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Can you play Fortnite on a Chromebook?

Streight to the answer, YES! you can get Fortnite on your Chromebook in two ways,which we are going to walk you through step by step.

Children and adults all over the world are playing Fortnite on their consoles, pcs, and phones. Right?

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However, if your main device is a Chromebook, you’ve likely noticed that there’s no official Chrome OS version of Epic’s battle royale game.

Because we’re technically running Chrome OS and not Android, Epic doesn’t allow us to install Fortnite from the Play Store. That said, you can still play Fortnite on your Chromebook if you’re willing to put a little elbow grease into it.

This guide will look at 2 methods to get Fortnite on Chromebook Acer in 2020?.

  1. GeForce Now
  2. Sideloading

Let’s get started !

GeForce Now

Beginning August 2020, you can now use the GeForce Now service on your Chromebook.

This is the best and most supported method of playing the game.

In fact, unlike the Play Store version that Epic refuses us, here you’ll be able to max out the graphics and play using a mouse and keyboard. You can game in the highest quality, even on a low-powered Chromebook!

The only things required are a good internet connection and a GeForce Now account.

Let’s go over how you sign up for one.

Setup

  • First, you’ll have to decide what kind of GeForce Now account you want to have.
  • There’s actually a free tier available! The downsides to using the free are that sometimes you have to wait your turn for a rig to be made available and you can only play for 1-hour max.
  • The other option is the Founder’s tier. It costs $5 a month or $25 for six months. This tier allows you to skip the waiting list and play for 6 hours without needing to reload your session.
  • Now, add Fortnite to your GeForce Now library
  • Once your account is created, you’ll have to add the game to your library. Type “Fortnite” in the search bar, then click the “+Library” button.
  • It will now be under the “My Library” section.
  • It will now be under the “My Library” section.

There you go! You’re ready to game now!

Just click on Fortnite in the “My Library” row, then click the Play button. If you’re on the free tier, you’ll be taken to the queue screen, where you’ll wait for another GeForce rig to become available.

Once you’ve waited your turn, or if you’re a Founder, you’ll be ready to jump into the remote computer to sign in to Epic Games, then launch Fortnite just like you would on any computer.

If you’re on the free tier, just remember that 1 hour time limit! GeForce Now won’t wait till your match is over to kick you out of your remote rig.

Performance

As long as you have a decent internet connection, this will be smooth for you.

A good way to test that is an HD YouTube video. If you can’t stream that without any choppiness, then this method won’t work for you. But If you can reliably stream Netflix, Amazon, etc, the game should run well for you.

In the best conditions, this method feels like native gameplay and allows you to push Chromebook hardware well beyond its limitations. So crank those graphics up to Epic and play this thing the way Epic never meant you to!

Sideloading

Here’s our next method.

This way is only possible if you have Android app compatibility on your Chromebook and either:

A. Can put your Chromebook in Developer Mode. Or,

B. Have access to Linux (Crostini) on your device.

Chrome OS 80 brought us the ability to install APKS without Developer Mode. So, since most people would rather the security of being in Stable mode on their Chromebooks, let’s just look at this second, more trustworthy option.

Set-up

Linux has to be turned on.

You can find this in your settings menu under Linux (Beta).

Installing this might take some time.

Prepare Linux for the APK.

Enter these commands into the terminal:

  • sudo apt update
  • sudo apt upgrade

After setting up Linux, open Settings again and go to Linux > Develop Android Apps > Enable the toggle for ADB Debugging.

Restart your Chromebook and an ADB prompt will come up after the reboot. Click “Allow” and you’re ready.

Get the Sideloading tools

Open the Linux Terminal from the app drawer and enter:

sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb

This will install the Android Development platform that we need to install APKs.

After that’s finished installing, run this command:

adb connect 100.115.92.2:5554

This connects our virtual android system to Linux.

Now, you should be able to tell Linux ADB to install the program.

Installing

We’ll need the Fortnite APK from Epic’s website. Go to their downloads page and click on the “Android” option.

If you’re downloading on a Chromebook, it’ll likely tell you to visit the site on an android device/take a picture of a QR code. You can download the APK on your phone then send it over to your Chromebooks downloads folder.

Once that’s done, make sure the APK has an easy name to type in. It should be called: “EpicGamesApp.apk.” If it’s not, change the name to that.

Move the file over from your “downloads” folder over to your “Linux files” folder.

Now, enter this command:

adb -s emulator-5554 install EpicGamesApp.apk

You should get a message from the terminal telling you if you were successful or not.

(Developer Mode)

I’ll just mention that if you decide to place your Chromebook in Developer mode, you’ll have a much easier time installing the APK at the cost of security.

Follow the directions to switch to Developer Mode here.

Once you’re switched over, you can install by simply clicking on the downloaded “EpicGamesStore.apk” in your files.

Remember, this method opens your Chromebook up to potential dangers! I recommend the Linux method mentioned above.

Epic Games Store

Congratulations, you’ve successfully installed the Epic Games Store! Sideloading can be hit-or-miss because this next step may or may not work on your device.

You should now see a yellow Install button under the Fortnite section. If you see a gray **DEVICE NOT SUPPORTED** box instead, then your Chromebook isn’t capable of running Fortnite.

If you were able to click the yellow Install button, then you’re done. You now have Fortnite on your Chromebook!

Performance

Because this is running on local hardware, the performance heavily depends on your device.

I’m running this on a powerful device, and it works relatively well. If you’re on a weaker Chromebook, this method will be a pain. Frames will drop, and the game might even play like a slideshow for some.

Wrap Up

GeForce Now allows you to play Fortnite the way it was meant to be played on a Chromebook. The best part is, you can even play for free!

I’d recommend sticking with that method first and foremost. Turn your Chromebook into a high-functioning gaming rig by signing up today!

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