Leaked Netflix apk Comes to All Devices (with a little root magic) [UPDATE: bug fix]

May 13, 2011
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It was a bit disappointing when an Android Netflix app was finally released, and many found out their phone wasn't supported, but now the proud owners of rooted phones can get the app with a little bit of searching and some sneakiness.

UPDATE: Thanks to Dremth down in the comments we now have a little more insight into the changes needed for the build.prop file. Check out step 6 below.

1) Make sure you have enabled "side loading" apps. Check Menu > Settings > Applications, there you should have "Unknown sources"

2) The first thing you have to do is download the apk to your phone. All you have to do is follow this link in your phone's browser and download it.

3) Once the apk finishes downloading, click the "download complete" notification, and you'll be prompted to install it.

You now have Netflix! HOWEVER, there have been several reports of receiving an error "Sorry we could not reach the Netflix service. Please try again later. If the problems persists please visit netflix.com. (1005)" when trying to stream anything. The fix found so far is a bit of root magic, we'll help you out with that below:

First, you have to be rooted, a quick search can find plenty of guides (a good place to start is XDA-developers) , and it's usually pretty straightforward. Once you're rooted follow on.

4) First you'll need some sort of root file system editor such as ASTRO File Manager.

5) Using your new app, make a copy of build.prop from the /system folder, we're going to be making a change to it, and if it breaks anything else, we want to be able to go back.

6) Go back to the build.prop file in /system and change these two lines:

If you are on 2.3 (Gingerbread):
ro.product.model='your phone's name' to ro.product.model=Nexus S
ro.product.manufacturer='whatever' to ro.product.manufacturer=samsung

Any other 2.X (Froyo or Eclair):
ro.product.model='your phone's name' to ro.product.model=Nexus One
ro.product.manufacturer='whatever' to ro.product.manufacturer=HTC

7) Reboot the phone and it should be working

Give it a try and let us know what phone you have and how it works!


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=563705036 Ward Anderson

    Didn’t work for me. T-Mobile G2 blah blah

    • dg

      Just download from the market for the G2 and be glad you have a supported device.

    • Nathaniel Kabal

      Make sure you aren’t moving to SD Card.  I initially had installed to SD card, and had issues. Went and tried the hacked versions, blah blah.  Moved to the phone proper and it worked just fine (market version, rooted G2).

  • Srimanikandhan Appunni

    Installed it on my Motorola Atrix and works perfectly!!!! 

    • Kyle

      Anything special you did?  I have an Atrix and tried to get it to work with no success. 

    • Kyle

      Anything special you did?  I have an Atrix and tried to get it to work with no success. 

    • Weslxa

      Just trying to clarify, for the atrix you had to root your device to get this to work and enable sideloading?

    • Weslxa

      Just trying to clarify, for the atrix you had to root your device to get this to work and enable sideloading?

  • japhy

     After changing these settings — and assuring the props were still changed after a reboot — netflix lets me login and browse my queue…. everything except view the movies.  When I try to view, it tells me something to the effect of “Netflix is not available on your device. Please check the website for availability.”

    • John

      What device are you on? Is the error similar to the one mentioned in the article?

      • Gundam12

         well i got the build to stick i was using Astro File Manager and switched up to Root Explorer. now i acutally got the netflix to load up and when it plays a movie….i only hear audio and in about 5 or 6 secs it auto closes and brings me back to the netflix homepage

    • Mjb5022

      Same deal for me on Samsung Captivate root running Serendipity at 1.2ghz

      Got it to load, but said NF is not avail in my device…

      I’ll try again once I have a computer and wifi in front of me.

      any specific galaxy s rom suggestions that may support NF.apk?

      • Danny Unger

        I am running GBread 2.3.3 (and can get you the files); I spoofed as Nexus S in build.prop, and rebooted, and it worked (I am rooted, and gave my file manager (SuperManager) root access, then modified the file from my pc, uploaded to SD; then used rooted file manager to transfer and overwrite new build.prop to system directory as above.  I believe I needed the NF adk that was meant to spoof; I have all the files if you don’t.. lemme know…

  • japhy

     After changing these settings — and assuring the props were still changed after a reboot — netflix lets me login and browse my queue…. everything except view the movies.  When I try to view, it tells me something to the effect of “Netflix is not available on your device. Please check the website for availability.”

  • japhy

     After changing these settings — and assuring the props were still changed after a reboot — netflix lets me login and browse my queue…. everything except view the movies.  When I try to view, it tells me something to the effect of “Netflix is not available on your device. Please check the website for availability.”

  • Ndorf33

    Didn’t work OG Droid :(

  • Anonymous

     already doesnt work

  • Gundam12

     when i change the Phone model and manufacturer in the Build. it doesn’t save…… on MyTouch 4G CM7

    • John

      What are you using to edit it?

  • Amir

    Didn’t work. Samsung Galaxy S (Captivate), Firmware v2.2, rooted.
    Used “Absolute System Root Tool” to change the build.prop file. Although it has been changed the app tells me the service is not available for my device. Rebooting and reinstalling didn’t change anything. If someone could post their build.prop contents here, we could give it another try and maybe a small tweak will fix it.

