How to Install Netflix on a Rooted or Bootloader Unlocked Android Device

Netflix Install

Netflix recently made some changes that are preventing people from installing from the Play Store, but you can follow these steps to bypass that.

With the big 5.0 update to the Netflix Android application, the company has decided to implement Google’s own Widevine DRM protections. This has resulted in people who have a smartphone or tablet that is rooted, or just has the bootloader unlocked, to not see the application in the Play Store. So naturally, this has caused an uproar within the Android community – but thankfully there is a way to circumvent this new change.

Right now, Netflix isn’t blocking people who have root or an unlocked bootloader from using the application (if this changes in the future then let me know in the comments). Instead, it is just preventing the application from being found when searching for it in the Play Store. Even using the desktop web portal is blocked from installing it onto one of these devices. But again, there’s a way around it and that involves sideloading the application.


I do not recommend downloading the Netflix application from any application repository store you can find. I will, however, recommend one that I personally trust.

How to Install Netflix

  1. Download the Netflix APK file from APK Mirror
  2. Then sideload the APK to install it

Explanation

Since I have previously covered how to install an Android APK file, I will just point you to that guide so you can follow those steps. Depending on the phone you’re using, the exact steps to locate the Unknown Sources option could be different than was is listed. For example, OEMs like Samsung will move/rename certain menu items. So just be aware of that. All Android devices have this feature built into the OS so you’ll just need to locate it.

As I said earlier, please don’t just download the Netflix application from any random APK website. There will obviously be some others where it is safe, but I trust APK Mirror because of the team that is behind it. So once you have the application downloaded, and once you have Unknown Sources enabled, you can then manually install the Netflix application by opening it up from within a file explorer application (or just tapping on the download complete notification).

I also want to point out that this application will not automatically update itself. Applications installed in this way normally would, but since your device can’t see it in the Play Store, then it won’t be able to download an update. Some have said using Magisk Hide will let you see the Netflix application in the Play Store. I tested this earlier today on my Galaxy S8 with a fresh install of Magisk  and it wouldn’t work. It could pass the SafetyNet check, but still not see it in the Play Store.

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Doug

I'm working to create an organized and easy to follow central repository of Android tips, tutorials, guides and everything you need to know. With a focus on device specific tutorials now, my goal is to branch out and do more universal tips and tricks that will work on all Android devices.