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Hacked App Puts Netflix on Unsupported Android Devices

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We showed you a work around for the limited-release Netflix Android application last week. For those of you that don’t want to monkey inside the guts of your device, this hacked up does the dirty work for you–no modding necessary.

The previous hack relied on you editing files on your phone to trick it into believing it was a different device (and thus letting the Netflix app run). This new hack is actually a modified version of the Netflix application that–thanks to the guys at XDA Developers–has the device check ripped out of it.

You’ll need to make sure you’ve allowed the installation of non-market apps (under Settings -> Applications -> Unknown Sources) to install it but from there it should be smooth sailing (in the forum there are reports of the app still failing to work, but the majority of people are reporting positive results).

Official Netflix App with Device Check Disabled [XDA Developers via Addictive Tips]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/24/11

Comments (11)

  1. Jason

    This has been out at least a week. Unfortunately, I don’t think it works on Honeycomb at all. It works flawlessly on my Moto Droid 1 w/CM 7.0.3, but no dice on my Acer Iconia Tab.

  2. trinity343

    yep and it works great on my moto Droid (1) running CM 7.0.2. i’ll be getting a Transformer soon and if it’s not on there i’ll try it as well. guess we’ll find out since it didn’t work for the Iconia

  3. wutname1

    @Jason you are correct it is not working on unrooted Honeycomb

    @trinity343, it will not work on the transformer unless you root it.

    I have a Acer icona A500 with 3.0 the only way to get netflix working is to Root the device so you can add media libraries to the device, right now no one has come up with a fix for it

  4. dave

    I read elsewhere that Google was getting pushed into policing rooted devices. I sure hope not. But that a title for another news item I suppose.

    Anyway my htc inc worked fine with the market download..

  5. bartz81

    Why would you use this app when Netflix has an app out there for a droid phone that doesn’t require you to give you user name and password to a third party which gives them the access to your card info. Read your terms and agreement for this app.

  6. miggy2602

    rooted my Galaxy S Vibrant and will not work, just closes screen after Sign In

  7. Manny

    Doesn’t work on MyTouch 4G, I can login, hear audio for a few seconds then it kicks back to the netflix menu..

  8. Jason

    @wutname1, I’ve rooted. How can I get this working? Adding media libraries? How do I do that?

  9. Nick

    does not work on my rooted samsung fascinate. Will display the movies, but once I click to see, I receive an common error message that XDA knows about – I guess it is a streaming issue

  10. trinity343

    @wutname1 – Duh, i know i have to root it and i plan to shortly after getting it. ;)

  11. Charlie

    Doesnt work on the stock G2x but to the fella who said that the screen goes blank after log in if you follow the link in this post there is a fix for that. They probally just put it up.

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