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Adobe Flash Player is a tool that runs in the background and allows for animated clips to play in your browser. For many years it was the gold standard and used in more than 80% of websites. Over the past few years, that number has dropped drastically and Adobe has announced that it will discontinue the tool at 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”.
Q. Is Adobe Flash Player Safe?
A. Adobe is a very reputable company and its software is clean and free of viruses. The download does have some extra McAfee products included in the installer, but it’s easy to choose to not to include them in your download.
Q. Is Adobe Flash Player free?
A. Yes, it’s 100% free.
Q. Does Adobe Flash Player have viruses or malware?
A. While the Adobe Flash Player is clean, hackers are able to include malware or viruses in their Flash programs. Then when it’s played on your computer or phone, it could harm your computers.
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.
Q. Adobe Flash Player is blocked; how do I unblock it?
A. Most browsers block Flash programs by default. You can go to the Settings menu in your browser and enable Flash for the specific page you’re looking at.
Q. Why is Flash disabled by default?
A. The list of security breaches that are connected with Flash-based websites is quite extensive. Now, with Adobe announcing the end of support for the Flash Player, hackers have gotten even bolder. Therefore, all the major browsers disable Flash for your protection.
Q. What will happen to Flash-based content after 2020?
A. Adobe gave web developers plenty of notice that it was shutting down its Flash Player in 2020, and most web developers have already begun transitioning to HTML5 or other similar codes. According to Google Chrome, companies have already begun migrating to the “open web technologies” and there has been a steep decline in sites people visit with Flash.Adobe Flash Player Review