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How to activate Adobe Flash Player

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

The Adobe Flash Player is a now obsolete plugin: it is not compatible with mobile devices, it slows down the loading of Web pages and consumes a lot of energy. Even Chrome, the famous browser of Google, tends to block its execution and warns the user every time a site tries to use it. However, there are situations in which Flash Player can still be useful and its use is essential for the display of some content, such as movies and online games.

If you are here and you are reading this tutorial is because, most likely, you came across a site that requires the use of Flash Player but your browser can not “see” the plugin. I guessed? Well, then know that you’ve come to the right place at the right time! With today’s guide, in fact, I will explain how to activate Adobe Flash Player on all major Web browsers and how to take advantage of this plugin on sites that still need to be used.

To conclude, then, I will also suggest an app that allows you to play Flash content on smartphones and tablets: all for free. How do you say? Can not wait to get started and access Flash content from all your devices? Very well, then take a few minutes of free time and put into practice the suggestions you find below. I assure you that you will be able to do everything and solve your problems related to Flash Player in a few clicks, or tap.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player – Activate Adobe Flash Player on PC

Regardless of the operating system installed on your PC and the browser you use to surf the Internet, activating Adobe Flash Player will be a breeze. Take five minutes of free time, read the instructions that you find below and put them into practice: you will be amazed by the simplicity with which you will be able to complete the operation!

How to activate Adobe Flash Player – Activate Adobe Flash Player in Chrome

Google Chrome has the Flash Player included “standard”: this means that you do not need to download the plugin or install it separately: the only thing you need to do is access the program settings and enable the execution of Flash Player in the latter.

Then open Chrome, click on the ⋮ button you see at the top right and select the Settings item from the menu that appears.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

In the tab that opens, use the mouse wheel or the keyboard down arrow to get to the end of the screen and click on the Advanced item. Then scroll down the options that appeared below and select the one called Content Settings.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

Now you have to go to Flash and you have to check if the stick in the screen that opens is activated (so the Ask first option (recommended) or not) is displayed (and then the Prevent sites to run Flash is displayed). In the latter case, enable the execution of Flash Player in Chrome by moving the lever on the top right (to make it blue) on the ON.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

Now you just have to connect to the site that needs Flash Player, locate the content in Flash to play and click on the gray box with written Click to activate Adobe Flash Player that should be in place of the latter.

Then answer Allow the warning that appears at the top left and the game should be done: the page should be reloaded and the content in Flash should be reproduced correctly.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

In case of problems, that is, if the Flash content on the web page is not reproduced correctly and / or no warning about the activation of the plugin is displayed, click on the button (i) in the address bar (in top left), then expand the drop-down menu next to the Flash entry (in the box that appeared on the screen) and choose the option Always allow on this site from the latter.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

If not even the above solution works, try going back to the Settings menu> Advanced> Content Settings> Google Chrome Flash (as I explained before). Then click on the Add button that is next to the entry Allow and type, in the box that opens, the address of the site where you want to use Flash Player. Pigia on Add to complete the operation. The site address must be typed using the following format: [*.] Address.xx.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

To conclude, make sure that in the Block list there is not the address of the site where you want to use Flash Player, otherwise the execution of the plugin will be blocked the same. If the site is on the list of blocked addresses, click on the ⋮ button next to it and select the Remove item from the menu that appears.

Now you should really be: linked to the site that contains elements in Flash, accept the execution of the plugin (if necessary) and you should see the latter without the slightest problem.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player – Activate Adobe Flash Player in Firefox

Unlike Chrome (and Microsoft Edge, which I’ll talk about soon), Firefox does not include “standard” Flash Player: this means that if the plugin is not yet installed on your PC, before proceeding you have to install it. Then connect to the website of Adobe, remove the check mark from all items placed under the heading Optional Offers (to avoid downloading additional promotional software) and click on the button Download or Install now located at the bottom right.

When the download is complete, if you use a Windows PC, start the executable flashplayerxx_ka_install.exe and, in the window that opens, click the Yes button. Then put the check mark next to Allow Adobe to install updates (recommended) and click on the Next button and then on Finish to complete the setup.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

If you are using a Mac, open the install_flash_player_osx.dmg file and run the Install Adobe Flash Player executable inside it. In the window that opens, click the Open button, put the check mark next to the entry I have read and accept the terms of the license agreement of Flash Player and complete the installation process of the plugin by clicking on the Install button, typing the password user of macOS (the one you use to access the system) and pressing on the Install assistant and End buttons. If prompted, type the macOS user password again.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

Now, regardless of the operating system you use on your PC, start Firefox (or reboot it, if it is already open), connected to the site that includes the Flash content you want to play and click on the Lego brick icon that is in top left (in the address bar) and then on the Allow button now in the box that appears.

If you want to allow Flash Player to run permanently on the site you are visiting, click the Always allow button instead of the “Allow Now” button.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

If Firefox does not reproduce the contents in Flash and there is no request for the execution of the plugin, do this: click on the ☰ button located at the top right, select the item Add-ons from the menu that appears and, in the tab that you open, select the Plugin item located in the left sidebar.

At this point, expand the drop-down menu located next to the Shockwave Flash and select the option Ask before activating from it. Doing so will allow Flash Player to start on demand on those sites that require it, subject to your authorization.

If, however, you want to make sure that the plugin starts automatically in all sites (NOT recommended), expand the drop-down menu located next to the Shockwave Flash voice and select the option Always activate from the latter.

Mission accomplished! Now visit a site that contains elements in Flash and this should work without problems.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player – Activate Adobe Flash Player in Edge

As already mentioned above, Microsoft Edge includes the Flash Player plugin “standard”: to activate it, open the browser, click the button (…) located at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that appears.

Subsequently, it arrives at the bottom of the bar that has appeared on the right side of the screen, presses the button Show advanced settings and, if it is not already there, move on the lever on the option Use Adobe Flash Player.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

Once activated Flash Player in the Edge settings, connected to the site that requires the plugin, click on the puzzle piece icon that appears at the top left (in the address bar) and presses the button Allow once. The page will be reloaded and the contents in Flash will be played automatically.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

If you want to authorize the site you are visiting to use Flash Player in the future without further confirmation (NOT recommended), click on the icon in the shape of a puzzle piece (in the address bar) and presses the button Always allow, rather than on “Allow once”, in the box that opens.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player – Activate Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer

Do you still use Internet Explorer? Well, you should not, it is a browser now obsolete and declared in the phase of “retirement” by the same Microsoft. In any case, and you want to activate Flash Player in the latter, first of all to download the plugin from the Adobe site and install it as I explained you already in the chapter of the guide dedicated to Firefox.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

Once installed Flash Player, open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon located at the top right and select the item Manage additional components from the menu that appears. In the window that opens, expand the Show pop-up menu to All Add-ons and locate Shockwave Flash Object in the list of available plugins.

At this point, select Shockwave Flash Object from the list of add-ons available in Internet Explorer, click on the Activate button located at the bottom right and the plugin will activate. If instead of the “Activate” button there is the Disable button, it means that Flash Player is already activated and so you do not have to do anything.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

Now you just have to visit a site that contains elements in Flash and these should be displayed without any problem.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player – Activate Adobe Flash Player in Safari

Do you have a Mac and use Safari as your default browser? In this case, you need to get the Flash Player plugin by downloading it from the Adobe website and installing it as I explained to you in the chapter dedicated to Firefox.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

When installation is complete, open Safari, and go to the Safari> Preferences menu located at the top left. In the window that opens, select the Websites tab, put the check mark next to the Adobe Flash Player placed at the bottom of the left sidebar and set the option Ask in the drop-down menu When I visit other websites, located bottom right.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

Now you just have to close Safari preferences, visit the site that includes the Flash content of your interest and authorize the execution of the plugin. To authorize the plugin to be run, first click on the Click to use Flash panel instead of the content you want to play and then the Authorize button that appears on the screen.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

If Safari does not ask you for permission to run Flash Player on a specific website, go to the Safari menu> Preferences> Web Sites, select the Adobe Flash Player item from the left sidebar and set the Ask option in the drop-down menu located next to the address of the site you are interested in in the list of currently open Web sites.

Finally, reload the page in Safari and the browser should ask permission to run the content in Flash.

How to activate Adobe Flash Player – Activate Adobe Flash Player on smartphones and tablets

Adobe has officially interrupted the development of Flash Player for Android, while on iOS the plugin has never been available. However, this does not mean that it is not possible to activate Adobe Flash Player on smartphones and tablets.

Thanks to Puffin Browser, a free browser available for Android and iOS, you can play Flash content on smartphones and tablets using a cloud-based system, ie on the Internet: this means that you do not need to actually install a plugin on your device but that, on the other hand, you can have fluctuating performance compared to the standard performances guaranteed by the real Flash Player.

Without this necessary clarification, I would say that it is time to take action. Then open the store of your device (Google Play if you use an Android device or App Store if you use an iPhone or an iPad), search Puffin Browser within the latter and proceed to the installation of the app by first pressing on its icon and then on the Install / Get button. On iOS you may be asked to verify your identity by typing the Apple ID password, using the Touch ID or Face ID. I recommend you download the free version of Puffin and not the paid version, which does not offer functions of fundamental importance for those that are your goals (ie, to play Flash content on smartphones and tablets).

How to activate Adobe Flash Player

When installation is complete, start Puffin Browser, skip the presentation screens of the app by pressing the Next / Start buttons located at the bottom right. Next, visit a site that contains elements in Flash and the latter should be loaded completely automatically.

If you are trying to play games that require a mouse, keyboard and / or controller to be used properly, you can simulate these input devices using the appropriate icons on the bottom left of the Puffin Browser.

If, instead, you need to recall the desktop version of a site to view the contents in Flash in it, presses the ⋮ button located at the top right and activates the lever for the function Request desktop site in the menu that opens .

How to activate Adobe Flash Player