Possible Workarounds for Netflix Phone Restrictions Posted By Online Users
May 17, 2011 12:32 PM –
The Netflix app for Android finally arrived, but only for five phones. If you don’t own one of those five, the wait goes on.
Or not, if you’re tech-savvy enough to root (that is, jailbreak) your device and fiddle with some settings. The hack works by fooling the Netflix app into thinking your phone or tablet is one of the supported models. Assuming you’ve already rooted it, the process looks fairly simple: using any root file editor, just edit a few lines in the device’s “build.prop” file. Then reboot, install the Netflix app, and you’re good to go.
Some people have reported success, while others weren’t able to get the hack to work. As always, any time you’re messing with your phone’s settings, you run the risk of gumming up the works. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you may want to wait for an official Netflix update.
Another method, before trying to fiddle with settings, is to grab the APK and try installing it directly. I tried this on my MyTouch 3G Slide and it installed immediately, with no problems and no fiddling with any settings. Just make sure you have the option to install from “Unknown Sources” checked in the settings, and it’s worth a try! Don’y forget check out our review of the official Netflix app for Android.
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