How to get Fortnite on unsupported iOS versions

Fortnite has insanely high requirements for a mobile game. Anyone who is not on iOS 11 can’t run this game. Here’s a quick workaround that will let you run it on iOS 10-10.3.3 versions.

How can Fortnite work on iOS 10 firmware?

As you already know, Fortnite only supports iOS 11 and above versions.

Epic Games, the studio behind Fortnite, have selected this iOS due to graphics compatibility issues. They obviously have no reason to boot out iOS 10 users on purpose.

For those who don’t know, iOS 11 comes with Metal 2 API that provides developers near-direct access to your iPhone’s GPU. 

Apple implemented Metal 2 in iOS 11 and, consequently, games that depend on it are incompatible with iOS 10.

Unfortunately, a lot of jailbreak enthusiasts are still stuck with iOS 10 and waiting for Meridian jailbreak.

Updating to iOS 11.2.6 is a plausible option but that would mean willingly relinquishing a jailbreak.

Here’s how you can keep your jailbreak while still playing Fortnite with your buddies.

  • Warning – This method can’t circumvent the server-side protection present on Epic Games’ servers. You will still need to possess an invite from Epic Games to play the game.

Requirements

  • A compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  • iOS 10-10.3.3 firmware
  • Cydia Impactor
  • 7Zip

Installing Fortnite on iOS 10-10.3.3 and older versions

Step 1 Download the Fortnite IPA file without an invite on your computer.

Step 2 Open the IPA file using 7Zip archive manager.

Step 3 Go to this location – Payload/FortniteClient.app. 

Step 4 Double-click and open Info.plist file in Wordpad. Perform a search for “MinimumOSVersion” key and change its string value to your device’s firmware version.

For example, you must replace 11.0 with 10.2 if your device is running iOS 10.2.

Step 5 Save this file inside the archive when 7Zip prompts you to do so and close it afterward.

Step 6 Download Cydia Impactor from this link. Connect your device and wait for it to recognize it.

Step 7 Launch it and drag the IPA file you downloaded to its window.

impactor

Step 8 Enter your Apple ID credentials to start the installation process.

Step 9 Wait for it to install the game on your device. It will take up to 10 minutes at most.   

Step 10 (Optional) If your device is jailbroken, you must bypass its jailbreak detection system as well. You can follow this tutorial to do that.

Here’s the gameplay video of Fortnite running on an iPhone 6s on iOS 10.2 firmware. You can also try it on an iOS 9 device but it no user has tested it thus far.

As is evident, the game suffers from frame drops and poor graphics due to the absence of Metal 2 API. Nevertheless, it will still work on your device.

If you get it working, please leave a comment below. If it doesn’t work for you, jailbreak developers will hopefully release a bypass for iOS 10 users pretty soon.

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