- Adobe Flash is already a deprecated multimedia technology in browsers. Nowadays, HTML5 is the new king.
- If your browser automatically blocks Flash content, you won't be able to view all the graphics and animation elements on the websites you're visiting.
- If you want to unblock Flash content in your browser, look no further for guidance. This guide brings you clear answers to your questions.
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As you all know, Flash was once one of the foremost web technologies, but nowadays Adobe Flash Player is blocked by default on almost all web browsers. Most browser developers (Mozilla, Google and Microsoft) have largely abandoned plug-ins in favor of HTML 5.
Flash is one of the few plug-ins that browsers still widely support, but Adobe confirmed it would discontinue Flash by the end of 2020.
Consequently, Edge, Chrome and Firefox no longer automatically run Flash by default. Instead, you need to select to unblock Adobe Flash content manually in order to use it in Edge, Chrome and Firefox.
What to do if Adobe Flash content is blocked?
1. Unblock Flash in Edge
For example, Adobe Flash Player is blocked in Microsoft Edge even if the browser configured to utilize the plug-in. Edge will include an Enable Flash option on websites that use Flash.
In order to unblock Adobe Flash content, you need to select either Always allow or Allow once option in Adobe Flash content was blocked dialog box.
If an Adobe Flash content was blocked dialog box doesn’t open, then you probably need to switch Edge’s Adobe Flash Player setting on by following these steps:
- To do that, press the Settings and more button at the top right of Edge.
- Select Settings > View advanced settings to open the options below.
- Then switch the Use Adobe Flash Player setting on.
2. Unblock Flash in Chrome
Google Chrome also runs Flash on a click-to-run basis only these days. The browser highlights Flash content on pages with a jigsaw piece icon.
If you get a message in Chrome saying that Adobe content was blocked, you’ll need to click the jigsaw piece icon and press the Allow button.
If you can’t select the Allow button to run the multimedia content, you might need to configure Chrome’s Flash settings as follows:
- Press the Customize Google Chrome button to open the browser‘s menu.
- Click Settings to open the tab shown in the snapshot directly below.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Advanced.
- Then click Contents settings and select Flash to open the options shown in the snapshot directly below.
- You can unblock Adobe Flash content by switching Block sites from running Flash to Ask first (recommended).
- You can also add websites to the Allow list to enable Adobe Flash to always run on them. To do that, click Add, input a website URL and press the Add button.
3. Select Always Activate Flash in Firefox
Mozilla also readjusted Firefox’s default Flash configuration to Ask to Activate in 2017. Thus, the browser displays an icon in place of the Flash multimedia when you open a page.
Clicking that icon and selecting Allow unblocks the multimedia content. If the Adobe content was blocked in Firefox, you can enable it on all websites by doing the following:
- Press the Open menu button at the top right of Firefox’s window.
- Click Add-ons to open the tab in the shot directly below.
- Then select Plug-ins to open the plug-in list shown directly below.
- Select Always Activate on Flash‘s drop-down menu.
There you go, a quick guide on how to enable Adobe Flash Player on Windows 10.
This guide will show you how to unblock Flash in Edge, Google Chrome, and Firefox so if you find it useful, feel free to let us know in the comments sections below.
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FAQ: Learn more about Adobe Flash
- Why do I get Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash player errors?
- What is blocking Adobe Flash from running?
If it seems something is blocking Adobe Flash from running, make sure your browser is not automatically blocking Flash content and your Adobe Flash Player plugin is up-to-date.
- How do I fix the error message You must enable Adobe Flash in order to view this content?
If you’re getting an error asking you to enable Adobe Flash in order to view the respective content, click on the dialog box and select the Allow button which that lets you enable Flash content in your browser.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2019 and has since been updated for freshness and accuracy.