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How much data does Fortnite use on PC?

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Since its launch in July 2017, Fortnite has been popular among gamers for several reasons. The gameplay is fun and fast-paced, the game is stable and rarely has any bugs and not to mention the frequent tournaments that keep taking place.

However, Fortnite will also hog up space on your storage drive like any other modern game. If you’re running an SSD with a particularly low storage capacity, you might not be able to install more than a few games at once. 

Then there’s also the issue of the data these games use. Sure, if you have WiFi, that’s not a problem. But more and more people are starting to play games with their mobile data connections, given the excellent speeds they get. 

Not everyone has unlimited data; most people are only limited to a few GBs a month. We all know how frustrating a slow connection can be in 2020, and hence, in this article, we’re going to look at how much data Fortnite uses when you’re playing it on a PC. 

Also read: How big is Fortnite to Download and Install?

How much data do you need to download Fortnite?

The game download happens in two steps; first, you will have to download the Epic Game Launcher. This is Epic’s version of Steam and is only about 42.5 MBs

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.Once you’ve got the launcher up and running, it’s time to install the game. Your initial Fortnite download will be around 28-29 GB. We highly recommend you find a proper, high-speed connection for this.

Also read: How to fix Error DX11 Feature Level 10.0 on Fortnite?

How much data does Fortnite use per match?

On average, a match on Fortnite uses around 100-150 MB, from when you drop onto the map to when you die and return to the lobby.

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Our usage as recorded by Windows after a single Fortnite match.

Of course, the more games you play in a row, the more data you’ll use. This also depends on how long you survive in the game, starting when you land on the bus. 

An hour-long session, with games averaging around 10-12 minutes each should cost you around 600-800 MB of data.

The game mode you play in also has little to no effect on your gameplay. We tried playing in both battle royale and creative mode, but the data usage remained consistent.

Also read: How to fix Fortnite Error 93?

How much data do Fortnite’s patches and updates use?

This varies from patch to patch, but you can expect them to be between 1-11 GB. The latest update was an 11 GB download. 

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Again, this is per most modern-day games. As our games get more and more detailed, it’s only logical that the game sizes and consequent updates/patches will also get bigger. 

However, since you can’t play the game unless you’re on the latest update, anything above a few GBs will be a problem. 

Also read: How to fix Fortnite error 91?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: