Flash Player is a browser plug-in that is needed to view videos, as well as play games on the web that are Flash-based. This is used for both computers and mobile devices. Android devices used to support Flash Player and had it available on Google Play. However, Flash Player for Android was discontinued on August 15, 2012. This means that Android users that do not have the plug-in installed on their device yet will no longer be able to get it on Google Play. But there is another way to get Flash Player for Android. This can be done by downloading the program from other sources on the Internet. There are archived Flash Player versions on the Adobe site that you can use for downloading. Adobe Systems is the developer of Flash Player.
Things to Consider Before Downloading Flash Player
Before you proceed in downloading Flash Player for your Android device, there are various things that you need to consider. First, as mentioned, Flash Player is no longer supported by Android. Even if you get it downloaded and installed on your device, it is possible that you may encounter some issues. And if you do, you will not be able to get help from Android since it is no longer supported. Second, Android has a feature to block the download and installation of third party programs. You need to disable this setting in order to proceed with the installation. You need to make sure that you enable the setting again as soon as you install Flash Player. Forgetting to turn this security setting back on may put your device at risk. Malicious programs can be downloaded easily if your Android device is set to allow all third party programs.
How to Install Flash Player from Other Sources
If you decide to still get Flash Player even when it is no longer supported by Android, you can proceed with the steps below for installing from other sources online. This is only for Android 2.2 to 4.0 users as the latest version of Android is not compatible with the old versions of Flash Player. Furthermore, Chrome for Android doesn’t support the said plug-in.
- The first step is to allow third party programs to be downloaded and installed on your device. If using Android 2.2 to versions 3, tap Settings, tap Applications and tap the box next to Unknown Sources. If using Android 4.0, tap Settings, tap Security then tap Unknown Sources box to enable.
- Go to Adobe’s website to find the Flash Player that is compatible with your device and download the program.
- Proceed with the installation.
- Once installation is done, enable Flash on your device. Open the stock browser of your Android. You need to use this instead of Google Chrome because as mentioned, Chrome does not support Flash Player.
If using Android 2.2 to 2.3, tap Menu, then tap Settings. If the Settings option does not appear upon tapping Menu, tap More and the Settings option should appear. Tap Enable Plug-ins. If using Android 3.0 or higher, tap Menu, tap Settings, tap Advances and tap Enable Plug-ins. If you want Flash contents to be always played, tap Always On. If you want to have the option to select content to play, tap On Demand.