Sign in

Sign in to confirm

Have you forgotten your password?

... or login with Facebook:

Don't have an AndroidPIT account yet? Sign up

How to install Flash Player on Android Lollipop, KitKat and Jelly Bean

Scott Adam Gordon
55

Again and again we get asked how to install and use Adobe Flash Player with Android. Its prevalence on the internet is still huge and getting it to work on Android devices isn't always that easy. But it can be, with a little help. Read below to find out how to get Adobe Flash Player on Android. 

android lollipop flash player
We'll tell you how to get Flash Player on Android Lollipop, KitKat, Jelly Bean and even Ice Cream Sandwich. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to install Flash Player on Android Lollipop

Use FlashFox

Using FlashFox has long-since been a favorite method for using Flash Player on Android because of how effectively it renders Flash content from websites. However it's not the perfect solution. It doesn't always work: in our test on the Nexus 4 flash animations did not run smoothly 100% of the time.

Adobe Flash is now at version 16, and as Android support stopped at version 11.1, not even FlashFox can help with content programmed with later versions. In most cases, FlashFox will suffice however.

androidpit flashfox browser screenshot
FlashFox is a nice browser which requests the full version of websites (rather than the slimmed down mobile version) by default. / © ANDRODPIT

Use Dolphin Browser

Unlike FlashFox, Flash is not automatically set up to work with Dolphin Browser by default. Go into the Dolphin settings by tapping on the Dolphin icon in the browser. In your settings tap Web Content, and then Flash Player on the next page. Set it to "Always on".

This is only the first step in setting up Flash Player for Dolphin, the next step involves navigating to a browser which uses Flash Player (or just wait until you find one naturally when browsing). The first time this happens you will be asked to install Flash Player , tap download when prompted (you may need to enable "unknown sources" in your settings > security > unknown sources page). 

androidpit dolphin browser screenshot 2
Make sure you change Dolphin's Flash Player settings to "Always on". / © ANDROIDPIT

Use Puffin Browser

Puffin Browser has two advantages over Dolphin Browser and FlashFox. Firstly, the Flash Player version it supports is version 16. Secondly, it can emulate a mouse and arrow keys in an overlay like you're browsing on desktop PC! For Puffin browser the Android Flash solution is an interesting one: Flash content is rendered in the cloud.

This means that, while perfectly functional, Flash playback can tend to be choppy (as it's usually transferring data from overseas). We recommend lowering the Flash quality in the browser settings if you experience this.  

androidpit puffin browser screenshot
If you find that Flash Player has performance issues in Puffin Browser, then lower the "Flash quality". / © ANDRODPIT

How to install Flash player on Android KitKat and Jelly Bean

Still running KitKat? Still running Jelly Bean? Still running Ice Cream Sandwich?? Don't worry, we've got you covered. You see the Lollipop tutorial above? Yeah, just use one of those apps. It's the same procedure. Adobe may have turned its back on you, but these browsers sure haven't.  

That's it, now you can use Flash Player content on your Android smartphone or tablet! Which method do you prefer?

Related Topics

From the forum. Join the discussion now!

Comments

Write new comment:
  • Nisar Iqbal Aug 14, 2013 Link

    Good but wy dont download my dvic galaxy s3

    0
  • Kris Carlon
    • Admin
    • Staff
    Aug 15, 2013 Link

    Hi Nisar Iqbal, your device needs a minimum of ARMv7 processor with Android 4.0 or higher. I take it your phone has this as your S3 should be running a Cortex-A9 processor and be on 4.1.2, so I'm not sure what the problem is, as ARM processors support Flash. I used this method on an S3 when I wrote this article for the screenshots. What is the error message you're seeing?

    0
  • Andre Bakker Aug 15, 2013 Link

    Why do we need flashplayer if we are using now html5 ?

    0
  • Kris Carlon
    • Admin
    • Staff
    Aug 15, 2013 Link

    Excellent question! We don't really...but some websites still have Flash content (and may never upgrade to HTML5), plus, some people just like to have Flash installed, just in case!

