Install Netflix On Any (Stock/Rooted) Android Phone How To

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The Official Netflix app for Android was released a few days back. Many were disappointed to see that the majority of Android devices aren’t compatible and initially this primary release is only “compatible” with HTC Nexus One, Incredible, G2, EVO 4G, and Nexus S.

However official claims and limitations never matter to Android developers and hackers at XDA. Now available are modified Netflix app versions that let you install on any Android phone or device running Froyo (Android 2.2) or later. Although the developers removed device check from this app, geographic limitations are still intact.

This means that you won’t be able to stream any Netflix content on your Android phone if residing outside the USA.

Around 70% of users who downloaded and installed the modified Netflix APK on their rooted devices had 100% success ratio. The others were either stock [non-rooted] or located outside the USA.

Here’s how to install the modified Netflix app from XDA on your rooted (or stock) Android phone:


  • Pre-Rooted Android phone running Android 2.2 Froyo or higher. This isn’t a requirement, but there seems to be a higher success rate when on Froyo or Gingerbread with root.
  • Netflix-android-device-check-fix

How To Instructions:

  1. The first step is to head to the XDA thread posted here and download modded Netflix APK. There are 3 versions of this app and if you are getting a device incompatibility error after downloading the official, then go for the one that says  netflix-devicecheck-disabled.apk.
  2. Now connect your device to the computer, mount SD Card as disk drive and copy downloaded APK to SD Card’s root.
  3. Once you have downloaded the app, get Astro File Manager from Market and install it on your phone.
  4. After this launch Astro File Manager, tap on SD Card and navigate down to netflix-devicecheck-disabled.apk file.
  5. Now tap on this file and select Install This App option.
  6. Follow onscreen instructions to install the app.
  7. Once the installation is complete, exit the file manager and launch Netflix app from your homescreen.
  8. In case the app is force closing on you or acting odd, then repeat the above steps with other APKs available from XDA thread mentioned in Step 1.

You now have Netflix installed on your Android phone. Hope you Enjoy!

James Burr is a seasoned Graphic & Web Designer with a decade of experience. A PR Strategist with a deep understanding of Social & New Media. He is also an avid Gamer who favors FPS Games on PlayStation & PC.

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