• Netflix is Locking Out Rooted Android Users: Here's How to Get Back In



    It seems that Netflix has joined the wrong side in the war on general purpose computing, denying access to their service on rooted Android devices. How and why would root be a threat to Netflix? Honestly, I've no idea; the only means I could find for capturing and saving Netflix streams are desktop PC apps.

    Android Police reports that the technology that enables this B.S. is a new function of the Google Play Console—specifically a check box which can disallow devices that fail Google's SafetyNet. So what's a rooted Android user to do? Use Magisk, that's what!

    Magisk is short for "Magic Mask", and is described as a universal systemless interface by XDA recognized developer topjohnwu. It's installed in the same way as Chainfire's SuperSU—a zip file flashed via a custom recovery—but offers a lot more functionality via installable modules. In fact, it reminds me a lot of the old Xposed Installer that for Android modders was all the rage back in 2014. Magisk includes a root module (obviously) but can also hide root on a per-app basis, meaning that you can now enjoy Netflix on your rooted phone or tablet, along with Super Mario Run and Pokémon GO.

    And if that's not enough, you can extend Magisk even further with a module that blocks ads system-wide.

    From the official XDA thread, here are the steps to get it up and running:

    Restore your boot image back to stock;
    download the latest Magisk zip file;
    reboot to a custom recovery;
    flash Magisk zip;
    reboot;
    update Magisk Manager to the latest version on the Play Store.

    Requirements are an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery.

    Full disclosure: I've not yet installed Magisk on any of my devices; I'm prepping my OnePlus 3 for it right now, will report back if anything goes horribly wrong...

    Links: Android Police, Play Store, XDA

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    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Ipse's Avatar
      Ipse -
      This justifies my decision to cancel Netflix 3 months ago....Oh, and their VPN block 😁
    1. wilbur101's Avatar
      wilbur101 -
      I cancelled Netflix too. Too much of the stuff I liked was taken off so wasnt much of interest to me
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Quick update: SafetyNet passed with root!

      Attachment 151366

      Was able to confirm by using "Magisk Hide" to hide root from my bank's tap and pay app, which seems none the wiser.

      The only thing that doesn't seem to work is the ad-blocking module; I'd still recommend AdAway for that.
    1. firemedic1343's Avatar
      firemedic1343 -
      Easy solution, cancel Netflix. And sell their stock!
    1. agalvan's Avatar
      agalvan -
      I use Magisk Hide to use Android Pay on my rooted OnePlus 3T. It works great to hide root.

      I think the bigger issue is Google for giving the option in the first place to developers, especially with their new Android go initiative. Cheaper devices will not have a locked bootloader.
    1. ritchea's Avatar
      ritchea -
      I'd just read about this. I had just wiped my N9 (required every 6 wks or so). I found the Netflix app is not "compatible with the version." I unrooted through SuperSu and restored the stock kernel. I run stock os. I returned to Play store and still not compatible. The older version (which I will pull to try on my N9) is still on my 5X which is unrooted but unlocked. It seems this Netflix v. 5 thing blocks unlocked bootloaders. I'm going to run Magisk, also.

      Edit: installed Netflix pre-5 version, rerooted and all works. For now at least, the simplest solution seems to be don't update Netflix. I did not install Magisk.

      Netflix comment as posted by Android Police: "This is the full statement:

      With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with our latest app and those users will no longer see the Netflix app in the Play Store."



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