How to get BANNED Fortnite on iPhone and Android if Apple or Google block you from downloading it

FORTNITE was banned from Apple and Google's app stores last week amid a dispute over the way the game accepts payments from players.

The block means fans worldwide can no longer download the app from the Google Play or Apple App stores – but there are other ways you can get your hands on it.

How to get Fortnite on Android

Android phones can download apps without going through the official Google Play Store, where Fortnite is no longer available.

The game is ready to download, however, through Epic Games – the US video game publisher behind the popular Battle Royale shooter.

Simply head to the Fortnite Android page on Epic's website and scan the QR code that appears using your phone's camera or a QR-scanner app.

The game will automatically download to your phone and, voilà, Fortnite is ready to play.

For gamers with a Samsung mobile, you can also get Fortnite through Samsung's official app store.

Head to  the Fortnite page in the Galaxy Apps store. Tap the Install button to download the installer.

Once that's downloaded, tap the Install button to get the full Fortnite game.

It's worth noting that Android apps downloaded from outside the Google Play Store are exempt from the search giant's security checks.

Only download apps like Fortnite from trusted developers like Epic or Samsung to avoid malicious fake apps built by cyber crooks.

How to get Fortnite on iPhone

Unfortunately, Fortnite players looking to get hold of the game on their iPhone or iPad are out of luck.

There's currently no way to download Fortnite anywhere on iOS, as Apple bans any apps downloaded from outside of its official App Store.

It's possible Epic Games will find a way around the block, or find a resolution with Apple in future.

What is Fortnite, anyway?

FORTNITE is an online video game played by up to 250 million people across the world.

In it, 100 players compete on their own or with a small group of pals to grab weapons, gather resources and build defences, before fighting it out to be the last man (or team) standing.

Matches take about 20 minutes, and you can drop into a new game within seconds of your previous one finishing.

It's bright, it's cartoony and it's fiendishly compelling.

Skill is rewarded but luck also plays a huge role, meaning no two games are ever the same and everyone feels like they have a chance of winning.

Fortnite has also made its developer billions.

In Europe it's rated 12+, meaning it's suitable for those aged 12 and up.

The battle royale mode is free to play, but there is also a story-driven single player and co-op mode called Save The World that players have to pay for.

Pop culture crossover events are very common because of the game's huge audience.

These involve players being able to buy themed outfits for the movie, TV show or brand, as well as getting some themed activities in-game to do too.

These might be new places to explore, new challenges to complete to win themed accessories, or new game modes that are loosely related to the theme of whatever is being crossed over with.

Fortunately, if you had already downloaded Fortnite on iOS ahead of the ban, you can still play it.

You'll be limited to the latest version of the game, however, which is the Chapter 2, Season 3 update released in June.

Once Season 4 launches on August 27, iOS gamers will not be able to download the new update and will be locked to the game's older version.

Why was Fortnite banned?

Apple and Google announced that Fortnite had been removed fro their app stores last week.

Fortnite developer Epic Games is suing the companies over the restrictions, which were issued after Epic violated in-app payment guidelines.

Apple and Google cited a direct payment feature rolled out on the Fortnite app on August 13 as the violation.

Previously, Epic used in-app payment systems that gave Google and Apple a large share of any funds generated from player purchases.

Epic sued in US court seeking no money from Apple or Google, but rather injunctions that would end many of the companies' app store practices.

The California firms have come under fire in recent years for operating "monopolies" in which they stifle competition and take colossal cuts on sales made through their app stores.

"Apple has become what it once railed against: The behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition, and stifle innovation," Epic said in its lawsuit against Apple, filed in the Northern District of California.

"Apple is bigger, more powerful, more entrenched, and more pernicious than the monopolists of yesteryear."

In a separate lawsuit against Google, Epic referenced the company’s now-infamous mantra, "Don’t Be Evil".

"Twenty-two years later, Google has relegated its motto to nearly an afterthought."

Epic also attacked Apple on social media, launching a campaign with the hashtag #FreeFortnite.

The company urged players to seek refunds from Apple if they lost access to the game, and created a parody of Apple's famous "1984" television ad.

In the parody, which quickly garnered hundreds of thousands of views, a female Fortnite fighter hurls a unicorn-shaped club to smash a screen on which an Apple-headed character speaks of "the anniversary of the platform unification directives."

Apple takes a cut of between 15 and 30 per cent for most app subscriptions and payments made inside apps.

In other news, iPhones loaded with the banned Fortnite app are on sale for up to $10,000 on eBay.

A Mum was left devastated after her Fortnite addict son splashed $20,000 on Twitch live-streamers.

Samsung's new Note 20 smartphone comes with Xbox games as part of its bid to topple Apple's iPhone.

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