Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Google telling users that the Play Store doesn't have Fortnite

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Cecil Davis | 13 August, 2018, 18:24

The top result of the "fortnite" search on Google Play remains the competing battle-royale game PUBG Mobile, as it was before Fortnite's Android release.

Epic Games has finally made good on their promise to bring Fortnite to Android devices but the popular shooter is a little bit more hard to get on your phone than you might think.

Here's all we know about Fortnite for Android including how to install it, smartphone exclusivity, gameplay and more.

So, the biggest question from the insanely huge Fortnite fanbase is "when will it be available for Android?" and following months of silence, Epic Games confirmed the release date: 9 August 2018. "You should look carefully at the source of software you're installing, and only install software from sources you trust".

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How do you download Fortnite on an Android phone?

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After the success of Fortnite on Apple's iOS platform, everyone simply assumed that Epic Games would take the opportunity to roll out Fortnite for Android users via the Google Play Store as soon as it was sure that its servers could handle the exponentially increased load. By displaying this message in searches for Fortnite, Google is warning those people that the official Fortnite game isn't in the Play Store, helping them to avoid fakes that could try to scam them. The Play store doesn't offer much in the way of guidance for how users can actually download the Android version of the game, which requires opening up the phone's permissions and installing an APK file downloaded directly from Epic's website.

To get started, visit fortnite.com/android on an Android device. The bad news is that means an invite is still required to actually play the game, but the good news is that fans can actually pre-install the beta.