Chromebooks are efficient and reliable productivity machines, but they’re not exactly ideal for playing video games. Unlike Windows PCs, you can’t install computer games directly on Chrome OS.
That can be a bummer, especially if you’re a fan of Epic Games and only have a Chromebook to work with. Epic doesn’t support Chrome OS or Linux systems, so there is no official way to launch Fortnite on your Chromebook.
While it will take more time and effort, the good news is that there are a few workarounds to play Fortnite on a Chromebook.
The best way to play Fortnite on a Chromebook is by using GeForce Now, a cloud-gaming platform that allows users to play full-fledged PC/macOS games on Chrome OS The platform will allow you to run Fortnite with desktop-level features with support for controllers, keyboard, and mouse.
Previously, it was only possible to play Fortnite on Chrome OS using remote access or by installing the Android APK version of the game.
In this article, we’ll discuss three workarounds on how to download Fortnite on Chromebook.
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Why doesn’t Fortnite work on my Chromebook?
Fortnite is one of the most popular video games, and it’s compatible on almost all devices, including computers, laptops, and even Android.
You can activate EpicGames on XBox/PS4/PC but Surprisingly, Epic Games has yet to officially launch Fortnite compatibility with Chrome OS. This means that there is no official way to play Fortnite on Chromebooks.
Meanwhile, try our three workarounds in the following section.
Three Ways: How to Play Fortnite on Chromebook
As mentioned, Epic Games doesn’t officially support Chrome OS or Linux. This means that compatibility with different Chromebooks varies from system to system. In some cases, it can even be disappointing.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, though, try these methods. Hopefully, one of them will work successfully on your device:
Method 1: Fortnite GeForce NOW for Chromebook
Nvidia released a cloud-gaming platform, GeForce NOW, which is available on Chromebooks. This beta on ChromeOS will allow users to play full versions of PC, macOS, SHIELD TV, and Android games on a cloud-based platform.
Currently, GeForce NOW is the best way to install the full PC/macOS desktop version of Fortnite on a Chromebook.
After setting up your GeForce NOW account, make sure that your Chromebook meets these minimum system requirements:
Processor (CPU): Intel Core M3 (7th gen and later), Core i3/i5/i7
Graphics (GPU): HD graphics 600 or higher
Random Access Memory (RAM): 4GB or higher
Browser: Chrome 77.x or later
Internet requirements: 15Mbps for 720p at 60 FPS, and 25Mbps for 1080p at 60 FPS; less than 80ms latency from NVIDIA data center is required, but less than 40ms latency is best
While you can play using your keyboard and trackpad, maximize your gaming experience by getting an USB gaming mouse from Logitech or Razer.
You can also get a gaming controller to get the best gameplay:
Gamepads (Bluetooth or USB): Microsoft Xbox 360/Wireless, Sony PS5 DualSense, Sony DualShock 4, Logitech Gamepad F310/F510/F710
Here’s how to set up GeForce NOW:
Log into your GeForce Account.
Search for Fortnite in the Epic Games Store and click Get. Since Fortnite is a free game, you don’t need to enter your card details.
Return to the GeForce NOW page and search for Fortnite. Add it to your game library and click Play.
If you have already played Fortnite, use your Epic Games account to link your progress and sync your rewards, resources, and skins.
Since GeForce Now has upgraded RTX cards available, you can also load Fortnite in ultra-high graphics.
Method 2: Fortnite APK for Chromebook
Since Epic Games is compatible with Android, another option is to install the Android version of Fortnite on your Chromebook.
To run Android apps on a Chromebook, you need a 64-bit processor, Chrome OS 64-bit, and at least 4GB RAM.
To continue with this method, you need to enable Chrome OS in developer mode and enable Android apps from unknown sources. From there, you can download the Fortnite APK and install it on your Chromebook.
Restart your Chromebook and enable Developer mode in the Settings menu. After entering Developer mode, click Apps from the Settings sidebar.
Enable Install apps and games from Google Play Store on your Chromebook. Click More > I Agree.
Navigate to App Settings > Security > Enable Unkown sources.
Open the Google Play Store app then download any file manager app.
Open Chrome browser and download Fortnite Android on the Epic Games website.
After downloading, open Fortnite APK in the file manager and install. After the installer is complete, you can now play Fortnite Android on your Chromebook.
Take note that this method doesn’t promise the best graphics and gaming experience because of the Chromebook’s low specs. On top of that, sideloading Fortnite on some Chromebooks doesn’t work.
Method 3: Play Fortnite on Chromebook using Chrome Remote Desktop
If you can’t install GeForce NOW or Fortnite APK on your Chromebook, then you can try running Fortnite through Chrome Remote Desktop. This web app will allow you to connect with and control a Windows or macOS desktop or laptop using your Chromebook.
To do this, you need a fast internet connection and access to a running PC with Fortnite installed.
Set up Chrome Remote Desktop on a PC with Fortnite. You will be provided a PIN to allow remote access.
Install the Chrome Remote Desktop app on your Chromebook. Launch the app and connect to your PC using the PIN.
Start playing Fortnite on the connected PC.–– graphics will depend on your Chromebook and Windows/macOS specs and WiFi connection
Fortnite gamers can use GeForce NOW, a cloud-gaming platform that can run the full version of Fortnite.
Another way to play Fortnite on Chromebook is to install the Android version of Fortnite.
If your Chromebook doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements for GeForce NOW or Fortnite APK, you can use Chrome Remote Desktop to connect to a PC that has Fortnite installed.
Since Epic Games doesn’t officially support Chrome OS, expect Fortnite graphics and gameplay to be compromised.