12
May
professor_tbolt

When he covered the official release of the Netflix app earlier today, Cameron said, "If your device didn’t make the cut, though, I wouldn’t sweat it too hard – you know how resourceful the Android community can be." Well, the app hasn't even been out for a day yet, and already there's a way to get it running on non-supported devices. The only caveat is that you must be rooted. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to work on the Thunderbolt.

So how's it done? Well, the instructions are actually fairly straightforward, and come courtesy of tipster/redditor natemckn:

      1. Root is required. Make a Nandroid backup! (I accidentally deleted by build.prop file and bootlooped my phone)

      2. Download ES File Explorer (Or any other root file editor)

      3. In ES File Explorer, go into Setting > Root Settings and enable both check boxes

      4. Navigate to /system/ and copy/paste build.prop to /sdcard/ (just in case)

      5. Open & edit /system/build.prop

      6. Change the following lines to make your phone think it is a HTC G2:

        1. ro.product.model=HTC Vision
        2. ro.product.brand=tmobile
        3. ro.product.name=vision
        4. ro.product.device=vision
        5. ro.product.board=vision
        6. ro.product.manufacturer=HTC
      7. Reboot the phone

      8. Install the netflix apk (if you haven't already)

      9. Enjoy

Update: Apparently you don't need to do the lines that are crossed out in Step 6 - only the product model and manufacturer need to be changed.

Also, it appears that this is hit-or-miss at the moment. Works for some, partially (but not really) for others.

As always, you shouldn't take the dive if you don't know what your doing. If it bricks your phone or eats your cat, it's not our fault, Nate's fault, or anyone else's fault.

Aside from Nate's Optimus V, we have no confirmation of this working on other devices as of yet (although it should work for most). If you give this a shot, let us know if it does/doesn't work for you, and don't forget to include your device and ROM!

[Thanks for the tip, Nate! See also: Reddit thread]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • ciena18

    will the new netflix apk work for the xoom?

    • Aaron Gingrich

      You can't get it from the Market on the XOOM, but if you do this mod... maybe. Can't say for sure until somebody give it a try!

  • JoshL

    Still no Thunderbolt!? Lol. Screw my life.

  • http://www.minecraft.net TheGeek

    I'm rocking a Droid Eris with Gin-Tazz v27 (a CM 7.1 ROM with Gingerbread 2.3) and I can install and run the app, I just can't play any movies. It doesn't give me an error message, it just goes back to the menu. Oh well, I didn't expect my ol' Eris to be able to handle the awesomeness of Netflix.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Might be the same DRM issue as the Thunderbolt. Still, could be worth giving this a try to see if it works?

  • Viscerebral

    Conversely, visit droid life or xda and grab an apk that may 'just work' (kiss my ass, jobs. Try this crap on your phone!)
    Rockin a D1 running ChevyNo1's Simply Stunning 5.3 ROM.
    Smooth as silk.

    • Viscerebral

      Ooops. SS 5.2 ROM.
      Sorry, chevy.

      • Aaron Gingrich

        I didn't realize there was a hacked APK available already?

  • Si

    How about Canada support now?

    • marc

      Success...Nationite Midnite (Wits a81g) running 2.2 in Canada

  • Ted

    Works om my DX 2.3.3 4.5.573 Rooted without this trick....I was amazed...WOO HOO

  • bedwa

    Audio with white screen on Inspire 4G with DHD Sense 2.1 rom. Downgrading to see if it works. I think its the qcom processor being a 6255 instead of a 6250 like in N1 and Evo. Most likely libs.

  • Chris

    Works smoothly on my Droid 1 running CM7 using this technique. I didn't try it first to see if it works without having to do it, though.

    It runs a bit hot, but i'm also charging at the same time. I think it'd eat my battery pretty quick if I was out in the world.

  • Jose

    Not working on vibrant after login attempt it just closes out I'm running trigger btw

    • bobofosho123

      same here my man, same here. I'm running bionix 1.3.1 with voodoo installed.

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  • tkrahling

    I can't find the build.prop in the system directory on my DX

  • http://zackeryfretty.com/ Zackery Fretty

    This doesn't work on my AT&T Captivate, means it probably won't on the rest of the Galaxy S line.

