>How To Enable Netflix on (Almost) Any Android Device

>We’ve talked before about Netflix finally coming to Android, so when it did there was much rejoicing. That is until the fine print was read: Netflix Instant Stream is only enabled for select devices like the Droid Incredible, EVO, and Samsung Nexus S. Netflix is testing the app on other devices and updating the list of supported ones as much as they can, but with Android, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Or two ways.

The first is the easy one that doesn’t require you to root your device. First thing’s first, you’ll need to allow your device to install apps that come from outside the Market. To do this, go to your Settings screen, tap Applications, and check the Unknown Sources box.

Then, click here to download a slightly modified version of the official Netflix app. All that has been changed is Netflix’s device check. Your device won’t have to lie to Netflix about what model it is, this Netflix app doesn’t ask. The only downside to this method is you won’t get notified of updates to the app, so you might miss out on new features and bug fixes.

The second method requires you to root your phone. How you do this is up to you (check XDA-developers.com for instructions), but keep in mind that it does void any warranties you have, and it is possible to permanently screw up your device. Tech Made Relevant takes no responsibility for any issues.

Now that your phone is rooted and you’ve read that legal disclaimer, download ES File Explorer. There are other file explorers that will work, but make sure they have a built in text editor as well. You’ll need it later.

In ES File Explorer, go into the settings and check the box that allows you to access and edit the root files (Mount R/W). Exit the settings and go to /system. You should see a file named “build.prop”. Press and hold on it and select Copy. Paste it somewhere else for safe keeping and go back to the original under /system. Click on it and edit the following:

Find the line labeled “ro.product.model=” and change whatever is after the equal sign to either “HTC Vision” or “Nexus S” (without the quotes, but it doesn’t matter which one you use)

Now find the line labeled “ro.product.manufacturer=” and change whatever is after the equal sign to “HTC” or “samsung” (Again, no quotes, but if you used “HTC Vision” in the first step, use “HTC” here. Same for “Nexus S” and “samsung”).

Now save the file and restart your device. Open up the Netflix app and start streaming! If you still get the “Device not supported” message, try uninstalling and reinstalling the app. Now this still isn’t a fool-proof solution since all Android devices are different. We have personally tested this on a Nook Color and it works great. Let us know in the comments if you have successfully tried this on other unsupported devices or if you have any difficulty!

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