Netflix on Android is being blocked for rooted users


So the other day, I was performing my regular drill – reflashing and updating a custom ROM on my OnePlus One. Post flashing, while I was reinstalling my favorite apps from the Play Store, I was in a rather bizarre situation when I couldn’t find the Netflix app. Oh, it got me worried and why shouldn’t it? Netflix has been a replacement to my television for quite some time now. Further researching, I found that Netflix is now being blocked for rooted users.

Also read: Magisk Root & Universal Systemless Interface – What is it & How to Install

Netflix for Android blocked for rooted users – why?

At first, I thought it was some temporary error or an issue with my ROM. But AndroidPolice got in touch with Netflix and they confirmed that modified devices (rooted and unlocked bootloader) are now being blocked from downloading the app from the Play Store. The official statement is quoted below:

With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with our latest app and those users will no longer see the Netflix app in the Play Store.

Netflix for Android on Google Play Store being blocked

Widevine is a DRM framework implemented in Android and consists three different levels of security.

However, the app (4.16.1 and 5.0.4) is still fully operational if downloaded and installed for a third-party source like APKMirror. We are still not sure till when it will work, but it is working for now. My 6P has an unlocked bootloader, but no root, yet I am still able to download it from the Play Store. At the same time, my rooted OnePlus One is not even able to view the app in the store.

For some users, even an unlocked bootloader has proved to be the barrier recently, so if your device is one of them, kindly let us know by commenting below.

We are still not sure if it is a permanent move, and we hope it isn’t. But for now, you will have to bear with it. If your device is running Magisk Root, you can enable Magisk Hide feature to get past it. Or you can also download the APK from APKMirror and install it manually.

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