Having trouble getting Adobe Flash on new devices and Jelly Bean? – Don’t worry, here’s how you can still get it

August 24, 2012
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So Adobe has chosen not to release the Flash player to Jelly Bean devices and is discontinuing the product as a whole. Poor move, frankly. This encompasses everything from the Nexus 7 to the custom Jelly Bean builds released by AOKP and CyanogenMod. However, XDA members are here to save the day, as usual. If you want to get Flash back on your device so you can watch Flash animations, videos and other content in your browsers, here is all you need to do.

Step 1: Go to this XDA Thread page, and read the first post. This is all we need to do, not a lot right?

Step 2: On your device go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources and ensure it is ticked, thus enabling us to install Android software not found on Google Play. Please keep in mind that on some older Android versions this may be found under Settings > Applications.

Step 3: Download the Adobe Flash .APK file which is linked to in the post. I personally used this link and here it is to save you flicking between tabs.

Step 4: Once you’ve downloaded that package, install it. Your device should do it without complaint because you enabled ‘Unknown Sources’ earlier.

Step 5: Now download a browser which has the ability to use Flash. The default Android browser on most devices supports Flash so from here you should be ready to go! Enjoy! If not, then download SkyFire or a similar application such as Dolphin HD.

Step 6 (For Dolphin HD Browser users): Despite installing Flash, the content will still not appear… why? Well the answer is that due to knowing of Flash’s demise, the Dolphin HD team have disabled Flash in their latest update to the browser. Not a problem though, XDA have that covered too.

Step 7 (For Dolphin HD Browser users): Download this version of Dolphin Browser. Install it just the same way as you did for the Flash package. It will alert you that you’re overwriting an existing package, downgrading etc. Click Accept.

Step 8 (For Dolphin HD Browser users): Now open up Dolphin HD, press the Menu softkey, hit up More > Settings. Then go to Web Content and turn ‘Flash Player’ to ‘Always On’, or ‘On Demand’ if you prefer.

Step 9 (For Dolphin HD Browser users): Now enjoy! You’ve got Flash again. Just remember to defer from accepting upgrades to Flash and Dolphin Browser!

Hope this has helped those of you trying to get Flash back. As everyone’s saying, it was a silly move for Adobe to make, but at least we’ve got ways around it.

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