Downloading, Updating, and Enabling Adobe Flash Player for Mac

Adobe Flash Player is plagued with many vulnerabilities and has been the victim of numerous exploit kits and hacker attacks. Because of these, many tech giants (such as Google and Facebook) are switching from Flash to HTML5  to keep their users safe from security threats.

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Still, these don’t change the fact that Flash is still one of the most commonly used runtime clients. So, if you’re using a Mac computer or laptop, you’ll want to ensure that you have access to Adobe Flash Player.

Downloading Flash Player

If your device somehow doesn’t have Flash Player, don’t worry since downloading it easy. Before doing so, though, make sure you meet the minimum requirements, which include a Mac OS X version 10.6 or later, an Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz (or faster) processor, 512MB of RAM, and 128MB of graphics memory. You’ll also need to have the latest versions of Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera.



If you meet these requirements, you can download the software by going to get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions. You’ll see a couple of drop-down menus on the left side of the screen; choose your operating system from the first menu and select between NPAPI (for Safari and Firefox) and PPAPI (for Opera and Chromium). Click the “Download Now” button on the bottom-right side of the screen and follow the instructions to install Flash.

Turning on Automatic Updates

If you already have Adobe Flash Player in your Mac, you’ll need to check if it’s set to automatically download updates. Doing this is important so you’ll instantly receive all the security patches that Adobe releases and ensure your system is always protected. Take note, though, that there may still be times when you’ll need to manually download updates even if automatic updates are enabled.

To turn on automatic updates, click the Apple menu and go to System Preferences. Look for Adobe Flash Player from the list that would populate, click on it, go to the Updates tab, and choose “Allow Adobe to install updates”. A prompt will appear asking you to input your login password, which is the password you use to install software and/or start your computer.

Enabling Flash Player in Safari 10

Safari 10, which will be bundled with macOS Sierra and released this fall, will automatically deactivate Adobe Flash Player. This is undoubtedly is part of Apple’s efforts to give its users a safer and more secure experience. By default, Safari 10 will deliver HTML5 content; if users visit websites that are based on Flash, they will see a message telling them that “Flash isn’t installed” and giving them a link where they can download the client. Clicking one of these links will open a prompt from Safari, informing them that the Flash plug-in is already available and allowing them to activate it so they can view the website’s content.

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