After many months (and years) of waiting, Netflix finally released an official Android app yesterday. After hearing the news, many Android users were full of happiness and hope, until 5 seconds later they found out that their device wasn’t supported. But fear not comrades, the awesome Android community has saved us once again.
Before telling you how to get your stream on with the Netflix app, we need to get a few things out of the way. First of all, I’m not responsible for anything that happens to your phone, proceed at your own risk. Secondly, root is required for installing the Netflix app correctly. If you don’t know what rooting is, fear not, you probably just got lost inside the interwebs and somehow ended up at Android and Me. Click here or here to return safely to your homepage — or you can click here to learn what root is. Let’s get on with it then.
- Before beginning make sure you can install apps from unknown sources by going to Menu > Settings > Applications and clicking the “Unknown sources” button
- Then get the Netflix app from here
- After downloading the app, tap on the .apk file to install Netflix
- Then get ES File Manager from the Market
- Open ES File Manager and go to Menu > Settings > Root Options and enable both check boxes
- With ES File Manager, make a copy of the build.prop file that’s in the /system folder, just in case
- Open the build.prop file and change these two lines:
- ro.product.model=’your phone’s name’ to ro.product.model=Nexus S
- ro.product.manufacturer=’whatever’ to ro.product.manufacturer=samsung
- Reboot and you’re done.
Like with all these kind of hacks, sometimes things don’t work like they should. If you come across an issue, let us know in the comments and either us or somebody could have a fix for you. If this did work for you, we’d love to know about it as well.