How To Install Fortnite on iPhone
If you want to play Fortnite on iPhone or iPad you may have already realized that you can't simply hop onto the Apple App Store and simply download Fortnite Battle Royale. This revelation is extremely frustrating if you were hoping to play Fortnite on the go from your mobile device. Thankfully, your frustration doesn't need to continue because we have a few methods for how to download Fortnite on iPhone.
How To Download Fortnite on IOS Devices if You've Previously Installed Fortnite
The easiest method to getting Fortnite on an IOS device is when you've downloaded it previous to the Apple vs. Epic Games dispute. Regardless of whether your IOS device of choice is the iPhone, iPad Air, or even an iPod Touch, if you've previously installed Fortnite on your device you can easily re-install Fortnite!
Here is how to re-install Fortnite Battle Royale on any IOS devices:
- In the Apple App Store press the Account Icon in the top right corner of your screen.
- Select the Purchased button then select My Purchases.
- From the list of previously purchased apps you can find the Fortnite Battle Royale game and select the Cloud Icon and re-install Fortnite. You can easily find Fortnite by typing "Fortnite" into the search bar at the top of the screen.
If you've previously installed Fortnite this is an easy method to get your favorite game back on your iPhone's home screen! Now you can hop into a Fortnite Creative Practice Course to get used to the touch control version of the game and get off to winning some Victory Royale's!
To continue honing your touch controls you may want to also check out the Best Aim Maps.
However, if you haven't installed Fortnite before the Apple Epic Games dispute you'll have to get a little more creative.
How To Download Fortnite on IOS Devices if Someone You Know Previously Installed Fortnite
The second method we'll touch on to install Fortnite on iPhone or iPad is when someone you know has installed Fortnite through the App Store prior to the Epic Games vs. Apple dispute.
The way you can install Fortnite Battle Royale if someone you know has installed it previous to the Epic Games vs. Apple dispute is with family sharing.
Family sharing allows you to access other people's previous downloads in the same method we discussed above.
Here is how to enable family sharing on your IOS device:
- Open Settings and select your Apple ID Name to access your Apple ID Settings.
- Select Set Up Family Sharing and make sure Purchase Sharing is Enabled.
- Once family sharing is set up you can go to the App Store and access your family sharing members' apps using the how to steps above.
If your friend was nice enough to let you use family sharing to install Fortnite Battle Royale on your Apple device you might want to show your gratitude by Gifting the Battle Pass or Gifting Them a Skin.
We love the Battle Pass as a gift because it's the gift that keeps giving! When you gift the Battle Pass your friend receives enough V Bucks to always re-purchase the Battle Pass and have some V Bucks left over to get some Awesome Superhero Skins or Scary Halloween Skins.
How To Play Fortnite on iPhone With Xbox Cloud Gaming Service
The next method we'll touch on to play Fortnite on Apple deices is with the Xbox Cloud Gaming Service.
Xbox Cloud Gaming allows you to stream Fortnite to your phone, so Fortnite players can access the Battle Royale game without installing Fortnite from the Apple App Store.
Here is how to play Fortnite with Xbox Cloud Gaming:
- Go to Xbox.com/play in your Safari browser, find Fortnite and select Play For Free.
- Select Get Ready To Play then select the Share Button and Add To Home Screen then Add to create a shortcut on your iPhone's home screen.
- Open the new shortcut and select Play For Free then sign into your Xbox account to play Fortnite on your iPhone!
Unfortunately, if you or anyone you know hasn't installed Fortnite on their Apple devices prior to the Epic Games vs. Apple dispute, this is the best way to play Fortnite on iPhone.
Android users have the luxury of easily installing the application from the official Fortnite site and simply signing into an Epic Games account, but Apple users will have to use a third party software, requiring more than just inputting their Epic Games account credentials into their phones browser..
Is Fortnite Free on Xbox Cloud Gaming?
Fortnite players can enjoy the game without any cost on the Cloud Gaming service provided by Microsoft. All you need is a free Microsoft account to access Fortnite on the service.
Only needing a free Microsoft account makes the cloud gaming service provided by Microsoft an amazing opportunity for players looking to play Fortnite on a budget. If you're a budget Fortnite player you may be interested in How To Get Free V Bucks or How To Get Free Skins.
How Smooth is the Cloud Gaming Service?
You may have taken note that thee is no download icon under Fortnite, that's because the Xbox service utilizes cloud streaming to bring you Fortnite on your mobile device. Unfortunately, streaming Fortnite will not be as smooth as playing Fortnite on a device where the game is downloaded.
With that said, if you have a strong internet connection, your cloud gaming experience can be smooth, and you can still be competitive in an online shooter like Fortnite. However, if you have a weak internet connection, or there are a lot of users doing high-bandwidth activities on your connection, you may run into serious lag issues while you run Fortnite through the cloud gaming service.
If you're looking for more general tips around performance mode for Fortnite we recommend checking out the Best Nvidia Settings for PC users with Nvidia's Geforce applications, or Best FPS Settings for non Nvidia GTX PC users.
Why Isn't Fortnite on the Apple App Store Anymore?
Fortnite is no longer available on the Apple App Store across multiple devices with the IOS operating system because of the Apple vs. Epic Games legal dispute.
This legal dispute has left Fortnite absent from the App Store for around two years so far. Additionally, there's no indication that Fortnite will be returning to the App Store any time soon. However, note that Fortnite's download size on iOS is currently around 3 GB.
What is the Apple Vs. Epic Games Legal Dispute?
The legal dispute was triggered in August 2020 when Epic Games updated Fortnite to allow Fortnite players to make in app purchases directly to Epic Games, avoiding Apple App Store fees.
Epic Games avoiding fees from Apple lead to Apple retaliating by blocking Fortnite from the App Store. Unfortunately, Apple's retaliation affects Fortnite mobile players making it more difficult to install Fortnite on an Apple device.
Epic Games and Google had a similar dispute, but the Android operating system allows for third-party app installation, which makes getting Fortnite on an Android device as easy as visiting the official Fortnite site and signing into an Epic Games account.
Now that you know how to get back to playing Fortnite on your Apple devices, and you even got a little history lesson on the matter, you might be interested in some more Fortnite Battle Royale tips! For example, you might be interested in the Best Weapons in Fortnite or How To Win Games in Fortnite.