In the past week, we posted a list of Android smartphones that might support Fortnite Mobile on Android as well as a set of minimum requirements needed to run the game. The former list was obtained from Epic Games’ mobile sign-up page but is dated back to the release of the iOS version of the game. Hence, it’s a few months old and might not be representative of what devices will actually be capable of running Fortnite. The minimum requirements list is up-to-date as it was recently updated just this week, but it contained few details about exactly which Android devices will be powerful enough to run Fortnite Mobile on Android.
Fortunately, we were able to obtain a full, detailed list of supported hardware. This list is based on an encrypted configuration file within the Fortnite Mobile APK. This list is used by the app to determine whether your device will be allowed to run the app. This is by far the most comprehensive list one can find of supported hardware for Fortnite Mobile on Android. If you are wondering whether your Android smartphone or tablet is able to play Fortnite Mobile, then read on.
Note: this article is based on leaked information that we have exclusively obtained. The configuration file is dated from an internal Fortnite update that rolled out August 4th, 2018, so it contains up-to-date information. However, given the potentially lengthy Samsung Galaxy exclusivity period, it’s possible for additional devices to become compatible before the general release of Fortnite Mobile on Android. Should that happen, we will update this article accordingly.
Step 1 – Check Your Hardware
Before you can view the tables to determine whether your Android device is capable of running Fortnite, you’ll need to know what hardware is inside your phone. To do so, we’ll need a free app called “DevCheck” from the Google Play Store. It’s made by a trusted developer of the XDA community, XDA Recognized Developer flar2, and you can read all about its features here. (If you already know what hardware is inside your device, you can skip this section.)
Install the app and open it up. We’ll need the following pieces of information from the app:
CPU Architecture/Instruction Sets
OpenGL version/Vulkan support
You can find all of these in the “Hardware” and “System” tabs of the app, as shown in the screenshots below. Find and make note of each of them because you’ll need to reference this information to see if your device is compatible with Fortnite Mobile. You won’t need any other information, but I recommend keeping DevCheck installed on your device because it’s handy to have this information easily accessible in case you want to pull up relevant device information when troubleshooting a problem with developers of any other app!
Step 2 – The Basic Requirements to Run Fortnite Mobile on Android
Now that you know the basics of your Android smartphone or tablet’s hardware, here are the basic requirements your device must meet to be able to play Fortnite Mobile on Android.
Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer*
ARM64 with NEON and Floating Point Render Targets (FPRT) support
3GB RAM or higher
3.1 or newer
*The configuration file states that the game runs on Android 4.4 or higher, however, Epic Games likely never updated these lines in the configuration file as the actual installer APK only works on Android 5.0+ and the minimum requirements we leaked earlier also state that Lollipop is the oldest supported Android version.
Furthermore, Epic Games is still working on optimizing the game for certain hardware. According to the comments in the configuration file, the following hardware is currently not compatible with the game:
Devices with Intel Atom chips.
Devices with PowerVR GPUs.
Devices with NVIDIA chips. (We have still listed tables for them below because there’s little doubt these will be made compatible in the future.)
Devices from HTC, Sony, Motorola, Lenovo, and Essential. (For some undisclosed reason, Epic has blacklisted devices from these brands. The comment implies this may be temporary, though. Also, all non-Samsung hardware is blacklisted anyways until the exclusivity is over, so there’s not much you need to worry about if you own a device from one of the named brands.)
Step 3 – Find Your Hardware
Now, we’re ready to look through each table to see if your smartphone or tablet is able to play Fortnite Mobile on Android. All you need to do is look up your device’s chipset and see if there’s a “Yes” in the Capable column. If it is Capable of running Fortnite Mobile, you can also see what graphics quality Fortnite Mobile will run at by default. Take note that if your device supports the Vulkan Graphics API, then you’ll likely see a graphics quality bump in Fortnite Mobile.
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In case you don’t believe us, here are screenshots showing off the leaked configuration file in its entirety. We painstakingly put together all of the above information based on this file.
With the Fortnite Mobile on Android launch happening soon, there’s not much information left for us to unveil. We’ll be covering the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch as well as the Fortnite launch, so stay tuned if you’re interested in this game.