What to KnowSideload: Enable developer mode, Android apps, and apps from unknown sources. Download the Epic Games launcher on an Android.Then, transfer the launcher to your Chromebook and install it. Note that this process doesn't work on some Chromebooks.Or, install Chrome Remote Desktop on a Mac/PC and a Chromebook. Connect to the Mac or PC, then launch and play Fortnite remotely.
This article explains two workarounds for getting Fortnite on a Chromebook, even though Epic Games doesn't support Linux or Chrome OS. We'll discuss how to sideload the Fortnite Android app, or use Chrome Remote Desktop to play your Windows or macOS version of the game remotely.
How to Sideload the Fortnite Android App On Your Chromebook
While it's possible to sideload the Epic Games installer and Fortnite on some Chromebooks, it's a fairly complicated process, and it doesn't work with most Chromebooks.
You have to enable developer mode, enable Android apps, enable apps from unknown sources, and download the Epic Games launcher yourself using an Android phone. After all that, if your Chromebook doesn't make the grade, you won't be able to install or play Fortnite.
Here's how to sideload Fortnite on your Chromebook:
Enable developer mode on your Chromebook.
Enable Android apps on your Chromebook.
Navigate to Settings > Google Play Store > Manage Android Preferences.
Tap Unknown Sources.
Navigate to fortnite.com/android using an Android device and save EpicGamesApp.apk when prompted.
Connect your Android phone to your Chromebook with a USB cable, and transfer EpicGamesApp.apk to your Chromebook.
Run EpicGamesApp.apk on your Chromebook.
Click Package Installer.
Click or tap Install.
Click or tap Open.
Click or tap Install.
If you see a gray DEVICE NOT SUPPORTED box instead of a yellow install button that means your Chromebook isn't capable of running Fortnite.
Complete the installation, and start playing Fortnite.
How to Play Fortnite on Chromebook Using Chrome Remote Desktop
If your Chromebook isn't capable of installing or running the Android version of Fortnite, you can try playing through Chrome Remote Desktop. This is an app that connects your Chromebook to a desktop or laptop Windows or macOS computer, and you actually use that computer to play Fortnite.
To use this method, you'll need a Windows or macOS computer that's capable of playing Fortnite and a fast Internet connection.
Slow network speeds, your Chromebook hardware, and your Windows or macOS computer hardware can all impact the overall performance of Fortnite using this method. While this method works, your overall performance will be worse than if you were just playing on your Windows or macOS computer.
Here's how to play Fortnite on a Chromebook using Chrome Remote Desktop:
Install Chrome Remote Desktop on a computer capable of playing Fortnite.
Install Chrome Remote Desktop on your Chromebook.
Using your Chromebook, connect to your Windows or macOS computer and enter your PIN, if prompted.
Open the Epic Games Store and launch Fortnite.
Play Fortnite through Chrome Remote Desktop.
Why Doesn't Fortnite Work on Chromebooks?
Epic decides which platforms to release Fortnite on, and they've chosen not to support Chrome OS or Linux. That means there is no official way to play Fortnite on a Chromebook even if you install and run a full version of Linux.
If Epic ever decides to support Linux, then running the Linux Fortnite app will be the best way to play Fortnite on your Chromebook. Until then, you can either sideload the Fortnite Android app or play using Chrome Remote Desktop connected to a computer that's capable of playing Fortnite.
Since Epic doesn't officially support sideloading the Fortnite Android app on Chromebooks, compatibility isn't very good. You need to be able to run Android apps, you need a 64-bit processor and Chrome OS 64-bit, and you need at least 4 GB of RAM. If you meet all of those requirements, it may work.