Skip to content

How to download Fortnite

Rate this post

How to download Fortnite: All your friends do nothing but talk about Fortnite , a role-playing video game available for computers, consoles (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch), smartphones and tablets (Android, iOS / iPadOS), in which each player has the task to cooperate with teammates in order to resist attack from enemies for 14 days.

To make it particularly interesting are the cartoon style and the completely different game setting in each game, but above all its cost: maybe you won’t believe it, but you can have Fortnite for free. How do you say? Can’t wait to get involved but would like some tips to know how to download Fortnite ? Don’t worry, luckily you are in the right guide at the right time!

Come on, get comfortable and let’s not waste any more time chatting. Take five minutes of free time, read carefully the next paragraphs and you will find the detailed procedure to download and install Fortnite on your computer, on your Android or iOS / iPadOS device or on your console: I assure you that in no time you can start to play with your friends and try to defend the base from attacks for as long as possible. Happy reading and, above all, have fun!

How to download Fortnite to computer

Unlike many video games, Fortnite is not available on digital distribution platforms, such as Steam, but it is possible to download it for free from the official website of its manufacturer: soon I will explain how.

Minimum and recommended requirements

Before going into the details of the download and installation procedure of Fornite, you must know what the minimum requirements are for the game to work and compare them with the specifications of your computer.

  • Operating system : Windows 7 64-bit, macOS Sierra;
  • Processor : Core i5 2.4 Ghz;
  • Memory : 4 GB;
  • Video card : Intel HD 4000;
  • Free disk space : 15 GB.

For a better gaming experience, you must have a computer with the following recommended requirements .

  • Operating system : Windows 7 64-bit, macOS Sierra;
  • Processor : Core i5 2.8 Ghz;
  • Memory : 16 GB;
  • Video card : Nvidia GT 650, AMD Radeon HD 7870;
  • Free disk space : 20 GB.

Download and install Epic Games Launcher

After making sure that your computer has the minimum requirements to play Fortnite, you can proceed with the download and installation of Launcher Epic Games , the software necessary to download Fortnite and play it.

Then connect to  the Epic Games website and click on the Download button on the main screen. Alternatively, press on the item Get Fortnite located in the menu at the top and presses on the Download option . Now, press the Login button , enter your data in the Username and Password fields and click the Login button to access your account.

If you don’t have an account yet, press the Sign in buttons related to Facebook and Google to connect your social account to Epic Games, otherwise fill out the form to register via email. Then enter your data in the fields Name , Surname , Display name (minimum 3 and maximum 16 characters), Email and Password , then affix the check mark next to the item I have read and accept the conditions of service and click on the Create account button .

Within a few moments you will receive an email containing a link to verify your identity: press the Verify email button to complete the activation procedure.

After creating your account, the game download will start automatically: if not, in the new open page, press the Windows or Mac buttons  to manually start the download of the Epic Games launcher.

Once the download is complete, you can proceed with the installation of the game on your computer. If you have a Windows PC , double-click the EpicInstaller- (version) -fortnite.msi file and press the Run and Install buttons , then wait for the installation and download of the updates to be completed and the game will be done.

If you use a Mac , open the dmg package you just downloaded and drag  Epic Games Launcher to the Applications folder of macOS, then open the Applications folder , right click on the Epic Games Laucher icon and click on the Open item to start the software (quest this operation is only necessary at the first start, to bypass Apple’s restrictions on software from non-certified developers).

Download Fortnite

Once the installation and download of the files necessary for the launcher to work, you can finally start downloading Fortnite. In the new window that opens, enter your login information, put a check mark next to Remember me  (to not repeat the operation every time you start) and click the Sign in button to access.

Now, make sure you are on the Fortnite screen , press the green Install button , add the check mark required to accept the license agreement and click the Accept button . Press again on the item Install , choose the folder and the installation path . If you wish, affix the check mark next to the item Automatic updates and press on the item Install to start the download of Fortnite.

As mentioned above, the game occupies a disk space of about 15 GB and, consequently, the download can take a few hours, especially if your connection is not fast. While waiting, you can view the progress of the download, the downloaded data and press the Pause button to temporarily stop the download or press the X button to cancel the operation.

Once the download is complete, press the Start button to start playing, while if you intend to uninstall the game, you can click on the gear wheel icon and select the Remove item .

How to download Fortnite on console

Fortnite is also available for free for the latest generation consoles such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and the download and installation procedure is almost identical for both game systems. Do you want to know how to do it? I’ll explain it right away.

If you have a PS4 , press the icon of the toolbox to access the Settings , press on the item Network and Configure Internet connection and choose the type of connection between Use Wi-Fi and Use a network cable (LAN) .

After connecting the console to the Internet, go to the Settings menu > Account management> Log in to PlayStation Network and connect to your account by entering your login information in the Login ID and Password fields , while if you do not yet have an account press on the New user item PlayStation Network? Create an account and press the Sign up now option to create one.

