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Hate how Hulu blocks users from getting free content from mobile devices? You can force Adobe Flash onto your device How to Install Flash On Your Android Jelly Bean Tablet or Phone How to Install Flash On Your Android Jelly Bean Tablet or Phone For 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... Read More and enable “desktop” mode, but it still won’t help you. Fortunately a hack exists, originating from XDA-Developers.com that solves this problem. In theory, it should work on any Android device with root access. In reality, it works on many, but not all devices.

Want to get started? Just gather a few simple applications, root access and a bit of time:

Requires:

The process appears complex but in truth requires little effort. If your device is not already capable of it, enabling root access is about 90% of the work involved. The other steps in this process require about five to ten minutes. After you’ve acquired the above items, move on to installing the software.

However, keep in mind that not all devices are compatible with the script. Most are though.

How the Script Works

XDA developer NoSudo‘s Flashex works by tricking Hulu into thinking you’re not using a mobile device. This bypasses Flash Player’s built in roadblocks to free mobile access. The lynchpin file in Hulu’s security arrangement is libflashplayer.so.

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After running, Flashex replaces the stock version of libflashplayer.so with a modified one. When Hulu tries to check if the system is legitimate, it reads this file. The process is virtually undetectable.

You can read the original Flashex thread at XDA.

Installation Instructions

There’s several ways to run the Hulu-enabling script. The official instructions use some additional steps that I’m going to do away with. Instead, we’re going to try the fastest and easiest method.

Installation doesn’t require more than five or ten minutes. Getting started is easy:

  • Install BusyBox Installer, run it and download and install BusyBox 1.2 (not the latest version).

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  • If you don’t have an SD card, you will likely still have a directory named “SD card”, which will work as well.
  • Fire up your Android device and turn on Script Manager, which can run scripts.
  • Using Script Manager, locate the Flashex folder on the SD card and navigate to Flashex205.sh (or whatever version number you have).flashex in windows
  • Select Flashex205.sh and turn on the Superuser option and the boot option.

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  • After this, Flashex will run at boot, every time.
  • When you want to watch Hulu, navigate to the Hulu page, enable “Desktop Mode” from within your browser. You may need to reload. After that, the site should work.

Installation Problems

I had a great deal of difficulty getting the Flashex script installed correctly. This is because the script doesn’t work with many unusual file system structures. For example, the Nexus 4 uses a great deal of symbolic links, also known as “symlinks” What Is a Symbolic Link & What Are Its Uses? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is a Symbolic Link & What Are Its Uses? [MakeUseOf Explains] Read More – consequently, when the script looks for libflashplayer.so, it can’t find it – therefore, it fails.

Another issue is that you must have BusyBox 1.20, and not any other version. If you fail to install 1.20, this will not work for you.

Hulu+ Options

If you have Hulu+ and want to install the official client on an unsupported device, you’re also in luck. Another, completely unrelated, developer created a version of the Hulu+ app that will run on almost any device. For the curious, you can check out the original XDA thread.

Here’s the direct download link.

Conclusion

For those of you who want to keep getting free Hulu content on their mobile device, try Flashex. While my devices were not compatible, the script is neither dangerous nor hard to install. If it works, you get free content on your tablet or phone. If it fails, you can always try another app or method, like actually paying for content.

Anyone else having issues getting free Hulu videos on their Android device? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Jino
    December 4, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Two words will change the way you use flash... Lucky Patcher. Google it and then install. Look for the custom patch for Flash Player.

  2. Pinguy
    October 5, 2013 at 2:37 am

    I made this into a CWM zip with everything in it you need for this to work.
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=46171502#post46171502
    I tried this with a few versions of flash. It only works with a few. The zip has the most up-to-date version of flash that works with this hack.

    The CWM zip includes:
    Flash 11.1.115.36
    Busybox 1.20
    Flashex 2.05

    • Kannon Y
      October 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      I saw your thread earlier. Impressive work , thank you for sharing!

  3. Madge Villegas
    October 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Skip all that and get a Windows tablet with full Windows 8.1 on it!

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