Following a move from Epic Games that sidestepped Apple’s 30% commission on in-app purchases in Fortnite, Apple removed the hugely popular game from the App Store. That kicked off an ongoing legal and regulatory showdown between Epic and Apple, with Epic filing an antitrust lawsuit to establish Apple’s App Store as a monopoly and publishing a parody of the company’s iconic “1984” ad to stoke the flames of young fans.
The legal proceedings are ongoing, with both sides escalating claims, and it’s unlikely that Fortnite will return to the App Store until it’s all put to bed. So, what are you to do if you want to play it?
The good news is that it’s possible to download Fortnite on your iPhone or iPad following the ban of the app on the App Store, but only if you’ve downloaded the app in the past.
How to get Fortnite on iPhone or iPad right now
As mentioned above, Fortnite is readily accessible to existing users despite the ban on new downloads of the title following Apple’s conflict with Epic Games. If you’ve previously played Fortnite on your iOS device, here’s how to re-download it:
- Open the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap the Account icon in the top-right - it’ll usually be your Apple ID profile photo or Memoji.
- Tap All Purchases > My Purchases to access a list of all the apps and games you’ve ever downloaded.
- Search for Fortnite in the search bar.
- Tap the download icon to download Fortnite.
What if I've never downloaded Fortnite before?
Unfortunately, if you’ve yet to download Fortnite and link it to your Apple ID, you won’t be able to follow the above steps and download it to your device. People are selling iPhones with Fortnite pre-loaded for thousands on eBay, but we’d recommend staying as far away from those as possible - especially considering Fornite will likely return to the App Store, sooner or later.
In the meantime, why not ask a friend or family member that has downloaded Fortnite if you can use their Apple ID to download it on your device? It may be a temporary fix, but it’ll at least allow you to play Fortnite - until the end of the current season, anyway. Epic won't be able to push an update to the iOS version of the game to prepare for the next season, so this may be the last on iOS if this battle doesn't come to an end soon.
You've also got the option of setting up Family Sharing if your sibling or parent has downloaded Fortnite - our colleagues at Macworld UK outline all you need to know about Family Sharing separately.
Despite the removal of the game from Google Play, it is still available to download on Android via APK, so you could always switch to a great Android smartphone to get your Fortnite fix.