Get Netflix Working On Your T-Mobile G2x

T-Mobile G2x owners, are you have some jealousy issues with the announcement of Netflix for Android on specific phones only? Well thanks to the folks at XDA-Developers we can get your G2x up and running with Netflix in just a few (mostly) easy steps. The whole process works by tricking Netflix into thinking that your G2x is really a G2 and voila, streaming Netflix video!

First and foremost you’ll have to be rooted in order to continue. In order to achieve our goal we’ll have to edit the G2x’s build.prop file which is the file that contains the identity of your phone. Before proceeding any further we suggest making a backup of your current build.prop file.

Let’s stop and make a quick: by performing this hack you take any and all responsibility for damages permanent or otherwise to your phone.

Here we go:

  1. Download “Root Explorer” or a simpler application
  2. Open Root Explorer and go into the System folder
  3. One in the System folder, hit the Mount R/W at the top right
  4. Hold down on Build.prop file and then open it in the text editor
  5. Change the following lines in the picture below that have the red dots next to them (the last two lines are actually one long line so don’t spill them up)

 

Here are the changes you need to make:
ro.product.model=HTC Vision
ro.product.brand=tmobile
ro.product.name=vision
ro.product.device=vision
ro.product.board=vision
ro.product.manufacturer=HTC ro.build.fingerprint=tmobile/htc_vision/vision/vision:2.2/FRF91/277427:user/release-keys

  1. Hit menu and Save & Exit. You’ll get a message explaining that the original build.prop file was saved as build.prop.b
  2. Download and install the Netflix app, login and watch your movies!

Intomobile and XDA

Hit the Intomobile link for a great series of pics helping walk you through the steps!

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRIFVUHCR7SCF2J4ACDIVSVGJM Hilton T.Y

    This phone keeps turning out to be a good decision.  I been holding out on rooting it but I guess I gotta know. 

  • http://twitter.com/StevenGarone StevenGarone

     Doesn’t this just show that the only reason why Netflix doesn’t work on the phone is because Netflix didn’t want it to?  I mean, if it works so long as Neflix thinks you’re the right phone, and it works with no issues, then, what the heck?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRIFVUHCR7SCF2J4ACDIVSVGJM Hilton T.Y

      I think pretty much.  They just haven’t fully tested it with every phone and rather than satisfy us in the meantime by letting us download a buggy app that might not work, they pull and apple and hold out til it’s right.  Or could be like Swype keyboard.  Made deals with the manufacturers to make their phones special by having the app first. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRIFVUHCR7SCF2J4ACDIVSVGJM Hilton T.Y

      I think pretty much.  They just haven’t fully tested it with every phone and rather than satisfy us in the meantime by letting us download a buggy app that might not work, they pull and apple and hold out til it’s right.  Or could be like Swype keyboard.  Made deals with the manufacturers to make their phones special by having the app first. 

  • http://twitter.com/iAmTy Ty [EMCΣΣxGeek]

    Good. =D

  • Anonymous

     Won’t this make games for tegra not work anymore? Going to have to try this out but im skeptical of what it will break.

    Thanks for the tip

  • Matthew Bieschke

    Those directions change WAY TOO MUCH! Merely changing the Model and the Manufacturer are enough but case IS important. I know because this what I’ve done. This then doesn’t mess with market, etc.

  • Dude

    I would like to try this on my G2x but I had to send mine back to Magenta because it was defective (reboot issue). Now I’m being told it is on backorder with no ETA…. (sigh) 

    • Dp4609

      I had the same issues and to be honest I fix it for over 2 weeks now. I use to charge my phone when it was on, after three days the reboots constantly happened. Then I read an article somewhere where people who charged it via a computer weren’t having that bad of reboot problems, so I tried turning my phone off when charging and unplugging it before turning it on. And for me I’ve not had ONE reboot. Maybe it’ll help you with that issue to, it did for me.

    • Dp4609

      I had the same issues and to be honest I fix it for over 2 weeks now. I use to charge my phone when it was on, after three days the reboots constantly happened. Then I read an article somewhere where people who charged it via a computer weren’t having that bad of reboot problems, so I tried turning my phone off when charging and unplugging it before turning it on. And for me I’ve not had ONE reboot. Maybe it’ll help you with that issue to, it did for me.

    • Dp4609

      I had the same issues and to be honest I fix it for over 2 weeks now. I use to charge my phone when it was on, after three days the reboots constantly happened. Then I read an article somewhere where people who charged it via a computer weren’t having that bad of reboot problems, so I tried turning my phone off when charging and unplugging it before turning it on. And for me I’ve not had ONE reboot. Maybe it’ll help you with that issue to, it did for me.

    • Dp4609

      I had the same issues and to be honest I fix it for over 2 weeks now. I use to charge my phone when it was on, after three days the reboots constantly happened. Then I read an article somewhere where people who charged it via a computer weren’t having that bad of reboot problems, so I tried turning my phone off when charging and unplugging it before turning it on. And for me I’ve not had ONE reboot. Maybe it’ll help you with that issue to, it did for me.

    • Bob

       And THAT is why you order through Amazon!

