Fortnite mobile: iOS invites explained, Android access and everything else we know

How you can get your hands on a mobile version of Fortnite: Battle Royale, available now with an invite.

Fortnite mobile sees Epic's Battle Royale game branching out to new platforms.

Available now on through iOS invites, Android users will also get access in the near future, before rolling out for a full release for all users eventually.

If you're just getting started, our Fortnite Battle Royale tips and tricks can provide some helpful hints.

How is Fortnite mobile different to other versions?

In March 2018, Epic Games announced Fortnite Battle Royale would be coming to mobile devices as "the same 100-player game you know from PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Mac".

The developer further elaborated that it would have the:

  • Same gameplay and content
  • Same map
  • Same weekly updates (which we assume includes Seasons and new Challenges)

It even has cross-platform play (and progression) across iOS, Android, PC, Mac, plus consoles PS4 or Xbox. (To clarify, though you cannot have PS4 and Xbox users playing together, if you are on mobile or PC, you can play with the owner of either platform. Microsoft boss Phil Spencer would like to see all platforms work together with no barriers, however!)

How does it work in practice? Our own Christian Donlan has had a few matches and confirms it works rather well. The controls are naturally different, and there are some changes made to suit a touch screen - such as weapons picking up automatically and doors opening for you when approached - but it's otherwise the same game.

If you're curious, here's how the controls are different in combat and building modes:


How to get a Fortnite iOS invite

Fortnite will be coming to iOS first as part of an invite-only event. You will need at least an iPhone 6S / SE, iPad Mini 4 / Pro / Air 2 / 2017, all running iOS 11, to get started.

If you have one of these, here's what you need to know:

  • 1. You can sign up for invites to start playing from the official site. Register your interest there to begin with.
  • 2. From there, you play the waiting game. When you have an invite, you'll receive an email like so.
  • 3. Time to download the Fortnite mobile app. The invite email will feature a URL you can follow, which is actually accessible whether you have an invite or not. Open the URL in Safari and it should then open the App Store app.
  • 4. Download the Fortnite app and load it up. You'll then be asked whether you have received an invite or not. If you received the email, go ahead and log in and you'll start playing. If you haven't, you won't have access just yet. Keep the app downloaded on your phone, and when you receive the confirmation email, your account will have been authorized to log in and get playing.

How do you invite a friend to Fortnite mobile?

The day after Epic invited its first wave of players to play Fortnite on mobile, it allowed each player to then invite their own friends to play.

If you have the app, then load into the lobby and a button should appear on the right. Pressing it will allow you to copy and paste an invite code to send to friends, granting them access.


Using the invite will also add those players to their friend list.

If you don't want to deal with the whole invite system, the timing on when the game will leave early access into a fully fledged mobile release is uncertain.

With Epic Games saying it will continue to add players "over the coming months", it suggests not only multiple waves of invites are to come, but a full release won't happen for some time yet.

Looking for more help? Our Fortnite tips and tricks can give you advice on how to up your game. We have a list of all the rewards from the current Season Battle Pass, as well as how to beat the latest Challenges, such as Week 4's Ice Cream Truck locations and how to Vehicle Tower, Rock Sculpture and Circle of Hedges. You can also read how to get a Fortnite mobile invite and how to get the best Fortnite settings.

When is Fortnite Android access happening?

While Fortnite iOS is playable (on an invite-only basis at least) soon after the version's announcement, Android looks to be a little further away.

According to Epic, "support for Android will be coming in the next few months", and cross play with the platform will happen "eventually", suggesting a release sometime after it launches on iOS.

So, if you want to play Fortnite on the go any time soon, looks like an iOS device is your best yet.


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