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(Pocket-lint) - Epic Games' battle with Apple and Google over app store fees resulted in the Fortnite app being removed from app stores, making it impossible to play on a mobile device legitimately.

However, a new partnership with Microsoft makes Fortnite available on nearly every screen, thanks to Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Xbox Cloud Gaming is Microsoft's cloud game streaming service, which offers more than 100 games to stream over an internet connection. It's generally a feature that comes at no extra cost to those who subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, but while this latest partnership uses Microsoft's technology, it is available for free to everyone, even those who don't subscribe to Game Pass.

Fortnite has been available on mobile through cloud gaming before, to those on the closed beta offered by Nvidia's GeForce Now platform, but that hasn't been made into a full public service yet and the Xbox deal seems to have been Epic Games' preferred option.

Here's how to get it up and running on your device.

How to play Fortnite on iOS and Android


You will need a Microsoft account and internet access for your iOS, iPadOS, Android, or even Windows device.

No installation

There is no installation required. Just go to Xbox.com/play on your web browser and sign in with your Microsoft Account.

Where is Fortnite available for iPhone and Android?

Microsoft said Fortnite is available via Xbox Cloud Gaming in 26 countries.

Want to know more?

Check out our guide on Fortnite: What parents need to know about Fortnite.

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Writing by Maggie Tillman. Editing by Rik Henderson.