which will roll out in waves. Head over to the of­fi­cial Fort­nite for An­droid page and reg­is­ter with your email. Epic will even­tu­ally send you an in­vi­ta­tion email with in­struc­tions on how to in­stall the game, which isn’t be­ing dis­trib­uted through the Google Play Store. Do not down­load any­thing claim­ing to be Fort­nite in Google Play – it’s a scam.

You’ll need to down­load the Fort­nite In­staller app. If you’re us­ing de­fault An­droid set­tings, you’ll see a warn­ing about down­load­ing and in­stalling APKs from un­known sources. Con­firm you’re on the Epic Games web­site ( epicgames.com) be­fore you down­load any files (an in­vi­ta­tion scheme like this is bound to draw phish­ing schemes ga­lore) and grant Chrome per­mis­sion to do so. The Fort­nite In­staller will in­stall;

fol­low the on-screen prompts to fin­ish in­stalling Fort­nite. When you’re done, be sure to re­voke Chrome’s abil­ity to down­load apps from un­known sources to stay as safe as pos­si­ble.

What An­droid phones can play Fort­nite

You’re go­ing to need a beefy phone to play Fort­nite on An­droid. Epic says these de­vices will be able to hop on board the bat­tle bus im­me­di­ately af­ter re­ceiv­ing an in­vi­ta­tion. The good news is that most of our favourite An­droid phones make the cut.

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/Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20/Pro, V10 LG: G5, G6, G7 Thin Q, V20, V30 /V30+ Nokia: 8 One Plus: 5/5T, 6 Razer: Phone Xiaomi: Black­shark, Mi 5/5S/5S Plus, 6/6 Plus, Mi 8/8 Ex­plorer/8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2 ZTE: Axon 7/7s, Axon M, Nu­bia/Z17/Z17s, Nu­bia Z11

There’s a sec­ond wave of An­droid phones that won’t be able to play the Fort­nite beta at first, but Epic says it’s “work­ing on fixes in the near term”.

HTC: 10, U Ul­tra, U11/U11+, U12+

Len­ovo: Moto Z/Z Droid, Moto Z2 Force Sony: Xpe­ria XZ/XZs, XZ1, XZ2

Fi­nally, if you don’t see your phone listed above, Epic said it may still be able to play Fort­nite for An­droid if it meets or ex­ceeds the fol­low­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tions:

OS: 64-bit An­droid, 5.0 or higher RAM: 3GB or higher GPU: Adreno 530 or higher, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher

But there’s a twist: your phone can’t be rooted if you want to play Fort­nite for An­droid. Epic says it may drop that con­di­tion in the fu­ture if it can find “ef­fec­tive anti-cheat so­lu­tions”, though.

The ex­clu­sive Galaxy out­fit for Fort­nite on An­droid

Screen­shot from the Fort­nite for An­droid trailer

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