How to Play Fortnite on your Chromebook (Step-by-Step!) Tutorial – 2021

So, I heard that you want to play Fortnite on your Chromebook.

Guess what?

You can.

(That’s probably why you’re here.)

In this complete tutorial, we’ll go over how to download, install, and play Fortnite on Chrome OS. It’s super easy to do and should take no longer than 20 minutes to finish the whole thing!

And it doesn’t require a Powerwash, so your settings and data won’t be wiped!

After you’re done, you’ll be able to squad up and build up a tower to protect yourself from that SCAR in just seconds- all on your Chromebook. And then take them down with a Minigun from the top!

And if you have any questions, just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Leave a comment if you get stuck or something.

Sound good? Let’s roll.

Last updated: 1/12/21.

This method is still working as of 2020 and into 2021 Epic Games hasn’t released the game for the Chrome Web Store yet, so this means this is still the only way to get the game running on a Chrome OS!

What you’ll need to run the game

How to play Fortnite on Chromebook.
Learn how to play some Fortnite on your Chromebook!

So let’s cover the hardware/software requirements to get this going.

It’s not much. If you’re reading this on a Windows PC or Chromebook, you already have a third of the necessary hardware!

Here’s what you’ll need to get this working:

  • A Chromebook
  • A Windows PC with Fortnite installed and Chrome Browser installed
  • Chrome Remote Desktop (CRD) extension (free)

If you’re familiar with Chrome, you probably already know what we’re doing.

What exactly are we going to do?

If not, here’s a brief explanation:

We’ll be installing Chrome Remote Desktop on both the Windows PC and the Chromebook. It’s the bridge to connect the two devices. You’ll be running Fortnite on your Windows PC but it’ll “stream” to your Chromebook.

Wait…so the game isn’t actually running on my Chromebook?

I know what you’re thinking:

“Why would I play Fortnite on a Chromebook when I can play it on my PC?”

It’s because this is the only way you can possibly play it as of now. And it works if you’re not at home. You can play the game anywhere- school, work, at the park, at the dentist, or even at the mall. How ‘bout in class (just be sure to not get caught!)?

This is the only way to play Fortnite on a Chromebook and it offers you the flexibility of playing it anywhere. If you’re at home, play it on your PC. If you’re out, play it on your Chromebook. Or you can use it to play anywhere at home also- like at the dinner table or in bed. Wherever.

The only thing that’s necessary to make this work is some decent hardware on your Chromebook.

Perhaps one day Epic finally makes a version of Fortnite compatible with Chrome OS. Or maybe a version that runs through the cloud and the server does all the processing.

With technology like Project Stream by Google, you may be able to soon play high-end games directly on your device. This will very likely pose a subscription fee though, and not everyone wants to pay.

So I assume gamers definitely will still try to run the game the old-fashioned way. For free!

Okay sounds good. So what are the hardware requirements for my Chromebook to run Fortnite?

Fortnite on Chrome OS.
You’ll need some basic hardware and Chrome Remote Desktop to get this working.

Now you’re probably wondering about the hardware.

This is probably the biggest factor in determining whether or not you’ll be able to run Fortnite on your Chromebook. The hardware is the most important thing.

As you may know, Chromebooks aren’t really made for gaming. The majority of them have weak processors and just 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage with an integrated Intel HD Graphics video card. Well, it’s not even a dedicated graphics card. It’s a co-processor tied to the CPU and shares resources with it.

But thankfully, none of that really matters.

Your PC will do all the legwork

Why? Because we won’t be using the Chromebook to render the game.

The remote connection will have your Windows PC do all the rendering. Your Chromebook will simply act like an external wireless monitor that displays whatever the PC renders.

If anything, all you need is a decent CPU and you’re good to go. That’s all you really need to “run” the game. So don’t worry if your Chromebook’s hardware doesn’t fulfill what’s required for the system requirements. It’s fine.

All you need is a decent Intel CPU, like a Celeron, i3, i5, or m3. Other CPUs like ARM and MediaTek will work also.

But if you’re looking for a more powerful unit, check out this list of “gaming Chromebooks.”

Okay, so how do I set this up?

So I just want to tell you now that setting it up is easy-peasy.

Like mentioned earlier, the real “setup” will on your Windows PC, so all you need to do is bridge the connection to your Chromebook using Chrome Remote Desktop.

As of 2021, there’s still no official support for this game on Chrome OS. And we shouldn’t expect it anytime soon.

How to install Fortnite on your Chromebook

Run Fortnite on Chromebook.
You’ll be looting SCARS and Scoped Assault Rifles on your Chromebook after this tutorial.

We’re finally there! Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Get Chrome Remote Desktop on your Chromebook

So, this is pretty much self-explanatory. You can go to the Chrome Web Store, search for it, and then install it. Or you can go there directly by clicking here.

Note: Be sure you’re signed in with the same Google Account you use on your PC. If you need to make a new one, you can create an account here.

