How to install Adobe Flash Player on Android

by: Team AANovember 5, 2015


It’s been a long while now since Android ditched Adobe Flash in favor of HTML5, aiming to provide a better, faster, and more secure browsing experience. Of course, there’s still a great deal of content on the web that utilizes Flash. If you want to have access to this legacy content on your mobile device, there are several work arounds that will bring back the Adobe Flash experience. While there are a number of ways to get the job done, the easiest and most reliable is to use Dolphin Browser.

Not only is Dolphin Browser a great web browser, it also requires a lot less steps to get Flash up and running. For those that are thinking, “Can’t I just install Flash manually and keeping using Chrome?” – unfortunately the answer is no. Chrome doesn’t support flash, even if you were to install the Flash APK on your device. That means you have to use a 3rd party browser.

Dolphin Browser: Installing & Setup


The first step to getting Flash working is to head over to Google Play and download Dolphin Browser. Once it’s downloaded, you’ll want to open up Dolphin and enter the settings menu by tapping on the Dolphin icon within the browser. From there you’ll find an option that says Flash Player, and you’ll want to set it to always on.

The next step is to navigate to a page that uses Flash Player. If you can’t find a specific page, just type something like “Adobe Flash test” into Google and you’re bound to find something. When the page attempts to use Flash, it’ll prompt you to download the Adobe Flash APK. You’ll need to have “install from unknown sources” checked off within Android’s setting menu, but otherwise all you need to do is click install and follow through the browser.

Tip: To enable 3rd party APKs, head into your Android device’s Settings > Security and make sure to check the Unknown Sources box. 

Once everything installs, that’s it. Adobe Flash Player should now be up and running on your Android device!

Get Dolphin on Google Play!
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Puffin Browser: Installing & Setup


While we personally recommend the Dolphin Browser, there’s more than one way to get the job done, as mentioned above. Another easy solution is to simply download Puffin Browser. With Puffin, there’s no need to actually install the Adobe Flash APK at all and Flash support is enabled out of the box.

So why do we recommend Dolphin over this, despite the former requiring a few more steps? The way Puffin works is that it renders Flash content in the cloud instead of locally, translating it so it plays back on your device. This might be a hassle-free method, but it’s also choppier and therefore doesn’t provide nearly as good of an experience as Dolphin would.

Still, if you are absolutely looking for the simplest method, Puffin could work for you.

Get Puffin on Google Play!
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What’s your preferred method?

Those are just two ways to get Adobe Flash support for your Android device. Which of the above methods do you prefer? Or is there another method/browser you’d recommend over the two options provided in this quick how to? Let us know in the comments.

  • wonshikee

    I was surprised because my HTC comes with Flash and it works with the stock browser. The only good thing about Sense 5.

    • javallee

      My HTC OX+ has flash in it’s stock browser also. :)

    • icyrock1

      Many OEMs have kept flash in there handsets, the s4 also has flash along with many other flagship phones.

      • wonshikee

        Ah I see, my last phone was a GNex so I was not aware they kept flash.

      • Joshua Hill

        Not sure about the S4.

        • icyrock1

          Engadget said it did in their review.

          • Joshua Hill

            Just had a look at their review. Three mentions of flash but all were for the camera. No mention of flash player.

            Care to provide a link or link with quote to backup our statement.

          • icyrock1

            Ah, it seems I was mistaken (I tried finding the article I heard it had flash support and couldn’t seem to find it), though, now I wonder where I heard that from…

        • lalala

          s4 has it in fact almost all of samsung phones browser support flash.

          • Joshua Hill

            Last person claimed that, even mentioned a review but so far seems erroneous.

            Could you provide some proof? As I said there are a lot of ‘how to get flash on S4’ articles for something that allegedly is available stock. The S2 a previous flagship doesn’t support flash anymore (without user intervention), I know because I own one. I doubt almost all of their phones have flash like you claim, but once again it’s just a statement made by you with no corroborating evidence.

          • lalala

            my bad i was not using the stock in my s4 i was using boat.i thought i was using stock.

          • WildFire

            my note 2 certainly does not support flash or has it pre installed

        • Hunter

          Yeah, my s4 didn’t come with Flash and this installation didn’t work either

      • Steven Fittro

        The T-Mobile S4 doesn’t have flash. Not sure about other carriers.

    • 윌 스튜어트

      I got last years One X I’m my household and Flash works as normal after the Jelly Bean update.

  • JaredGuy69

    Works With Dolphin Browser Beta as well

  • Joshua Hill

    Hmmm there sure seem to be a lot of articles telling you how to get flash on these phones people claim already have it.

    I used to have it on my sgs2 but lost it with 4.0 or 4.1

  • FrillArtist

    Unless you want to view ads in your browser or kill your battery faster. Flash player is pretty useless on mobile devices at this point.

  • kat

    Thank you soo much!! Works perfectly

  • Terence Wilkinson

    Thanks you really saved me a lot of frustration with a new android tablet for a new android tablet user.

