After Epic Games decided to exceed Apple's 30% commission on purchases within the system At Fortnite, Apple removed the popular game from the App store. This sparked a legal and regulatory show between Epic and Apple, with Epic filing a stricter law to set up the Apple Store for stores as a monopoly and activating the company’s ad showing that “1984” tends to ignite the flames of younger fans.
The legal process continues, in both growing legal frameworks, and Fortnite is likely to return to the App Store until everything is settled. Now what will you do if you want to play?
The good news is that you may have downloaded Fortnite to your iPhone or iPad after the app was banned from the App Store, but only if you downloaded the app in the past.
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How to get Fortnite for iPhone or iPad now
As mentioned, Fortnite is readily available to existing users even though new title downloads have been banned following Apple's clash with Epic Games. If you've already played Fortnite on your iOS device, here's how to download it again:
- Open the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap the account icon at the top right. Usually this will be your Apple profile picture or Memoji photo.
- Touch ‘All Purchases> My Purchases' to access the list of all applications and games you have downloaded.
- Search for ‘Fortnite' in the search bar.
- Tap the download icon to download Fortnite.
What if I had never downloaded Fortnite before?
Unfortunately, if you have not downloaded Fortnite yet and connected it to your Apple ID, you will not be able to follow the steps above and download it to your device. In fact, iPhones with Fortnite pre-loaded with hundreds sold on eBay, but we recommend you discard this option, especially if you think Fornite may be back in the App Store soon.
In the meantime, why not ask a friend or family member to download Fortnite if you can use your Apple ID to download it to your device? It may be a temporary fix, but at least it will allow you to play Fortnite – until the end of the current season, anyway.
Epic will not be able to press the update to the iOS version of the game to prepare for the upcoming season, so it could be the last one on iOS if the battle doesn't end soon.
You also have the option to stop Family Sharing if your brother or father downloads Fortnite. Our partners at Macworld UK will tell you everything you need to know about family sharing separately.
Even if the game has been removed from Google Play, it is still available for download on Android via the APK, so you can always switch to a larger Android smartphone to get your Fortnite fix.