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Guide to Install Netflix on Android Devices

Netflix rolled out Android App to select Android devices, leaving users confused and annoyed by the lack of love. The devices that currently support the sreaming service includes: HTC Incredible, HTC Nexus One, HTC Evo 4G, HTC G2, and Samsung Nexus S.

If own a Android device other than the above, here’s how to get Netflix on you smartphones. The following process is sort of hit or miss right now, but it’s worth trying if you must have Netflix up and running on your Android device before the complete rollout.

First off, back up your device. This could brick your device. Also, your phone must be rooted. Check out the xda-dev wiki for rooting instructions for nearly every Android device.

Let’s begin.

  1. Go to Settings > Applications > Check the box next to Unknown sources to allow your phone to install the downloaded Netflix app.
  2. Download the Netflix apk from here (Download link has been pulled. Sorry folks, you’re gonna have to Google it.) We’re going to try to install it without any line coding first as it seems to install fine depending on custom ROMs. Email this link to yourself and then download it from the device itself. (or download it on your PC, transfer to your microSD card and install from there) Once it’s downloaded, click the Completed Download notification and then install the app. Did it work? If so, enjoy. If not, continue to step 3.
  3. Download ES File Explorer
  4. In ES File Explorer go to Settings > Root Settings and check both boxes on that screen
  5. Go to /system/ and copy/paste build.prop to /sdcard/ as a backup
  6. Go back to /system/ and open and edit the file build.prop
  7. Trick the Android install to thinking you have the Nexus S by changing the follow lines:
    ro.product.model=Nexus S
  8. Reboot the phone
  9. Download and install the Netflix apk from here if you haven’t already
  10. That’s it!

See this Reddit thread for more troubleshooting.

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