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Dropping in another match on Fortnite using any Apple product hasn’t been possible since late 2020, but thanks to Epic and Microsoft, it’s not only possible now, but it’s free.
You still won’t find Fortnite in the App Store — Apple and Epic still aren’t getting along — but, instead, you can stream Fortnite using Microsoft’s Xbox cloud gaming service in your web browser on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. will do. ,
Microsoft and Epic have partnered to make Fortnite free to play, so even if you normally play the game on PlayStation 5 or another device and don’t have an Xbox Live subscription, you can still play Fortnite on the go. can play.
The process to get it up and running is easy, taking just minutes to set up for the first time. You must have a Microsoft account (you can sign up for one for free here), and know your Fortnite/Epic account information. If you don’t want to use touch controls, make sure a controller is at hand. You can use an Xbox or PlayStation controller with Apple devices.
How to Play Fortnite on Your iPhone
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You’ll first need to add a shortcut to Xbox Cloud Gaming on your iPhone or iPad’s home screen. For that, open Safari and go to xbox.com/play. Right now, Fortnite is front and middle on the main page. You should see a prompt from the site asking you to add Cloud Gaming to your home screen. If not, you can still add it with a quick tap on share button then select Add to Home Screen from the list of options. You can change the name of the shortcut from Cloud Gaming if you wish, but it is not required. Tap add And then go back to the home screen of your iPhone or iPad and find the new icon.
Open Cloud Gaming (or whatever you named it), which will bring you to a page that looks exactly like the Xbox website we were just at. choosing play for free Under the Fortnite banner at the top of the screen. Next, tap taking admissionThen log in to your Microsoft account.
After signing in, tap play On the Fortnite page. Your Apple device will then begin loading Fortnite, complete with on-screen touch controls similar to an Xbox controller.
I’ve played a few matches and my best advice for ensuring a good experience is to make sure you have a fast and reliable Wi-Fi connection (or maybe even 5G?) – remember, you can play the game in real time. Streams are on-time, so any latency or lag is ultimately going to lead to a worse experience – and to connect a controller. Maybe the controller is optional, but I’m old and have no clue how people can play Fortnite using touch controls on an iPhone. The interface is just too cramped and confusing, and I’m using an iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Do you have any tips for getting the most out of Fortnite on iPhone or iPad? Let us know in the comments below.