Netflix Will Stop Running on Rooted, Unlocked Android Devices; Move Against Piracy?

Terry Joseph
May 17, 2017

Netflix made it clear that its app is no more for users with non Google-certified devices or altered devices.

However, despite this, Android Police's Corbin Davenport says that the existing Netflix app is still working on his jailbroken Android phone, you just can't try to install it on any rooted devices since the change was implemented. Hence, not allowing the Netflix app to work on rooted Android devices seems to be the next best step at the moment. Hence, Netflix might have taken this call to dissuade users from rooting their android devices.

It's still possible to access Netflix on your rooted device.

This shouldn't, in and of itself, cause any problem with most Android apps.

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Netflix, World's most popular on-demand entertainment app has chose to religiously follow Google's official guidelines on the security of Android devices. If the phone has been rooted, then you won't be able to use Netflix app from now on. The term refers to "root access", which gives the end user control over options that the phone's manufacturer had previously prevented them from accessing. Grabbing apps like this outside of the Play Store isn't very tricky from sites like APKMirror.

The whole thing comes a bit of a surprise since the traditional download of apps via the Google Play Store would normally render a message advising users that their device is not compatible with the selected app. This technology categorizes devices into three levels of security, ranging from processes running in the TEE to processes not running anything in the TEE (Trusted Execution Environment), notes Android Police. However, some mirror APKs have emerged, using which Netflix can be run on such unlocked Android devices.

"The app still runs its latest version on rooted devices but this new move could indicate stricter measures in future".

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