How to Move Fortnite to Another Folder, Drive, or PC

The Epic Launcher lets you move Fortnite only by uninstalling it and downloading it again. Here's how to move Fortnite to another folder or copy it to another PC without a 32GB download.

Save your Fortnite file

First, you will need to create a backup copy of your Fortnite file. Fornite installs by default on C: Program Files Epic Games Fortnite, so you will probably find it there. Navigate to this folder in an explorer window.

Right-click on the "Fortnite" folder and select "Copy" to copy it to your clipboard.

Paste a copy of the Fortnite folder to another location. For example, if you plan to move Fortnite from your C: drive to your D: drive, you may want to paste it to your D: drive. If you plan to move Fortnite from one PC to another, paste the Fortnite folder on an external USB drive.

Do not copy the Fortnite folder immediately to the location of your choice. For example, if you want to install Fortnite on D: Epic Games Fortnite, do not copy the folder immediately. Instead, consider copying it to D: Temporary Fortnite for the moment.

Wait until the file copying process is complete before proceeding.

Uninstall Fortnite

With your backup copy of Fortnite files safely stored in another location, you can now uninstall Fortnite from its original location.

This step is only necessary if you want to remove Fortnite from its current location, for example, if you want to move Fortnite to another drive on your PC. If you simply want to copy the Fortnite installation files to another PC, you can skip this step.

To uninstall Fortnite from your PC, open the Epic Games Launcher app. Select your library in the left pane, click Fortnite Thumbnail Configuration Widget, and then select "Uninstall."

Click "Uninstall" to confirm. This will remove Fortnite files from their original location.

Start installing Fortnite in the new location

Then you will begin a normal Fortnite installation. In the Epic Games Launcher app, select your library and click the "Install" button for Fortnite.

If you are moving Fortnite to a new PC, download and install Epic Games Launcher, log in with your user account, then launch the Fortnite installation.

Select the desired installation location and click on "Install". For example, if you want to move Fortnite to D: Epic Games Fortnite, select this location. If you simply want to install Fortnite at its C: normal drive location on a new PC, leave the default option selected.

You must select an empty folder here. If you try to point the launcher to an existing Fortnite folder, an error message is displayed.

Cancel the download and close the launcher

The epic games launcher will start downloading Fortnite. Wait for the initialization process to complete. When the text "Installation" appears, click on the "X" under Fortnite to cancel the download.

Close the Epic Games Launcher window by clicking on the "X" in the upper right corner of the window to continue.

Move your Fortnite backup to the new download location

You now have a new, usually empty, Fortnite folder at the new download location. For example, if you started installing Fortnite on D: Epic Games Fortnite, you will find a folder.

Move or copy the Fortnite backup folder to the new root folder. In this example, we moved the Fortnite backup folder to D: Epic Games. The content of the old Fortnite record merges with the content of the new Fortnite record.

If you are informed that some files have the same name, click "Replace destination files". Incomplete download files will be overwritten by your backup files.

Restart the launcher and continue the installation

You are almost done. Open the Epic Game Launcher again and click the "Resume" option under Fortnite.

Epic Games Launcher will scan the Fortnite directory, make sure you already have the files and avoid downloading them. The "Verification" progress bar will slowly increase as the Epic Game Launcher checks that all files are in place and are not corrupted. This is not a download.

If problems are detected, the status becomes "Downloading in progress" and the launcher downloads the replacement files for all missing, obsolete, and corrupted files.

Fortnite will now be installed on the new site, ready to play.

You can keep your Fortnite game files saved on an external USB drive and use this method to quickly install Fortnite on a new PC without large download. The launcher will still need to download all updates that have been released since the backup was created. As a result, you may want to update it frequently.

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