Fortnite: Complete Controls Guide for PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and Mobile

Here’s everything you need to know about the Fortnite controls across all platforms.


Anyone with a Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, or strong enough mobile device can play Fortnite Battle Royale. The game is free to download, with its cross-platform playability making it even more accessible.

All of the platforms for Fortnite Battle Royale feature controller presets, but in most cases, it’s very easy to customise your controls.


Here, we’ll be breaking down the build controls and the combat controls for Fortnite on all of the consoles, PC, and mobile, with each of the preset control configurations covered for each platform.

Fortnite PS4, Xbox One, and Switch Controls

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It’s very easy to translate Fortnite Battle Royale gaming between the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, with the Fortnite controls being very much the same on each console.

On each console, there are four sets of preset Fortnite controls, which are Old School, Quick Builder, Combat Pro, and Builder Pro. You can also modify the controls yourself with the Custom option.

Within each controls preset, there are build controls and combat controls. Below, we have the build and combat controls across each console listed for all four of the preset Fortnite controller configurations.

In this guide, the controls which involve the right or the left analogue on either the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, or PS4 controller will be denoted as ‘R’ or ‘L.’

The analogue button on either side (activated by pressing down the analogue) of each console controller is denoted as ‘R3’ or ‘L3’.

Any direction noted (Up, Down, Left, Right) is in reference to the directions on the console controller’s direction pad (found on the left side of all console controllers).

Fortnite Old School controls on PS4, Xbox One, and Switch

The Old School Controls preset on consoles is how players used to play the game at launch.

It gives you a good introduction to how the game is played, but as those who have played since the beginning will note, many of the controls aren’t in optimal positions.

Once you find out how you prefer to play (as a builder or for the combat), you’ll likely move on to another set of Fortnite controls.

Build ControlsPS4 Controls Xbox One ControlsSwitch Controls
Next Building Piece Triangle Y X
Trap (tap/hold) Square X Y
Interact (tap/hold) Square X Y
Toggle Build Mode O B A
Edit Building Piece O (hold) B (hold) A (hold)
Jump X A B
Toggle Map Up Up Up
Emote Down Down Down
Squad Comms Right Right Right
Move L L L
Sprint L3 L3 L3
Auto-Sprint L3 (double-click) L3 (double-click) L3 (double-click)
Look R R R
Repair R3 R3 R3
Reset Building Edit R3 (in Edit Mode) R3 (in Edit Mode) R3 (in Edit Mode)
Rotate Building Piece R1 RB R Bumper
Change Building Material L1 LB L Bumper
Confirm R2 RT ZR
Game Menu Options Menu Plus
Inventory Touchpad View Minus
Combat ControlsPS4 ControlsXbox One ControlsSwitch Controls
Next Weapon Triangle Y X
Harvesting Tool Triangle (hold) Y (hold) X (hold)
Reload (tap/hold) Square X Y
Interact (tap/hold) Square X Y
Toggle Build Mode O B A
Edit Building Piece O (hold) B (hold) A (hold)
Jump X A B
Toggle Map Up Up Up
Emote Down Down Down
Place Marker Left Left Left
Squad Comms Right Right Right
Move L L L
Sprint L3 L3 L3
Auto-Sprint L3 (double-click) L3 (double-click) L3 (double-click)
Look R R R
Repair R3 R3 R3
Crouch L1 LB L Bumper
Attack / Confirm R2 RT ZR
Aim Down Sights L2 LT ZL
Game Menu Options Menu Plus
Inventory Touchpad View Minus

Fortnite Quick Builder controls on PS4, Xbox One, and Switch

The Quick Builder preset works well as an introduction to the builder way of playing Fortnite.

The controller configurations are preferable to that of Old School, but those who want to be builders in the game will want to scroll further down in this Fortnite Controls Guide to the Builder Pro controls.

Build ControlsPS4 ControlsXbox One ControlsSwitch Controls
Select Trap Triangle Y X
Interact (tap/hold) Square X Y
Toggle Build Mode O B A
Edit Building Piece O (hold) B (hold) A (hold)
Jump X A B
Toggle Map Up Up Up
Emote Down Down Down
Squad Comms Right Right Right
Move L L L
Change Building Material L3 L3 L3
Auto-Sprint L3 (double-click) L3 (double-click) L3 (double-click)
Look R R R
Rotate Building Piece R3 R3 R3
Repair R3 (hold) R3 (hold) R3 (hold)
Reset Building Edit R3 (in Edit Mode) R3 (in Edit Mode) R3 (in Edit Mode)
Next Building Piece R1 RB R Bumper
Previous Building Piece L1 LB L Bumper
Confirm R2 RT ZR
Game Menu Options Menu Plus
Inventory Touchpad View Minus
Combat ControlsPS4 ControlsXbox One ControlsSwitch Controls
Next Weapon Triangle Y X
Harvesting Tool Triangle (hold) Y (hold) X (hold)
Reload (tap/hold) Square X Y
Interact (tap/hold) Square X Y
Toggle Build Mode O B A
Edit Building Piece O (hold) B (hold) A (hold)
Jump X A B
Toggle Map Up Up Up
Emote Down Down Down
Place Marker Left Left Left
Squad Comms Right Right Right
Move L L L
Sprint L3 L3 L3
Auto-Sprint L3 (double-click) L3 (double-click) L3 (double-click)
Look R R R
Repair R3 R3 R3
Crouch L1 LB L Bumper
Attack / Confirm R2 RT ZR
Aim Down Sights L2 LT ZL
Game Menu Options Menu Plus
Inventory Touchpad View Minus

