Since movie rentals were first enabled on Android devices, rooted users have been left out in the dark, without the ability to utilize the feature on their device. But, when the man steps in, what do Android users do? Find a way to circumvent the system, of course!

Now, thanks to a clever dev named ften, a modified version of the Videos apk is available for download that bypasses the root and tamper checks, allowing rooted users to enjoy Google Movies like they should've been able to all along.

While this app does allow rooted users to watch movies, all other aspects of movie rental are left unchanged. In fact, the dev makes it very clear that he has no intention of modifying the app beyond its current state:

This bypass doesn't affect the actually DRM licensing, it will still generate a proper license key, you will still be limited to the normal viewing times, you will still have to pay to rent movies, etc. Don't ask, because it's not happening. It just bypasses/disabled the root check.

The modified videos APK will work on any device running 2.2+, and you can find the download here.

[via KnowYourCell - Thanks, Stephen!]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://mgamerzproductions.blogspot.com Mgamerz

    Nice! Although the rentals are too expensive...

  • Matt

    Thanks for having integrity and not making movies free...all that free streaming would kill my battery. You've proven that hackers can be good law abiding citizens.

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

      More importantly, by not breaking the DRM, may be we can show Google/the movie studios that not all rooted users want to pirate the movies, and convince them to support us officially.

      • DDP

        AGREED. Although Expensive, I've bought a few movies just to support.

  • http://ninja.pk Aaqil Mahmood

    I would recommend this to Kakashi Sensie :D

  • Matt M

    When trying to access the download im getting a 403 unauthorized error.

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

      Works fine here, both the forum link and the megaupload links in there.

  • scipio

    FC on GT 10.1 : (

    does not work regardless of what you do, fails to open.

  • Phil Oakley

    Wish this was available in the UK and Europe :(

  • J Rush

    "allowing rooted users to enjoy Google Movies like *they should've been able to all along." Made a mistake Cam, unless I read it wrong.

    • Cameron Summerson

      Pff, I don't know what you're talking about. ;)


      • J Rush

        Huh. Guess I was wrong. Nice article by the way.

  • http://google.com Jacob

    Isn't it against the law?

    • ocdtrekkie


      1. The DRM is not being circumvented.

      2. You still have to pay to watch the movie.

      3. You still have only a limited time to watch it.

      I don't think there's a legal leg to stand on and try and say it's illegal. It certainly can only benefit their business, by more people being able to rent movies from them.

  • Jaymoon

    This is probably just Google's evil plan to get us to *want* to pay for these overpriced rentals.

    "Let's restrict root users, but make it really easy to hack a way around. Then they'll think they are sticking it to us by being able to rent these lousy movies anyway... Profit!"

  • http://sdx-developers.com ften

    I've just placed the patched 1.2.14 up on SDX, it may have better compatibility for those getting FC errors.

    If you like b movies or foreign movies the rental prices aren't bad, some of the Indian movies are $.99 for 7 days.

  • Uncle Rico

    Just DL'd and installed on my Captivate... works AWESOME dude... thanks!!