8 Tips To Run Fortnite ( Significantly) Better On Mac

Updated on September 3, 2020
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Have you noticed that Fortnite just seems to run like hot flaming garbage on Mac? You definitely aren’t alone, as the Apple crowd is the odd man out with this battle royale experience.

Obviously, Mac is not ideal for Fortnite or most of the games. However, there are ways that you can certainly make the experience better.

To run Fornite better on Mac, make sure you install a clean version of the game. When you play, close down all unnecessary apps and settings. Finally, to make it even smoother experience, boot your Mac in Windows and allocated additional memory to run the games.

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8 Tips To Run Fortnite Better On Mac

Close Background Applications

This is great advice whether you are running Fortnite on Windows, mobile, or Mac to ensure you’ve got the most memory and CPU cycles available for the game.

Shut down all other applications on your machine before running Fortnite, from chat programs like Discord to any other apps that may be running in the background.

Note that the Epic Games Launcher must actually be kept open at all times, as Fortnite can’t open as a standalone program without that app running in the background.

Turn Off Windowed Mode

Running games in Windowed mode tends to reduce performance and really only works well for simple 2D games, as full screen mode allocates more resources to the program.

If Fortnite has been running in Windowed mode, head back to the Video tab in the Settings menu. Click the arrows on the “Window Mode” option until you hit Fullscreen.

Reduce Audio Quality

While graphics quality plays a major role in overall performance, the sound quality can also lower your frame rate.

You can turn down the audio quality by navigating the Audio tab in the Settings menu, but that’s really a last ditch effort that may cause more problems than it’s worth.

The problem is that lower audio quality hobbles you somewhat and gives the advantage to other players since listening for footsteps is a big part of the overall strategy in Fortnite’s battle royale mode.

Other Fortnite Mac Issues

Believe it or not, many Fortnite Mac players continue to report terrible frame rates even after going through the troubleshooting steps above.

An unlucky few also manage to get stuck in the loading screen or just get a message that says “busy.” If you’re in that camp, we’ve got a few more workarounds to try out before giving up.

Reinstall Fortnite

For the infinite loading problem in particular, players have reported success by uninstalling and then reinstalling both the Epic Games Launcher and Fortnite. It’s a long process, but worth a shot if it fixes the issue.

Allocate More Memory To Fortnite

Some versions of the Mac OS give the option to manually allocate additional memory to a program like Fortnite. To do this, close Fortnite and the Epic Games Launcher, then highlight the Epic Games Launcher icon.

In the File menu, go to Get Info and then select Memory. From there, you can type your maximum amount of RAM in the Preferred Size field and then re-launch Fortnite.

..Fortnite’s game engine accepts certain command lines that let you take more advantage of hardware like your CPU …

Change Command Line Arguments

Fortnite’s game engine accepts certain command lines that let you take more advantage of hardware like your CPU. To go about this process, first fuily close out both Fortnite and the Epic Games Launcher.

Choose the gear symbol by the launch option for the Epic Games Launcher and then navigate to Settings. In the Additional Command Line Arguments box, type the phrase “-useallavaliblecores” (without the quotation marks).

From there, close the box, then re-open the Epic Games Launcher and try running Fortnite again to force the program to use all CPU cores at once.

Dual Boot To Windows

If all of the above troubleshooting failed for you, there is another option you might not have considered — install Windows 10 on your Mac.

This is a big, drastic step that obviously won’t work well on older Mac models that don’t have the specs to fully take advantage of Windows 10, but is an option worth trying when all else fails.

Apple has a full, step-by-step rundown on how to partition your hard drive, create a Windows boot image, and setup a dual boot system using the Boot Camp Assistant. You can find the full support page right here.

After Windows is installed, just restart your Mac and you can choose whether to boot to Windows or to the MacOS.

Once you’ve Windows up and running, head back to the Epic Games website and download the Windows version of the launcher.

Want to just switch to a Windows machine altogether? Fortnite’s system requirements on Windows aren’t that high, so you can get a relatively cheap secondary laptop to run the game.

In particular, we recommend you look at any of our budget gaming laptop choices here.

Try Fortnite On Another Platform

Still can’t get the game to run at a decent frame rate no matter what you try? Don’t forget that Fortnite is also available on Android and iOS devices, so it may just be easier to download the mobile version instead.

While there are in-game purchase options, Fortnite is also completely free to download and play on the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or PS4 for any console owners out there. If Mac isn’t your only available option, we strongly recommend playing on another platform.

How To Download & Install Fortnite On Mac

With the exception of consoles and iOS mobile devices, Epic Games directly handles the Fortnite download and installation process through their website.

Make absolutely sure to only go through the official Epic Games site here to download the installer! There are unscrupulous sites that try to look like the official Fortnite page but are littered with malware ads.

