How to Play Fortnite on Android After Google Play Store Removal
Epic Games made history this week by defying two of the world’s largest tech companies: Google and Apple. The Fortnite developer decided to do things its way in terms of payments. That decision resulted in some harsh punishments, including the Fortnite Android version removed from the Google Play Store.
Fortnite Android Version Removed From Google Play Store
The insane, still-developing story behind Epic Games and its stand against the fees that mobile companies Google and Apple charge began on Aug. 13, as the developer announced the Fortnite Mega Drop event.
This event wasn’t like other limited time events for the battle royale game, as it was more focused on some permanent changes rather than only temporary ones. Epic Games made a massive change to how much V-Bucks cost in the game, reducing the price permanently for everyone.
On all platforms, including console, PC, Mac, and even mobile, players can now purchase V-Bucks at a reduced price of up to 20%. Not all regions support this change, but more are on the way that will benefit from this.
For example, instead of paying roughly $10 for 1000 V-Bucks, it will only cost around $8 plus any applicable tax for players to buy 1000 Fortnite currency to use in the game to purchase the battle pass, various skins, pickaxes, and other items.
This is a great sale that isn’t just for a short time, as it will remain this way forever as far as we know. But the problem is that the way Epic Games handled this situation on mobile wasn’t the cleanest possible way, and it has certainly made both Google and Apple unhappy.
The problem with the two mobile store providers is that they both charge 30% of any revenue that comes out of a mobile app on their respective stores, Google Play Store and the App Store. That is a hefty price and takes a significant chunk out of the developer’s pockets.
Epic Games is rewarding players who purchase directly from them, instead of through Google Play or the App Store, giving them the 20% discount. If you choose to purchase through Google or Apple, you will have to pay the original price for those V-Bucks.
The problem with this is that, according to Apple, it breaks the guidelines that Epic and every other mobile developer agrees to. Either Google or Apple didn’t approve this major shift, and it resulted in Fortnite being removed from the App Store.
It didn’t take long for Google to follow suit on the same day and remove the Fortnite Android version from the Google Play Store. That means that you will no longer find one of the biggest games in the world on one of the biggest mobile app stores in the world.
There Are Still Ways to Play Fortnite on Android
That said, not all of this is negative news for those players who like to play the Fortnite Android version of the game. Unlike the Apple version, numerous options are available to Android device users on phones and tablets that don’t take too much away from them.
If you are someone who likes to play the game on Android, you can keep playing the game just as you would like to through the app you already have through the Google Play Store for now. Also, it is possible for those who deleted the game to redownload it as well.
But both of these solutions are only temporary at this time. Epic Games is good about updating the game regularly. The next time a downloadable patch is available for the Fortnite Android version of the game, you will likely be unable to download it with the Google Play version and keep playing that way.
This means that it is inevitable that you will need to find an alternative way to play the Fortnite Android edition unless the game restores to the Google Play Store. If we’re 100% honest with you, we think that this is unlikely to happen anytime soon.
This is because Epic Games has gone to the court system regarding Apple and how it handles things. This potential lawsuit could eventually expand to Google as well, but we aren’t sure for now. But regardless, the changes probably won’t happen for a while.
Google is pretty set in its ways, so it would take some strong negotiations or the law to get involved for things to change enough for Epic Games to be allowed to have direct payments. One alternative is to play other battle royale games on your Android device through the Google Play Store.
There are a couple of really good battle royale games that you can play on Android like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile. Both have that standard last person or team standing gameplay, and the latter, in particular, is one of the best mobile games that you can find right now.
Of course, they are a lot more serious and gritty than Fortnite is, so Minecraft is a cool game to play if you want something focused on the building aspect of Fortnite. But even still, none of them truly fill the gap on their own that is only filled by Epic’s Fortnite.
As such, fans who want to keep playing Fortnite will need to prepare for the worst-case scenario that it never does return and find other ways to play Fortnite on Android devices. Fortunately, there are several ways to do this.
