Following a brief soft launch in Canada, PUBG mobile is now available in the US and is coming to many more territories around the world. Here’s how to download it on iOS and Android, as well as a list of the compatible devices.
After it hit the Canadian Google Play store last week, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is now available in the US and a variety of other territories on both iOS and Android devices, presumably a move from Tencent to take the fight to Fortnite Mobile which recently launched in a closed beta state.
Developer Tencent say it’s a fully fledged and faithful version of the PC game, and it still drops 100 players onto a murder island, tasking them with killing each other until only one ultimate victor remains. PUBG is the third best-selling game in Steam’s history and has gleefully smashed a bunch of records, so its arrival on mobile is a pretty big deal.
If you want to try out the mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds all you need to do is head to the right store for your device: it’s available on the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store right now – if you visit those links it’ll pop if it’s available in your territory.
If you just can’t wait for it to come out in your region, there are ways to download apps from other stores, which we’ll go into below:
How to download PUBG Mobile on iOS and Android
On iOS in the US:
- Open the App Store on your iOS device
- Next, search “PUBG Mobile” in the store
- Tap and enter your password to download
- Open the game and tap “Guest” to play straight away, or tap on the right-hand button to link your Facebook
On iOS in the rest of the world:
- Back-up your iCloud data, photos, contacts and safari data, log out of your Apple account
- Try to sign back in, and create a new Apple ID with a real email address you have access to
- With the account created, go to the App Store and when prompted to “complete your Apple ID” select United States as your region
- Complete the sign up by skipping adding payment details and entering something as your address
- Go back to the App Store and search for PUBG Mobile
- Load up the game and tap on the orange/yellow button on the left, then keep tapping the orange/yellow buttons to play
- Go onto the Google Play Store and search for “PUBG Mobile”
- Tap install
- Finally, open the game and tap the orange/yellow buttons to play straight away or tap on the right to link your social account
The mobile version from Tencent has still had a lot of input from PUBG creator Bluehole and their subsidiary the PUBG Corporation, but the mobile-driven Chinese giant has still driven the vast majority of development on the mobile version.
“A lot went in to controls and optimization to give players a smooth and intuitive experience,” said Chen Jerry, Tencent’s corporate VP. He went on to describe it as an “authentic” experience for PUBG fans.
PUBG Mobile Compatibile Devices:
On iOS PUBG Mobile requires iOS 9 or later and will reportedly run on any iPhone back to the iPhone 5S, although this may cause you to encounter unfixable bugs, so an iPhone 6 or above is recommended.
The developers shared this list on Twitter of all of the compatible iPhones and iPads:
Here are the Current iOS Devices that are supported to play both games. pic.twitter.com/k9a6x4RS6W
— PUBG Mobile (@PUBG_Mobile) February 9, 2018
Android users will find support on 500 different Android devices, though you’ll need one running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop or newer on a device with at least 2GB RAM.
The game takes up in the region of 900mb to download and install.
You might find that your first couple of matches in PUBG Mobile are remarkably easy, as you rack up kills and earn yourself a chicken dinner. That’s great, but it’s not because you’re amazing at the game. PUBG is stuffed full of bots during your first few matches, to ease you in to it. As you get better, more human players are introduced over time and the challenge gets tougher as you take on other live players.