How to install Fortnite

Fortnite is one of the three currently popular battle royal games. Like PUBG and Apex Legends, it has its own loyal player base that’s invested hours and hours of gameplay. Like other popular titles, Fortnite also offers paid items in the game.

Install Fortnite

Fortnite has just been booted from both the App Store and the Google Play store. The reason behind it is that Epic Games has moved purchases to its own store which means no app store can take a cut from it. With the apps removed from the iOS and Android app stores, you may want to know how you can still install Fortnite.

Install Fortnite on PC (Windows 10)

Fortnite was never in the Microsoft Store. If you’re looking to play this game on a Windows 10 system, you can download it directly from the official Fortnite page.

  1. Download the Epic Games installer (click the download button at the top right).
  2. Run the MSI file, and choose where you want to install it.
  3. Once the Epic Games app has been installed, run it and look for Fortnight.
  4. Click Get to install the app. It needs 90GB space to install.

Install Fortnite on Android

On Android, apps can easily be side-loaded.

  1. Visit the Fortnite download page for Android on your Android phone, or scan the QR code on the page.
  2. Download the EpicGames.APK file.
  3. Once the download is complete, open the Settings app on your phone.
  4. Go to Storage>Files>Download.
  5. Tap the APK, and select the install option.
  6. Once installed, open the Epic Games app from the app drawer.
  7. Select Fortnite and it will install.

Phone requirements: Android 8.0+, 64bit processor, and 4GB RAM.

Install Fortnite on iOS/iPhone

As of now, Fortnite cannot be installed on an iPhone anymore. Epic Games does not have a publically available IPA file that can be side-loaded on an iPhone and it may never be available simply because side-loaded apps on an iPhone are blocked after one week. Maybe Epic Games will find an alternative distribution method like the MS App Center though it may not be as effective as installing the game from the App Store. Players with iPhones may be out of luck.

If you already have the game on your iPhone, you can still play it but it will not receive updates.

Conclusion

The boot from two major app stores is a setback but with Android, side-loading is always an option. With iPhones, users have hit a brick wall. The only good news at this point is that Epic Games has instigated litigation against Apple and Google. Let’s see where it goes and if an alternative method for playing the game on an iPhone is made available.

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How to recover a file from Windows defender on Windows 10

Windows Defender proactively blocks threats. It doesn’t limit itself to scanning executable or scripts. It will scan all types of files including archives, images, documents, spreadsheets, and more. The antivirus doesn’t really ask users if they want to scan a particular file or directory. Any time it detects new files, it will scan them and it will automatically delete anything that it deems malicious. The only problem is, it gets false-positives and deletes files that are safe.

Recover file from Windows Defender

In order to recover a file deleted by Windows Defender, you will need admin right. You will also need a file recovery app.

Note: Do NOT recover a file unless you know for a fact that it is safe.

1. Allow file in Windows Defender

Before you can recover a file deleted by Windows Defender, you need to mark it safe for your system.

  1. Open Windows Defender.
  2. Go to the Virus and threat protection tab.
  3. Click ‘Protection History’.
  4. You will see a list of all files that Windows Defender has blocked.
  5. Click the dropdown next to the file you want to recover.
  6. Select Allow.

2. Recover deleted file

Once you allow the file on your system, you can recover it. A recovery app is needed and you can use any app of your choice but for a quick and free solution, use the Windows File Recovery app.

  1. Install the Windows File Recovery app from the Microsoft Store.
  2. Open Command Prompt with admin rights.
  3. Run the following command after modifying the paths.
    • Source-drive should be replaced with the drive the file was deleted from.
    • Destination-folder should be replaced with where the restored file should be saved and it should NOT be on the same drive that you’re recovering the file from.
    • .file-extension should be replaced with the actual extension of the file you’re trying to recover.
    • Do not edit ‘/n’.
winfr source-drive: destination-folder  /n *.file-extension

Example

winfr C: "D:\Recovered File" /n *.docx
  1. Tap the ‘y’ key when the app asks for confirmation.
  2. Once the command has run, open the Destination Folder in File Explorer and the file should be there.

