Not everyone who loves Fortnite can play it. Sometimes offices, colleges and other establishments (even countries!) block gaming, and occasionally individual players are banned. While many player bans are perfectly justified, some players feel Fortnite’s T&Cs are too strict.
Is there a way around these issues to unblock Fortnite? Yes, but it can be tricky.
One of the simplest ways to evade a block is to use a Virtual Private Network, or VPN for short.
Provided you have admin access on your device to install it, a VPN creates a secure tunnel between you and the servers – in this case, the Fortnite ones – that enables you to bypass many kinds of blocks such as IP banning, which prevents specified internet addresses from connecting or being connected to.
Unfortunately Fortnite also has a no-VPN policy, so not every VPN service works. Our current working favourite is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), but there are others worth considering too. Let’s find out more.
How to unblock Fortnite
All you need is a VPN, and the most impressive VPNs (like the ones below) are simple to use. Just download the client app for your chosen device – our favorite VPNs have mobile versions for Android and iOS as well as PC and Mac ones – install it, and choose the country you want the VPN to show as your location.
Then it’s just a matter of hitting the on switch or go button. That begins to re-route your internet traffic through the VPN’s own network, effectively disguising your location and actual IP address.
And that’s it.
The best three VPNS to unblock Fortnite:
ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is a firm favourite of ours, with widespread compatibility, solid security and over 2,000 servers to ensure you get a speedy connection. That’s particularly important for Fortnite, where a slow connection can literally mean the difference between life and death.
ExpressVPN doesn’t have any bandwidth limits and there’s round-the-clock customer support in the event of anything misbehaving. Best of all it works with absolutely everything: not just computers and mobile but some smart TVs and set-top boxes too.
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IPVanish (opens in new tab) is another great option. Once again you’re looking at fast connections, which are crucial for Fortnite, and while it doesn’t have quite the number of servers as ExpressVPN it still boasts more than 1,000 across sixty countries.
Traffic is unlimited and the zero-logging policy means your gaming and streaming isn’t being recorded by the service. You can also use it on up to 10 devices at once, which is great for multiplayer with friends.
VyprVPN (opens in new tab) is one of the more affordable services out there, but it doesn’t skimp on features. It has over 700 servers in more than 70 countries delivering the speed you need for Fortnite, it has proprietary software to detect and frustrate VPN blocking tricks as used in some online games, and in addition to Windows and Mac versions there’s iOS and Android app too.
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