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How to enable cross-platform Fortnite matches on all formats

How to enable cross-platform Fortnite matches
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Knowing how to enable cross-platform Fortnite matches means you have another avenue to use when meeting up with friends online, so you can join the battle royale as a team no matter what devices you're all using. Once you're there you can decide to just hang out together and do some exploring, or focus on outlasting your opponents to achieve a Victory Royale. We've all been through some difficult times over the last few years, and gathering in person still isn't the best choice for everyone, but by using cross play you have an extra option to get together with pals remotely and catch up while playing the game.

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If you're ready to form a team with your buddies then it's absolutely worth making the effort to play together over multiple formats because once you enable cross-platform Fortnite matches you can compete with anyone, regardless of whether they're using PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, or even mobile (where available) to leap from the battle bus and glide into the action. Doing this also means that any progress you make on your Fortnite account carries over to every platform, which means you can always access your season level, Battle Pass, and locker items regardless of however and wherever you play. Read on, and we'll show you how to enable cross-platform Fortnite matches with anyone.

How to enable cross-platform Fortnite matches

The first thing to note when considering how to enable cross platform Fortnite matches is that you can only play with people that you're friends with on your Epic account. This is different to your PlayStation Network or Xbox Live friends list, so if you play on console make sure you head to EpicGames.com (opens in new tab) and make an account. If you play on PC or mobile, you'll already have one of these.

This means that you can't just hop into a mobile lobby as a PC player and destroy all of the opposition - it simply wouldn't be fair due to the increased resolution, better controls, etc. The player in your party at the top of the platform hierarchy is the lobby you'll matchmake into. For example if there's a mobile player, a PS4 player and a PC player in the same squad, you'll all be playing against PC players. 

How to enable cross-platform Fortnite matches

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Next, you need to become friends with anyone you want to play cross platform Fortnite with via your Epic account. You can either do this through the 'add friends' option on the social menu if you know your friend's display name, or on a PC or Mac by downloading the Epic Launcher (opens in new tab), opening it and logging into your account. Next click the silhouette in the top right and enter your friend's Epic email address or username and hit OK. Repeat this process until you’ve invited all your friends. Once they accept your friend request, you can return to your system of choice. Now when you open the Friends tab in the social menu you'll be able to see all of your friends, highlight the name and select 'join party’ to enter their lobby or 'invite to party' to request they join you.

That's it! That's how to enable cross platform Fortnite matches. If you're having any issues with party chat across devices, then make sure you're not in any other party chats on your system, and that your voice chat is set to party channel in the social menu. You'll definitely want to communicate if you're going to earn that sweet Victory Royale. Good luck!

Iain Wilson
Iain Wilson

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 450 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.

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