  • http://www.facebook.com/zedklind Kevin Michael Lind

     weird.. not working for me

    • Edward

      I have the cm7 nightly v17 which is the most up-to-date version and it still didn’t work for me. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elmer-Yanes/527212314 Elmer Yanes

         Really? Works for me. I edited it saved it and rebooted and its working good!

  • nepeterson

     Works great on my HD2!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRIFVUHCR7SCF2J4ACDIVSVGJM Hilton T.Y

    Which “FREE” exlorer will let you do this.  Root explorer isn’t free.  I know I can change the permissions in terminal but if someone provides a free program it saves some time and effort. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRIFVUHCR7SCF2J4ACDIVSVGJM Hilton T.Y

    Which “FREE” exlorer will let you do this.  Root explorer isn’t free.  I know I can change the permissions in terminal but if someone provides a free program it saves some time and effort. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/zedklind Kevin Michael Lind

       its worth buying imo

    • Guest

       es explorer

    • Guest

       es explorer

      • Tayg13

         or downloading from 4shared for free.

  • Sean

    I did this with my 4G Vibrant to have MLB Live work.  It worked beautifully but I would have to change it back to the original build.prop to send and receive MMS.  I don’t know if we would have the same problem changing the build.prop on this. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/tscarpenter Trevor Carpenter

    I did this yesterday on my G2x, running CM7 nightly 16, and it broke Swype. I was able to play a movie, and it was great! I can’t wait for it to actually be supported on the G2x.

    I like/want/need Swype, so I uninstalled it.

  • Anonymous

     @David Hey there, have you or anyone else been having problems with the G2X as far as signal loss/phone shut offs. It may just pertain to a certain area but calls, texts and data speeds have stopped working randomly and can only be restored with a battery pull. I’ve got emails from tmobile engineers and there working on a fix, seems to be a tmobile issue with the network which constantly puts a strain on the battery as well. We have over 100 returns already in our market and I’ve contacted LG reps with no return emails on what’s going on. Tons of customers have been having issues with the phone just turning off or the battery getting extremely hot with a low battery life(4hrs). I have the same issues with my G2X, calls not going thru, phone turning off by itself, ect. I replaced the battery with a used battery from our return bin and this solved the battery issue, but every once in awhile I will get the no calls going thru or no text messages received. The G2X is becoming the HD2 nightmare for us here in Chicago. Anyone else experiencing these problems?? The phone is wonderful when its working but to have a constant fear of not receiving calls, texts or the phone just shutting off while I’m asleep is preventing our team from recommending this phone. Thanks

    • InvisibleHand

      Don’t you dare compare the g2x to the hd2.

    • smylax

      My LG rep has been much more forthcoming. There is a known issue with the device, linked to GPS running in the background, that causes the phone to shut off or reboot. Mine does it a lot. My LG rep confirmed that LG is aware of the issue and has a fix ready to roll out within the next 3 weeks. They are going to bundle the maintenance release with the Gingerbread update OTA. 

      • Anonymous

         @smylax Amazing News! Thanks for the info, I can rest easy now lol.

    • Untwist

      Please realize that just because you wrote something that you claim you were told it is not actually telling you what the engineers told you, and if so then you’re talking to the wrong engineers.  Sometimes, there are feature tests running in markets, other times it is handset issues related to the software implementation.  But, from a technical perspective you are all mixed up.  LG will work directly with T-Mo’s handset group and vice versa as well as the respective 3G vendor as needed.  

      To help slightly, the battery gets hot when the phone is doing something, which means likely one of 2 things, first it has an application stuck open processing (usually), the phone asks the network something, the network responds the phone did not hear so it asks again and we have a loop…. think of it as if they’re talking but they’re not understanding each other.  Finally, having tested this device with respect to its performance it is a good device, hopefully any minor (in my opinion) glitches will get cleared up since this is new. 

       Last but not least, try to put the handset in airplane mode, then put it back on the network.  See if that helps (it should force a fresh registration/sync to the network).

      • Anonymous

        Just was stating what a Sr. Engineer emailed to our market, this was on calls not going thru and signal loss. The rebooting issue is battery or software related, tmobile still has not solved this issue. The sr Engineer stated that it COULD BE related to a network connection because the phone is trying to look for a signal constantly. I’m just trying to find answers here and not spew uneducated hypotheses, I work for tmobile so I’m trying to help my customers that bought this phone including mine. This phone is amazing but our returns are ridiculous and no one in our Market wants to promote this beautiful phone. I want to rest assure my customers that this problem is not going unnoticed and that a fix is in the works. Only way this will get done is if we ask questions and try to come up with a solution. Aaron Baker from Phonedog even had his G2X reboot on his test unit several times.

        @David:twitter So here is my proof that T-Mobile has recognized the issue and I’m not just making it up.

        http://s1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa475/ktwist1/

  • Matt Adelsperger

    No Joy on stock rom. Netflix closes the second you open it.

  • Anonymous

     it opens and closes 

  • Jacetyle

    Same. Opens and closes.

