How to install Adobe Flash on your Kindle Fire HD

December 27, 2012 by
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So you got an Amazon Kindle Fire HD but some of the web sites you want to view do not work right because it is missing a flash player. No Youtube, no embedded videos on web pages etc. You go to the Amazon app store and look for Adobe flash player but its not there. What do you do now? We will show you how to download and install Adobe flash player so you can have the full web experience.

Keep in mind that this is a hack because Adobe no longer supports Flash on android devices.

You will need to enable 3rd party applications on the device since you will be loading the applications from other sources outside of the Amazon app store. To do this just pull down the menu bar at the top of your Kindle and click the “More” button on the top right side. Now scroll down until you see the “Device” section and click it. Now look for the option that says “Allow installation of applications” from unknown sources and set it to “ON”. You can reset this option once the applications are installed.

Now go to the app store on your Kindle Fire HD and install the ES file explorer app. If you can not locate the ES file manager in the app store then you can download ES file explorer from this link:

Now open your web browser on the Kindle Fire HD and enter the TinyURl link below. We have shortened the links to make it easier to enter them on your Kindle.

This first link is for the Dolphin browser. This is needed because the built in Silk browser does not support Flash at all.
The file will download to the download folder on your Kindle. Once this is complete then you can download the Adobe flash player. It is available from this link,

After both files are downloaded open the ES file explorer app and tap the download folder to locate the above two files. tap on the Dolphin file first and install it then tap the Flash player file to install it. Under your Apps tab you will see the new Dolphin browser, use it anytime you need flash. The original Silk browser is still installed if you want to use it but the Dolphin browser has many more features so give it a try and let us know if you have any questions.

Again try your Dolphin browser on flash sites to check the operation.

Check out our article showing how to enable wireless printing on Android devices including the Kindle Fire HD - Adding wireless printing to Android devices.

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105 Comments on How to install Adobe Flash on your Kindle Fire HD

  1. Bob on Fri, 28th Dec 2012 4:18 pm
  2. Thanks..

    This worked great and now my Kindle can play flash videos, just what I needed.

  3. Kellyn on Fri, 28th Dec 2012 4:50 pm
  4. I tried the 1st link but after it downloads, I click on it and it just says cannot open file. I made sure I have the settings set to “allow installation of applications”. Any ideas?

  5. admin on Fri, 28th Dec 2012 4:57 pm
  6. Hello,

    Did the download complete? That site is very busy and their server seems a bit overloaded right now due to the traffic. It almost sounds like your download had not quite completed or was corrupted. Try it again and see if you get the same results. Let us know if you still have trouble.

  7. Kellyn on Fri, 28th Dec 2012 5:21 pm
  8. I got it to work after downloading ES file explorer. Thanks!

  9. Amanda on Sat, 29th Dec 2012 8:56 pm
  10. Thank you so, so much! I was ready to send my new Kindle Fire back. Your directions were very clear and worked perfectly. Thanks again!!

  11. anonymous on Sun, 30th Dec 2012 1:29 pm
  12. Omg!!!!! Thank you so much! I tried for ever to figure out how to make flash player available on my kindle fire. I was literally so close to have my mom return this thing. Again, Thanks a lot!! :)

  13. Steve on Sun, 30th Dec 2012 4:27 pm
  14. I keep getting “Cannot Open File”

  15. admin on Sun, 30th Dec 2012 4:42 pm
  16. Are you using the ES file explorer program to open the apk files?

  17. katie on Mon, 31st Dec 2012 10:26 am
  18. Worked perfectly -though very important you download the exact files listed here as initially i had downloaded flash from elsewhere, so it wasn’t working. Once I deleted the old flash file (using the es file app) and then downloaded the one linked here, flash and dolphin worked just fine. Thank you :)

  19. Alicia on Mon, 31st Dec 2012 3:42 pm
  20. I’ ‘ve successfully installed the Dolphin app, though, it doesn’t’ t show under the app tab. Did something go wrong?

  21. admin on Mon, 31st Dec 2012 4:43 pm
  22. Try going back into Es file explorer and reinstalling the app. It will overwrite the original install ans should create the icon in the app tab.

  23. Sydney on Wed, 2nd Jan 2013 8:36 pm
  24. Can you do a step-by-step on what you do after you do all that and try to buy a movie? I’m confused on what to do!!

