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Netflix taking a pass on certain Android devices

If you own a rooted Android-powered smartphone or tablet, we have some bad news: you can no longer officially download the Netflix application. The change came into play on Saturday and prevents any device that’s “not Google-certified or [has] been altered” from accessing the APK on the Play Store.

Speaking to Android Police, a spokesperson explained that in an effort to prevent privacy breaches, the latest version of the Netflix mobile application relies on Google’s Widevine digital rights management system, which is why it treats modified devices as incompatible.

Not all hope is lost for customers with a rooted handset, though

While Netflix claims its application no longer works with modified Android devices, we’ve found that manually sideloading the APK bypasses the restriction. There’s a chance it’ll stop working in the future (and we’ll let you know if it does), but for now, it’s running perfectly.

Play Store Android Police

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Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...


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