    • Coldman

      I saw a comment on Facebook that it worked on a Captivate - http://www.facebook.com/AndroidPolice/posts/191324064246548. David's reply.

      • mocoso

        Didn't work on my Sprint Epic. :(

        • Cameron

          Didn't work for my captivate either... Infact it cause my built in email app to crash and when I made further changes it wouldn't boot to the os... luckly I am smart and did a restore to the system.

          Fire Fly 3.0

    • JP

      Works on my Captivate running CM7

  • Chahk

    Worked great on my Nook Color running CM7.1 nightly.

  • tkrahling

    Worked on my DX but lost swype

    • Coldman

      The DX doesn't need this trick - revert it and just use the APK. It should work.

      • Darren

        I am running a rooted stock DX 2.2.1 and didn't perform the above trick. The app installs, but I get a popup saying my phone is not supported. But I can log in with my Netflix account and manage my queue. Better than nothing!

        I'll wait for the official support.

  • Genisis

    No joy on my D2 running Liberty 2.0

  • Sammy

    Just Tried on my Thunderbolt.. And it lets me get on and such.. but when you play a Movie it Tries.. ya get a couple of seconds of Audio then it backs out and gives you a @ DRM License Required.

  • brandonanthonyhall

    Works fine on OG Droid running Gingerbread MIUI Rom without this hack.

  • http://trevorcarpenter.com Trevor Carpenter

    Works here, on my T-Mo G2x, running the latest nightly of CM7.

    But, it broke Swype. Not sure what else. I need Swype more than I need Netflix, so I'm dumping it.

    • Coldman

      Try to install the Netflix using the APK above without this hack. It may work.

  • mmrulez

    HTC EVO, tried over and over to edit the file, it would not save. so i just installed the Netflix, and it started up with no problem
    running Rooted Sence 2.2

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Haha, EVO is one of the listed supported devices.

  • http://archimage.co.nz PabloNZ

    It works on my GS2 without any build.prop modifications at all...

  • http://andrewensley.com/ Andrew Ensley

    This worked on my Viewsonic Gtablet running CM7. Now watching Netflix on my 10.1 inch screen! THANK YOU!!!

  • cap808

    Worked great on Droid 1 running Cyanogen 7 @ 800mhz

  • Will Nelson

    Not working on my EVO running Fresh ROM, it goes to the play screen for a few seconds then goes back to the que

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      That's weird - EVO Fresh is just a stock Sense ROM with some tweaks.

  • Laythor

    Running CM7 on OG droid. Grabbed the com.netflix.mediaclient-1.apk and it's streaming video like a champ! Using stock CM kernel.

  • galil3o

    100% working on HTC Desire running CM7

    • alexphi

      You're completely right sir!

  • RolandDeschain

    Doesn't work on my Droid X running Liberty 2.0.1. (Froyo-based)

  • tynen

    Doesn't work Bionix 1.3.1

    • J3ST3R

      Yup, I can confirm this, even broke my Swype. :|

  • Brie987

    It plays on my Rooted NookColor with ManualNooter 1.2 but only audio plays, the video player comes on and all the functions work but it just displays a black screen. Sooo close!!!

  • Daniel

    Doesn't work on Adam on Beast 2.2.1

  • http://www.geekweek.com Bryan J Daggett

    Works on my Nook Color.

  • Darocsfinest1

    Able to open netflix app. But the movie stops streaming after two sec, then goes back to previous menu. On my dell streak 5 froyo. Any solutions

  • Byron

    Works on my G2!! You have to be using Virtuous Fusion rom, but it streams movies FLAWLESSLY!

  • Andy

    Same prob as above. Evo 4g with Fresh Rom. Goes landscape for a few seconds and then back to the app.

  • Chris

    Works to some degree on my HTC Aria running Liberated ROM. It installs and lets me add to and manage my queue, but when I try to play a video it says loading for about 5 seconds then reverts back to the netflix app main screen.

    Doesn't require modifying the build.prop to install, and modifying it doesn't resolve the playback issue.

  • Chris

    The modified app above worked great on my Droid 1 running UD 3.x

  • jr

    Acer Iconia - Nope. Device not supported, even with the hack. :(

  • Madiom

    I see some issues on the EVO even though its supported. Maybe its a ROM issue. I am using ultimate Droid and I downloaded from the market, and played movies no problem. Strange that Fresh doesn't work since it is Sense, and it looks like ASOP does work.

