How to enable Flash on Android 4.4 Kitkat (video)

January 22, 2014
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With the release of Android 4.4 Kitkat came one big problem: it once again disabled Flash and didn’t allow for an obvious way to turn it back on. Even though the internet is shifting to a Flash-free environment, there are still a whole bunch of websites that require Flash to view appropriately. In this quick guide, we’ll show you how to enable Flash on Android 4.4 Kitkat. Do note, this does not require root access. If you need to watch it, our video above will show you how!

If you want to see the original thread on XDA-Developers, you can find it here. You’ll need to take a short trip there to download the requisite file. So you should do that. What you’ll need:

  • A file manager because you’ll be side-loading apps. Note, since you’re downloading everything, you’ll be find all the materials in your download folder once you download them.

Okay, let’s get started.

  1. On your Kitkat device, you’ll need to allow for the installation of APKs from unknown sources. To do that, enter your Settings, navigate to Security, then tick the box that says “Unknown sources”. This will allow you to side-load applications.
  2. In the Google Play Store, you’ll need to install Dolphin Browser.
  3. Check and make sure Dolphin Jetpack is installed by default (it should be). If it isn’t, you’ll need to grab that. You should be able to install and enable it within the application. It is very important that Dolphin Browser be installed and Dolphin Jetpack be enabled. Do not proceed to step 4 until this is done.
  4. If you have Adobe Flash installed already, you’ll need to uninstall that. Open your Settings, navigate to Apps, and it should be on that first list that pops up if you have it. Click on it and uninstall it.
  5. Go download the hacked Adobe Flash APK. We recommend you check out the XDA thread to get the download link, but you can also find it by clicking here.
  6. Using your trusty file manager we told you to get earlier, navigate to your Download folder, find the Adobe Flash APK, and install it.
  7. Once that’s done, open Dolphin Browser, open the menu and then the Settings. Navigate to Web Content and ensure that Flash Content is enabled. If not, enable it.
  8. Open up Settings, navigate to Security, and untick the “Unknown Sources” box. There’s really no reason to leave that on and it could present a security risk. So turn it off!
  9. Profit!

It seems like there are a lot of steps, but it really isn’t difficult at all. It does not require root access and users at XDA report that it works on practically every device that runs Android 4.4 including devices running stock ROMs and custom ROMs. It should be noted that Flash isn’t officially supported so pages with Flash content will probably load a little slowly. The OP stated that sites like YouTube work adequately. It’s also worth mentioning that for the time being, this only works with Dolphin Browser and with no others. When or if that changes, we’ll update our guide here and let you know!

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