Now, press the shopping bag icon to access the PlayStation Store , press on Search and type Fortnite in the search field, then press the Download button to start the download. To learn more, read my guide on how to play online on PS4 .

If you use an Xbox One to play , make sure your console is connected to the Internet, otherwise press the Xbox button on the controller and go to the Settings menu > All settings> Network> Network settings and select the Configure wireless network item . Now, press the Login button on the home screen and enter your login details to connect to your account: if you don’t have one yet, you can read my in-depth guide .

To start the Fortnite download, start the Xbox Store , press the search button, search for Fortnite  and press the button to download the game. Once the download is complete, the video game will be available in the list of games available on your Xbox One.

How to download Fortnite on smartphones and tablets

Fortnite has also landed for free on Android and iOS / iPadOS smartphones and tablets but, before explaining in detail how to download it, I must make some important clarifications.

On Android , the game is available both on the Play Store and on the dedicated stores of the Samsung Galaxy and Huawei Mobile Services terminals . On iOS / iPadOS you can start playing right away by downloading the Fortnite game  from the App Store .

Compatible devices and minimum requirements

To play Fortnite on Android  and iOS / iPadOS some minimum technical requirements are necessary and, moreover, only some devices are currently compatible. In the following lines you can therefore find the information concerning the supported devices and, more generally, the system requirements: if the device you own does not appear in the list, it could still be supported, as long as you satisfy them.

Compatible Android devices

  • 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 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30 +;
  • Nokia : 8;
  • OnePlus : 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.

Compatible iOS / iPadOS devices

  • iPhone SE,
  • iPhone 6S,
  • iPhone 7;
  • iPhone 8 / 8plus;
  • iPhone X;
  • iPad Mini 4;
  • iPad Air 2;
  • iPad 2017;
  • iPad Pro.

The list of compatible devices may be subject to change: therefore, I recommend you visit the list on the Fortnite official FAQ page .

Minimum requirements for Android and iOS / iPadOS

  • OS : Android 64 bit, 5.0 or later / iOS 11 or iPadOS
  • RAM : 3 GB or higher
  • Graphics card : Adreno 530 or higher, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher
  • An Internet connection

Download Fortnite on Android

The first solution I recommend you try is to download Fortnite for Android from the Google Play Store . Then tap on the colored ▶ ︎ icon on the home screen or in the app drawer, search for Fortnite and press first on the game icon and then on the Install button , to proceed with download and installation of the title. If you don’t find Fortnite in the Play Store, you can try visiting this direct link or, alternatively, proceed by following the advice below.

If you have a Samsung device among those supported, you can download Fortnite by starting the Galaxy Apps (the icon with the symbol of a shopping bag ) from its home screen. Then  locate Fortnite through the internal search engine, (if it is not present on the store’s home screen) and install it by pressing the download button.

If, on the other hand, you have a Huawei device with HMS and AppGallery , you can download the Fortnite installer from the AppGallery and install Fortnite via the latter.

To download Fortnite on an Android device that does not support any of the solutions mentioned above, you can get the apk file of the game by visiting this page .

Carry out these preliminary operations, open the browser you usually use to surf the Internet and connect to this web page . On the page you see on the screen, press the Register button to receive the invitation email , press the Yes or No button , if you want to transfer the progress and purchases made on Fortnite to other platforms, and then log in with the your account data ( email address and password ).

Now, use the Select Android device drop-down menu to indicate the Android device you own and press Select , to register for the waiting list. You will receive an invitation to the beta via email with a link to download the APK file.

The downloaded file can be opened directly from the browser or through a file manager app, such as Files Go by Google . With the application started, you just have to press first on Install and then on Open , after the download is complete. Subsequently some components of the game will be installed; at the end of this procedure tap again on Install and on Open .

We are almost there; wait for the download of the patch and, at the end, press the Yes buttons , to log in with your email address and password, possibly transferring the progress (or tap on No , if you want to create a new account at the moment).

Once logged in you will be in the main Fortnite screen and you can start playing. Good fun!

Download Fortnite on iOS / iPadOS

To download Fortnite on iOS or iPadOS , start the App Store by tapping on its icon from the home screen of your device (it is the symbol of a stylized “A” in white on a light blue background), then tap the Search button (the magnifying glass symbol ) located in the bottom bar and, using the search engine you see on the screen, type Fortnite , then press the Search button on the keyboard.

Once you find the icon of the game in question (it is developed by Epic Games ), tap on it to view its preview screen. To install Fortnite, then presses on the Get and  Install buttons  . You may be asked to verify your identity via  Touch ID , Face ID or iCloud account password .

To start Fortnite at the end of the download, press the Open button from the App Store or tap on the game icon that will have been added to the home screen of your device.

When the game starts, wait for the download of the patch to finish automatically (it usually takes a few minutes), then press the Yes button to log in (if you have already created an account previously and want to transfer the progress), or tap on No , to create an Epic Games account on the spot (in this case, refer to the instructions in this paragraph ).

Once logged in you will be in the main Fortnite screen and you can start playing: have fun!