- Browsers that support Flash are fewer every day because that old technology is being replaced.
- Although Adobe Flash reached EOL at the end of 2020, there are still browsers that support it.
- Opera is one of the best browsers that still support Flash natively. Learn how to unlock others.
- If you want to uninstall Flash from your system, we also included a guide for that.
However, there are some browsers that still support Flash, and in today’s article, we’re going to show you what is all about.
What should I know about browsers that support Flash?
1. Adobe Flash – what is it used for?
Adobe Flash is a multimedia platform that was used for the creation of web and desktop applications, video games, and multimedia playback.
Many multimedia websites, such as YouTube, relied on Flash for multimedia playback, however, that isn’t the case anymore.
Flash is being replaced by HTML5, and developers are ending the support for Flash soon. This means that Flash won’t be developed or distributed anymore at all.
In fact, Adobe stopped supporting Flash Player on December 31, 2020 and started to block Flash content from running in the Adobe Flash Player starting from January 12, 2021.
Even now, major browsers are blocking Flash by default because of its security vulnerabilities.
If you still have Adobe Flash Player installed on your system, you might have seen or continue to see reminders from Adobe that you should uninstall it from your OS.
Adobe announced the incoming end of life for Flash three years ago, to give everyone a chance to migrate their content to other platforms.
2. How do I unblock Adobe Flash player?
Edge, Chrome, Firefox
Enabling flash isn’t hard, and we already wrote an extensive guide on how to unblock Adobe Flash content, so we strongly recommend to check it out for step-by-step instructions.
- In the address bar, enter:
- Locate Allow sites to run Flash option and make sure that is enabled.
- Visit any content that has Flash on it.
- If you see Plug-in blocked in the address bar, click it and choose Run plug-in this time.
- If you see a puzzle icon instead of Flash content, click it and select Allow from the menu to allow Flash.
In case you’re not familiar, Opera is quite similar to Chrome. It’s built on a Chromium engine and it can run Chrome extensions.
The browser is light on your resources, so it can handle multiple tabs with ease. It’s worth mentioning that you can easily search for tabs and organize them into workspaces.
Opera also has tracking protection and a built-in ad blocker, so you won’t have to deal with ads ever again. And for an extra layer of privacy, there’s a free and unlimited VPN available.
Looking for a browser that supports Flash? If you haven’t already, this might be the ideal moment to try out Opera!
3. What browsers still support Flash?
According to Adobe, the Flash player is still supported by Opera, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. However, Opera supports Flash natively and that is why we recommend using it with any Flash content you may still encounter.
4. How do I uninstall Flash from my system?
- Download the uninstalled from Adobe.
- Close all the browsers and any other program that runs Flash.
- Run the uninstaller and follow the steps.
- Press the Windows key + R to start Run and type the following path:
- A window will pop up. Delete all the files in that folder.
- Repeat the process for the following paths, one at a time:
Adobe recommends uninstalling the Flash Player and stop using Flash because, as it doesn’t receive any updates anymore, it may become hazardous for your system. If you want to uninstall Flash, follow the steps above.
For a long time, Flash has been a dominant Web technology, but soon it will be completely replaced by HTML5 and other newer technologies.
You’ll still be able to use Flash until the end of the year, but with more websites abandoning Flash completely, you might want to stick with a browser that supports newer technologies.
Frequently Asked Questions
In order to download Adobe Flash, you just need to visit the Adobe Flash download page and download it from there.
No, you don’t need Adobe Flash Player since all web browsers have support for HTML5.
All Chromium browsers still support Flash but that won’t last for long. Read more about this in our complete article about this.
Yes, Opera supports Flash natively. Read more about the Opera browser in this useful article.