- Chrome replaced Flash with HTML5 but it's a normal and inevitable progression.
- Google started replacing Flash in 2016 and Adobe dropped support for it on December 31, 2020.
- In 2016, Microsoft also start blocking the Flash content in their Edge browser.
- You can still open your content in a browser that offers native support for Flash.
Google has rolled out its kill schedule for Flash on Chrome by starting to display HTML5 content by default on some websites for select users. That means the search giant has disabled Flash for a few Chrome users.
Google initially implemented the update for half of the Chrome 56 beta users according to Eric Deily, technical program manager for the program. By February 2017, the change went live for all users of Chrome 56.
What can I do if Google replaces Flash with HTML5 in Chrome?
Google announced its plan to ditch Flash for HTML5 in May 2016 in a push for a more secure content player. In August, the company promised it would transition to HTML5 by default beginning in the fourth quarter of 2016.
And Google delivered on its promise. The move aimed to minimize reliance on a web component that can slow down CPU and memory usage. On top of those issues, Flash can consume battery life quickly.
As if that’s not enough, Flash has encountered many security issues in the past. Attackers have targeted interactive and advanced content features of Flash to access user systems for years.
Google isn’t the only tech giant that decided to block Flash content. In April, Microsoft also moved to disable automatic playback of peripheral Flash content on the Edge browser due to some security flaws.
In the meantime, Adobe dropped all support for Flash in December 31th 2020 so it’s a normal and irreversible process. However, you can the Flash content from your PC.
How can I access Flash content on my PC?
The answer is easier than you might expect and it involves using a browser that still offers native support for Flash. We’re talking about Opera, a very light and fast browser that can offer a lot of advantages over more popular solutions.
Apart from still playing Flash content, Opera offers excellent social media integration including WhatsApp, Facebook Messanger and Instagram with dedicated button on its left side.
This excellent browser also comes with a free VPN that can be used without any limits and does a perfect job in protecting your privacy completely.
OperaOpera still plays Flash content without a glitch and comes with a lot of interesting features including VPN.
If you have other suggestions or questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in December 2016 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.