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How to turn on split-screen in Fortnite

If you want to play Fortnite with your friend on the same console then here’s how you can activate the game’s split-screen mode.

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If you want to play Fortnite with a buddy on your console then you can activate the split-screen feature that Epic Games added in 2019. Here’s how you can get this done.

There are plenty of fun activities for you to enjoy when you hop into a game of Fortnite, such as completing Character Punchcard Quests, collecting bounties, and unlocking cosmetics like the Naruto skin.

If you want to play with a friend on the same console, you can turn on Fortnite’s split-screen feature so that each player’s POV appears on one half of the screen, letting you both share the fun.

How to use split-screen in Fortnite

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Initially, Fortnite did not have this feature and your only hope of playing with a friend was to join them online on separate devices. This changed when Epic Games added split-screen play in Chapter 2.

Here’s how you can activate it:

  1. Launch Fortnite and head to the main lobby
  2. Turn on the second controller, and log into the second player’s account
  3. Press Triangle (PlayStation) or Y (Xbox) button to log in player two to the game.
  4. Both players will then appear in the lobby

However, this setting is can only be used when playing Duos or Squads. You can only activate split-screen on PlayStation and Xbox consoles, as this feature is not available on PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices.

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Each player will have their own separate inventory of items to collect when playing Fortnite in split-screen mode. One of the major drawbacks is that the game session will end if just one of the two players gets disconnected.

Cutting your screen size in half can limit what you see in the game, so you’ll need to ensure that you and your teammate are both coordinated and providing information to each other during battles.


For more Fortnite, check out our guide on when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 begins and how to watch the Fortnite Chapter 2 finale event.

Image credits: Epic Games