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install flash on androidFor the past few years, Adobe Flash has proved quite controversial. Ever since Apple opted to block support for it on iOS – thereby forcing anyone who wanted to use the iPhone or iPad to rely on other solutions (usually HTML5) its future has remained in doubt, with only traditional desktop and laptop users still regularly using it. Following Apple’s lead, Microsoft has no current plans to introduce Flash on Windows Phone (although in the early days there were moves to do so) – so the obvious answer to anyone wanting to access Flash-based streaming media and games using a mobile device would be Android. This has been the case for a few years now, but in the past few months Google has opted to drop Flash from Android. Despite the lack of native support for Flash or the ability to easily install it through Google Play, it is actually possible to install the software on a modern Android device and reap the media streaming and gaming benefits.

How to Install Flash on Android

Installing Flash can be done in a matter of minutes. The following steps require you to configure your Android device to allow installation of software from non-official sources (that is, allowing the use of third-party marketplaces Top 5 Sites to Help You Find Apps for Your Android Phone Top 5 Sites to Help You Find Apps for Your Android Phone Read More ) as well as use an alternative browser. A note of warning: Experience with a couple of different devices shows that this fix is not guaranteed to work. But if you’re missing being able to use Flash, it’s certainly worth spending a few minutes trying it out.

Preparation: Grab Your Downloads

Before enabling Adobe Flash on your Android Jelly Bean phone or tablet you will need to prepare by downloading the Android Flash Player APK file, which you will find at the XDA Developers forum. Make sure you download the most recent version, which is found via a link in the first post in the forum thread. Alternatively, you might simply Google “android flash player apk” and use one of the resulting links to find the file. Be sure to use a reputable source for the APK, and have an anti-virus app The 3 Best Antivirus Apps To Protect Your Android Security The 3 Best Antivirus Apps To Protect Your Android Security As we’ve reported frequently at MakeUseOf, Android is no longer safe from malware. The number of threats is on the rise. This shouldn’t be surprise to anyone. Smartphones and tablets can carry all sorts of... Read More installed just in case. install flash on android With this saved in an easy-to-find place on PC, you should then download and install the Firefox browser for Android, available from Google Play. You will need to do this because the default Chrome browser doesn’t support Flash. (There is also a version of the Flash Player that works with the Dolphin browser, available via the same forum thread above).

Configuring Android for Non-Google Play Apps

Due to Android dropping support for Flash, it is no longer available in Google Play, which is why you downloaded the file above from the XDA Developers website. By default, Android Jelly Bean device will block you from being able to install apps not via Google Play. Fortunately, this can be enabled using the following steps. Open Settings > Security and enable the Unknown Sources option. You will need to observe the warning – this basically explains that your phone will be more vulnerable to malware What Is The Difference Between A Worm, A Trojan & A Virus? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is The Difference Between A Worm, A Trojan & A Virus? [MakeUseOf Explains] Some people call any type of malicious software a "computer virus," but that isn't accurate. Viruses, worms, and trojans are different types of malicious software with different behaviors. In particular, they spread themselves in very... Read More if you install apps that weren’t download through Google Play – and click OKif you accept.

Installing Adobe Flash on Android

You will now be ready to copy the downloaded APK to your SD Card How To Choose The Right SD Card For The Job How To Choose The Right SD Card For The Job SD cards aren't all about storage! In fact, there are several other factors to consider, and when purchasing your cards, you should make yourself aware of them. That said, SD cards aren't all created equal,... Read More . Once this is done, browse your phone for the file (using a tool such as ES File Explorer ES File Explorer - The Best File Manager For Android [Android] ES File Explorer - The Best File Manager For Android [Android] Android doesn’t come with a file manager. Google thinks file managers are part of the past – a complicated tool that we shouldn't need when our data is stored in the cloud and retrieved on-demand... Read More or Root Explorer Root Explorer Lets You Reach Deep Into Android’s File System Root Explorer Lets You Reach Deep Into Android’s File System Read More ) and tap it to begin installation. (If you prefer, you can use a different approach for installation – rather than download the file to your computer, download it directly to your phone and launch it from the notification bar.) You could also just put it in your Dropbox Better Than The Default: 5 Fantastic Dropbox Apps [Android] Better Than The Default: 5 Fantastic Dropbox Apps [Android] I'm a huge fan of Dropbox. I have been using it extensively for team collaborations, to transfer files between platforms, and for backup purposes. Dropbox' key to success is its ease of use, which is... Read More . After tapping the APK file, you will be asked if you want to begin installation. Click Install to proceed; it should only take a few seconds for the process to complete. install flash on android Click Opento check the Flash Player settings, selecting your Firefox browser to view the options.