Fortnite Combat Pro controls on PS4, Xbox One, and Switch

The vast majority of seasoned Fortnite players prefer to use either of the pro presets of Fortnite controls.

For players who are aggressive and seek to eliminate their foes, the Combat Pro Controls are very well set up to allow for easy action in Fortnite Battle Royale.  

Build ControlsPS4 ControlsXbox One ControlsSwitch Controls
Toggle Harvesting Tool Triangle Y X
Trap (tap) Square X Y
Interact (tap/hold) Square X Y
Toggle Build Mode O B A
Edit Building Piece O (hold) B (hold) A (hold)
Jump X A B
Inventory Up Up Up
Emote Down Down Down
Squad Comms Right Right Right
Move L L L
Sprint L3 L3 L3
Auto-Sprint L3 (double-click) L3 (double-click) L3 (double-click)
Look R R R
Rotate Building Piece R3 R3 R3
Repair R3 (hold) R3 (hold) R3 (hold)
Reset Building Edit R3 (in Edit Mode) R3 (in Edit Mode) R3 (in Edit Mode)
Next Building Piece R1 RB R Bumper
Previous Building Piece L1 LB L Bumper
Confirm R2 RT ZR
Manage Building Material L2 LT ZL
Game Menu Options Menu Plus
Toggle Map Touchpad View Minus
Combat ControlsPS4 ControlsXbox One ControlsSwitch Controls
Toggle Harvesting Tool Triangle Y X
Reload Square X Y
Interact (tap/hold) Square X Y
Toggle Build Mode O B A
Edit Building Piece O (hold) B (hold) A (hold)
Jump X A B
Inventory Up Up Up
Emote Down Down Down
Place Marker Left Left Left
Squad Comms Right Right Right
Move L L L
Sprint L3 L3 L3
Auto-Sprint L3 (double-click) L3 (double-click) L3 (double-click)
Look R R R
Crouch R3 (tap) R3 (tap) R3 (tap)
Repair R3 (hold) R3 (hold) R3 (hold)
Next Weapon R1 RB R Bumper
Previous Weapon L1 LB L Bumper
Attack / Confirm R2 RT ZR
Aim Down Sights L2 LT ZL
Game Menu Options Menu Plus
Toggle Map Touchpad View Minus

Fortnite Builder Pro controls on PS4, Xbox One, and Switch

If you’re looking for Fortnite controls to stick to for the long-haul, get to grips with the Builder Pro preset controls.

In Fortnite Battle Royale, building has become even more important than combat in many regards, separating the good players from the great players. The Builder Pro Fortnite controls are here to help you reach that next level.

Build ControlsPS4 ControlsXbox One ControlsSwitch Controls
Toggle Harvesting Tool Triangle Y X
Trap (select / place) Square X Y
Interact (tap/hold) Square X Y
Toggle Build Mode O B A
Edit Building Piece O (hold) B (hold) A (hold)
Jump X A B
Inventory Up Up Up
Emote Down Down Down
Squad Comms Right Right Right
Move L L L
Sprint L3 L3 L3
Auto-Sprint L3 (double-click) L3 (double-click) L3 (double-click)
Look R R R
Rotate Building Piece R3 R3 R3
Repair R3 (hold) R3 (hold) R3 (hold)
Reset Building Edit R3 (in Edit Mode) R3 (in Edit Mode) R3 (in Edit Mode)
Floor Piece (select / place) R1 RB R Bumper
Roof Piece (select / place) L1 LB L Bumper
Wall Piece (select / place) R2 RT ZR
Stairs Piece (select / place) L2 LT ZL
Game Menu Options Menu Plus
Toggle Map Touchpad View Minus
Combat ControlsPS4 ControlsXbox One ControlsSwitch Controls
Toggle Harvesting Tool Triangle Y X
Reload Square X Y
Interact (tap/hold) Square X Y
Toggle Build Mode O B A
Edit Building Piece O (hold) B (hold) A (hold)
Jump X A B
Inventory Up Up Up
Emote Down Down Down
Place Marker Left Left Left
Squad Comms Right Right Right
Move L L L
Sprint L3 L3 L3
Auto-Sprint L3 (double-click) L3 (double-click) L3 (double-click)
Look R R R
Crouch R3 (tap) R3 (tap) R3 (tap)
Repair R3 (hold) R3 (hold) R3 (hold)
Next Weapon R1 RB R Bumper
Previous Weapon L1 LB L Bumper
Attack / Confirm R2 RT ZR
Aim Down Sights L2 LT ZL
Game Menu Options Menu Plus
Toggle Map Touchpad View Minus

Fortnite PC Controls

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As you would assume, even with Fortnite Battle Royale, the PC platform is hailed as the best way to play the game.