  25. candy on Thu, 3rd Jan 2013 4:09 pm
  26. Soooo after installing and uninstalling numerous apps I’ve finally managed to actually be allowed on itv player my main reason for needing Adobe, however when I click play I get a blue lego brick thing.. lol, can play vids on youtube no probs?

  27. admin on Fri, 4th Jan 2013 8:48 am
  28. Hello Candy,

    Are you using the Dolphin browser? The Silk browser that comes with the Kindle will not work with the Flash plugin. Let us know and we will try to help get you going.

  29. admin on Fri, 4th Jan 2013 8:58 am
  30. Hello Sydney,
    What service are you trying to buy a movie with? We should be able to help but we will need the additional information.

    CCL Tech

  31. Cid on Wed, 9th Jan 2013 3:45 pm
  32. Thanks for your help with the flash player. However I can’t get ITV Player to work using the dolphin browser. Says I have to Install ITV Player, but when I click install it says
    “you don’t have any devices”
    What’s my next move?
    Many thanks

  33. brittani on Thu, 10th Jan 2013 7:34 am
  34. Does this work on the Kindle Fire (not HD). I just got the Kindle Fire for Christmas and can’t seem to figure out if it matters if I use this on the regular kindle and not the HD. Thanks

  35. CCL_TECH on Thu, 10th Jan 2013 10:40 am
  36. It works with the regular Kindle fire too

  37. brittani on Thu, 10th Jan 2013 11:25 am
  38. Thank you so much! It worked great and I am happy again. After reading and watching several videos this was the easiest to understand. Thanks so much!

  39. laurie on Thu, 10th Jan 2013 8:41 pm
  40. can’t get the link for dolphin to open…..already have the ed and aside downloaded..what am I doing wrong

  41. laurie on Thu, 10th Jan 2013 8:42 pm
  42. that was to be ES and Adobe

  43. CCL_TECH on Thu, 10th Jan 2013 9:05 pm
  44. If you open our web site on your Kindle and go to this article and directly tap on the link to should open and download. It may not work it you just enter the link into your browser. Try it and let us know, we will be glad to help you out.

  45. Debbie on Fri, 11th Jan 2013 11:14 am
  46. Thanks so much for the detailed instructions – works great! I’m thinking of making the Dophin browser my default since it seems to be faster than the Silk.

  47. Desi on Tue, 15th Jan 2013 7:54 am
  48. wow!! first I thought it wouldn’t work…but it did!!! thx

  49. judy burton on Sat, 9th Feb 2013 2:46 pm
  50. hi

    thanks have succesfully downloaded both dolphin and adobe on my kindle fire, when i go yo itv player it ionly recognises my phone and says not compatable help please

  51. Alison on Sun, 10th Feb 2013 5:06 am
  52. I’ve installed dolphin and es and Adobe but still can’t get itv player to work. Please could you give me EASY to understand steps. Thanks

  53. judy burton on Mon, 11th Feb 2013 1:22 am
  54. Hi I have tried deleting and reinstalling flash but still says not compatible

  55. tim williams on Mon, 18th Feb 2013 3:24 pm
  56. Yes this actually works. Thanks a million :)

  57. Chris on Tue, 19th Feb 2013 3:35 pm
  58. The instructions are clear and work well, however, it still wont allow me to watch ITV player on my kindle HD
    Despite showing on the Player app page that it is installed, the itv player will not work??? or what…lol
    Why is it that BBC Player took seconds to install and work, whereas ITV doesnt…aaaargh

  59. Brad on Fri, 22nd Feb 2013 2:16 am
  60. How do I installed adobe flash player on my kindle fire hd?

  61. stace on Sat, 9th Mar 2013 8:41 am
  62. Flowed your step by step instructions and all seemed good, until I tried to watch 4od and dolphin keeps crashing! Have I installed it right?

  63. stace on Sat, 9th Mar 2013 8:42 am
  64. dolphin keeps crashing! Have I installed it right?

  65. Jack Murphy on Sat, 9th Mar 2013 2:56 pm
  66. Hello,
    I installed adobe flash player es file explorer and dolphin browser on the fire hd, but when i try to watch a free video on hulu it either tells me install flash player or it does not support my platform

  67. Anne on Mon, 11th Mar 2013 8:17 pm
  68. Hi,thanksr

  69. Jack Murphy on Tue, 12th Mar 2013 5:44 pm
  70. Hello,
    I cannot find a response to my question, if Anne is giving an answer I cannot access it

  71. Bob on Sun, 17th Mar 2013 9:27 am
  72. have according to my Kindle fire downloaded Dolphin and Adobe but still when I try to down load pictures its as king me for Flashplayer and Dolphin is telling me it cant be installed when Apps shows it is loaded, what am I doing wrong ?