Conclusion

File recovery should be done as soon as you realize a file has been deleted or removed. It is generally not a good idea to allow your system to shut down and power up again between the deletion and recovery. You may still be able to recover a file after multiple restarts but it may be corrupted. There are paid apps that may perform better if you’ve already restarted your system several times but there aren’t any guarantees.

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How to fix Xbox controller keeps disconnecting

Xbox controllers come in both wired and wireless models but the wireless models are more popular since they’re easier to play with. You never have to worry about a pesky wire getting in the way when you’re setting up to play or actually playing. The controllers are great but can run into connectivity issues from time to time. If your Xbox controller keeps disconnecting from your Xbox, try the following fixes.

Fix Xbox controller keeps disconnecting

These fixes are generally for wireless controllers that tend to run into more trouble compared to wired ones but some of these solutions will work for wired controllers as well.

Basic checks

Make sure that;

  • The controller has sufficient battery.
  • Unnecessary Bluetooth devices aren’t present near the console or the controller.
  • You are sitting reasonably close to the console for the connection to work.
  • You’ve got other controllers that work just fine with your console.

1. Restart the console

Restarting your Xbox (or any other device that is having trouble) is a good start to fixing problems with a controller.

  1. Locate the X button on the console.
  2. Press and hold the button for ten seconds.
  3. Release the button.
  4. Press the X button again to turn the console back on.
  5. Once powered on, try using your controller to see if the connection stabilizes.

2. Unpair and pair controller

A wireless controller uses Bluetooth to connect to an Xbox and sometimes, the device’s profile can run into trouble causing frequent disconnectivity. You must have access to a PC in order to do unpair the controller.

  1. Connect a data cable to the controller.
  2. Connect the USB end of the data cable to your PC.
  3. Press and hold the sync button on the controller for ten seconds or until the Xbox light/button.
  4. Remove the data cable.
  5. The X button on the controller will start to blink to indicate it isn’t paired with anything.
  6. To pair it again, press and hold the X button (make sure the console is on).
  7. Wait for the light to stabilize.
  8. On the console, press and hold the pair button and at the same time, press and hold the connect button on the controller.

3. Upgrade controller firmware

Controllers have their own firmware. Often a firmware update will fix problems with connectivity. You can update newer controllers wirelessly but we strongly recommend using a data cable regardless of which model your controller is.

  1. Connect your controller to your Xbox via a data cable.
  2. Access your Console’s settings by pressing the X button on the controller.
  3. Go to System>Settings>Devices & streaming>Accessories.
  4. Select your controller.
  5. Click the three dots button under the controller.
  6. Go to Firmware version>Update Now.
  7. If an update is available, it will be installed. Do not use/interact with the controller until the update has installed.

Conclusion

These solutions will fix intermittent disconnectivity between the controller and the console. If your controller doesn’t connect at all, i.e., the X button keeps blinking, you have a pairing problem and it may extend to a hardware issue. Try using a different controller with your console. If it works, you might need to replace the problematic one or have it repaired.

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How to recover unsaved Word document on Windows 10

Apps on Windows 10, no matter how stable they are, can still crash. The crash may be a result of an unexpected request sent to the app, by the app, or by the system. A crash may also be a result of the app not having enough system resources to perform a function. It might also be forced to shut down if Windows 10 decides to install updates.

An app crash results in data loss but some apps like Microsoft Word have a built-in feature for recovering lost data. Here’s how you can recover an unsaved Word document on Windows 10.

Recover unsaved Word document

There are two ways to recover an unsaved Word document; auto-recovery, and manual recovery. Neither is hard but auto-recovery works at the description of Microsoft Word.

