Nintendo Switch Online App Not Working With Rooted Phone

Posted By   jiggy's Avatar jiggy   on September 21st, 2018 Report

Well, this is pretty obnoxious. The Nintendo Switch Online app for Android appears to be crashing and closing right away if you have a rooted phone.

Previous Nintendo Android Apps didn't work at all if your phone was rooted. And it seems like after an update to Nintendo Switch Online, you can't launch the app if your phone is rooted.

I took a quick look at the Google Play store reviews to see if anyone else was having this problem, and it seems like several other people with rooted phones can no longer start the Nintendo Switch Online App.

Not only that, but I went to use RootCloak to hide root from the Nintendo Switch Online App, and people in Google Play Store are saying that Nintendo Switch Online App will not start if you have Xposed installed too. Most people use RootCloak to hide apps that shut down if you have rooted your phone. But it looks like Nintendo is now detecting if you have the tools to hide root, and then shutting down their app.

It's pretty awful they appear to be doing this. But I can understand if they want to do it with their free to play games. But this is an app you use when you are a paying Nintendo Switch Online customer. And if you root your phone, Nintendo will stop you from using part of your Nintendo Switch Online because they don't like the fact that you're rooted.

At the time, I still can't figure out a way to get around this. ParadoxalDream on Google Play is saying that you can use "Magisk", but a search on F-Droid turns up nothing, while there's just some fake apps on Google Play. That's because you'll need Android 5.0.0 or greater to install Magisk.

You can get Magisk, if you have Android 5.0.0 or greater, from the XDA forums. Don't get it from anywhere else, it's a fake app.

This appears to be a pretty huge mistake for Nintendo, and a really big way to anger a lot of power users. Here's to hoping that they reverse course on this (they haven't on any of their other apps) or someone comes up with a better way around this. It really feels like they're crossing a boundary here that shouldn't be crossed, because they're stopping paying customers from accessing services because they don't like rooted phones.

And the absolute worst part of it is that this update that broke rooted phones came out in September 19th, a day after Nintendo Switch Online started. So, people who thought Nintendo Switch Online's app was working properly signed up on the 18th, and then had their app updated and now it no longer works.

Hopefully we get a statement from Nintendo about this. It's unacceptable to lock your paying customers out because you don't like their rooted phones. Specially when they worked fine before you started charging for those features that were previously free.

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