Fortnite is one of the most popular games available on mobile devices.
While those who play with Wi-Fi connections may not think much about data usage, it’s entirely possible that mobile games consume a large chunk of a user’s monthly data limit.
If you plan on playing Fortnite with your data connection, it’s a good idea to know what you’re getting yourself into.
While the good news is that Fortnite isn’t the heaviest data user available in the mobile world, you might want to know what to expect before you get your next phone bill.
Downloading the Actual Game – 2 GB
Your first Fortnite download will be the biggest data sink you will ever experience with the game.
When it comes to mobile gaming, Fortnite is pretty hefty – the first download will use about 2 GB (gigabytes) of data.
This isn’t much for those with unlimited connections, of course, but it’s pretty big for those who may only have a few gigabytes to work with each month.
You’ll need to connect to a Wi-Fi network to perform the initial download, especially if you don’t want to rely on patchy data connections to download the game.
Data Usage Per Match – 50-75 MB/hour
A fifteen minute Fortnite round typically uses about 12.5 megabytes of data from the time you open the game to the time you close the app.
Gamers generally report that an hour-long session consumes between 60 and 100 megabytes of data, although some even report usage figures approaching 50 megabytes per hour. This also depends on how long you survive.
If you die instantly in Tilted Towers, you’re only using about 10MB of data.
If you make it to the last circle, it will be closer to 75-100MB.
The takeaway here should be that Fortnite is actually a fairly friendly game for those on mobile data limits, as it takes several hours of gameplay to even reach the one gigabyte mark.
Game Updates/Patches – Varies; Usually 100 MB and Higher
The other major data problem that most mobile users will encounter is downloading updates.
Most updates are quite minor, but major updates can make it easy for your device to warn you when you try to download over your data connection.
As a general rule of thumb, you should at least expect updates to be a few hundred megabytes, with bigger updates every time the game moves into a new season or when you add a new mode.
Differences Between Modes
The numbers collected by users seem to indicate that Fortnite uses roughly the same amount of data usage over time, regardless of which modes you play in.
That means each version of the game uses roughly the same amount of your data, with more being spent the longer you play.
You’ll probably use more data when you play Creative, but that’s only because you’re likely to play longer.
If you only spend as much time in Creative as you do in an average Battle Royale game, you shouldn’t see an increase in your usage.