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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