Netflix Disabled Its App On Rooted Android Devices

Netflix hidden from unlocked rooted Android devices

Netflix has now confirmed this is intentional, saying the app now fully replies on the Widevine DRM provided by Google and, therefore, any device that is not Google-certified or has been altered will no longer have access to Netflix.

In an attempt to keep pirates at bay, Netflix is no longer letting users with rooted Android devices board its app from Google Play.

If/when it transpires that the Netflix app stops working on rooted/unlocked Android phones as well as the app not being available via the Play store, we will update this story accordingly. Since rooting exposes the devices to risks, Netflix has taken a step to discourage users from unlocking their bootloaders and rooting their phones. As we're now finding out, a rooted Android device does not meet the criteria necessary, simply because it does open up the possibility to piracy. Many individuals who root or generally change their phones are quite recently inspired by customization.

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Another speculated reason behind Netflix's action is their newly enabled downloads for offline viewing, which allows the user to download the video and watch it later offline, reports Mashable. It's now using Google's Widevine DRM to prevent piracy, which has grown into importance after Netflix enabled downloads on its platform late a year ago. No issues have been reported, including those who are using rooted or unlocked bootloader devices. The download of the app from the Google PlayStore, however, has been blocked claiming that it is incompatible with the rooted or unlocked Android devices. This is applicable for those running the updated 5.0.4 version or the previous 4.16 version of the app.

The video streaming giant confirmed to Android Police that its app is not visible on Google Play to anyone with a device that has been altered or is not Google-certified. Reliable numbers on the percentage of Android users with rooted devices are unavailable, but a 2015 study from security company Lookout said only 7 percent of federal employees polled use a jailbroken or rooted device while at work.

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