1. Auto-recover Word document

The built-in auto-recover feature on Word works by saving a version of the document at regular intervals. It basically saves when you forget to. To recover an unsaved Word document after a crash, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Start menu or the apps’ list and find the Microsoft Word tile.
  2. Right-click it and from the context menu select the document you were working on.
  3. If you never saved the document i.e. never gave it a name, simply open Microsoft Word.
  4. The Document Recovery panel will open on the left.
  5. Select a version of the document to recover and then save it with the Ctrl+S keyboard shortcut.

2. Manually recover unsaved Word document

If the Document Recovery panel doesn’t open, there is still a chance that you can manually recover a file.

  1. On your desktop, open Microsoft Word.
  2. Go to File>Options.
  3. Select the ‘Save’ tab.
  4. Under the ‘Save Documents’ section, look for the Autorecover file location.
  5. Copy the location to the clipboard.
  6. Open File Explorer.
  7. Paste the location into the location bar, and tap Enter.
  8. You will see a file with the ASD file extension. This is the auto-save. Double-click to open it.
  9. When prompted, select Word as the app to open the file with.

Conclusion

By default, Microsoft Word saves documents every ten minutes however, users can change this interval to be as low as 1 minute. Go to File>Options>Save and change the auto-save interval for all files. It may slow your system down just a tiny bit but it will allow you to recover more recent changes after Microsoft Word or Windows 10 crash. You can also change where the auto-recovery files are saved and set it to a cloud location allowing you to recover a file from a remote system.

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How to use Xbox controller on a PC

Games can be played on a console or on a PC. The developer(s) of a game must release it for a particular platform and most games that are released for consoles are also released for Windows 10 PCs. The gameplay is the same as is the in-game experience with one small difference; a game on your PC can be played with a mouse and a keyboard. Many games that are released for Windows 10 also have controller support which means you can use an Xbox controller on a PC to play games.

Use Xbox controller on a PC

There are different versions of an Xbox controller e.g. an Xbox One controller or an Xbox 360 Controller. These versions all correspond to and work with specific versions of the Xbox console. In most cases, the version doesn’t really matter when you want to use an Xbox controller on a PC. What matters is if the controller is wired or wireless.

Wired Xbox controller on PC

A wired Xbox controller is a plug & play peripheral on a Windows 10 PC.

  1. Turn on your Windows 10 system.
  2. Connect the controller to the PC via its USB cable.
  3. You will hear the new hardware found sound on the Windows 10 system.
  4. The Xbox button on the controller will light up.
  5. Drivers for the controller will be installed within a few minutes.
  6. Press the Xbox button on the controller and the game bar will open to indicate the controller is all set up and ready to use.
  7. Open a game and it will detect the controller.

Note: You can connect multiple wired controllers to a PC but if you do not have enough USB ports, use a USB hub that can supply power.

Wireless Xbox Controller on PC

A wireless Xbox controller connects to a PC over Bluetooth.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Windows 10 system.
  2. Go to Devices and select the Bluetooth tab.
  3. Turn the Bluetooth switch on.
  4. On the wireless Xbox controller, press the Xbox button to turn it on.
  5. On the Settings app, click ‘Add Bluetooth or other device’.
  6. Select ‘Bluetooth’ from the menu. If you have an Xbox Wireless Adapter built into your system, select ‘Everything else’ from the menu.
  7. Press and hold the Xbox button on the controller to enter pairing mode.
  8. Select your controller when it appears in the list. For an Xbox One controller, you will have to press the connect button.
  9. The light on the Xbox button will blink to indicate it is pairing. Once the light stabilizes, the controller is all set up, and ready to be used.

Conclusion

An Xbox controller is easy to set up on a PC. It will work great in most games that have controller support however, some games that are released for the PC are meant to be played with a keyboard and mouse. The controller may be a bit clumsy to use with these types of games but it will work nevertheless. If you’re playing a Steam game, make sure you’ve enabled support for an Xbox controller in the Steam settings.

Got a PS4 controller? You can use it with a PC too. 

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