    0
  • Andre Bakker Aug 15, 2013 Link

    Ah thats why :), i think the most of them using Now HTML5 becaulse its faster and smoother.
    But maybe old websites still using flash ;)

    0
    • tekf33k3n 1 month ago Link

      A lot of websites still use flash. Especially game site and corporate intranet sites. Even though the switch to HTML5 is going along nicely, it was still short sited to get rid of the support as early as Google and Adobe did. Google tried to force the hand of the Internet but many companies just refuse to move that fast. The same goes for browser locked websites. It's dumb but it still happens a lot.

      0
  • gmalvim Aug 15, 2013 Link

    The brazilian website of FORD still uses flash. It got my attention the other day because I use Chrome for android. Just tested this with the website and it works. :)

    0
  • Gavin Windsor Aug 23, 2013 Link

    Another tutorial on "how to play flash on Android".
    ***links are forbidden***

    0
  • Love Aug 25, 2013 Link

    People really need to know this. However, it is easier to just go to adobe's website to find the legacy drivers and then download them directly to your device and install flash as if you got it from the Play Store leaving the computer out and this a job that can be done anywhere you have Internet. It is insulting to assume we have difficulty downloading APK's via browser when we do it at the play Store all the time and I do not mean through the app either.
    BlovePhd

    0
  • Kris Carlon
    • Admin
    • Staff
    Sep 2, 2013 Link

    Hi Love, you are correct, it is much easier to just download the APK directly on your device (using the same instructions) and launch from there directly, but there are some common problems experienced when doing it this way (I had them when I tried to do it first) so I thought for ease of installation I'd recommend using a PC. But both ways work.

    0
  • Molan James Sep 3, 2013 Link

    Hi @nisar I found this tutorial ***links are forbidden*** for S3 its working fine

    Admin edit: the process outlined in this (removed) tutorial is the same as in the article above.

    0
  • Steve W. Sep 17, 2013 Link

    I followed your directions for my new Tab 3 (SM-T310) which is using 4.2.2 I could not get the Flash Player to work using Firefox :(
    What can I try?
    --------------------------------------
    IT work great (in the morning when I re-powered it)
    Tested on several Flash Player sites and then when I gave it back to my 12 year old grandson, he was able to log on the the Palm Breach County School District Web Site (every thing is Flash Player) it work better that the families lap top.

    0
  • Kris Carlon
    • Admin
    • Staff
    Sep 18, 2013 Link

    Hey Steve, glad it all worked out in the end! I mentioned in the forum on this topic that the process didn't work immediately on my device either. Not very technical but sometimes leaving it alone is all it needs!

    0
  • Dwight Wright Sep 21, 2013 Link

    I must be going insane here. I'm following directions to the letter and all the browsers are still freezing and crashing. Allowed non market apps, downloaded top/latest android version of flash and installed, changed settings on all browsers to display flash always and freezes on Dolphin AND Boat browsers. I figure myself to be Android savvy, but I am completely dumbfounded.

    I'm on Jellybean 4.3 stock (works even less better on the new updates) on the Nexus 7 (old). I needs my flash player fix! I'm jonesin!

    0
  • George Spamhunter Sep 28, 2013 Link

    For info, I'm using Android 4.2 on a Wiko Five (French manufacturer), and after installing Flash Player I still get "A plugin is needed" gray boxes.

    0
  • Steve W. Sep 28, 2013 Link

    Try using Firefox as the broswer (in the directions) and Please re-post if you got it to work properly (or NOT)

    0
  • Kris Carlon
    • Admin
    • Staff
    Sep 30, 2013 Link

    Hey guys, I'm not sure what the problem is. George, your Wiko Five has a Cortex-A7 processor so you should be able to run Flash. What browser are you using? I've only done this procedure on Firefox and Dolphin on an S3 and Nexus 4. And Dwight I can only ask you what browser you're using too, as you have the necessary hardware as well. As I mentioned elsewhere, I had a few issues getting it to work (using the same process every time) before it started to work properly, so hopefully your tenacity has paid off already. You could also try setting your preferences in the Flash Player Settings app that would've installed along with Flash player and see if that helps

    0
  • George Spamhunter Sep 30, 2013 Link

    I'm using Firefox. I'll have a look again later, maybe reinstall it. Curious.
    Thx.