    • Mjb5022

      Please let me know if you come up with a fix

  • AV

    does not work on captivate running continuum v4 Custom ROM ..changed the model to Nexus S from GT-I9000…the manufacturer was at samsung and i kept it that way…why is it not working?

  • AV

    does not work on captivate running continuum v4 Custom ROM ..changed the model to Nexus S from GT-I9000…the manufacturer was at samsung and i kept it that way…why is it not working?

  • Countryazhell

     Pretty deceiving headline……

  • Anonymous

    Does not work (for me) on Droid X running rooted leak of GB build 588

  • Dremth

    —ATTENTION—
    For those of you who can’t get it working:
    Download the apk from here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=13730742&postcount=16
    Use “Nexus One” and “HTC” for the device and manufacturer instead, because if you are on Android 2.2, using the Nexus S won’t work (Netflix only supports Android 2.3 Nexus S phones). Using “Nexus One” will work for both 2.2 and 2.3.
    This should work.
    -Motorola Droid 1

  • Lstacy527

     Not working on the Tbolt. It will load the queue but won’t play videos. 

  • Frankyv

    Got it working on the D1 with the following instructions from “Dremth”.  Download the apk from here:  http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=13730742&postcount=16
    Edit the build.prop  file as follows: Use “Nexus One” for the Mode Namel and “HTC” for Manufacturer Name then save the build.prop file using File Explorer or the free ES File Explorer.

    • Ryan

      Also use Nexus One for the product.model.exif line?

  • Jimcvit

     doesnt save the updated file

  • Kbelavich

    Did anyone bother to even look at the file attributes for build.prop, it is listed as read only and even if te phone is rooted when you change the attributtes it goes right back, if it is read only you can edit the file but can’t save it. 

    • ken

      Right, you need to remout the filesystem before editing the file, a missing step from the directions.

  • Themechanicsm

    root explorer works to edit build.prop  but i have a droid x and i tryed the Nexus S and Nexus One,samsung,HTC file changes and in netflix it says the phone isnt supported

  • Themechanicsm

    root explorer works to edit build.prop  but i have a droid x and i tryed the Nexus S and Nexus One,samsung,HTC file changes and in netflix it says the phone isnt supported

  • John Scheible

     Can anyone with a Nexus One or Nexus S confirm that its build.prop lists device as “Nexus  S” (with that exact capitalization/spacing) and likewise for the N1 and their manufacturers? For instance I have the HTC Aria, but its listed by its code name of “liberty” in its build.prop. 

  • cypher

    No luck.  Samsung Epic 4G running midNIGHT ROM 5.3

  • Modifi2liv

    Really wished it would have worked on my Gw…but saddly it didnt…BUT wait,theres more…happy to say,on the other hand, my covered HD2 android use the netflix app at a 100%…WINNING!

  • Bill Yomes

     Got an update for this method to work on honeycomb? I’m running it on a Nook color. 

  • Bill Yomes

     Got an update for this method to work on honeycomb? I’m running it on a Nook color. 

  • Goaliemastuh

    Keeps saying download unsuccessful on my Droid 2 running GB 2.3.3. And I have unknown sources checked! Grrrr!

  • diablo3dfx

    Damn, I must have gotten extremely lucky… I installed the file from the link, opened it, the app said there was an update, downloaded that, logged in, started watching stuff. No need to do anything after step 3. Running on a Nook Color running CyanogenMod 7.0.3.

  • Krishna

    Dude awesome pose I installed, it updated and workes like a charm ..im running on samsung captivate with froyo but spoofed it to gingerbread….if you want to know how to spoof….txt me at 4127368431 or email at krishna@teamgeek. I made myself so dont leak it all over the internet.

  • Krishna

    Dude awesome pose I installed, it updated and workes like a charm ..im running on samsung captivate with froyo but spoofed it to gingerbread….if you want to know how to spoof….txt me at 4127368431 or email at krishna@teamgeek. I made myself so dont leak it all over the internet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/asuracero Jeffrey Smith

    modding the build.prop on motorola droid is not a good idea….causes need of hard restart

  • Danny Unger

    IT’S POSSIBLE FOR EPIC 4G!!!!!

    worked like a charm on my Epic 4g; used a standard text editor on my pc to update build.prop file, and then used SuperManager with root permissions to overwrite old one in system directory.

    Your system settings should read:
    (and remember, this is for Samsung Epic 4g on Sprint..)

    Model Number: Nexus S
    Firmware Version: 2.3.3
    Baseband version: S:D700.0.5S.EF02
    Kernel VersionL 2.6.35.7
    Build Number: Gingerbread.EF02

  • Arnelsantos47

    it works for me on my lg optimus m by metro pcs

  • Arnelsantos47

    i have a lg optimus m by metro pcs it works just install it and update it will work but its laggy what do you guys think i should do thanks

  • Bombfactor00

    Works On cappy

  • Meandollar75

    I love it , have it on my android HTc aria froyo ……v7, and works like a charm ,million thanks to all developers and contributors. Love yall guys

  • Meandollar75

    I love it , have it on my android HTc aria froyo ……v7, and works like a charm ,million thanks to all developers and contributors. Love yall guys