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Like many people, you’ve probably already heard of how unsafe Adobe Flash Player is and how it can expose you to numerous security risks. This might make you hesitate to use Flash, but the fact of the matter is that it’s still one of the most common ways to view visual content on the web. Because of this, you might want to install this program in your favorite browser and/or enable these features. You can use this guide to get started:

On Mozilla Firefox

If your Firefox browser doesn’t yet have the Adobe Flash Player plugin, you’ll need to download and install it first. Simply go to to get the latest version for your laptop or desktop computer.

If your Firefox already has Flash but it’s been disabled, you’ll need to take steps to enable it and enjoy its features. If you’re using Windows, open Firefox then go to Tools and click Add-ons. In the new dialogue box that would open, choose Plugins then look for “Shockwave Flash” (another name for Adobe Flash Player). Click on the drop-down box next to it and select “Always Activate”. The same process applies if you’re using Mac.

On Google Chrome

Adobe Flash Player is automatically included in Google Chrome, so there’s no need to separately download and install it in your browser. However, Google announced last year that Chrome’s latest update would disable Flash by default to improve user security and increase the browser’s speed. So, if you have updated to Chrome 55, you’ve probably noticed that it no longer automatically runs Flash-based content.

Fortunately, you can fix this by manually enabling Adobe Flash Player in your browser. Type chrome://plugins/ in the address bar to pull up Chrome’s plugin page, then look for Adobe Flash Player. Click on “Enable”, then check the box beside “Always allowed to run” to ensure that the browser will automatically load Flash-based content. This process works for both Mac and Windows computers.

Updating Flash

Taking the steps above will help you install and enable Adobe Flash Player in your favorite browser. Once it’s installed, the only thing you should do is to keep it updated. Chrome automatically updates Flash, but Firefox doesn’t so you’ll have to manually update the plugin.

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