Here’s How To Play “Fortnite” On iPhone Without The App Store

  • Despite being hugely popular, there is no way to download and play “Fortnite” on Apple’s iPhone and iPad.
  • That’s because of a long-standing dispute between “Fortnite” creator Epic Games and Apple.
  • This week, Microsoft unveiled a workaround that puts “Fortnite” back on the iPhone.

In August 2020, the relationship between the creator of “Fortnite”


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and Apple went bankrupt very publicly.

After an update allowed “Fortnite” players to bypass Apple’s payment systems and pay Epic directly, Apple pulled one of the world’s most popular games from the App Store. Epic responded by filing a lawsuit, which escalated into a lengthy legal battle.

Nearly two years later, and “Fortnite” is still not available on the App Store – but Microsoft just introduced a new way for players to get the game back on their iPhones and iPads.

This is how it works:

Open your preferred web browser app on your iPhone or iPad.

Navigate to Xbox.com/play and sign in to your Xbox account. If you don’t have one yet, you can sign up for free.

After logging in, you’ll be redirected to a page full of games on the Xbox Cloud Gaming service. One of the options is “Fortnite”, which can be played for free.

The Xbox Cloud Gaming app on a web browser on a desktop computer, with "As long as" in the middle.

The Xbox Cloud Gaming service, as seen in a web browser on a desktop computer.

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When you load the game, you can use your existing credentials to retrieve your account. And that’s it!

Instead of downloading the game, “Fortnite” runs through Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure – it runs on a remote computer and streams the game to your device, fast enough so that the potential latency introduced into the process, ideally is not observable.

By adding free “Fortnite” to its cloud gaming service, which will allow it to run on iPhones and iPads again, Microsoft is taking its own shot at Apple.

In addition to the argument between Epic Games and Apple over the App Store policy, in 2020 Microsoft and Apple had a public feud over Xbox Game Pass on iPhone. That dispute led Apple to roll out a new video game streaming policy that requires each game on a service to be individually approved before it’s allowed on the App Store.

“The App Store was created to be a safe and trusted place for customers to discover and download apps, and a great business opportunity for all developers,” an Apple spokesperson told Insider at the time. “Before entering our store, all apps are reviewed against the same set of guidelines designed to protect customers and provide developers with a fair and level playing field.”

In announcing the addition of “Fortnite” to its Xbox Cloud


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service, Microsoft rolled out an ad specifically highlighting the game’s return to the iPhone — a not-so-subtle jab at Apple from a major competitor.

Apple representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

You can view the ad here:

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