  • Jared

    DroidX - Did this change and Netflix would crash to homescreen. Edited settings back to original and goes to Netflix log screen. :(

    • Jared

      So you need to have rooted DroidX with GB or CM7 installed for this to work?

  • Mike

    The link the the apk doesn't work

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Updated post with our own mirror. It's multiupload, so it's been mirrored to a few different hosts. Doubt this will go down soon.

  • Jason

    This worked on my Verizon Droid Incredible. I had to change ro.product.model to HTC Vision like the instructions said but i also needed to install Netflix from the market instead of using the leaked version that came out about a month ago. After that, it worked perfectly.

    • Mark

      lol Droid Incredible is one of the supported devices. Just install from the market.

  • Brie987

    ok, I mentioned earlier that it played on my NookColor but no picture, dont know what happened perhaps it just needed time to cook but now its working. Only thing is I cannot search but it will play all the "suggested" media which is a good amount, enough to past the time in a situation. Again I'm on a Rooted NookColor wearing ManualNooter 1.2 by GabrialDestruir on XDA.

  • Tad

    Holy Netflix Batman. Installed apk on my rooted OG D1 running CM 7.0.3 and ChevyNo1 ulv 1100 kernel. No mods to my build.prop at all and it works like a charm!

  • ReverendKJR

    I found that I also needed to modify the ro.build.fingerprint line. I made it:

    ro.build.fingerprint=tmobile/htc_vision/vision/vision:2.2.1/FRF91/277427:user/release-keys

    And that fixed.

  • Josh

    When I go in to the Settings on ES File Explorer, I don't have "Root settings," but I do have "Root options." However, the first check box says "only for system with CM ROM or HIAPK ROM," and won't let me check it. I am rooted. Do I need something else first?

    Thanks,
    Josh

    • Josh

      Okay, I figured out how to get into the build.prop file through another root file manager. However, when I make changes to the file and hit "save," it doesn't seem to actually make the change. Anyone know why?

      • Josh

        Okay, I just needed the right app. I'm dumb I guess. Good news is, this process totally worked on my rooted OG Droid, with no special ROMs or anything. Had to use Root Explorer to do the edits, though.

        • joloveit

          Me too...."When I go to the Settings on ES File Explorer, I don’t have “Root settings,” but I do have “Root options.” However, the first check box says “only for system with CM ROM or HIAPK ROM,” and won’t let me check it." What app did you use instead?

        • sillyone

          Same problem here with droid x liberty v5. Did you use a program called "root explorer?"

  • Brian

    Doing this gets rid of the usuported message at startup on a Galax S 4G. BUT the app has the same behavior with or without the mod to build.prop: it closes right after logging in.

  • JerryScript

    LOL@DISH, shillls everywhere, you have to have DISH and an adaptor, and DISH does not cost <$10/month

    Anyway, to re-enable Swype, unistall, then sign up for the Swype Beta, install it and your good to go.

  • John

    How did you get out of boot looping? I accidentally made a blank build.prop file and now stuck on boot looping. Tried a hard reset but it didn't work. TIA.

  • Larrylove

    Did not work on my Droid 1 but it made the HBOGO app work on my phone huh go figure..

  • Lactose_The_Intolerant

    Market app runs no problem on stock rooted Droid Incredible.

  • bk w/ bloody sauce

    Bad News Everyone! didn't work on the adam!

  • Foo

    Buzz off troll....

  • Will Nelson

    Maybe it isn't working on my Evo with Fresh because it's gingerbread instead of Froyo like the app says it works with

  • stephen

    Workes on VM LG optimus v. Rooted with Gingerbread. Edited file to say Nexus One tho.

  • FATRAY

    Hell Yea, worked perfect on my Droid 1. Even via 3G it worked.

  • me

    I'm so confused I'm not a tech person I did what u wrote but it doesn't work on my sidekick. But I seen on youtube that someone has it on theirs.

  • sshanky

    This worked:

    ro.build.fingerprint=tmobile/htc_vision/vision/vision:2.2.1/FRF91/277427:user/release-keys

    Great -- how did you figure that out?

  • dahl

    App loads and error disappears on rogers cm7.1 desire hd in new brunswick. App hangs on loading screen when i select a video though.

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