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

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

Update – After creating the video tutorial showing you how to sideload the Netflix application on a rooted or bootloader unlocked Android device I went and did some more tests. Even with newer versions of Magisk installed, the Hide Magisk and Hide Magisk Manager features did not circumvent the Google Play issue (as mentioned below).

I even tested Magisk Core Only Mode to see if that was able to bypass the search issue with the Play Store. It did not, but as you can see in the video below, we can easily sideload it once we have downloaded the APK.


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
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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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9 thoughts on “How to Install Netflix on a Rooted or Bootloader Unlocked Android Device”

  1. I want to root my s7 sm-930t running Oreo to remove all the bloatware and improve battery life. After rooting can I use an apk of netflix that is earlier than 5.0 version to install on my phone?

    1. If you root with Magisk then it should pass SafetyCheck test on its own and you should be able to download it from the Play Store and use it just like normal.
      I’m not sure if Netflix requires you to be on a certain version of its app in order to use its software (I’m not a subscriber)

      1. This is a rather old tutorial and Netflix used to block those who unlocked their bootloader and searched for the app in the Play Store.

        However, the resolution issue is more complex than yo make it out to be. You can read through this thread here for more context on max resolution of the Netflix Android app

        https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/8gz2e9/netflixs_android_app_maxes_out_at_720p_only/

        There are even some devices that have a locked bootloader AND are equipped with Widevine L1 DRM keys but are still stuck at 480p resolution

        https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/8gz2e9/netflixs_android_app_maxes_out_at_720p_only/dygx7u6/

        And this isn’t even putting into consideration the video streaming limitations to so many mobile wireless carriers are implementing (you could disable that feature and still be capped at 480p with a locked bootloader and the 720p DRM keys intact

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Alex. I am happy to see that it is still relevant and helping people bypass this dumb (in my opinion) restriction.

  2. Something has changed recently.. even side-loading the APK fails now.. App says device is not compatible.

    1. Hrmm, maybe try an older version of the APK?

      I just grabbed the latest version from APK Mirror on my Pixel 2 XL (unlocked bootloader with Magisk on Pie) and didn’t have any trouble opening it and attempting to log in after sideloading the APK file.

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