How to Make Netflix Work on Almost Every Android Device

May 19, 2011
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Want to know something cool? Right now, Netflix dominates over 22% of all internet traffic, and it’s looking like it’s going to be taking up even more with this quick tip! Of course, Android users have been annoyed at the lack of love, but are starting to take matters into their own hands. Currently, only a few devices like the Nexus S and a few HTC’s are supported, and that’s simply not cool. Liberate your device with the easy to follow instructions below to get movie-goodness on the move.

As always with things experimental, back up your device. That way, if things go awry, you can get all your precious data back.  Remember, this could brick your device. If that scares you, we understand. Your phone must be rooted for this to work as well. Drop in and have a look around xda-dev wiki if your device isn’t already rooted. As we have mentioned above, the process is still “sort of hit or miss” currently. Initial reports are indicating that it doesn’t work on the HTC Thunderbolt, but for us, it’s worth a try. Also, for the more patient folks out there, Netflix will be up and running on your Android device in the near future.

Shall we begin? Follow the instructions below.

Instructions

1. Go to Settings > Applications > Check the box next to Unknown sources to allow your phone to install the downloaded Netflix app.

2. Download the Netflix APK, going to have to Google it. Sorry, we can’t host it on our server.

3. Download ES File Explorer

4.In ES File Explorer go to Settings > Root Settings and check both boxes on that screen

5. Go to /system/ and copy/paste build.prop to /sdcard/ as a backup

6. Go back to /system/ and open and edit the file build.prop

7. Trick the Android install to thinking you have the Nexus S by changing the follow lines:

  • ro.product.model=Nexus S
  • ro.product.manufacturer=samsung

8. Reboot the phone

9. Download and install the Netflix apk from here if you haven’t already

10. Enjoy! This is mandatory.

While we have some people that have had some success, others haven’t been as lucky. Thankfully, we’ve just discovered a wonderful modified APK that was cooked up by the boys at XDA that will work on non-rooted phones!

[UPDATE] Check out the XDA Developers for more info on how to get Netflix working on your non-rooted Android phone! Also, great news – it works on the Samsung Galaxy S II! With some DLNA streaming, you’ve got quite an awesome experience!

And finally, here’s a Reddit thread for troubleshooting.

Good luck, and let us know if it works for you!

Via XDA Developers

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