With the recent hype regarding Fortnite on iOS people started asking: 'What about PUBG?'
Believe it or not, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is actually playable and available on iOS and Android thanks to the Chinese technology company, Tencent, but it'a not all roses and rainbows as the game is in beta for specific regions only. It first launched in China, the homeland of Tencent, in Chinese-only which was a bummer but after using Google's AR Translate tool, I managed to navigate around the game.
Thankfully, this translation and Chinese player's you can't understand is no more. PUBG Mobile was just released in the Canadian App Store and Play Store, meaning that you can install it right now and not only have the game in English but also play with English-speaking players.
Depending on what device you're running, an iPhone or an Android, the process is vastly different.
To install the app on Android, all you have to do is enable Unknown Sources in the settings and proceed with the steps below:
Download the PUBG Mobile Beta APK from APKMirror.
Open the file and proceed with the on-screen options.
Download the data files for PUBG Mobile.
Navigate to '/Android' then '/OBB' on your internal storage or SD Card and place the files there.
That's it! Launch the game from your home screen or app drawer.
Installing PUBG Mobile on iOS is much more complicated than on Android, because of Apple's restrictions and the closed nature of iOS. In order to install PUBG Mobile on your iPhone or iPad, you will have to create a new Apple ID specific to that region.
Go to the Apple ID Creation page
Proceed to create an account as usual but make sure to select "Canada" as the region.
Once you're done, go to the App Store on your phone and select the Profile button then sign out
Now, sign in with your newly created Apple ID with the Canadian region.
The App Store will ask you for payment option. Just select none.
Now you need to fill in your residence address. As you're not in Canada, this will have to be fake information.
Go to FakeNameGenerator.com and fill in the info with the generated one.
If all goes well, Apple should accept the info and give you some "Terms of service" to read. Just accept and proceed. If you get an error saying "invalid postal code", make sure that you didn't input the region ID in the field (for example AB from "AB T2P 0W4" should not be included and the region should be set to "AB - Alberta")
Follow the link at the end of the article, select "Change Store" when the option comes, up, back out here again and press the link, once again-
Hit "Get" and the game should start downloading after you input your password.
That's it! You can now start playing PUBG in its full glory, no matter if you have an Android or an iPhone. The game is currently in beta, so bugs are expected, but as the game progresses, those bugs should be hammered out and the game should run well.
Do note that the PUBG Mobile and PUBG for PC run on different servers and don't have shared servers, meaning that you can only play with people who are also playing on mobile. This is most likely a good thing as aiming on the mobile version is vastly inferior to aiming with a PC mouse and we've seen that cross-play may not be such a good idea judging from Fortnite's progress so far.
What are your thoughts? Enjoying PUBG Mobile on your phone already? Let us know in the comments below!
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