In what seems like a major issue, the Netflix App is missing from the Play Store for bootloader unlocked Android devices. When we first came to know about it we were a bit surprised, and thought it was a joke but on investigating we were proved wrong.
The Netflix App is missing from the Play Store for bootloader unlocked devices. We have a Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930F which is running Superman ROM with TWRP installed and rooted with Magisk. When we go to the Play Store from our smartphone, and search for Netflix this is what we get. Heck, it doesn’t even show in the search results.
We then tried the web version of Google Play Store. We were able to search for the app, but when we tried to intsall it found no compatible devices. The same is the case with Netflix VR app.
To double check if something was wrong with our device or say the Internet, we tried the Hulu app and viola it was available.
Even though we do not use Netflix but this is a major issue for Android power users who want to Netflix.
In a statement to AndroidPolice Netflix has confirmed they are blocking rooted and bootloader unlocked devices.
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.
The other thing to note here is, if you sideload the apk the app itself is working fine without any issues. You can grab the apk from here.