While the more powerful hardware is a perk of playing on PC, the true advantage that PC gamers get over console and especially mobile gamers is quicker access to a wider set of Fortnite controls.

As is the case with the Fortnite controls on consoles, there is a preset keyboard configuration that will be your default PC Fortnite controls. That said, it’s very easy to customise your Fortnite controls to the way that you think is the best.

In the table below, you’ll find the preset PC Fortnite controls under the Standard (Default) settings. It’s very easy to change your Fortnite controls on the PC, but this is how it’s all set up from the start.

 Movement Button
Forward W / Up
Left A / Left
Backwards S / Down
Right D / Right
Jump Space
Sprint Left Shift
Auto-Run Equals / Num Lock
Crouch Left Ctrl
Combat Button
Fire Left Mouse Button
Target Right Mouse Button
Reload R
Use E
Harvesting Tool (vacant)
Weapon Slot 1 1
Weapon Slot 2 2
Weapon Slot 3 3
Weapon Slot 4 4
Weapon Slot 5 5
Communication Button
Ping / Place Marker Middle Mouse Button
Push to Talk T
Squad Comms F4
Chat Enter
Place Enemy Marker (vacant)
Emote Button
Emote (vacant)
Locker Emote Slot 1 (vacant)
Locker Emote Slot 2 (vacant)
Locker Emote Slot 3 (vacant)
Locker Emote Slot 4 (vacant)
Locker Emote Slot 5 (vacant)
Locker Emote Slot 6 (vacant)
Repeat Last Emote (vacant)
Building Button
Crouch While Building Left Ctrl
Wall Z / Thumb Mouse Button 2
Floor X
Stairs C / Thumb Mouse Button
Roof V
Trap Y
Place Building Left Mouse Button
Repair / Upgrade H
Rotate Building R
Change Building Material Right Mouse Button
Building Edit G
Crouch While Editing Left Ctrl
Select Building Edit Left Mouse Button
Reset Building Edit Right Mouse Button
Miscellaneous Button
Toggle Harvesting Tool F
Trap Equip / Picker F3
Switch Quickbar Q
Slot Up Mouse Wheel Down
Slot Down Mouse Wheel Up
Previous Picker Wheel Mouse Wheel Down
Next Picker Wheel Mouse Wheel Up
Cursor Mode Left Alt / Right Alt
Toggle Map M
Toggle Inventory Tab / I
DBNO Carry F
DBNO Place F
Object Carry / Sidegrade F
Object Place F

Fortnite Mobile Controls

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Available from the Epic Store Android app and the Apple App Store, even gamers on the go can play some Fortnite Battle Royale.

Playing Fortnite on a mobile device is very simple, with the mobile Fortnite controls being specialised for touch-screen compatibility.

As soon as you get into a game of mobile Fortnite, you’ll be able to see all of the controls on the screen, here’s a breakdown of what you’ll find:

Control Action Button Location
Move Press, hold, and drag (analogue) Bottom left of the screen.
Crouch Tap the Button Middle right of the screen.
Jump Tap the Button Lower-middle right of the screen.
Aim Down Sights Tap the Button Right of the screen, to the left of the Crouch button.
Use Item (Attack) Tap the Button Press the button to the middle left of the screen / Tap anywhere.
Reload Tap the Button Above the items toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
Pick Up Item Drag the analogue Bottom left of the screen.
Open Tap the Button Tap the item you wish to open on the screen.
Switch Item Tap the Button Along the bottom of the screen, tap the item that you want to use.
Look Press and drag On the right side of the screen beneath the Jump, Crouch, and Aim buttons, move your view by dragging the screen.
Inventory Tap the Button To the left of the items toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
Switch to Build Mode / Combat Mode Tap the Button To the right of the items toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
Select Structure to Build Tap the Button After going into Build Mode, the toolbar at the bottom of the screen will change from items to structures. Simply tap the one that you want to build.
Change Build Material Tap the Button Tap anywhere on the screen to change the material of the structure.
Build Tap the Button Tap the screen to place the structure that you’ve selected.
Rotate Structure Tap the Button Middle right of the screen.
Edit Structure Tap the Button Right of the screen, to the left of the Rotate Structure button.
Toggle Map Tap the Button Top left of the screen.
Use Emotes Tap the Button Top Right

Whether you’re battling away to be the last one standing on a console, PC, or mobile, these are the Fortnite controls that you need to know.


Simone Rhea

Started off on PC with classic simulation titles but now plays any game that looks appealing across all three of the major consoles.

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