    0
  • Esam Salem Oct 17, 2013 Link

    How can I instal flash player 4 galaxy tab3 gt-p5200

    0
  • Simon Shum Oct 19, 2013 Link

    Try Falcon Flash Player on https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.usopen.brinker.ho
    This app allow you to play any flash content on your android 4.0 or higher device. NO plugin or adobe flash player is needed. I just tried it and it work perfectly smooth on my Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7.

    0
  • Pito Hospital Nov 10, 2013 Link

    I can install to nexus 4?

    0
  • Kris Carlon
    • Admin
    • Staff
    Nov 11, 2013 Link

    @Esam, just use the same install steps as outlined above. @Simon, thanks for the share! @Pito, the procedure above was done on my Nexus 4 so it should work fine for you too.

    0
  • Dee Harley Dec 22, 2013 Link

    Have tried this 5 times now have also tried with firefox.....nothing works keeps saying plug in required :(

    0
  • Ghazanfar Abbas Dec 25, 2013 Link

    Thank you dear, I was much worried about absence of Flash player from my Asus memo pad but with only with your help I could install it successfully. Thanks again. Happy Christmas, happy New Year. take care.. bye.

    0
    • geo zam Dec 27, 2013 Link

      Hi, how you did to work it?
      I am using asus me302, memo fhd10,and i am going crazy..... when i install flash(i have tried all versions) it only has e 4mb... in others tabs and phones it has 17mb.....
      And of course, it does not work... can you explain me the version, the trick you have used? I try different processes... but it did not work....
      Thx:-)

      0
      • Kory S Jan 3, 2014 Link

        Same here. I have the FHD10 as well and can't get flash to work in Firefox... bummer but thanks for the tip anyway...

        0
      • Kory S Jan 4, 2014 Link

        I read somewhere that it has to do with the Intel x86...? any thoughts on that?

        0
      • Kris Carlon
        • Admin
        • Staff
        Feb 7, 2014 Link

        That's correct. Flash doesn't work on Intel chips.

        0
  • SCART Dec 29, 2013 Link

    Any idea if there's a flash/swf player that can run in Android 4.4. yet for local files?
    cheers

    0
    • Kris Carlon
      • Admin
      • Staff
      Jan 6, 2014 Link

      Hi @SCART, just search our site for "Flash Player KitKat". I believe Sterling wrote about this very topic a couple of weeks or so ago.

      0
      • Ethan Sacco 11 months ago Link

        I couldn't find it and I can't find it anywhere online I need to figure this out I have like a 100 swf files that have no use right now

        0
    • Ethan Sacco 11 months ago Link

      Did u figure it out

      0
  • abdi Jan 4, 2014 Link

    Followed all the procedure step by step for the installation . It's doesn't work.
    Jelly bean 4.1.2
    Asus fone pad
    1.2ghz intel

    Thanks

    0
    • Kris Carlon
      • Admin
      • Staff
      Feb 7, 2014 Link

      Hi @abdi, yeah, unfortunately Asus use a lot of Intel chips and Flash player isn't supported by Intel chips because of ARM.

      0
  • J G Feb 3, 2014 Link

    Hello wondering why i cant install flash on my asus memopad fhd 10. I installed it correctly and still wont work under any browser. It has 4.3 jellybean

    0
    • Kris Carlon
      • Admin
      • Staff
      Feb 4, 2014 Link

      Hi @JG, are you getting the ''Install Denied'' error message? Which browser are you using? Flash isn't supported in Chrome and never will be, but Firefox is fine as is Maxthon, Dolphin etc. If you're not having issues with the actual installation, you could try taking the next-to-last archived version and trying that.

      0
  • J G Feb 4, 2014 Link

    have a feeling its because of the intel chip. i did everything properly

    0
    • Kris Carlon
      • Admin
      • Staff
      Feb 7, 2014 Link

      You are correct @JG. Of course, your previous post said you have a MemoPad which probably has an Intel chip. Flash Player doesn't work on Intel x86 architecture.

