Fortnite on Chromebook: this is how you can play this game

Do you want Fortnite on Chromebook play? Then we have good news: because that is simply possible. It can even be done in two ways and we will cover both ways in this article. You can download the game from publisher Epic Games or game streaming service Nvidia Geforce Now.

Want to play Fortnite on Chromebook? Then we have good news: because that is simply possible. It can even be done in two ways and we will cover both ways in this article. You can download the game from publisher Epic Games or game streaming service Nvidia Geforce Now.

Fortnite as Android application

All Chromebooks released after 2017 support Android applications. Since Fortnite was released for Android, we can install the game very easily. However, if you expect this to be possible via the Google Play Store, then you are wrong.

The game is not available in the Google Play Store due to a dispute between publisher Epic Games and platform holder Google. The lawsuit is broader than that (Apple, among others, is involved in that battle), so we won’t focus on that for now. That is not relevant for this task.

To get Fortnite as an Android application on your Chromebook, you have to jump through two hoops. First, we need to make sure your Chromebook apps can install from sources in addition to the Google Play Store. You then, fortunately simply, proceed as follows.

  1. Go to your Chromebook settings
  2. Go to the application settings
  3. Go to the Security section
  4. Here you will find the option to accept apps that can be downloaded and installed outside of Google Play
  5. You need to move the sliders on Unknown Sources to the right

For your own safety, it is wise to revert this setting after installing Fortnite. So don’t forget to do that when you’re done.

Fortnite
Via: Epic Games

Install Fortnite on Chromebook

Now we can download and install Fortnite on Chromebook. To do that, go to the Epic Games website, on the Chromebook, and press the big button to download. The installation file (called an apk) will now be sent to your downloads folder.

  1. Now go to your downloads folder via the launcher and choose Files
  2. Open the installation file and confirm that you want to install the Fortnite app
  3. Please wait for the installation to complete
  4. Now Fortnite is on your Chromebook; you will find it in the launcher, among the other apps
  5. Open the game by tapping the app icon; log in and you can start playing

So now you have installed Fortnite’s Android application on Chromebook. But there’s another method that doesn’t require you to jump through these hoops. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t Google Stadia (that would be far too easy), but game streaming service Nvidia Geforce Now.

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Fortnite via Geforce Now

The game streaming service Geforce Now has a web client that allows you to stream games to all kinds of devices with a browser. So also Chromebooks. That’s great for people with less powerful hardware or who don’t feel like changing all kinds of settings.

Geforce is a subscription game streaming service. But you can also choose to take a free account, but then you have to wait your turn. When it gets busy on Nvidia’s servers, paying customers get priority. That’s something to remember.

In addition, the free account has another disadvantage: you can only play for one hour a day. You can play a few games of Fortnite on Chromebook, but it may not be enough. Anyway, check Nvidia’s website for all the costs and benefits of the subscriptions.

Gaming in this way also has a number of advantages:

  • You can play with keyboard and mouse
  • You don’t need to download anything
  • You can start playing right away

Start playing

After you have created an account, it is important to add Fortnite to your library. The game is completely free, so you don’t have to pay anything for it. Find the game via the search bar and add it by pressing the + button. Now the game is in your personal library.

In the sequel you will find a large button at Fortnite, with which you can start the game. You will then immediately enter the game. Since this is a game streaming service, the game is loaded in the cloud. That means you don’t have to install anything and you don’t have to download anything.

What you have to take into account is that you must have a fast internet connection. You need a speed of at least 15 Mbp/s for minimal graphics and 25 Mbp/s for much better graphics settings. In the Netherlands, the average internet speed is 15.3 Mbp/s.

You can of course download many more apps on Chromebook. Otherwise you can play on it in different ways.

Image: Epic Games