How to download Fortnite Mobile on Android smartphones

Sheri Evans
August 15, 2018

Sweeney and Epic have been under fire for forcing some users to potentially open up their phones to malware in order to download Fortnite for Android, a move that I argued was particularly risky because so many kids play Fortnite; kids who may not know how to tell fakes from the real thing.

"There is some concern that by circumventing Google Play, Epic may potentially make it more challenging for users to install "Fortnite" on devices running older Android versions, where side loading of apps isn't as straightforward as in more recent releases", he said. But it won't be the only device you can use to enjoy the wildly popular free-to-play, cross-platform online shooter on a smaller screen (albeit the Galaxy Note 9 is anything but a small phone).

This is one advantage Android offers game developers, but only those as big as Epic - with games as big as Fortnite - would demand that users avoid the Play Store and download a title directly.

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While Samsung smartphones such as Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S8-series, Galaxy S9-series, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 9, Tab S3 and S4, are eligible for Fortnite Beta for Android, the official website is accepting requests from non-Samsung users. If you don't have one of the phones below, you are unable to play the game at this time.

At this point, whether you're a gamer or not, there's a good chance that you've at least heard about Fortnite. Even though Epic claims it will be a "few days" until non-Samsung devices get their shot at Fortnite, waiting is annoying. In fact, the message is unique to Fortnite; the store does not list similar messages for other unavailable apps. From there, you'll be able to start playing. Well, that exclusive period is up and Fortnite is now available for more devices. Following that, an email will be sent to the user containing the link to the Fortnite installer APK file.

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