How to download and install Flash on Android (now that it is gone from Play Store)

Adobe Flash’s development on Android has been terminated and new downloads have been frozen from Google Play Store. For the most part, most people won’t miss Flash, especially seeing as how the web is moving to HTML5. However, there are definitely holdouts who still insist on downloading Flash for their Android devices. This article shows you how to grab Adobe Flash Player for Android after it is gone from Google Play Store.

Before We Begin

Please realize two things. Firstly, Adobe is no longer support Flash for Android. That means it won’t get stability updates, security updates, etc. If you have issues with Flash, then too bad — Adobe isn’t going to fix it. Secondly, even while Adobe was supporting Flash for Android, it was a hit or miss. On some devices it would work well, on some devices it wouldn’t. Downloading Flash after Adobe stopped supporting won’t make it magically work with all devices and all browsers.

My personal opinion is that you don’t need Flash on Android and you shouldn’t download it. However, if you insist… keep reading to learn how.

Download Flash Directly From Adobe

Although Adobe has removed Flash Player from Play Store, the latest version of Flash Player for Android is still available via Adobe’s website — you just need to sideload it onto your device. Do the following to install Flash on Android:

  • Enable installation from ‘Unknown Sources’ on your device. If you are on Honeycomb or Jelly Bean (Android 3.x and 4.x), this option can be found under System settings -> Security. On other versions of Android, such as Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x) and Froyo (Android 2.2.x), this option is found in Settings -> Applications. Make sure ‘Unknown Sources’ is checked. You will be prompted with a warning which you must accept before this option will be enabled.
  • Download Flash Player v11.1.102.59 for Android.
    • You can either download it directly to your Android device or download it to your computer. If you download the APK to your computer, you need to transfer it to your Android device. This can be done via USB cord or wirelessly using something like AirDroid.
  • Once you have the Flash Player APK on your Android device, use a file manager to navigate to the file and install it.
  • Done.

Download Flash Using Flash Downloader

Flash Downloader is a third-party app by the people at Modaco. The process of installing Flash using Flash Downloader is almost exactly the same as the process mentioned above. The difference is Flash Downloader automatically downloads the Flash Player APK for Android as opposed to you having to manually grab it from Adobe’s website.

To install Flash Player for Android using Flash Downloader, do the following:

  • Enable installation from ‘Unknown Sources’ on your device. If you are on Honeycomb or Jelly Bean (Android 3.x and 4.x), this option can be found under System settings -> Security. On other versions of Android, such as Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x) and Froyo (Android 2.2.x), this option is found in Settings -> Applications. Make sure ‘Unknown Sources’ is checked. You will be prompted with a warning which you must accept before this option will be enabled.
  • Download and install Flash Downloader from Play Store.
  • Once Flash Downloader is installed, run Flash Downloader and it will automatically download the Flash Player APK from Adobe.
  • Wait while it downloads.
  • Once the Flash Player APK has finished downloading, pull down your notification bar and tap on the download to install Flash Player for Android.
  • Done.

Conclusion

Although I still recommend *not* using Flash on Android, if you really want it, you now have it. Enjoy!

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6 comments

  1. Jyo

    For those with devices that do not officially support flash (or it simply doesn’t work), do a search on xda-developers forums. They usually have a working modded version specific to unsupported phones.

  2. Locutus

    It actually works just fine on Jelly Bean, both on my phone running CyangoenMod 10 (what can I say, nightlies are out now!) on stock browser and on my Nexus 7 using Firefox. Chrome itself does not support plugins, but other than that you’re fine.

    Speaking of the Nexus 7, I’m awaiting my 3rd one as their silly production facilities are borking up the screens. Fun stuff.