Android may have broken up with Adobe’s Flash Player, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be installed on the system.
Yes, Flash is no longer available in Google’s Play Store but we must not also forget the open nature of Android systems. What this means is that you can still download apps and such even if you don’t use the Play Store.
Whether you’re just curious or need Flash in your Android device, these are the steps to get it done:
- Make sure that your device has a connection to the internet.
- On the Settings menu, tap on Security (this might be Applications if you’re using an older Android version). After that, tap on Unknown Sources then tap OK.
- Close the menu for Settings. After doing this, fire up a web browser.
- Do a search for the flash player archive page after you’ve got the browser opened up. Another option is pointing the browser to Adobe’s archive page containing previous Flash versions.
- Look for the section labeled Flash Player for Android archives on the page. You have to scroll down for this.
- Pick a Flash Player version that is compatible with the version of Android that you have. Tap on that link to download the installer. Your download begins right automatically after this.
- Close the browser once the download completes.
- Open up Notifications and then tap install_flash_player.apk. Tap Install when you’re prompted.
- Tap on Done when installation completes.
Yes, Android may have ditched Flash for HTML5 but that doesn’t mean the break was severed forever. Flash isn’t dead yet and as a matter of fact, they are releasing a new version sometime soon. And while it’s true that a shift away from Flash is slowly happening, it still enjoys the support of a loyal user base.
So yes, Android may be killed off support for Flash beginning with Jelly Bean but there are still other ways to get Flash on your Android device.