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How to install Adobe Flash Player on Android

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 1 week ago

We are often asked how to install and use Adobe Flash Player with Android. Flash still has a huge presence on the internet, and making it work on Android devices isn't always easy. But it is possible, with a little help. Read on below to find out how to get Adobe Flash Player on Android. 

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We'll tell you how to install Flash Player on Android Marshmallow, Lollipop and more. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to install Flash Player on Android Marshmallow

Adobe Flash Player hasn't been supported on Android since version 11.1, so if you wish to view flash content, you must use a third-party browser. Some websites may claim to offer an APK package that will install Flash on your device, but do not be fooled – these are often malware. The safest way to use Flash Player on Android is with one of the apps below, all of which are all available in the Play Store.   

Dolphin Browser - best experience

Unlike FlashFox (below), Flash is not set up to work with Dolphin Browser by default. First of all, go into Settings by tapping on the Dolphin icon in the browser. Tap Web Content, and then Flash Player on the next page. Set it to Always on.

The next step is to navigate to a browser that 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 Settings > Security > Unknown sources

Now you'll be able to enjoy the content on many websites running Flash. In our experience, Dolphin doesn't work on as many as sites Puffin Browser (below) does, but it provides a slightly smoother experience. Combine it with Dolphin Jetpack for even better performance.

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Make sure you change Dolphin's Flash Player settings to Always on. / © ANDROIDPIT
Dolphin - Best Web Browser 🐬 Install on Google Play

Puffin Browser - most reliable

Puffin Browser has two advantages over Dolphin Browser and FlashFox. Firstly, it is regularly updated to support the latest Flash version. Secondly, it can emulate a mouse and arrow keys in an overlay, so it will feel like you're browsing on desktop PC.

Puffin Browser renders Flash content in the cloud which means that playback can be choppy (albeit perfectly functional) because it's usually transferring data from overseas. We recommend lowering the Flash quality in the browser settings if you experience this.  

Puffin Browser is our current pick for the best way to view Flash content on Android. It's free, and works in almost every circumstance.

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If Flash Player has performance issues in Puffin Browser, try lowering the Flash quality. / © ANDRODPIT
Puffin Web Browser Install on Google Play

FlashFox - the old favorite

FlashFox has long been a favorite method for using Flash Player on Android because of how effectively it renders Flash content from websites. However, it is not the perfect solution. Since Android support stopped at Flash version 11.1, any content programmed with a later version will not work with FlashFox. 

What's more, the constant FlashFox ad banner is quite distracting. That said, FlashFox will work in most circumstances.

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FlashFox requests the full versions of websites (rather than the mobile versions) by default. / © ANDRODPIT
FlashFox - Flash Browser Install on Google Play

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

If you're running an older version of Android – as most of us are – the apps above will still provide the same results. Adobe may have turned its back on you, but these browsers haven't.  

That's how to get Adobe Flash Player on an Android device. Which app do you use? Let us know in the comments.

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A dedicated Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.


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  • you like giving some good ideas keep up the good work

  • Sounds good.

  • Chad Zerr 3 months ago Link to comment

    FAIL. I installed dolphin browser on my galaxy s6. Then went to site to play a video, it said needed to install flash . When I atempt to do so, it says flash not compatible with my device. Am I doing something wrong or you need to update this article?

  • You might want to tell your readers that flash support in Puffin now costs you money. And it's not a one time payment, it's a subscription.

  • 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

  • Madars 10 months ago Link to comment

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

  • Mark G. 10 months ago Link to comment

    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

  • Reg Joo 10 months ago Link to comment

    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!

  • 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.

    Thank you.

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

    • Kris Carlon
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      Apr 10, 2014 Link to comment

      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.

      • Is there any other way?

      • Kris Carlon
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        Apr 10, 2014 Link to comment

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

  • 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!!

  • J G Feb 4, 2014 Link to comment

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

    • Kris Carlon
      • Admin
      • Staff
      Feb 7, 2014 Link to comment

      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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