This is the magical extension that’ll mirror your PC. Remember that your PC does all the gaming processing- your Chromebook is just an “external monitor” that’ll mirror Fortnite.

Step 2: Get Chrome Remote Desktop on your PC

This step is the same process as above. If you’re not using the Chrome Browser, you’ll need it in order to use the extension. You can download Chrome here if you aren’t already using it. It’s free and the world’s most popular web browser.

Note: Again, be sure you’re signed in with the same Google Account you use on your Chromebook.

Step 3: Download Fortnite on your PC

If you don’t already have the game on your PC, you’ll need it. You can download it here officially from Epic Games.

After it’s downloaded, go ahead and install it. Just follow the on-screen prompts and install it. It should self-explanatory.

Step 4: Set up remote access to your PC from your Chromebook

This is the most difficult step in the process, but even then, it’s still super easy! So don’t fret.

So just to verify everything’s set up properly, you should have both your Windows PC and Chromebook equipped with the CRD extension by now. And you should be using the same Google Account on both devices.

Got it? Good. Let’s roll.

Get on your PC. Launch the Chrome Browser.

Go ahead and launch CRD by either clicking on the “Apps” button on your bookmarks toolbar or by typing in “chrome://apps” in your address bar up top and hit Enter.

When it launches, look for the “My Computers” tab and then click on “Get started” to create a new remote access point.

  • Click on “Enable remote connections.”
  • Make up a secure PIN to use. And then confirm it. Be sure you don’t forget it because you’ll need it in just a few minutes. If you’re forgetful or just bad at memorizing PINs and passwords, write it down!
  • Click “OK” to confirm that you’re ready to create the connection.
  • Verify that the Google Account is the right one you want to use to set up the remote connection to your Chromebook.
  • Type in the PIN you just created. Confirm it.

After you’ve done this, look for the “My Computer’s” tab again. You should see your own PC that you’re currently using. If not, try again.

The exact wording may be slightly different, but the setup process should be the same.

Step 5: Access your PC from your Chromebook

You’re almost there! Can you smell the campers yet?

Okay, so now you should have a Windows computer ready for remote access from your Chromebook. We’re going to give it a test run and make sure everything’s working properly.

  • Get on your Chromebook and launch Chrome.
  • Click on the “Apps” button in your bookmarks bar or type in “chrome://apps” and hit Enter.
  • Look for the CRD extension. Click on it to launch it.
  • Select the Windows PC you just enabled by clicking on it. It should be under “My Computers.”
  • Type in the PIN you created earlier and then click “Connect.”

You’ll then be logged into a remote desktop session and you should be able to control your computer from your Chromebook. Neat, huh? Feel free to play around for a bit.

Not working? If you can’t get a connection, repeat Step 4 and try using a different PIN or Google Account.

Step 6: Play Fortnite on your Chromebook!

So, this is the last (and most exciting) step.

From your Chromebook, go ahead and launch Fortnite on your computer through the remote connection.

The game will launch and load in to the title screen. You’ll be playing it from your Chromebook. An external USB gaming mouse for your Chromebook is highly recommended!

That’s it. Congrats. You’ve successfully completed the tutorial.

You should now be able to play some Fortnite on Chrome OS!

Or you can try the mobile app

Most modern Chromebooks now have the ability to play games from the Google Play Store- including Fortnite.

If your Chromebook has the Play Store built-in:

  • Go to the Play Store and see if you can downloads the game.
  • If you see a “no devices found” message or “not compatible with your device” error, then it’s not going to work using this method.

If your Chromebook doesn’t have the Play Store yet:

Follow this guide to get the update without waiting- as long as your model is on the list of supported devices you should be able to force it.

Note that some models can download or play some games/apps while others don’t. It’s not a universal thing. It’s more of a model-by-model basis.

Update: Epic got its own game removed from both the Android and Apple libraries. This method doesn’t work anymore. You can try using the direct link to their app.

Improving performance

Install Fortnite on Chromebook.
Help out your squad. Don’t let them run with the enemy!

Next, let’s work on getting a better FPS.

As we’ve discussed earlier, all the processing power is done on your computer.

Your Chromebook will simply mirror the image onto the display like an external monitor. It should be pretty much lag-free with relatively low ping.

This depends mainly on your PC and how powerful your computer is. Your WiFi speed also plays a huge role.

Get a stable WiFI connection

The only thing you can really do to get the game to run as fast as possible is to make sure you have a fast WiFi connection.

The whole concept of remote desktop access is based on sending and receiving packets of data between two access points. If your connection is slow, the game will lag, stutter, and freeze.

You can improve your connection speed by doing the following:

  • Sitting closer to the router or modem or WiFi Access point for a better signal strength
  • Play during non-peak hours when other users in the household or neighborhood aren’t hogging up all the bandwidth
  • Using WiFi extenders throughout your house to get more coverage – (check prices on Amazon here)
  • Upgrading your plan or getting a faster Internet provider
  • Using your phone’s hotspot feature (also known as tethering) as a WiFi access point if upgrading your current plan or changing providers isn’t an option

Optimize the in-game graphics settings

Next, you can also try playing around with the graphics settings in-game.

