Apple and Google may have delisted Fortnite from their App Store, but here’s how you can install Fortnite on Android devices now without using the Google Play Store.
The battle royale genre has taken the mobile gaming world by a storm, with titles such as PUBG Mobile and Fortnite by Epic Games dominating the mobile scene. If you’re an old-timer who was among the beta users of Fortnite mobile, you may probably remember that it was an invite-only affair, and you were required to manually install Fortnite on Android without Google Play Store.
As a regular Fortnite player, you’ll once again find yourself in the same dilemma, as Fortnite has gone missing from the iOS App Store, as well as the Google Play Store. It all began when Epic Games introduced a direct payment gateway system, which left Apple and Google without their 30% cut of the in-app purchase revenue. While the tech giants feud with Epic Games, you can still move past this little nuisance by installing Fortnite directly on your Android device.
How to Install Fortnite on Android without Google Play Store
While iOS users are limited to being able to install Fortnite only if they have previously installed it or through AltStore, the Android platform gives you some added liberty. Making the most out of the “unknown sources” feature on Android, Epic Games enables you to install (sideload) the Fortnite game manually.
Step 1: Download the Epic Games app
- Open the web browser on your phone and head over to the Fortnite Android webpage.
- Tap on the download button to save the Epic Games app to your Android device. Confirm your action to download the .APK file by pressing OK on the pop-up window.
- Once the file is downloaded, tap on it to open. You can view the file in your notification tray.
- At this point, you will be redirected to the browser settings, where you need to press the toggle on the Allow from this source option.
- Now press the Install button on the screen to install the app and then open it.
Step 2: Install Fortnite using the Epic Games app
- On the main screen of Epic Games app, press the Install button under the Fortnite banner.
- Once again, you will need to grant the Epic Games app the Allow from this source permission to install Fortnite.
- Head back to the Epic Games app and wait as the Fortnite app is downloaded and automatically installed on the Android device.
- Press the Launch button to open Fortnite and log in with your user credentials.
Once you open Fortnite, you may need to download additional game files before you can start playing, all of which will continue from the Fortnite app itself. Now that you have the Epic Games app installed on your phone, it will notify you whenever there’s an update available for Fortnite.
Bonus Tip for Samsung Phones – Install Fortnite from the Galaxy Store
If you own any of the Samsung Galaxy smartphones, you have another app store that the phone ships with by default, apart from the Google Play Store. The Samsung Galaxy Store does include some exclusive apps, one of which is the Epic Games app. Hence, if you’re trying to install Fortnite on Samsung Galaxy without the Google Play Store, you can fetch the app from the Galaxy Store instead.
Apple and Google have unsurprisingly teamed up against their common enemy, Epic Games, at the moment. Despite the strict action against it, Fortnite does not seem to be going away, and neither does its popularity among gamers seem to dwindle. With the Epic Games app installed to take care of all the upcoming Fortnite updates, you can get back to enjoying the multiplayer battle royale right away.
Would you walk the extra mile to install Fortnite on Android without Google Play Store, or it is simply not worth the effort? We’d love to know what you think, so reach out in the comments section below.