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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 a way to join with your friends through the battle royale, no matter what devices any of you are using, so you can get together for a relaxed chat and explore or focus your efforts on achieving a coveted Victory Royale to hit your squad goals. There have been some difficult times for all of us over the previous couple of years, and not everyone is able to meet face to face just yet, but by using cross play you have another option to catch up with pals remotely while also playing the game.

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 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

(Image credit: Epic Games)

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 screen if you know your friend's display name, or on a PC or Mac by downloading the Epic Launcher, 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 click the silhouette you'll be able to see all of your friends, highlight the name and select 'join party’ to enter their lobby.

That's it! That's how to enable cross platform Fortnite matches. The only significant issue right now is that if you’re all on different devices you can't enter a party chat. You'll have to be creative and use things like Google Hangouts, Skype or Discord if you want to communicate. And you'll definitely want to communicate if you want to earn that sweet Victory Royale. Good luck!

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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 400 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.

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