If you turn down the settings, the game has less to render which means a faster gameplay experience on your PC. It also means less fancy effects which means less bandwidth needs to be transmitted to your Chromebook. This results in better ping and less latency.

Try making the following adjustments to speed up your game and increase performance:

  • Playing in Windowed mode
  • Turning the resolution to the lowest possible setting or using a lower setting (800×600, 640×480, etc.)
  • Cap the FPS at 30 or 60
  • Toggle the quality to “low”
  • Toggle the 3D resolution to “480p”
  • Toggle the view distance or “near”
  • Turn shadows off
  • Turn antialiasing off
  • Toggle textures to “low”
  • Toggle effects to “low
    Toggle  post-processing to “low”
  • Turn V-Sync off
  • Turn motion blur off
  • Turn off the FPS counter

So, with this setup, you can play anywhere in the world as long as your PC at home is connected to the Internet and powered on. You can play Fortnite at school, work, or anywhere else out and about in public. That’s the beauty of it. All you really need is a fast WiFi connection (and probably your charging cable for extra sessions!) and you’re good to go.

What about getting Fortnite from the Google Play Store?

Since the majority of modern Chromebooks nowadays can run Android apps, why not download the game from the Google Play Store, and see if you can emulate it on your Chromebook?

Though running apps built for Android directly on your laptop is still very buggy and primitive, it just may work for some higher-end models that can handle it.

Sadly, Epic Games has opted for ditching Google Play altogether and only allowing users to download the game directly from their site. This means if you try to look for Fortnite on the Play Store, you won’t find it (unless it’s a fake or fan-made app). You’ll be returned with this message from Google:

“Fortnite Battle Royale by Epic Games, Inc is not available on Google Play”

This means Fortnite won’t be accessible to Chromebooks from the Play Store

Chromebooks can run Android apps pretty decently, but it really depends on how advanced the app is and how complicated it is to run it. Fortnite is a complicated game, so your Chromebook may have some difficulty running it smoothly. But without the ability to get the game in the first place, there’s no way to find out.

Even if it did, it’s likely that the vast majority of models won’t be able to run the game. Not all Chromebooks have been optimized to run all Android apps, and not all Android apps have been optimized for Chromebooks. Again, the program is still relatively new and in “beta” phase right now. And you’ll need a pretty beefy laptop to run it properly!

But this doesn’t mean you can’t play other games

I know, you’re here for Fortnite. But if you happen to enjoy other battle royale games, you can still use this method to run them directly on your Chromebook.

Some other popular battle royale games you can play on your Chromebook include:

If you’re a hardcore fan of the genre, why not give it a try?

All you need to do is the following to download and try these games on Chrome OS:

Step 1: Launch the Google Play Store.

Step 2: Search for your game and look for the app (or just click here to see a list of battle royale games).

Step 3: Install the game onto your Chromebook.

Step 4: Run the game and see how it performs!

Don’t have Google Play yet?

If you own a laptop that doesn’t have the Play Store yet, you can force the update and get it early. But this only works if your model is already listed on the master list of compatible devices. Google doesn’t plan to roll out the update to all Chromebooks- only specific ones will get the update. You can check if yours will be eligible here.

If it is and you still don’t have the update yet, you can force it now so you don’t need to wait! I’ve already written a tutorial on getting the update early.

Did you screw up? Do a Powerwash!

If you messed up, bricked your device, or changed your mind, you can easily revert back to factory settings and start fresh like it never happened by doing a Powerwash.

The only thing is that doing this will completely wipe your Chromebook, so be sure to back up your stuff first!

This will completely delete everything on your device but restore it back to like-new settings (like when you first bought it).

Here are some tutorials that you’ll find helpful:

If you have any other questions, just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you quickly!

You’re now officially “playing” some Fortnite– on your Chromebook!

Play Fortnite on Chrome OS.
You can now play some Fortnite on your Chromebook! Congrats!

So, there you have it.

You can now play one of the most popular survival last-man-standing MMO game available.

If you have any questions or if you get stuck at any point, just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP. As for now, this is the only way to play Fortnite and run it on a Chromebook. Until Epic Games makes an actual web-based version, there won’t be a way to it running.

As you probably already know, Chrome OS can’t install third-party programs and applications so running it through the browser is the only way. Or if they make a Linux version, then it’s also possible to get Linux on Chromebook and install it that way. If that happens, I’ll make another tutorial.

And if you’ve found this guide helpful, let me know as well =]. Consider telling a friend so you can squad together and take down the enemy and grab a victory- on your Chromebooks!

About Andy Z.

Andy is a casual-hardcore Chrome OS fan and contributes to the site regularly. He likes computers, tech, sports cars, videogames, and of course, Chromebooks. Thinker. Introvert. Geek. You can find him on Twitter (@platytech), or send him an email (check the "Contact Us" page).
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