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How to Install Netflix for Android on Unsupported Devices – Easier Than Ever

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Netflix for Android arrived last week, but only for a handful of phones. While we can go back and forth about who is to blame for this DRM streaming nightmare, it’s better to get past it and get Netflix for Android working on more unsupported devices like the Motorola Droid X2 and other new phones that should have access anyway! We already showed you a way to make Netflix work on ANdroid devices by editing the build.prop file,. but there’s an even easier way that works on a bunch of devices.

The smart guys over at xda-developers have cooked up a modified Netflix installation file that removes the device check. That means you don’t need to edit your build.prop to trick Netflix into thinking you have a supported device. Unfortunately it doesn’t mean it will work on the HTC ThunderBolt.

To get Netflix up and running on your Android phone, just download the modified Netflix apk file from xda-developers and install it like normal. You will need to have install from unknown sources turned on (Settings->Applications->Unknown sources), but that’s all. If you need help finding the apk file after you download it or transfer it to your phone, try Astro File Manager, a free file manager app for Android.

We couldn’t get this to work on the ThunderBolt, but it runs great on the Droid X2 and users are reporting success on an array of devices. If you can get Netflix for Android running on your unsupported device, leave a note below to help out the rest of the community.

 

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

16 Comments

  1. iloveshelby21

    06/05/2011 at 3:31 am

    got it to work on inspire 4g rooted with coredroid

  2. Horrorfan

    06/10/2011 at 1:12 pm

    Downloaded and installed on the LG Optimus T, everything works except when you watch it plays like it is in fast forward.  Looks great, sounds works everyone just sounds like The Chipmunks, actually kind of entertaining.

    So close!  It almost works.

  3. Magic32

    06/11/2011 at 8:01 am

    does your phone have to be rooted for this to work? G2x

  4. Jhunter Rgis

    06/14/2011 at 9:35 am

    I downloaded out on mytouch 4g successfully. But, the movies will not play. Yay!

  5. guerrilla

    06/16/2011 at 12:30 am

    YESS!! Victory is mine! After hours of trying to get all the proper usb drivers, installing microsoft .net, getting the Sideload Wonder Machine, and various other things, got it to work beautifully on my ATRIX 4G. Thank you!!

  6. Venuds

    06/19/2011 at 12:32 pm

    It was super easy to download it and login but once you are logged it doesn’t allow you to play the movie, It crashes and takes me to the primary page. I own a HTC My touch 4G.

  7. Venuds

    06/19/2011 at 12:32 pm

    It was super easy to download it and login but once you are logged it doesn’t allow you to play the movie, It crashes and takes me to the primary page. I own a HTC My touch 4G.

  8. Cvpi423

    06/20/2011 at 5:19 pm

    I was able to install on my thunderbolt. I can get all the way to the playback screen and then it returns to the home page. So close. I don’t think it will be much longer.

  9. arista68

    06/20/2011 at 6:51 pm

    Works on HTC Sensation 4G

    • Pacman90710

      07/22/2011 at 7:47 am

      How did u get it to work?

  10. Nanjis

    07/02/2011 at 3:20 am

    Installed it successfully on Dell Streak 5. However, the playback is in fast forward

  11. Wmcie79

    07/02/2011 at 7:53 pm

    Installs loads on my dinc2 however will not play movies. Ask to update and it say can not find source error 1005.

  12. Jawoliyi

    07/30/2011 at 5:12 pm

    Just download from the andriod market on my driod x works fine. Didn’t have to do anything special 

  13. Brycecarlson98

    08/15/2011 at 1:04 am

    thanks so much woks on my completely stock sensation… its a little blury but really great

  14. Tagger

    10/06/2011 at 9:11 pm

    I got it to work on the motor xoom…. no problem! Awesome, thanks

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