Viewing Media with Adobe Flash

You will then need to configure Firefox to run Adobe Flash seamlessly. By default you need to tap the screen to enable a Flash application to run, but this step removes the requirement. Open Firefox, tap the menu button and open Settings > Plugins and choose Enabled. Videos and games should then run smoothly on your Jelly Bean phone or tablet. Should you encounter a website that detects that you are running a phone/tablet browser and doesn’t serve Flash content as a result, take advantage of the Phony add-on for Firefox mobile, which can be used to trick websites into thinking that you’re using a desktop browser.

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Conclusion: A Solution that Works (For Most…)

Concerns about Adobe Flash largely derive from a perception that the software is prone to bugs and vulnerabilities, but these things have not prevented Microsoft or Apple from blocking its use on their desktop platforms. However, you can see why Google would want to avoid the user experience becoming tarnished, particularly when the balance of power between Android and iOS is so even. One bad Flash-related incident and millions of users could jump ship, so matching Apple’s stance is a wise way of avoiding this. It’s just sad that it should happen on a platform that has previously allowed users to run Flash, but at least there is a workaround for anyone who feels that removing the software from Google Play is overkill. Let us know in the comments what phone or tablet you’re using, and whether you had success.

  1. orock
    January 24, 2015 at 8:18 am

    HELLO ma google account has been blocked on ma tablette and i hv forgotten ma account signin. wht wil i do?

    • Christian Cawley
      January 29, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Use the usual tools to unlock your account in your desktop browser. Or create a new account.

  2. pianojones
    September 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    "..One bad Flash-related incident and millions of users could jump ship...."

    I see your point - but what's worse, SOME of your favourite flash-based sites not working or ALL of your favourite flash-based sites not supported ?
    Anyway, thanks for the howto, it worked well(ish).For stuff that Android Flash still chokes on, try Photon Browser.....

  3. Huda
    September 26, 2013 at 2:38 am

    I got a bit confused at the actual 'installing adobe flash on android' part :P I don't really get it, what do I press on that screen? local storage? or what? where do I go how do I copy the file to anywhere??? so lost. :( If only you had a detailed YouTube video walking through the process!! Thanks for almost getting me there :) It was me who is lacking...

    • Christian C
      September 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Huda

      I think you're misinterpreting the image, which refers to the next stage, checking that Flash works. All you need to do is run the APK on your phone to install.

      The screenshot you refer to details the options screen for setting how Flash works on different connection types.

  4. Raghav
    September 14, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Works well for note 2. Thanks !!!

  5. Nicole
    September 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Hey, just downloaded flash player from one of the links that was posted earlier that went into adobe archives. Followed the directions on installing apk, downloaded and enabled Firefox and that's it. Did this on Samsung, tab 3, tab 2 and galaxy s2. Works perfectly! Just want to say thank you for both the writer and the one who gave the link to the archives.

  6. EcrOp
    September 2, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I found a nice little app which helps you installing flash on your device. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cannibal_dev.installflash

  7. NJ
    June 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Hi

    Do these instructions cover Jellybean 4.2.2 cos I have followed the instructions meticulously and it doesn't give me the options on "settings manager mobile". It's just a black screen on the browser page. The 'flash settings icon' shows on the phone as being installed though. I use a galaxy S4. Any useful info will be appreciated...

    • dh
      August 10, 2013 at 6:46 am

      I'll try Puffin. I got to dead ends like NJ. Thought I was incompetent.

    • dh
      August 10, 2013 at 6:47 am

      This problem is on my Asus 301 Jellybean 4.2 tablet, btw

  8. Akash
    May 20, 2013 at 4:04 am

    A very well written article. It covered all relevant factors without being bloated. Good job, and thank you for the help. I haven't installed it yet but I'm pretty sure it'll work.

  9. Guillermo Aguilar
    May 15, 2013 at 4:26 am

    How about using Puffin Web browser? it plays flash video

  10. James Coffman
    May 7, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I have a samsung galaxy tablet 2. I cant get past the screen showing peer assisted network?

    • Christian Cawley
      May 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Hi James - do you mean the app doesn't respond at this screen?

  11. Keith S
    April 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Now, this is REAL kool! Thanks!

  12. Ed A
    April 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm
  13. Daniel Eluvathingal
    April 18, 2013 at 12:08 am

    guys can we download flash by just going to http://www.adobe.com from our phone browser and download the latest one for android simply like in pc?

    • Woodman
      May 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Sorry, jelly bean devices don't permit you to just download flash. I wish it were that easy.

    • molanjames
      June 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      I followed all of the instructions on how to install Flash Player onto my Razr Maxx from here http://www.smartphonesupdates.com/how-to-install-adobe-flash-player-on-android-devices/ (unrooted), however all that I am getting on my stock browser is a blue leggo style cube with a question mark inside of it. Can anyone tell me what I might be doing wrong?

    • at_brown
      July 2, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Same result here on a Galaxy S3

  14. Doc
    April 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Great...now how about a version of this article for those of us stuck with Jellybean?

    • Doc
      April 17, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Sorry, meant Gingerbread (2.x)

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