Monday, 15 May 2017

Netflix app no longer available for rooted/unlocked Android devices

Netflix has blocked access to its Android app to all rooted/unlocked devices, so you won't be able to find Netflix on the Google Play Store going forward. But if the app is already installed on your rooted device, you will still be able to run it without any issue.

The popular streaming company has confirmed that the latest update (version 5.0) to Netflix app for Android will block devices that are not "Google-certified or have been altered" from accessing the service. This is because, Netflix now relies on Widevine digital rights management (DRM) from Google, meaning, the app will work only if the devices are certified by Google and have met all Android requirements. It looks like this step is taken as a measure to control privacy. 

With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with our latest app, and those users will no longer see the Netflix app in the Play Store. 

Although access to the Netflix app on the Google Play store has been blocked to all rooted/unlocked Android devices, the app is still functioning normally if you had it installed before version 5.0.4 was released without any problem.

However, in case you're device is rooted and can't see Netflix app on the Play Store, you can download and install the app through an APK file, which can be found on third party website like APK mirror. 

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