We are often asked how to install and use Adobe Flash Player with Android. Flash still has a huge presence on the internet, and making it work on Android devices isn’t always easy. But it is possible, with a little help. Read on below to find out how to get Adobe Flash Player on Android. We only have two recommended solutions now.
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How to install Flash Player on Android Nougat
Adobe Flash Player hasn’t been supported on Android since version 11.1, so if you wish to view Flash content, you must use a third-party browser. Some websites may claim to offer an APK package that will install Flash on your device, but do not be fooled – these are often malware. The safest way to use Flash player on Android is with one of the two apps below, which are available in the Play Store.
Puffin Browser has two advantages over other browsers like Dolphin Browser and FlashFox. Firstly, it is regularly updated to support the latest Flash version. Secondly, it can emulate a mouse and arrow keys in an overlay, so it will feel like you’re browsing on desktop PC.
Puffin Browser renders Flash content in the cloud, which means that playback can be choppy (albeit perfectly functional) because it’s usually transferring data from overseas. We recommend lowering the Flash quality in the browser settings if you experience this.
Puffin Browser is our current pick for the best way to view Flash content on Android. It’s free and works in almost every circumstance.
Photon flash player and browser
We were very disappointed with the performance of the Android Flash player’s free version, which was at the top of the Play Store’s hit list. It was loaded with banner ads, kept demanding payment to upgrade and the performance was jerky.
Only after paying will Photon remove the awful ads, but with Puffin, this is already the case with the free version. Photon also has a mouse mode that treats the screen like a trackpad and a keyboard emulator, which could be useful for gaming.
Other Flash-enabled Android browsers
Flashfox promises support for Flash on Android but when we tested it with our Huawei Mate 9 in November 2016, it crashed, so we can no longer recommend it. Although its design is simpler than the others, it can’t compete in terms of performance or functionality.
FlashFox – Flash Browser
The Dolphin Browser had long been the best Flash browser for using the Flash player on Android. But, the structure of the app has fundamentally changed. Now, there is a standalone Flash player app by Dolphin Video, and it is pretty much useless for websites that have Flash elements and can only play individual videos.
Dolphin Video – Flash Player
How to install Flash Player on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
If you’re running an older version of Android than Nougat, and most of us are, the apps above will still provide the same results. Adobe may have turned its back on you, but these browsers haven’t.
How to install Flash Player on Android 5.0 Lollipop
The last version of Android with Flash support was Ice Cream Sandwich, so if you’re running Lollipop, you can just stick with the two browsers we recommended above: Puffin and Photon.
How to install Flash Player on Android 4.4 KitKat
KitKat’s situation is the same as with Lollipop: you can only use Flash through the above solution since it isn’t officially supported.
How to install Flash Player on Android 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 Jelly Bean
No worries if you’re on an older version of Android like Jelly Bean, you can still use Flash Player using the procedure for Nougat.
How to install Flash Player on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Up to this version of Android, there is official support for the Flash Player. Simply install the flash plugin via the Play Store.
Using Flash Player on Android: Conclusion
The Puffin browser is the solution we recommend most highly. It is fast, reliable and has the most features. The Photon browser’s only advantage over the Puffin browser is that it doesn’t need a constant internet connection.
That’s how to get Adobe Flash Player on an Android device. Which apps have you tried? Which do you recommend? Let us know in the comments.
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