Fortnite is back on iOS, but it’s not through the App Store.
In 2020, Epic Games updated Fortnite to include in-app payments that go directly to a video game developer, bypassing Apple’s strict rules onand committees. Apple has not been kind to this violation of its guidelines, and so it has permanently banned the popular multiplayer shooting game from the App Store. And to this day, the game is still not available for download in this way and could be There is, however, another way to play Fortnite on your iPhone or iPad.
Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a partnership with Epic Games that will make Fortnite accessible to anyone withthe account. Nvidia has announced a similar partnership with Epic Games that also allows you to . All this as long as you have access to a web browser – such as Safari or Chrome – you can once again play Fortnite on your iPhone or iPad.
Here’s what you need to know.
For Xbox Cloud Gaming, first create or sign in to your Microsoft account
If you already have a Microsoft account, you can go to the next section. If not, you need to create a Microsoft account first, which only takes a few minutes.
On your iPhone or iPad, in the web browser of your choice, go to the Microsoft registration website and create a new account using an email or phone number. The process includes creating a password, adding your name and date of birth, checking your email, and solving a puzzle to prove you’re not a bot.
Save your username and password in iCloud or keep your credentials somewhere else, because you’ll need them later to play Fortnite.
Now, go to the Xbox Cloud Gaming website and add it to your home screen
In Safari, Chrome, or any other mobile web browser, go toand press the green Play for free Button below the Fortnite logo. If you are not already signed in to your Microsoft account, do so now. An Xbox account is also required to play any games, so if you are asked to create an Xbox account, do so.
After that, tap on green Get ready to play Button – This will bring up a window at the bottom of the screen asking you to add Xbox Cloud Gaming to your home screen to start the game from there. To do this, click Share button in the navigation bar, then press Add to home screen. You have to add the website to the home button or else you won’t be able to play Fortnite.
Finally, open the home screen app and play Fortnite
Once the Xbox Cloud Gaming website appears on your home screen, tap play for free, Sign in to your Microsoft account, then tap Play To start playing Fortnite.
A loading screen from Xbox and then a screen from Fortnite will appear. Use the onscreen controls to link your Fortnite account or play as a guest (I’ve had problems playing as a guest, so I recommend linking your existing Fortnite account or creating one).
At the top right, you have a number of controls to mute the microphone, exit the game, configure the controls, view the Xbox menu and more. For the best experience, drop down the control center, make sure the portrait orientation lock button is off and flip your phone horizontally so you can play full screen.
As for the gameplay, Fortnite obviously doesn’t run as smoothly as it does on a PC or game console, and the controls are a bit tricky to master, but that at least gives you a way to play on the go – as long as you have a pretty decent internet connection .
For Nvidia, How to Play Fortnite with GeForce Now
As long as you’re a GeForce Now member, you can also play Fortnite on iOS thanks to Nvidia’s video game streaming service. However, unlike Xbox Cloud Gaming, you are limited to one hour session at a time with your free GeForce Now membership. After an hour, the service will automatically shut down, and while you can start a session for another hour right after that, constant interruptions aren’t ideal.
To play Fortnite, go to the GeForce Now website in your web browser, click the share icon and press Add to home screen To add the service to your home screen as an app. Next, launch the GeForce Now app you just created, agree to the terms and conditions and press It is an electronic game.
Before you can play the game, you must either log into your existing account or create a new one. Choose the free membership option (you can also pay to avoid session interruption), and enter your email, password, display name and date of birth. Once your account is created, go back and tap Play To download Fortnite.
As with Xbox Cloud Gaming, you have a number of touch controls to play the game, as well as to bring up the keyboard, mute the microphone, copy and paste, and other actions. And as we mentioned in the previous section, it’s best to play the game horizontal so you have more screen real estate.