Do you want to watch your Fortnite replays but don’t know how? Don’t worry—our guide will let you know where to find them, and how to extract value from the recordings with provided replay controls. This feature has several benefits we will get into, combining the fun aspect of rewatching moments of glory and using them for other needs. We believe the tool needs a spotlight in the community. From what we’ve seen, many gamers are unaware of its existence or don’t know its full potential. That’s what prompted us to show you how to view replays in Fortnite. Let’s start.
What is the Replay tool in Fortnite?
The Replay tool in Fortnite is an in-game tool or utility that lets players record their matches in the background, then view them after the match ends. The tool has been in the game since April 2018, when Epic Games introduced it under the name “Replay System”, although players also called it “Replay Mode”. Replay Mode records all traffic that goes into and comes out of the Fortnite server while the match is active, then streams it back to the player upon request.
However, not everything is recorded. Instead, only a small area around the player is, called the “Replay Region“. Thus, the replay only lets you interact with nearby players, objects, and the environment at the time of recording. Additionally, the Replay tool has a library of matches on each compatible device a player enables recording on. That means each player has easy access to all matches they save. Also, they can watch them at their leisure.
Instructions to enable Fortnite replay recording
Because Fortnite does not record games by default, follow these instructions to turn on the recording of Fortnite matches:
- On the lobby screen in Fortnite, go to Settings.
- Select the Game tab (cogwheel icon) in the top menu.
- Find a section titled “Replays” at the bottom.
- Toggle the setting “Record Replays” from Off to On. From that moment forward, Fortnite will save your matches in the background.
- Optional. Enable self-explanatory additional options such as:
- Large Team Replays
- Creative Mode Replays
- Recording in Progress Indicator
How to view Fortnite replays
You can view replays you recorded in Fortnite by following these steps:
- Go to the lobby screen.
- In the main menu tabs such as Battle Pass, Play, Locker, Item Shop, and so on, select Career.
- You can now see all the in-game achievements you should be proud of. At the bottom, there’s a Replays tab you need to select.
- View the list of all recorded matches and pay attention to details such as date, length, finish, and eliminations to find those you want.
- Once you find the desired one, you can choose the Play button and select the view mode.
- Save favorite demos by giving them a recognizable name after choosing Rename and Save. Similarly, you can erase unwanted replays by selecting Delete, too.
How many replays can I save locally on Fortnite?
PC versions of Fortnite automatically store up to 100 last replays. Consoles such as PlayStation and Xbox One only store up to 10 last replays by default. You can have unlimited manually recorded matches on PC, but the limit is still 10 on consoles. On average, a replay of an entire match is roughly 10 MB. Also, you can only watch a Fortnite replay using the version of the game that recorded them. Updating Fortnite means you can no longer view old replays.
What can I do in Fortnite Replay System?
You can do the following things in the Fortnite Replay System:
- Change the view mode:
- A third person, i.e., the perspective you played in. The camera can orbit or follow you
- A camera drone that:
- Follows by showing things in your Replay Region but keeps you in the frame
- Attaches by following the chosen player loosely
- Freely wanders by going all around the match
- Gameplay, showing what players in the match, friendly or enemies, saw during that time
- Play, pause, fast forward, or rewind
- Mark keyframes (called camera shortcuts) in the video that let you view specific moments with one click, but only on a PC
- Adjust the playback speed
- Take screenshots or create video snippets
- Change the image with cinematic settings and changing visualizations (names, outlines, damage, replay region limits)
Why should I record and view replays in the Fortnite Replay tool?
You should record and view Fortnite Replay tool replays for these reasons:
1. Rewatching glorious moments
Whether you got lucky or are incredibly skilled, reviewing moments where you shined in the game is always a positive experience. These can put you in a good mood before you join a new match.
2. Learning from your mistakes
Watching your previous plays can be an amazing way of introspection. You can analyze your actions in slow motion and notice things you didn’t do while you were playing. Additionally, you may view the match from the perspective of other players. All this lets you study the game and improve your gameplay based on your mistakes.
3. Creating content
As mentioned, the match lets you create camera shortcuts and extract video snippets and screenshots. That makes Fortnite Replay Mode ideal for creating video and image content such as match analysis, highlights, or thumbnails.
4. Reporting rulebreakers
If you suspect a player was breaking the rules, whether on your team or one of the enemies, you can take your time in Replay System to analyze their actions. Providing the video footage to Epic Games gives them proof to sanction the perpetrator.
5. Learning from the professionals
Every once in a while, Epic Games lets users view matches from tournaments or professional events in the Replay Mode menu. That lets regular players carefully analyze the actions of pro players and learn from their gameplay—victories or failure.
Can you export Fortnite replays?
No, you cannot export Fortnite replays outside the game because they are not video files, but custom file types that utilize game resources to display matches. No other software is compatible, hence the Fortnite game is the only way to view game replays.
Is it possible to convert a Fortnite replay?
You cannot convert Fortnite replay files to other formats because it is a custom format only compatible with the game. However, you can use screen recorder software while viewing a Fortnite replay, then convert the video recording file from one well-known format to another viable video file format.