After downloading the installer, make sure your Mac actually meets the minimum system requirements to run Fortnite:

  • Intel Iris Pro 5200 or better
  • Core i3 2.4 Ghz CPU
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Mac OSX Sierra (10.12.6+)

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Beyond those hardware requirements, it’s important to note that Fortnite is only supported on Mac computers capable of utilizing the Metal API.

The general rule of thumb is that MacBooks released in 2015 or MacBook Air or Pro models released in 2012 or later should run the Metal API. Not sure if your Mac supports that particular graphics technology? You can find out for sure via Apple’s support page here.

Best Settings For Fortnite On Mac

Even if you meet the minimum requirements, you may still not get a satisfying gameplay experience.

Sound may lag, making you think gunshots are coming from a different direction, or you may be very noticeable visual stutters — which is a death sentence in a fast paced battle royale game.

If you have either of those problems, your best bet is set the overall graphics quality to “Low” by accessing the Settings screen and then choosing the Video tab.

You may find that reduces the graphics to a level that aren’t really worth playing, however. In that case, you can  manually change each of these settings to Low one by one until you hit a stable frame rate:

  • View Distance
  • Shadows
  • Anti-Aliasing
  • Textures
  • Effects
  • Post Processing

For the best overall Fortnite performance settings, be sure to also set these two options to “OFF” in the Video tab:

  • Vsync
  • Motion Blur

..you still get significant lag even after reducing all the main graphics options, there are a few other tweaks to get better performance on a Mac..

Unfortunately, you may still get significant lag even after reducing all the main graphics options, but don’t worry — there are a few other tweaks to get better performance on a Mac.

how to increase fps in fortnite On Mac

While Fortnite was obviously originally intended for Windows and console environments, Mac users aren’t left totally in the lurch. With a little effort, you can get maximum FPS by utilizing any of these methods:

  • Double-check that you meet minimum system requirements
  • Close all background apps
  • Anti-Aliasing
  • Switch from Windowed to Fullscreen mode
  • Turn down graphic settings
  • Turn down audio settings
  • Reinstall Fortnite entirely
  • Allocate more memory to Fortnite
  • Dual boot to Windows

Have you found any other troubleshooting methods to get a better Fortnite experience on Mac? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll test out your tip!

Article by:
Ty Arthur
After more than a decade of searching for the perfect gaming rig, Ty knows a thing or two about picking the right hardware. He'd like to share that knowledge with all of you through his work at NetbookNews.com, whether you need a business machine, college laptop, or killer gaming computer.

5 thoughts on “8 Tips To Run Fortnite ( Significantly) Better On Mac”

  1. My son tried running Fortnite on a 6 core mac mini with a Vega 64 gfx card and on MacOS was getting around 30fps on 1440p. We were stunned. We bootcamp installed Windows 10 and he is getting 144+fps which is the most the monitor can do. Is the Mac version of fortnite really that crippled for performance or is there some trick to get close to equivalent fps on Mac as Windows with the same hardware?

    • To run Fortnite on a Mac system, the minimum requirements are Intel HD 4000, Core i3 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, and Mac OSX Sierra. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not mean your system will not struggle as in your case. The recommended setting to run Fortnite on Mac is macOS Sierra (10.12.6+), Core i5 2.8 GHz, 8GB RAM and Nvidia GTX 660. If you upgrade the base model of your Mac Mini, you should be able to meet most of these requirements. However, the imagery and graphics will still fall short as you cannot upgrade the Intel UHD Graphics 630 on the Mac Mini.
      A solution to the graphics problem will be to try lowering the resolution of the in the game setting to improve the frame rate. But, if you are already used to playing at 1440 p resolution, and love the detailing, you can try out other graphics settings like antialiasing and anisotropic filtering. With this and upgrading the base model, you should pretty much come to a performance close to that on the Windows 10.

      • Came across this while searching for the same problem. The editor missed the fact he is playing it with the exact same hardware, the only difference is that he boots into Windows instead of OS X. So the question remains… my 2 cents would be that the Metal API for OS X is really poorly implemented in Fortnite since clearly the DirectX API for Windows does a much better job.

  2. Hello there!
    I am also a fellow Mac gamer and I have a bit of a problem. I have done all of the steps, (except for bootcamp, bad experience) yet my Mac still suffers in endgame situations. I have a 16″ MacBook Pro, with an i9 8 cores, 16 GB of RAM, A 5500M with 16GB of video memory. I still struggle to hit 60fps. Could you please suggest any changes? Thank you in advance.

    • Hey, I recomend downloading Bootcamp. I did it today on my i3 2020 8gb mac mini. I got pretty well results. I don’t think macs are for gaming but when you try to put a fan under your computer.


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