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How to install Adobe Flash Player on Android

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 8 months ago

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 install Adobe Flash Player on Android. 

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We'll tell you how to install 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.

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FlashFox is a nice browser which requests the full version of websites (rather than the slimmed down mobile version) by default. / © ANDRODPIT
FlashFox - Flash Browser Install on Google Play

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). 

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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

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.  

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If you find that Flash Player has performance issues in Puffin Browser, then lower the "Flash quality". / © ANDRODPIT
Puffin Web Browser Install on Google Play

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 how to get Adobe Flash Player on an Android device. Which app do you use?

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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  • Chad Zerr 2 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?

  • Jeffrey Toale (F7, Velocitor, Sundark) 3 months ago Link to comment

    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.

  • Kams Baskir 8 months ago Link to comment

    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 8 months ago Link to comment

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

  • Kevin G. 8 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 8 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!

  • Kiran Kirk 10 months ago Link to comment

    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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  • Kazi Ahmed Mar 21, 2014 Link to comment

    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.

      • Kazi Ahmed Apr 10, 2014 Link to comment

        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!

  • Kazi Ahmed Mar 21, 2014 Link to comment


  • Venite Castillo Mar 7, 2014 Link to comment

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

  • Caroline L. Feb 5, 2014 Link to comment

    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
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      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.

      • Mike Nutter Feb 10, 2014 Link to comment


        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.



      • Kris Carlon
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        Feb 10, 2014 Link to comment

        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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