      0
      • Mike Nutter Feb 10, 2014 Link

        Kris,

        Will this not work on any Intel device? I have a Samsung GT-P5210 that I have been trying to get to work for days. Any help or telling me to give up would be great.

        Thanks,

        Mike

        0
      • Kris Carlon
        • Admin
        • Staff
        Feb 10, 2014 Link

        Hey @Mike, I don't want to say never, but as far as I'm aware there's no way around it. I'd look into it a little more before you give up!

        0
      • Mike Nutter Feb 11, 2014 Link

        Thanks Kris!

        0
  • Caroline L. Feb 5, 2014 Link

    Followed instructions and it now works on some sites. Why do i sometimes get the video content to work and other times not? Using samsung galaxy tab 3 10.1. I think it is jellybean 4.3. If anyone can get the national geographic videos to work on the same device and can tell me how to do it i would be very happy!!

    0
  • Venite Castillo 11 months ago Link

    God I love you! It works like a dream on my Note 10.1! Thanks for the help!

    0
  • Kazi Ahmed 11 months ago Link

    x

    0
  • Kazi Ahmed 11 months ago Link

    I have followed instructions exactly many times but no luck on my samsung tab 3 10.1 GT-P5210

    0
    • Kris Carlon
      • Admin
      • Staff
      10 months ago Link

      Hi @Kazi, I'm not sure why it's not working for you. As you can see above, @Caroline L has the same tablet as you and it worked for her.

      0
      • Kazi Ahmed 10 months ago Link

        Is there any other way?

        0
      • Kris Carlon
        • Admin
        • Staff
        10 months ago Link

        Possibly, although I've not looked as this method worked for me (although i remember it did take me a few tries). i would suggest trying a different archive version of Flash and possibly just continuing to try. I did it a few times and each time it took a different number of attempts. Good luck!

        0
  • Kazi Ahmed 10 months ago Link

    I

    0
  • Kiran Kirk 3 months ago Link

    Hello guys, as all of us knew that most recent mobile phones and tablets pads are upgraded their processor for intel. So called x86 Andriod. And others previously which basically was ARM Android. Although this comes great processing with most beneficial factors, but somehow it left every with disappointment with installation of adobe flash.
    As it is not recognized although the setup file was successfully installed. This happen because those file was of ARM processing. ANd not Intel.

    Waiting for the time to get this fixed by some x specials... is really pointless. And speaking about adobe,.. it was officially said that there will be no new updates made for Android. And the final version it made was 11.1.x...x...81 something follow-up. Installing this any either updates on intel used mobiles and tablets is uselessness.

    After many exploring and trying various browses I finally found fix for this case.

    Try puffing web browser. Which doesn't really needed any plugin or necessarily installed adobe flash player. Support all TYPE flash content. But it has supporting flash for only during days for free users. Nd supported full flash for paid users.

    If not seeking paid versions and if it seems being genuine doesn't matter ... so you can get crack file also. Which gets your full version enriched features.

    SUPPORTED ON ALL TYPE "INTEL" BASED MOBILES AND TABLETS.
    Thank you.

    0
  • Reg Joo 1 month ago Link

    As much as we want flash to die, it won't go away! A whole lot of the web still uses it. If you thought windows XP, stayed around a long time, you haven't seen anything yet!

    1
  • Kevin Golightly 1 month ago Link

    I used to use flash via Firefox addon but I also use Orbit (Tor proxy) which isn't compatible (Flash is unsecure) also Firefox was unstable. I now use Dolphin for anything flash related.(Mostly old or chat based sites). It took a day or two to work properly. No issues now

    0
  • Madars 1 month ago Link

    still presented as the need to install the latest Flash player many websites. so it is very pointless anyway

    0
  • Kams Baskir 1 month ago Link

    Great article but you missed out one thing 1 Mobile market. I use multiple devices all the time i
    download flashplayer from 1mobile market instead of relying on 3rd party browsers

    0
  • Kams Baskir 1 month ago Link

    If you guys have a minute please check out my blog www.recstarz.com you will find some good and useful content

    0