If you’re an Android user with a rooted phone — there’s bad news for you.
Netflix may no longer work on your rooted or unlocked device, due to an update to the app. Netflix now fully relies on Google’s Widevine DRM, the company told Android Police. The change comes not long after Netflix enabled downloads for offline viewing, which could be one reason for the change.
Rooting allows users to gain admin access to the phone’s operating system. Many users root their Android devices to have better control over customizing the operating system or making it more efficient, however rooting is not supported by phone makers and usually voids the warranty on it.
The app continues to work normally for many users who have already rooted their devices, but users will not be able to download the app if they don’t already have it.
As per Android Police, side loading the Netflix app using the APK still works fine for rooted phones.