  • http://profiles.google.com/johnvicencio John Vicencio

     Great, this doesn’t work for me even after following the above :( :( :(

  • Anonymous

    This is what I posted on the link provided - this definitely did not work… I did all the steps, rebooted the phone, was able to download the netflix application, but the app opens and closes. Never see any netflix material at all. I have the phone rooted with the stock ROM, so it probably requires having a Nexus S ROM on the phone or something else that you did not actually test. From the comments on TMONews, I am pretty sure you guys just failed to properly test this. Thanks for getting my hopes upthis definitely did not work… I did all the steps, rebooted the phone, was able to download the netflix application, but the app opens and closes. Never see any netflix material at all. I have the phone rooted with the stock ROM, so it probably requires having a Nexus S ROM on the phone or something else that you did not actually test. From the comments on TMONews, I am pretty sure you guys just failed to properly test this. Thanks for getting my hopes up

    • Derrick Ives

       I had the exact thing happen to me. Also, the properties changes broke swype, so had to go back to original build prop.

      • Chempitto1984

        a buid prop its a R/W thing to trick the platforms support on the phone,means triking in to it thinking when it reads and write the files for app.all u need its root explorer ,and rooted phone with custom recovery incase,nandroid is ur friend,

    • Derrick Ives

       I had the exact thing happen to me. Also, the properties changes broke swype, so had to go back to original build prop.

  • Guest

    Confirmed working on CM 7 my touch slide

  • Alex

    booooooooooooooooooooooooooooo doesnt work !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mathedrivein

      Boo.  Doesn’t work for me either.  Guess I’ll have to pony up and flash one of the CM7 nightlies tomorrow.

  • remixfa

     It also works on the Vibrant.  You just need a 2.3 rom and it runs without any further trickery.  Im running the Simply honey 3.3update1 and it works perfectly.

  • Anonymous

    T-Mobile G2x owners, are you have some jealousy

    SHOULD BE T-Mobile G2x owners, DO you have some jealousy  

  • Sapphire3g

    When editing the build.prop file I get “Read Only file” when using SUFBS.  Tried ES explorer and got an error about not being able to save the file. I think it may be due to the ROM that is being used.  I’m using the OEM ROM for the G2X.

    • Sapphire3g

       And I have mounted the system to be read and written.

    • Alex

      OEM ROM DOESNT WORK I HAD TO SWITCH TO CTANOGEN FOR IT TO WORK. 

      • Alex

        CYANOGENMOD 7 *** 

        • Sapphire3g

           Thanks.  I thought that was the case.  I guess I will wait for a stable build of CM7 for the G2X.  Damn, LG proprietary drivers.

    • Chempitto1984

      hey try using root explorer ,and read “hit on top right hand of app the’ r/w then open as text editor and fsllow commands ‘ d.u.m.a.ss.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • Alex

    CONFIRMED WORKING ON G2X WITH CYANOGENMOD 7 NIGHTLIES ! AWESOME QUALITY !

  • Darksoul1314

     THIS IS WORTHLESS. THE LIMIT WILL GET USED UP SO FAST! THEN EDGE SPEEDS. (EDGE SPEEDS ARE “WORTHLESS PEACE OF JUNK”

    • Spenc82

      Not useless for those who understand that you can use ask the data in the world when you are connected to wifi….

  • Joeysoamazin

      can someone send me the file to restore build.prop i tried the netflix and it didnt work..and i never saved the original my email is joeysoamazin@gmail.com i really appreciate it

  • Donlaxag1

    these were the settings before you started messing with your phone:

    ro.product.model=LG-P999
    ro.product.brand=lge
    ro.product.name=lge_star
    ro.product.device=p999
    ro.product.board=p999
    ro.product.manufacturer=lge
     

  • Anonymous

     http://www.vipshopper.us

  • Roodneyv

    To complicated. I use PlayOn. works a lot better

  • Cyangen Dude

    Works great on G2x 2.3.4 CM7 Nightly 25…..and its BLAZING FAST! NO BUFFERING ^_^  

    • http://twitter.com/dpicella David Picella NP PhD

      Yeah … It’s so blazing fast that everyone sounds like a chipmunk!

  • Eulaliolopezjr

    It turns of as soon as I hit the app. Any help on that?

  • Eulaliolopezjr

    It turns of as soon as I hit the app. Any help on that?

    • Will748

      Same problem too

      • Chempitto1984

        search on google as(netflix apk download from mediafire)ones downloaded dont open,hard reboot and make shure debug its on,now install using root explorer,ones u install select done,and dont open,close root explorer,then open and update like 20 seconds and u r ready to go,i had the same issue,if the problem persist make sure u have atleast on gb of space in the internal memory first.then u should have no pblms

      • Chempitto1984

        search on google as(netflix apk download from mediafire)ones downloaded dont open,hard reboot and make shure debug its on,now install using root explorer,ones u install select done,and dont open,close root explorer,then open and update like 20 seconds and u r ready to go,i had the same issue,if the problem persist make sure u have atleast on gb of space in the internal memory first.then u should have no pblms

  • trenell.taylor03

    my phone is not saving the new information. does anyone know why??? 

    thanks

  • trenell.taylor03

    my phone is not saving the new information. does anyone know why??? 

    thanks

  • Jjayno2003

    wrks gx2