How to Run Fortnite on a Chromebook

Honestly, Fortnite is one of the most ubiquitous games out there. It runs on all three major video game consoles and seems to run on almost any standard computer or laptop.

However, those who don’t have access to a PC or game console may want to play the game. For example, if you only have one Chromebook, you might want a chance to play.

Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest way to run the game on a Chromebook, but with a little work you might be able to access the game.

The Bad News

It’s probably best to clear up the bad news first. Your Chromebook can’t run Fortnite on its own, it just isn’t possible.

Not only does your Chromebook not have the horsepower to run Fortnite itself, but Fortnite isn’t compatible with ChromeOS. This means that although you can download the game, you cannot run it on your device.

This isn’t the end of the road, though, but rather an admission that you’ll need a little extra help if you’re hoping to play the game on your Chromebook.

Leveraging Chrome

While your Chromebook and ChromeOS aren’t really designed for gaming, that doesn’t mean they don’t have certain benefits. ChromeOS works great with the Google Chrome browser, which has all kinds of great extensions.


One of the best extensions is the Chrome Remote Desktop extension, which lets you “stream” content from your gaming PC to your laptop.

This is generally meant to give people access to their home PCs to get work done on the go, but it actually works really well for gaming.


What you need to do is make sure that Chrome Remote Desktop is installed on both your home computer and your Chromebook. Once you have both installed, you can stream content from your home computer to your Chromebook wherever you are.

This allows you to harness the full power of your home computer over the internet, allowing you to play Fortnite anywhere you have a strong wireless connection. You will experience some lag and your game quality will have decreased over the local Wi-Fi connection, but you will still be able to play.

There are many factors that affect your experience here, but all you need from Fortnite once you set this bridge up correctly.



Keep in mind that app updates need to be done on both your Chromebook and your home PC and anything that gets to any of the devices outside of the local Wi-Fi network will cause issues with your game.

Still, you get all the benefits of running Fortnite on a more powerful system without worrying about being tethered to your home computer.


Unfortunately, this is the only way to run Fortnite on a Chromebook right now. There will almost certainly be another version of the game eventually, but ChromeOS just isn’t that friendly when it comes to installing anything other than a Chrome browser.

However, once you’re in the right position, you should be able to play Fortnite with relative ease. Just make sure you have a good internet connection; The last thing you want to do is do all this work and still start dating right after you jump.

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