How to get Fortnite on iPhone and iPad

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Apple and Epic Games got into a series of disagreements in 2020, which led to Fortnite leaving the App Store. As a result, Fortnite fans using iPhones and iPads became unable to download or update Fortnite, preventing them from playing with friends on other platforms.

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While playing Fortnite on iPhone, iPad, and Mac isn’t impossible, it takes significantly more effort to enjoy the game on these platforms compared to others. In most cases, Fortnite won’t natively run on these platforms until Apple and Epic make up with each other, so Fortnite fans will need to rely on third-party services.

How to play Fortnite on iPhone, iPad, and Mac with Amazon Luna

Amazon Luna is a cloud gaming service that allows players to run Fortnite on iPhone, iPad, and MacPlaying Fortnite on Amazon Luna is a simple process, and you’ll first need an active Amazon Prime subscription, or you can also sign up for Luna Plus.

  • Go to Amazon Luna’s Getting Started page.
  • Choose iPhone/iPad or Mac.
  • The process will require you to log into your Amazon account, and after that, you’ll be able to pick Fortnite from the library and start playing.

How to play Fortnite on iPhone, iPad, and Mac with GeForce Now

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NVIDIA’s cloud gaming solution GeForce Now lets users play Fortnite on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. If you don’t have an active GeForce Now subscription, you can only play Fortnite for one hour with this method.

  • Go to Fortnite’s GeForce Now page on NVIDIA’s website.
  • Create an NVIDIA account or log into your existing one, and then press Join Now.
    • You can add the following page to your home screen for ease of access.
  • Open GeForce Now on Safari and search for Fortnite.
  • Click Play to launch Fortnite.
  • When you first start the game, you’ll be asked to enter your Epic Games account login details.

How to play Fortnite on iPhone, iPad, and Mac with Xbox Cloud Gaming

Xbox Cloud Gaming, or XCloud, is an alternative way you can use to play Fortnite on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. You’ll need an Xbox account to use this method, and if you have one, you can follow the steps below.

  • Go to Fortnite’s game page on Xbox via your Safari Browser.
  • Click the Sign In button and log into your Xbox account.
  • Once you load into the Fortnite page, click Play for Free and then Get Ready to Play.
  • At this point, you can add the page to your home screen via the Share button.
  • When you launch Fortnite for the first time XCloud, you’ll be asked to link your Epic Games account, and you’ll be able to access your main account after the linking process.

What type of controls can you use to play Fortnite on iPhone, iPad, or Mac?

Most cloud gaming services support touch inputs and even Bluetooth controllers. This means you’ll have plenty of control options while playing Fortnite on your iOS device, but your options will also depend on the cloud gaming service of your choice.

Will Fortnite ever return to iPhone, iPad, or Mac?

Despite developments in the lawsuit between Apple and Epic Games, Fortnite’s fate on iOS remains undecided. At the time of writing, it doesn’t look like Fortnite will return to iPhone any time soon unless one of the sides decides to compromise.

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Strategical Content Writer and Fortnite Lead for Dot Esports. Gökhan Çakır graduated as an industrial engineer in 2020 and has since applied his analytical and strategic thinking to many endeavors. As a natural-born gamer, he honed his skills to a professional level in Dota 2. Upon giving up on the Aegis of Champions in 2019, Gökhan started his writing career, covering all things gaming while his heart remains a lifetime defender of the Ancients.