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How to Install Flash Player on Android

Kris Carlon
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Again and again we get asked how to install and use Adobe Flash Player with a new version of Android, such as Android 4.2 or even the brand new Android 4.3. Getting Flash Player to work on Android devices is easy, and we'll show you how in just a few simple steps. Ready for Flash? Then let's get started.

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Preparation

Before you can start, you must ensure that you have the installation of apps from unknown sources check box enabled in your Android settings. This is because you can't install Flash Player from the Google Play Store. Remember to un-check this box once you're done installing though.

  • Open the Android Settings and go to "Security".
  • Enable the check box "Unknown Sources" under Device Administrators.
  • Once this step is done, the actual installation can begin.
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Before you can install Flash, you need to enable Unknown Sources in security settings. / © Android PIT

Download Flash Player

Adobe removed the Flash Player from the Google Play Store a long time ago, but there are still archived versions on the Adobe homepage. Open the Archived Flash Player versions on your PC (an easy way to avoid common problems when trying to install APKs directly from your handset) and scroll down to Flash Player for Android 4.0 archives. Download the latest version (the one at the very top of the list) and then copy the APK to your phone.

Flash Player

Open a file explorer/file manager of your choice and navigate to the location of Flash Player and install it. That's it, simple huh! Don't forget to un-check ''Unknown Sources'' in your Security Settings once install is complete.

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Once you've transferred the APK to your device, navigate to it and install. Hey presto! / © Android PIT

Using Flash Player

In order to play Flash content on mobile websites, you still need a web browser that supports Flash. Google Chrome for Android does not support Flash, but browser alternatives like Mozilla Firefox or Dolphin Browser are compatible with Flash. To use the Flash Player with Firefox, no further interventions are needed – it will just work once installed. In Dolphin Browser the Flash plug-in must first be enabled in the settings. This is found under Settings > Page content settings > Flash Player > Always on.

That's it, now you can use Flash Player content on your Android smartphone or tablet!

Here are some more tutorials for Flash Player:

How to install Flash Player on Android 4.4 KitKat

How to install Flash Player on Firefox with Android 4.4 KitKat

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  • Nisar Iqbal Aug 14, 2013 Link

    Good but wy dont download my dvic galaxy s3

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    Kris Carlon 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?

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  • Andre Bakker Aug 15, 2013 Link

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

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    Kris Carlon 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!

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  • 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 ;)

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  • 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. :)

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  • Gavin Windsor Aug 23, 2013 Link

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

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  • 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

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    Kris Carlon 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?
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    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.

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    Kris Carlon 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!

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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)

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    Kris Carlon 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

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  • George Spamhunter Sep 30, 2013 Link

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

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  • Esam Salem Oct 17, 2013 Link

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

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  • Simon Shum 11 months ago 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.

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  • Pito Hospital 11 months ago Link

    I can install to nexus 4?

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    Kris Carlon 11 months ago 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.

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  • Dee Harley 9 months ago Link

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

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  • Ghazanfar Abbas 9 months ago 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.

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    • geo zam 9 months ago 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:-)

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      • Kory S 9 months ago 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...

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      • Kory S 9 months ago Link

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

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        Kris Carlon 8 months ago Link

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

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  • SCART 9 months ago Link

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

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      Kris Carlon 9 months ago 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.

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      • Ethan Sacco 7 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

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    • Ethan Sacco 7 months ago Link

      Did u figure it out

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  • abdi 9 months ago 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

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      Kris Carlon 8 months ago Link

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

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  • J G 8 months ago 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

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      Kris Carlon 8 months ago 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.

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  • J G 8 months ago Link

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

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      Kris Carlon 8 months ago 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.

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      • Mike Nutter 8 months ago 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

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        Kris Carlon 8 months ago 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!

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      • Mike Nutter 8 months ago Link

        Thanks Kris!

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  • Caroline L. 8 months ago 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!!

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  • Venite Castillo 7 months ago Link

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

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  • Kazi Ahmed 6 months ago Link

    x

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  • Kazi Ahmed 6 months ago Link

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

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      Kris Carlon 6 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.

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      • Kazi Ahmed 6 months ago Link

        Is there any other way?

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        Kris Carlon 6 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!

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  • Kazi Ahmed 6 months ago Link

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