  • Aldy Helnawan

    Does it work for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 ?…

    • Game Player

      Try Falcon SWF Player, my device also Samsung, its running fine

  • babygirl

    This download is grat. Had no problems getting my flash player to work.

  • capt-goodguy

    How can you install on tablet or is that possible?

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  • mj

    Thank you! Once I added firefox to my S4. I was able to get the download Adobe to work. Thank you for these instructions.

  • Aprilanne

    Thank you so much. Your so smart. (8

  • Aprilanne

    Thank you so much. Your so smart. (8

  • agus

    I tried it on my tablet npte 8. I can play youtube in your post. But oyher web video that require flash content cannot. It say operation is not allowed. Can you help me? Oh i am using boat free version

  • Hunting.Targ

    The page on the adobe site, to which the article links, has a table of suported runtimes for different OSes. Included in this table is an entry for mobile devices. This entry links to a page with a drop-down menu to list devices by manufacturer. Selecting your device’s manufacturer will display ANOTHER table, where you hopefully can find your device and the last certified runtime vereion of Flash for that device.
    I unortunately could not install flash on my Galaxy SIII using either method; the article method leaves me looking at a screen of ASCII gobbledygook instead of downloading the file (presumably the installer runtime code), and the alternate method I listed above let me download the file; however when I go to install it I get a dialog fom android:” The document could not be opened because it is not a valid PDF document.” So I can’t download the plugin. If anyone is still paying attention, suggestions are welcome.

  • Ho to install adobe flash player on iphone5 ??
    flash player for android

  • How can they pull the app and not support the versions they’ve
    previously released? Their software is on many phones and for them to
    just abandon it while people still have it installed is ludicrous. The
    fact it could harm innocent users over time is beyond reprehensible.
    There are people,(many people) who don’t know the first thing about any
    of this technical nonsense and could fall victim to malicious code
    because the software that is on their devices is outdated and
    unsupported. That’s just marvelous.
    flash player for android

  • EcrOp

    I found a nice little app which helps you installing flash on your device.

  • Charbelgem2000

    Does it work on samsung galaxy tab 7.7?????????

  • Sniper

    Great tut, Brad. Also the suggested Boat Browser is wonderful too. Thanks for sharing these with us. Bye, S.

  • Guest

    The be my ok.

  • Darren Huntley

    Is works on Xperia z browser, thanks

  • steve

    It works on Nextway F9x tablet as well thank you very much :-)

  • Simon

    Try Falcon Flash Player on This app allow you to play any flash content on your android 4.0 or higher device. NO plugin or adobe flash player is needed. I just tried it and it work perfectly smooth on my Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7.

  • pcnexus

    Install flash player on galaxy note 3 by using best android browser like UC browser HD and mozilla firefox.

  • Gregg Hutzler
  • Vadim

    Nope. Flash plug-in doesn’t work in either Boat or Firefox, on Android 4.4 KitKat. It worked in 4.3 Jelly Bean. You can officially say good-bye to Flash in KitKat.

    • gordon brown

      I do not agree with you … flash can be installed manually on kitkat devices here is a tutorial . its working

  • saleh

    love and helpfull for me good and its working on android version………………..

  • Jot

    Hmmm didn’t work. Nexus 5 boat and dolphin. I will keep trying.

  • john

    How to enable the plugin on firefox

  • GeeCokerz

    this didn work for me on note 3. the boat browser kept crushing when ever i tried playing a flash video

  • Leroy

    How can you put on Acer adobe flash player on an android device

  • droidiot

    I have a 10″ off brand android 4.2.2(jellybean) that has flash player 11.1 pre loaded, but when I try to view content is say’s not supported. I have a stock browser and chrome pre loaded also, I am a novice to android, and don’t know what to do.

  • droidiot

    I have an off brand 10″ android 4.2.2 (jellybean) with flash player 11.1 pre installed, when I try to view content it say’s not supported. I have a stock browser and chrome. I am a novice to android, I have tried a few other apps to replace flash but uninstalled them. I don’t want to jump thru hoops to view stuff and don’t want clutter either. Can someone help please?

  • joe r.

    i have an older android im not sure wat version but its a zte warp does anyone know how i would go about installing adobe flash on it

  • John Harbour

    Great Tutorial but i was already install throught this great video tutorial

  • jack
  • MikeZ

    You mentioned two browsers but only gave directions for Boat Browser. How do you install on Firefox?

  • Se7en Soft

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  • skinny

    Problems with the lenovo tablet. Can’t get adobe reader nor flash player. Have tried all I could think of. Can anyone come up with solution please, please

  • Game Player

    I dont know how it works but Falcon SWF run great on my device.

  • Fairuz Sudin

    Puffin actually eat your mobile data too much when do surfing..
    I play facebook flash games and my mobile data drain very fast..

    but, Puffin really faster to load a website..