How to enable Flash on Android 4.4 Kitkat (video)

by: Joe HindyJanuary 22, 2014

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!

  • Jayfeather787

    Yay! Flash is back. I don’t use it, but other people probably use Flash a lot, so it is a welcome re-addition, though I think it was wrong that it was removed in the first place.

  • kuyaglen

    …Dolphin Browser on my Galaxy S4 does not show the Jet Pack setting anywhere.

    • JosephHindy

      Hmm, should be a way to download it in the settings somewhere.

    • Julian Casio Santana King

      Just download it from the play store

  • Jaime

    Cool :)

  • tocsin

    I’ve been using this since like a few weeks after kit kat dropped just wished it supported boat browser instead of dolphin.

  • jack

    Enabling Flash? You android fanbois are really pathetic.. Get over it, it is DEAD

    • Jayfeather787

      Well obviously it’s not because people still want it.

    • DetroitTech

      You obviously know nothing other than what the media feeds you about this subject.

  • packir

    It also worked for my Sony Xperia Z 4.3 =)

  • AussieGreek

    Now tell me how to stop the stuttering and slow down on my Nexus 7 since the kit Kat update because I don’t think I’ll be purchasing a nexus device again.

    • marc

      Try a factory reset. Both my 2012 and 2013 nexus 7 run smooth as butter on kit kat.

    • Alex Ohannes

      If you are talking about video playback (which was atrocious) it has been fixed and is now perfect in Lollipop.

  • YoungAnimator

    My phone can play Flash video just fine (still on ICS) but honestly, I never have the need to use Flash on phone at all.

    Rather than flash, I prefer a proper J2ME support in Android. I have a large collection of J2ME games back from Symbian era. And those are really great games.

  • Mike Sanchez

    Where the hell is the menu/setting button? Theres no way to go into settings i just uninstalled dolphin and in the survey that jumps right after theres an option to complain about not having that button.. Just sad

    • Melanie

      I had the same problem…down on the bottom left side you’ll see a dolphin…your settings button is there. Hope this helps!

      • Mike Sanchez

        thank you so much

  • The link to download the .apk doesn’t seem to work.

  • Finally got the file to download but when I use my favorite file manager to install it I get a message which says “unable parse file” anybody know what causes this?

    • anon

      this means its trying to install with the verfiy and install option

  • willson yu

    or just download uc browser

  • Arturo Raygoza

    needs to work for firefox

  • Harkishan Singh

    What About AOSP browser instead of Dolphin Browser?

  • Mowtje

    Or just download Puffin browser…?

  • Alphonso T Wilson

    worked like a charm. shame firefox’s last update killed flash on my phone.

  • noriyori

    This is all well and good but you’re stuck using dolphin browser. This isn’t so much of a way to “enable flash on kit Kat” as it is a way to enable flash on a clunky browser.

  • opinion

    Followed all the steps and everything installed correctly and I hv the jetpack and flash inabled and still can’t get amazon to play. Any ideas?

  • joel

    Lol 8 easy steps to set up flash. Ummm. Step 1 go to Google play store and download puffin. And your done! 1 easy step to get flash. I’ve been useing puffin for my iPhone the last 4 years. But with my Nexes 5 its way better!

  • Matty

    PhotonBrowser does the same thing, and doesnt require any donwloads :)

  • Nupur

    How do I on flash . . after following all the steps ??

  • ALD3

    Firefox works better with Flash, been using it ever since Jelly Bean. No lag and the browser just works better. I use chrome most of the time but when I need flash player, I just switch to Foxfire. Yes also on Nexus 7 running Kit Kat. Just used it to make sure before posting

  • saas lesa

    I don’t want Dolphin Browser.So what have to do, nothing?

  • Anderson De Souza Silva

    Thank you!!!! Very good man!!!

  • c509

    Did all these steps on nexus 10. Amazon video still won’t play! Sadly!

  • pcnexus

    The tutorial is good but it doesn’t support flash videos having .flv file format. Follow the tutorial below to see how to play flash flv videos on android.

  • Thoyyib Jordy

    Thank’s for the article ..
    I try it and good luck :)