Adobe Flash Player is a popular runtime client that allows content created on the Adobe Flash platform to execute a variety of actions, such as viewing multimedia, streaming video and audio, and executing rich internet applications. But due to its many vulnerabilities that pose a problem for vendors and users, it may no longer be available for download on the desktop and other platforms.
The player has been plagued with security bugs, requiring updates to be released constantly. This can be frustrating to both developers and users, especially because an update doesn’t eliminate the possibility of more vulnerabilities or provide full protection against exploitation kits.
While it is still rumored for desktop clients, it has already become a reality for Android users. Adobe Flash Player is no longer available for download in the Google Play Store, but there is still a workaround available – manual installation. From the Archived Flash Player versions page, users can still download and install Flash Player on Android.
- Connect an Android device to the internet.
- On your Android device, go to Settings and tap Security > Unknown Sources > OK. On older versions of Android OS, Security option could be Applications.
- Exit from settings, and then launch a browser.
- From your browser, navigate directly to the Adobe Flash Player Archive page. If you don’t know the link, run a search.
- On the Archive page, scroll down until you reach the Flash Player for Android archives.
- From the list, find a version of Flash Player that is compatible with your version of Android OS. Tap on the link to start the download automatically.
- Once download is complete, close the browser.
- Navigate to the notifications page of your Android device, and then tap install_flash_player.apk. This will bring up a prompt that lets you choose between install and cancel. Tap install.
- Tap Done once installation is complete.
Afterwards, the player will work as desired. What makes Adobe Flash Player a vital feature on Android devices?
- Touch support for flash games would work like a charm with the player installed.
- Websites with flash content will load quickly and fluidly, including those that use Flash-based FLV video players.
- Content created with the Adobe Flash platform will be shown without any lag. Users can also view them with ease.
- .SWF files can be played independently.
Suffice to say that a rich media experience can be enjoyed through the Adobe Flash Player installed. It may not be supported on Android anymore, but you can still have it installed on your device. Remember to guard yourself against ransomware when downloading the software.