Fortnite Running Slowly on Android – Epic Games Provide Explanation For Issue on Devices

Calum Patterson

Fortnite developer Epic Games has acknowledged a common issue affecting Android players experiencing slow performance on the battle royale game.

Fortnite only released on Android last week, on August 9, with certain devices receiving preferential treatment for earliest access, but it appears there are some issues causing a less than smooth launch.

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It has been available on iOS devices since early 2018, and has been a massive success on iPhone and iPad, but certain Android devices are struggling with the processing power necessary.

Epic explains that having multiple applications open in the background is seriously impeding the performance of the game, but say they are working on a fix.

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The Android version of Fortnite is still technically in beta, so Epic is giving themselves time to iron out these launch issues before releasing it fully.

If you are experiencing slow performance, the best solution currently until Epic provides a proper fix, would be to completely close any applications running in the background, to free up processing power.

Some newer and more powerful Android devices may be able to handle the excess CPU usage, but if you are running with somewhat of an older phone, you may need to sacrifice other applications to play at full potential.

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According to the official Android FAQ’s, devices need the following specs to run Fortnite:

  • OS: 64 bit Android, 5.0 or higher
  • RAM: 3GB or higher
  • GPU: Adreno 530 or higher, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher

The full list of devices compatible with Fortnite Android is available on the Beta sign-up page, as follows:

  • Samsung Galaxy: S7 / S7 Edge , S8 / S8+, S9 / S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, Tab S4
  • Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
  • Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
  • Essential: PH-1
  • Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
  • LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
  • Nokia: 8
  • OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
  • Razer: Phone
  • Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
  • ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11

It is also noted that the following devices should be compatible soon, but are currently unsupported:

  • HTC: 10, U Ultra, U11 / U11+, U12+
  • Lenovo: Moto Z / Z Droid, Moto Z2 Force
  • Sony: Xperia: XZ/ XZs, XZ1, XZ2

Source: Epic Games