Fortnite is Back on Your IPhone And iPad. Here’s How to Download It

Fortnite is back on iOS, but not through the App Store.

In 2020, Epic Games updated Fortnite to offer in-app payments that went directly to the video game developer, bypassing Apple’s strict rules on joint payments and commissions. Apple didn’t quite tolerate this violation of its rules and therefore permanently banned the popular multiplayer shooter from the App Store. And so far the game is still not available to download this way and it could be years before it returned to the App Storebut there is 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 with a Xbox cloud gaming Account. Nvidia has announced a similar partnership with Epic Games that lets you too play Fortnite, via its GeForce Now streaming service. As long as you have access to a web browser, such as Safari or Chrome, you can play Fortnite again on your iPhone or iPad.

Here’s what you need to know.

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Fortnite is available to play with GeForce Now for iOS.

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For Xbox Cloud Gaming, create or sign in to your Microsoft account first

If you already have a Microsoft account, you can skip to the next section. If not, you’ll need to create a Microsoft account first, which will only take a few minutes.

On your iPhone or iPad, in your chosen web browser, go to the Microsoft sign-up 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, verifying your email address, and solving a puzzle to prove you’re not a bot.

Save your username and password to iCloud or store your credentials elsewhere, as you’ll need them later to play Fortnite.

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Microsoft account sign up page

You can quickly create a Microsoft account.

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Go now to the Xbox Cloud Gaming website and add it to your home screen

In Safari, Chrome, or another mobile web browser, go to Xbox Cloud Gaming website and press green Play for free button under the Fortnite logo. If you haven’t already signed in to your Microsoft account, do so now. An Xbox account is also required to play all games, so if you are asked to create an Xbox account, do so.

Then press 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 launch the game from there. To do this, press sharing button in the navigation bar, then tap Add to home screen. You need to add the website to your home button otherwise you will not be able to play Fortnite.

Added Fortnite as an app

Add the Xbox Cloud Gaming service to your home screen.

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Finally, open the home screen app and play Fortnite

When the Xbox Cloud Gaming website is on your home screen, tap Play for free, Sign in to your Microsoft account, then tap Cheeks to Start Playing Fortnite |

An Xbox loading screen then the Fortnite one appears. Use the on-screen controls to link your Fortnite account or play as a guest (I’ve had issues playing as a guest, so I recommend linking your existing Fortnite account or creating a new one).

In the top left you have several controls to mute your microphone, stop the game, configure your controls, bring up the Xbox menu and more. For the best experience, lower the control center, make sure the portrait orientation lock button is off, and flip your phone horizontally so you can play in full screen.

As far as gameplay is concerned, Fortnite clearly doesn’t run as well as it does on your computer or game console, and the controls are a bit tricky to get, but at least it gives you a way to play on the go. You don’t have a pretty decent internet connection.

Fortnite game on iPad

This is what Fortnite looks like by Xbox Cloud Gaming on the iPad.

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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 session time at a time with the free subscription to GeForce Now. After an hour, the service will close automatically, and while you can start another hour session thereafter, the constant delay is not ideal.

To play Fortnite, head to the GeForce Now website in your web browser, tap the share icon, and tap 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 tap fortnite.

Before you can play, you must log in to your current account or create a new one. Select the free membership option (you can also pay to avoid session delays), and enter your email, password, display name and your date of birth. Once your account has been created, go back and press Cheeks to load Fortnite.

As with Xbox Cloud Gaming, you have several touch controls for playing the game, as well as playing the keyboard, muting your microphone, copying and pasting, and other actions. And as mentioned in the previous section, it is best to play the game horizontally so that you have more screen space.

Fortnite on GeForce Now in three columns

You can also play Fortnite with GeForce Now.

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