Want Adobe Flash on your Jelly Bean-running device? Find out how to install it and make it work

by: AdrianJuly 25, 2012

As expected for quite some time, Google has broken all  ties with Adobe Flash and ceased offering support for the web technology in the latest Android version, Jelly Bean. And while many users are probably doing fine without the multimedia platform, there surely are a few nostalgic ones who would like the chance to install Flash on their new Android 4.1-running gadgets.

Fortunately, a couple of XDA-Developers forum members have already thought about that, so you can now easily and safely install Flash on any gadget with JB. Those who own a 4.1-running device with Android’s native browser app, like the Galaxy Nexus or the Nexus S, will have the easiest time.

If you have a Nexus and would like to get a taste of how Flash works on Jelly Bean, you’ll only have to go to recognized XDA contributor Stempox’ thread here and follow the simple instructions. The same goes for those who are currently using any of the numerous custom ROMs based on JB and have a device running Android’s native Browser (Flash won’t work with the Chrome browser, which doesn’t support plugins).

For Google Nexus 7 adopters, the road to installing Flash is a bit bumpier, due to the fact that the new 7-incher doesn’t come preloaded with Browser. What you’ll have to do in this case is go to senior XDA member Censura_Umbra’s thread here and download Android’s native browser. There are a couple of permissions and folder names you’ll have to change after installing the app, but, overall, you should get everything done pretty quickly, even if you don’t have much experience in installing unofficial APKs.

After installing Browser, which supposedly works like a charm, with no bugs reported until now, your Nexus 7 Tablet will have to be taken through the same “treatment” like any other JB-running device. You’ll have to go to Stempox’ thread as well and follow his six short steps.

Has anyone tried installing Flash with Steampox’s APK and guide? Does it work? Do you recommend other users to go for it as well, or is it as glitchy as one would expect? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Wasn’t that a selling point against apple? Support of flash? Or does google have another engine that plays the media?

    • so true … I really don’t understand … most of todays website use flash … like WTF????

    • Google can’t force Adobe to continue flash support. Unless they buy them out.

      • Prahalad Jake

        Google can’t buy Adobe…

  • Fraggle

    Google should buy Adobe

    • adobe is not that cheap to buy you know, but that would be a good idea

  • Perry Ahern

    This is poorly phrased. Google didn’t choose to drop Flash – Adobe has dropped mobile Flash as a product and is no longer updating it. Adobe is pulling the installer as well next month.


      You’re wrong too, there are only stopping development of MOBILE FLASH, not flash altogether as you stated.

  • dilharo

    If you all wait for six month for android5.0, flash will come back to android through docking with chromeos integration….google dont want you to use mobile browser ..instead dock the phone and use chrome os itself..that is android 5.0 and it will run pepper flash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Voidedededed

      6 months is pretty ridiculous IMO. Lucky for us we have XDA Looking out for us and work around available. Personally I won’t be performing any more android updates on any of my devices till 5.0 and wouldn’t have updated my nexus7 if I realised Adobe were gonna do this to us.

  • Why doesn’t chrome support flash? I hate it that when I try to watch some videos on my phone ( *cough*cough* porn mostly) the browser doesn’t play the video and I have to always change to another browser! that’s really irritating and annoying

  • WE SHOULD START A PETITION!!!!!!!!!! This is not acceptable!!!

  • AC

    I really don’t get the big deal.

    Flash was a really cool solution … a decade ago.

    It’s taken until late XP/Vista for it to stop sucking mightily on PC and it’s still ridiculously high up the list of frequent system crashers for OsX. It used to crash PC’s (not just browsers) just as frequently, and there is clearly a reason for the popularity of Flash blocking extensions for certain popular open-source browsers.

    It was a resource hog and a power management nightmare and for their own reasons Adobe decided that the mobile market was too much pain – probably because they were going to have to do some serious rewriting and make it a continuing major focus given the pace of development. It’s always surprised me how much Android fanboys make of Flash (Android has it, iOS doesn’t) given they typically also make a deal out of the openness of their preferred OS vs Apple’s. Adobe are not a big cuddly bear that give stuff away for free (beer or otherwise) for no reason. Vendor lock in is just as bad with web content delivery as it is with anything else. I can’t wait to see it leave the desktop as well.

    HTML5 may well be the thing of the future and it may well suck now for some things. We might get something else. But it ain’t gonna get any better if all the lazy ass webdevs are allowed to stick to what they know. Microsoft showed the world that one. 32 bit code should have been standard from the 386 onward. Proper user security with serious respect for credentials and access levels should have been standard from NT onward. NT 4 was 1996. The i386 was 1985. NT creds finally being enforced were basically what the whole Vista UAC hue and cry was about. Yup. Lazy ass devs can’t assume everyone runs everything as Admin anymore. Vista was 2007. 11 years. It’s arguable if Xp was even true 32 bit as 16 bit code would still run – either 16 or 22 years depending whether you count ‘real’ 32 bit Windows as Xp (2001) or Vista.

    “That which does not kill us can only make us stronger” and all that. Technology changes. Cool new things happen.

    Deal with it.

  • Abha

    Flash player isn’t available for ICS either… It’s a shame as most of the content will not be available online.

  • gnote

    THANK YOU GUYS SOOOO MUCH!!! I just ran out and luckily got one of the few Galaxy Note 2’s available in Canada still think Flash was one of the awesome advantages over the iPhone and I find out Jelly Bean doesnt support it!! Luckily I found this article n download tho!! Works perfect!! G-Note porn here I come!!