How to Play the Fortnite Android Version: Epic Games App
Before we dive deeper into these options, keep in mind that Android is a more open platform than Apple. You always need to make sure that you are only downloading from an official source. The first method is an official one that goes through Epic Games itself, though.
This one has you visit the Fortnite Android website and find the link to download the Epic Games Store app. This app is not available on the Google Play Store and never has been. You can download it officially, though, and it gives you access to Epic’s mobile store.
In it, you will find a way to download Fortnite on your Android device there and bypass the Google Play Store in the process. It is a great and simple one, but it does require a couple more hoops than it would be if you were just normally to download Fortnite through Google’s own store.
While it is an annoying process overall, it is well worth the effort as it allows you to keep playing battle royale indefinitely, which is already a step above the hoops that iOS users have to go through right now. But the Epic Games Store is far from the only store on Android to download Fortnite from.
Samsung Galaxy Store
There are other stores that you can go through on Android that happen to have Fortnite available. We won’t go into great detail about some of them and the APK files you could download because there are many apps and stores on Android that aren’t too trustworthy.
But there is one more store that is rather trustworthy. You will be able to keep downloading Fortnite there for the foreseeable future. That store is none other than the Samsung Galaxy store. However, this store is much more limited than the Epic Games Store that is available to everyone.
The issue with the Samsung Galaxy store is that, well, you kind of need a Samsung phone to be able to access it. Fortunately for those people who have a Samsung phone, it is likely that you already have the Samsung store pre-downloaded on your device from the moment that you get it.
In that case, it is really easy to pull it up, download Fortnite, and you’re good to go. Otherwise, you may have to download the store yourself, but at that point, you might as well go and download the Epic Games Store as mentioned in the previous point.
Fortnite Android Specs
When it comes to downloading Fortnite through either of the two methods above or one of the many other ones that we won’t go into, there is one thing that players should always keep in mind, and those are the specs that are required to run the game.
If you are new to the game and want to try it out, you want to make sure that your Android phone or tablet is capable of running it. For starters, you need to make sure that you have Android OS 8.0 or higher, which shouldn’t be too hard for new devices, and 3GB of free storage.
Fortnite on Android requires at least 4GB of RAM on your device, which is a lot compared to some older and lower-end products with less than that, and then a GPU that is Qualcomm Adreno 530 or higher, ARM Mali-G71 MP20, ARM Mali-G72 MP12 or higher.
The GPU part may be a little bit confusing or specific, so as long as you have at least 4GB of RAM, it is worth trying the game. You may be able to play it regardless, just with some graphics settings turned down a bit.
How to Play: Streaming Services
But if your Android device isn’t strong enough to play Fortnite, one more option is streaming apps. These apps can go through the official Google Play Store. You won’t have to worry about going through other stores or potentially unreliable places to get your Fortnite on.
There are various streaming services out there that allow a mobile user to stream PC games to their phone. There are a few on Android, actually some more than on iOS, including Nvidia GeForce Now. This app allows players to play some already owned PC games on the device like Fortnite.
We have heard that the game has been made unavailable in the Android version of GeForce Now in the past, so this one may not be super reliable. Other than that, there is the Rainway app on Android that lets you do the same function for free, and it includes Fortnite as well.
There are likely other streaming apps out there on Google Play Store, but the final one that we recommend is Shadow. This streaming service is not for everyone, as it isn’t exactly free. It costs a monthly subscription that isn’t exactly cheap, but you get what you pay for.
Shadow isn’t some service where you can play the games you own through a mobile interface, but the app gives you access to an entire Windows PC of your own on your mobile device. You can do and play everything on there that you would on a normal PC.
This means downloading Fortnite on PC and playing it through your phone with the okay touch controls or a controller. This is a great way to start playing the game again on Android and have the full PC experience that other Android users are unable to enjoy.
You will get to have the full graphics package and possibly a better performance at the same time. And the best part is that you can play with your mobile friends at the same time since Fortnite allows cross-play and cross-progression with all available platforms.