Helping Animate Videos and Games for Over 20 Years
Adobe Flash Player functions as a background tool that facilitates the playback of animated clips within web browsers. It enjoyed an extensive period as the industry standard, employed by over 80% of websites. However, in recent years, its usage has significantly declined, prompting Adobe’s announcement of its discontinuation by the end of 2020.
However, until that happens, you will still need to either download or enable Adobe Flash Player when you visit a site, watch a video, or play a game that uses Flash.
- Chrome Users: Adobe Flash is built-in to your browser. Click here for instructions on how to enable it.
- Microsoft Edge Users: Adobe Flash is built-in to your browser. Click here for instructions on how to enable it.
How to Download Adobe Flash Player
- Click on the DOWNLOAD button on the sidebar to jump straight to the Adobe download page.
- Before clicking the INSTALL NOW button, you can choose to accept or refuse the two McAfee optional offers.
- Before the program installs, you can set your update preferences. Since Adobe is known to update Flash frequently, I recommend you choose “Allow Adobe to install updates” and then click next.
- When the file finishes downloading, double-click on it to install the program.
How to Enable Adobe Flash Player on Chrome
If you are using Chrome then there is no need to download Flash, because it’s built into the browser. However, for security reasons, the default setting for Flash is ‘disabled’.
- Click on the menu button (3 dots on the top right corner of your browser).
- Open the Settings.
- Scroll all the to the bottom and click Advanced.
- Click on the Site Settings link.
- Scroll down until you see Flash, and click on it.
- If it says “Block sites from running Flash (recommended)“, click the toggle button to change it to “Ask first“.
Now, anytime you go to a site that has Flash elements in it, you will be prompted to allow or block. It’s strongly recommended to only allow access to sites that you trust.
How to Enable Adobe Flash Player on Microsoft Edge
Much like Chrome, the Microsoft Edge browser has Flash functionality built-in, but disabled. Follow these steps to enable Flash.
- Open the menu bar by clicking on the three dots, located on the top right corner of the browser.
- Click on SETTINGS.
- On the left sidebar, click ADVANCED.
- Toggle “Use Adobe Flash Player” to “On”.
That is why it’s important to always use the latest version of Flash, and only enable it when you trust the publisher or website.