Netflix blocks rooted Android devices after latest update


It looks like the latest version of Netflix has blocked access to its Android app to all rooted/unlocked devices. However, if you already have the application installed on your rooted phone, you will still be able to use it without any issue.

Over the weekend, Netflix pushed a new update accompanied by a rather mysterious changelog that states the following: “version 5.0 only works with devices that are certified by Google and meet all Android requirements.”

Soon after the new version of Netflix was released, many Android users reported the application shows as incompatible with their phones on the Google Play store. Although many thought this would be a minor bug, Netflix offered a statement on the matter the solves the mystery.


As mentioned, while access to the Netflix app on the Google Play store has been blocked to all rooted and unlocked Android devices, the application is still working if you had it installed before version 5.0.4 was released.

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14 Comments

1. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You can still download the updated version from apkmirror and sideload it. The app itself doesn't block when rooted or a custom ROM. Just the Play store blocks you from installing/uploading.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Netflix doesnt bl9ck you, google does

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Google blocks you because Netflix is now using Google's Widevine DRM But don't blame Netflix either Its because of companies like HBO, Disney, ... They want Netflix to block rooted devices so its harder for people to rip their TV shows and movies Rumor has it many of 4K webrips come from rooted Shielf TVs Magisk still goes unnoticed, for now at least

4. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

Who ever it is, they can suck it

5. semipro1337

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

How about blame the people doing the pirating and not Netflix or Disney, etc.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

No point worrying over this. I am thankful for netflix. They are really an innovative company. Moving on from disc rental to online streaming, now they are becoming their own studio making mini marvel series to back them up

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

True But people will still keeping pirating Only difference is they will have to rip from PCs instead of Androids This only helps encourages more piracy

7. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Magisk will fix it if Neflix is anti-rooted

11. jjwieland

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

Thanks! Works like a champ!

9. beedeezy14

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 17, 2013

Magisk to the rescue! Just hide root and Boom! You're still in the game.

10. jjwieland

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

What if it's unlocked but not rooted? I see the Magisk comment -- never mind.

12. jjwieland

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

and Magisk has disappeared from the Play Store.

13. beedeezy14

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 17, 2013

It's more than one way to skin a cat, ijs. A beta version is out now.

14. jjwieland

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

Yep. I'm sticking with version 12 for a while.

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