You can use your Android smartphone without a flash player because it’s not necessarily a requirement, but without it you can’t play specific audio or video files. For those who don’t know, the Google Play Store or the Chrome browser won’t abandon the flash player for Windows and Android.

This is done to minimize the security risks associated with Flash Players. Now that the Google Play Store doesn’t support Flash Player, even if you have a third-party Flash Player app installed, you won’t get any updates or bug fixes.

Adobe Flash Player is computer software used to view multimedia content created using the Adobe Flash platform. Most of the time Adobe Flash Player is blocked on websites because Adobe Flash is slowly becoming obsolete.

To view multimedia content using Adobe Flash Player you need to authorize it to run, typically a message is displayed if you try to view Adobe Flash content.

However, if the prompt does not appear, follow the methods below to unlock Adobe Flash Player.

How to Test Your Adobe Flash Player

The fastest way to test Adobe Flash Player on your browser is to check the Adobe flash status.

The version installed on your computer for your browser is indicated there as the arrow in the image shows. Scroll down to compare it to the table that contains the latest version updates available for different web browsers.

By default, Flash is blocked from major web browsers. The flash icon will appear instead of the version information box. Click on it to access the website settings to manually allow Flash to run on the website.

Download Adobe Flash Player

If you don’t have a flash player installed, go to their center Flash download from Adobe. The installation suit will accompany the third party programs in the “Optional offer” section, deselecting them to avoid installing them on your PC.

Major web browsers have started blocking Flash and plan to pull the plug by the end of 2020. Therefore, web browsers have Flash blocked by default and it must be allowed.

Chrome generally has Adobe Flash Player is a blocked error while some other web browsers have a Sites Need Flash error. It generally happens when Adobe Flash Player is not installed or blocked by the web browser.

Here’s how to unblock Adobe Flash Player for different web browsers

Unblock Adobe Flash Player in Chrome

There are two ways to unblock Adobe Flash Player in Chrome. The first is for the individual sites you want to run Flash for. The second is for universal authorization which covers all websites on Chrome.

Method 1

All you have to do is click on the site settings icon, located in the address bar. Click the drop-down menu to the right of Flash and set it to Allow. Either way, you want the setting to be permanently similar to that for the particular website. Otherwise, if you are unsure about the future in the future, select the Ask option.

Method 2

This setting allows you to configure it universally for all website browsers on Google Chrome. Enter the following in the address bar to directly access the settings for FLASH

chrome: // settings / content / flash

Alternatively, hit the Flash settings by the traditional method. Go to the vertical 3-dot menu Settings> Site Settings> Flash.

Turn the knob to the right and it will turn blue, as shown in the image. It will ask for Adobe Flash to be enabled, instead of blocking it entirely. You can always add websites to the exceptions list, on which Adobe Flash will work without asking for your permission.

Unblock Adobe Flash Player in Mozilla Firefox

It is quite simple to unblock Adobe Flash on Firefox, with the plug-in use icon. A single click on the Plug-in Usage icon will request permission to allow or disallow Flash on the webpage / website.

Firefox Settings for Flash Alternatively, you can click Run Adobe Flash Text and the prompt will appear, asking for permission to run Flash.

Unlock Adobe Flash Player in Microsoft Edge

Just like Firefox, you can unblock Adobe Flash on a website in Edge by clicking the Flash icon in the address bar.

Another way to enable the Flash player is to change it from the Settings menu. It will enable Flash players on all websites, regardless of the permissions granted for individual websites.

Go to Settings from the horizontal 3 dots menu and go to Advanced. There you will find Adobe Flash Player settings to enable or disable them.

Unblock Adobe Flash Player in Apple Safari

Apple users on macOS 10.11 or later can also unlock Adobe Flash Player on Safari.

Go to Preferences> Websites> Plugins> Adobe Flash Player. Check the Adobe Flash Player item to enable Flash Player on Safari.

MacOS X 10.10 users can go to Preferences> Security. Enable JavaScript and select Allow plugins. Next, click on Plug-in Settings and select Adobe Flash Player. Click ON where it says When visiting other websites.

How to update Adobe Flash Player

The latest version of Adobe Flash Player on Windows PC and Mac automatically checks for updates and installs them. But if it is disabled by your browser, you can alternatively install the Adobe Flash Player update manually by changing the update settings for the Flash Player.

On your Windows PC, open the Control Panel. At the top right, click View for “large icons”

Now, click the flash player, a popup will open with the Flash player settings manager like the screenshot below.

Now click on the Updates tab and select “Allow Adobe to install updates.

Done this will allow Adobe to automatically check for updates, otherwise you can manually click “check now” in the last step.


Try Adobe Player if it is already installed on your PC. Next, unlock Adobe Flash Player on web browsers like Chrome, Edge, Safari and Firefox. mentioned above.

Adobe Flash Player is being phased out and support will be discontinued by the end of 2020. Save Flash Player files and play them on a SWF player.