Android has for a while now preferred to apply HTML5 rather than Adobe Flash, in an effort to offer more secured, faster and an overall improved browsing experience. However, there are a number of websites that still require the use of Flash. If you're looking the content on these sites, there a couple of ways you can work around it and still get the real Adobe Flash experience. Considering that Android hasn't offered Adobe Flash Player support since version 11.1, you will need to utilize a third-party browser to access flash content. Chrome won't work either, as it does not support flash. Also don't fall for any sites claiming to offer an APK package that will have Flash installed on your device, usually these are just malware. The most secure way to use Adobe Flash Player on Android is through one of the following apps, which can easily be accessed in the Play Store.
First off, go to the Google Play Store and install Dolphin Browser
. Once its installed, launch it on your device and then tap on the Dolphin icon found within the browser to head into the Settings
. Hit the Web Content
option. On the page that follows, select Flash Player
and then have have it set to Always on
Next, you can either go to a site or browser that utilizes Flash Player or wait until you come across one while browsing. Alternatively, go to Google and type something like "Adobe Flash test" and you'll definitely such a page. Once the page attempts to use Flash, you'll be asked to install Flash Player, if prompted tap download
. Note that you'll first need to check off the Install from Unknown sources
option in the Security
section under your device's Settings
Once the Flash Player APK is installed, you'll now be able access the content available on a lot of websites supporting Flash.
Aside being easy to set up, Dolphin Browser also offers the best Flash experience out there. But you'll find that compared to Puffin Browser (below), Dolphin Browser doesn't work on as much sites. However, you can incorporate Dolphin Jetpack
to spruce up its performance.
Puffin Browser is another easy way to get the Adobe Flash experience on your Android. Though its listed as a second option, it does come with a few advantages such as regular updates to support the latest versions of Flash and ability to imitate mouse and arrow keys in an overlay to add a desktop PC browsing feel. What's more, it comes with Flash support already enabled, therefore you won't need to have the Adobe Flash APK installed.
Puffin works by providing Flash content in the cloud which means that your playback experience may be a bit jerky but reliable since data is usually transferred from overseas. If this happens, then try reducing the quality of Flash within the browser's settings.
is free and works on most websites.
is a classic method for having Flash Player running on Android mostly because of its Flash content rendering from websites. However, these option won't work on any Android device running on a later version especially because Android stopped supporting Flash at version 11.1. Other than that, FlashFox works pretty well.
Which of these methods do you prefer? Are there other options you'd recommend? Let us know in the comments.