Hero or villain Epic Games’ crusade against monopolistic stores continues, but the counterattack has been brutal: both Google and Apple have removed Fortnite from the official Android and iOS stores. Does that mean that I can no longer install Fortnite on my mobile? Fortunately, there are ways to do it, so we are going to explain step by step how to download Fortnite on mobile in 2020.
Remember that Fortnite is also available on many other platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, and GeForce Now.
But if what you want is to play on your mobile or tablet, we are going to explain the available methods. Season 4 Episode 2 kicks off on August 27 and no one wants to be left out.
With the method that we explain here you can enjoy the game 100% on Android, updated to the maximum. Unfortunately, on iOS it’s more complicated because Apple maintains tight control over what’s installed on the iPhone.
Everything indicates that the conflict will last and will not be resolved soon, because neither party intends to give in.
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Why Fortnite has disappeared from the official app stores
Epic Games complains about the 30% commission that Apple, Google and Steam take by publishing the games in their stores. But the key to the whole conflict is that this commission also applies to micropayments, purchases of in-game currency, which is where all their income comes from.
Every time players buy V-Bucks, the virtual currency of the Fortnite stores, Apple and Google take a 30% commission because they force them to use their payment system. They do not allow you to use an alternative payment system.
And it’s a problem that affects even more independent developers with a limited budget. They spend a year or two of effort even putting money from their savings to create a game, and see how 1 out of every 3 euros they earn, sometimes with minimal sales, is left to them by multi-million dollar companies like Apple, Google or Steam.
On PC, Epic Games fought back by creating its own game store, the Epic Games Store, where it tries to compete with Steam with exclusive games from developers who don’t take that brutal commission, and by giving away games every week. Even €50 news like Total War Saga: Troy. It was downloaded by 7.5 million people.
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But mobiles work like true monopolies where nobody can do anything without the permission of Google and Apple. And this is where the real battle is fought.
Developers want stores to charge less fees, but they don’t want to lose their perks or the goose that lays the golden egg: Apple has made more than $300 million from Fortnite. Giving up a millimeter would mean losing billions of dollars, considering the millions of apps that pay commission to Apple or Google. This is one of the reasons why Apple is already worth $2 trillion on the stock market.
Epic Games is trying to get players involved in this war by lowering the price of V-Bucks (Fortnite’s currency) by 20%, eliminating commissions and organizing the Free Fortnite Cup tournament, where Apple is the villain who has imprisoned Fortnite. , and does not allow players to play it:
And meanwhile, Apple has become serious: it has eliminated the Epic Games developer license, a very hard blow that goes beyond Fortnite, because Epic Games is also the creator of the Unreal Engine graphics engine, one of the most used. in the world, and if you can’t update it, thousands of iOS games will be stuck and might stop using the Epic engine.
A much more important war than it seems, because the business model of mobile video games is at stake for the next few years.
How to install Fortnite on an Android mobile
Fortnite is no longer on Google Play, so you can’t download it from the Google store. If you have it installed you can continue playing, but you will not receive any more updates.
Fortunately, there is an alternative and official way to install it from outside of Google Play that works 100%, and is very easy to implement.
Android is a bit more open than iOS, because in this operating system Yes, it is possible to install applications from outside of Google Play. In fact, it is the same system that Epic used when it launched Fortnite on Android, since it did so outside of Google Play to avoid paying the 30% commission. But it was forced to join Google Play because many users couldn’t find the game.
Step by Step
If you have the game installed through Google Play, our advice is to uninstall it, because it will no longer update. And the new chapter of season 4 starts on August 27.
To install directly from Epic Games, open your mobile browser and type: fortnite.com. If you have a Samsung mobile you can skip this step, because the Epic Games application is in the Samsung Galaxy Store.
Since fortnite.com you will access the official Fortnite website. Click the yellow button in the upper right corner or click Already in game. Tap on Download and the Epic Games app will be downloaded.
During the download process, an android message to scare you, stating that the file may harm your device. But it’s the standard Android message when you install an app from outside of Google Play. Don’t worry, it’s a completely safe app:
Tap OK, and the Epic Games app will appear on your home screen under the Installed Apps section. Start it up and from there you can download and install Fortnite, if your mobile is compatible (not all are).
It is possible that when downloading Fortnite from the Epic Games application, or from the application itself, Android tells you that you do not have the permissions to complete this step.
That’s because you haven’t activated installation from outside the Google Play store. What Android calls Applications of unknown origin. The activation of this permission changes in each version of Android, so you should find it on your own.
In previous versions you must enter Android Settings, Security, Device Management and Enable unknown sources.
In newer versions of Android, this permission is granted on an app-by-app basis.
You usually have to go into Settings, Apps & notifications, Advanced settings, Access special apps, and Install unknown apps. Here you will need to give Chrome (or whatever browser you use) and Epic Games permission to authorize downloads from them:
Now you can download Fortnite from the Epic Games app, and enjoy the 100% updated game.
How to install Fortnite on a mobile with iOS (iPhone)
If you have an iPhone, we have bad news for you. Apple is much more difficult than Google when it comes to installing apps outside of the App Store. In fact, it does not allow it in any way unless you unlock the mobile, which is not an easy operation.
You can no longer download Fortnite from the App Store… unless you’ve already installed it before. If for some reason you used it for a while and then deleted it, Apple allows you to continue downloading the game, precisely so that you don’t lose any purchases you may have made. But this is only possible if you installed the game before the ban.
Open the App Store on your iPhone or iPad device and tap the Purchased My Purchase icon, depending on the version you have. You may need to tap Account first.
Within your My Purchase list (there are also free apps here) search for Fortnite in the list, with the help of the search engine. If you used it before the lockdown, its icon will appear. Tap it to install the game:
Please note that only the latest version before the ban, Season 4 Chapter 2, will be installed. Subsequent updates will no longer be available.
On iOS there is no way to install the game outside of the App Store, so fans are locked in waiting for both sides to come to an agreement. For that reason, many speculators are selling iPhones with Fortnite pre-installed on eBay for $10,000. It is not very useful because it cannot be updated.