Netflix begins connecting iPhone and iPad users to an external registration page

Netflix has begun directing users on iPhone and iPad to an external web page where they can sign up for the service. As I mentioned for the first time before 9to5Mac. Change comes after only months Apple starts allowing ‘reader’ apps which provide access to digital content, such as Netflix and Spotify, link to account registration pages on their websites.

Since 2018However, Netflix did not provide an external recording link — or even tell users where to sign up — in its iPhone and iPad apps. Users had to instead go to the Netflix website from a web browser or mobile phone to subscribe to the service Before Access to the application. This was done to comply with Apple’s rules, which made it difficult for apps to circumvent their 30 percent commission on in-app purchases and prevented developers from providing a link to an external registration page. The setup made it confusing for new users who (logically) thought they would be able to sign up for Netflix using the app.

But now, that seems to be changing – 9to5Mac Reports that iPhone and iPad users are now viewing an external link within the Netflix app that they can use to sign up for the service, and the edgeRichard Lawler noted the same thing. Users who click on the link see a message warning that they are “about to leave the app” and go to an external website. It also indicates that any transactions on the external page are not affiliated with Apple:

Any accounts or purchases made outside of this app will be managed by the developer “Netflix”. Your App Store account, stored payment methods, and related features, such as subscription management and refund requests, will not be available. Apple is not responsible for the privacy or security of transactions with this developer.

Clicking on the warning will redirect users to an account registration page on the Netflix website where they can enter payment information and choose a subscription plan. It’s not clear when Netflix started offering this new option, and the company didn’t respond immediately the edgeComment request. Currently, Netflix support page It still states that users cannot access the Netflix registration page from its iPhone or iPad app.

Although Apple has begun to relax its policies for reader apps, it still is Strict set of guidelines Which developers should follow, such as not including any pricing information with a link to external registration pages. Developers must also submit an Entitlement for permission to add an external link to their app.

Apple has faced criticism for its policies that force most developers to use the App Store billing system, which is Apple’s He gets a commission to use it. In response to a new law passed in South Korea, Apple has started letting developers use third-party payment processors in apps issued in the country. also made Some changes have been released for dating apps released in the Netherlands After a long battle with the regulator in the country.

But Apple will have more modification when it is a file EU Digital Markets Act (DMA) legislation passedas if Forcing Apple to allow use of third-party payment systemsand side-loading app stores and third-party stores. Google has already started preparing for the new laws by It gives developers the option to use an alternative billing system For applications distributed in Europe.

Update July 23, 12:42 PM ET: Added confirmation that the external link exists in the Netflix app.

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