The Adobe Flash Player had an eventful run on the internet. It went from being a media-rich platform used extensively to disappearing among competitive products that were quicker and easier to use. Realizing that Flash had lost its charm, Adobe announced at the end of last year that it will be discontinuing its support to the Flash Player and from January 2021, it will become unavailable for downloads as well.
Adobe Flash Player is blocked
If you still have Flash Player installed on it and you receive a website, you may see a warning message.
How to unblock Adobe Flash Player
Since Adobe itself has discontinued this product, there are no official fixes to the issue. However, there are some solutions you can implement to unblock Flash Player on Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, etc.
- Uninstall Adobe Flash Player from your PC
- Remove Flash from your browser
- Use Ruffle Flashy Player Emulator
- Use the Avant browser Ultimate version
- Use the Chrome Flash edition
1] Uninstall Adobe Flash Player
Since the Flash Player is no longer supported, we strongly recommend from a security point of view, that you uninstall Flash from your computer.
2] Remove Flash from your browser
This post will show you how to remove or disable Adobe Flash Player in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera browsers.
3] Use Ruffle Flashy Player Emulator
If you ever try to access any content, a website, or an online game, that runs on Flash, the homepage will display an error asking you to turn the Adobe Flash Player on or it will tell you that Flash is no longer supported. So, your best bet is to bypass this.
A very convenient way for you to bring things back to normal and access Flash content is by using the Ruffle Flashy Player Emulator. It is available on the Chrome Web Store, or you can download it from the official website also. Here’s how:
- Visit Ruffle’s release page and download the version supporting Chrome/Edge/Safari browsers
- Once the ‘.zip’ file is downloaded, extract its contents
- The extension isn’t installed yet. Visit chrome://extensions on your Chrome browser and on the top-right corner, toggle on the Developer mode option
- This will present you with a new toolbar. Here, click on Load unpacked
- Clicking on Load unpacked will open a prompt of your File manager. Here, locate the folder where you’ve kept the extracted contents of the extension’s ‘.zip’ file and click on the Select folder option
- This will initiate the installation process. Once done, you can try reopening the same Flash content and if nothing else is wrong, you’ll be able to access it
You can download the Ruffle browser extension from here.
2] Use the Avant browser Ultimate version
While most big browsers had called quits on Adobe’s Flash Browser, Avant continued to provide support to it. Its user-friendly interface makes it a viable alternative to Chrome and besides that, it works on the Chrome engine as well.
You can download the Avant browser from its official webpage. It is necessary for you to download the Ultimate version in order to access Flash Player’s contents. Download the Avant web browser here.
3] Use the Chrome Flash edition
When Adobe discarded Flash and Chrome discontinued its support, developers decided to modify the original, standard Chrome browser (that has an open-source code) and released the Chrome Flash edition which supports Flash content playback. This developed version doesn’t come with automatic updates, so users will have to live without any patches or improvements. Thus, it is mostly used as a secondary browser, auxiliary to the standard Chrome edition. Its installation process isn’t the same as most browsers, so I’ll walk you through it.
- Visit Github to download the Chrome Flash edition
- Once initiated and all setup, download the file (via the link provided) that will make all the necessary changes to your Registry to make Flash content accessible
- Run the file and confirm all the requirements
- You’ll be done after that and the information about all the changes made to your Registry will be dished out
These are some of the most common and effective ways in which you can continue to use the Adobe Flash Player on Chrome despite it being blocked.
How do I enable Adobe Flash Player when it’s blocked?
Earlier, you had to click the plugin icon > Manage > Flash settings page and enable it. Now since Adobe Flash Player is no longer supported, it is better to harness alternatives like using Ruffle Flashy Player Emulator, Avant browser Ultimate version or the Chrome Flash edition.
Hope this helps!