How to Fix Google Pixel Widevine Level Changed from Level 1 to 3


Some Google Pixel devices seem to be stuck on OTT services like Netflix with Widevine L3 support and SD quality. As a result, Netflix users are unable to stream high-resolution content and are limited to SD (Standard Definition). Now, if you are one of the Pixel device users and are having issues with Widevine L3 support, you can check out this guide to change the Google Pixel Widevine Level to Level 1 to 3 issue.

Remember, almost every media streaming service such as Netflix, Disney +, Hulu, etc. uses a variety of digital rights management (DRM) to protect their content from being pirated or redistributed without their permission. ۔ WideWine is a widely used DRM technology used in many web and Android apps. But not all Android devices fully support WideWine DRM, which can be a hassle for subscribers as they are paying for content and quality.

Fix Google Pixel Widevine Level Changed from Level 1 to 3

Clearly, the Widevine L3 is the least supported video resolution. If a device only has Widevine L3 support, it means that it does not have a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) to run DRM encryption, which can limit the streaming of content in 480P resolution. Wide wine L2-supported devices have a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) but are based on video processing software. This allows content to stream up to a maximum of 540P.

While Widevine L1 support is great for OTT services if you are paying for a subscription and want to watch content on big screens like monitors or TVs. This is the highest level of protection and the media is decrypted which is fully processed in the Trusted Executive Environment (TEE). With WideWine L3 support, Android devices can play WideWine-protected content at the highest possible resolutions.

Now, if we come to the part where we talk about the middle ground, then most Android devices come with Widevine L1 support by default (outlined by Google) out of the box. While some rooted devices or uncertified smartphones can only support Widevine L3 or L2. Sometimes software glitches or corrupted updates can cause Widevine DRM to revert back to L2 or L3. If you are not sure what level of wine your device supports, you can use the DRM Info app through the Play Store to check it out.

To check the level of Widevine on your device for Netflix, you can easily open the Netflix app> go to ‘Settings’> scroll down to ‘Playback Specifications’ to see which formats are available. Unfortunately, some users of the Pixel device are reporting that the Widevine level has been changed from Level 1 to Level 3. Fortunately, there is a Widevine Services APK file that can properly install the certificate. Many thanks to TrapCoder (XDA Senior Member) for sharing this.

Steps to Fix Pixel Widevine Level from L3 to L1

  • Just download the app-release_signed(3).apk file on your affected Pixel device or any other Android device and install it.
  • If it asks to allow unknown sources to install the APK then make sure to allow the same.
  • Once the APK file has been installed, head over to the device Settings menu > Apps > Netflix > Clear Cache and Data of the Netflix app.
  • Reboot your device to apply changes.
  • Enjoy! Your device is now supported by Widevine L1 for Netflix.

However, if the problem still persists then contact your device manufacturer or support team for further assistance.

That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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