  73. charlotte on Wed, 20th Mar 2013 5:23 pm
  74. I have installed the web browser and flash played and it seems to run fine but every time i try to play a video that needs flash e.g 4od it will play for a minuet and cut out. Do have have any idea’s why this would be happening?

  75. charlotte on Wed, 20th Mar 2013 5:29 pm
  76. I have installed the web browser and flash played and it seems to run fine but every time i try to play a video that needs flash e.g 4od it will play for a minuet and cut out. Do have have any idea’s why this would be happening? Many thanks.

  77. charlotte on Wed, 20th Mar 2013 5:30 pm
  78. I have installed the web browser and flash player on my Kindle Fire HD and it seems to run fine but every time i try to play a video that needs flash e.g 4od it will play for a minuet and cut out. Do have have any idea’s why this would be happening? Many thanks.

  79. Karen on Fri, 29th Mar 2013 7:29 pm
  80. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! We have been trying to watch videos since I bought this Kindle Fire HD and now my family and I can! It’s about time they put a web-site that really works!

  81. Donna on Tue, 2nd Apr 2013 4:17 pm
  82. Thanks it works a treat :)

  83. Josh on Sat, 13th Apr 2013 9:42 pm
  84. I try to download dolphin browser but when I click on the link it says The server closed the connection without sending any data what happened?or whats going on?

  85. Millie on Fri, 3rd May 2013 9:10 am
  86. I did all this. I open the dolphin browser, go my facebook page, click on Candy Crush (which I could not play without the Adobe flash) and I get a message from Kindle “This app is trying to open a link with an external market that is not available on kindle fire. Would you like to open this link with the Amazon Appstore instead.” I click continue and it just sits and spins. I try to click continue instead and it takes me to the ap store…WTF??????

  87. Natalie on Fri, 17th May 2013 2:36 pm
  88. Wow…. what a great write up, this has helped me so much and just got to get mine working now dad’s is working fine. I will bookmark this site and come back to read more of your fab articles I can not thank you enough, without someone like you I would had never got this working.

  89. Mark on Fri, 24th May 2013 10:18 am
  90. Thank you very much!!! I thought I would never get Dolphin and Flash player back. I accidentally deleted them. I couldn’t believe that I couldn’t just re-download them.

  91. Terry on Sat, 6th Jul 2013 9:15 am
  92. I keep getting a message that wants to open my flash through amazon.
    Something about External market link

  93. Kerry on Sun, 7th Jul 2013 2:05 pm
  94. Okay so this is super-complicated BUT IT WORKS!!! Hooray!!!

  95. sarah on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 5:00 pm
  96. omg!! that’s brilliant..i am useless at technical stuff but even I could follow instructions & it son will be so chuffed tomorrow when I tell him he can use Education City now..thanks you

  97. sarah on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 5:01 pm
  98. omg!! that’s brilliant..i am useless at technical stuff but even I could follow instructions & it son will be so chuffed tomorrow when I tell him he can use Education City now..thanks

  99. angelinthehouse on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 5:39 pm
  100. AWESOME! Follow the steps exactly… And it works perfectly! Thanks!

  101. sherry m on Tue, 16th Jul 2013 4:47 am
  102. I cannot for the sake of me get my kindle fire HD to open up games like farmville 2 I may have it really messed up by now as I have tried to install dolphin and then adobe flash and still it will not open. I am dumb as dirt I suppose. Can anyone help me please? Thanking our in advance.

  103. Deeyan on Sat, 27th Jul 2013 2:15 am
  104. Thanks alot for this. I have a kindle fire HD and I can now use the Adobe flash Player. However, there was a section that said, use as-I chose android phone cos the was no kindle option. I don’t know if that’s the reason why-there’s no sound when I watch movies and every sound system is in proper order. Thanks

  105. John Hasson on Sun, 28th Jul 2013 11:46 pm
  106. I never comment on sites of this nature, but I had to tell you your tutorial is easy, clear, and PERFECT. You just made my mother a very happy camper, lolz.

  107. julie on Mon, 29th Jul 2013 2:26 pm
  108. I have a kindle fire hd. Trying to download flash player. Did everything as directed . Says download complete. Cannot open dolphin file and says I already have the es file explorer. But can’t open file what do I do?

  109. julie on Mon, 29th Jul 2013 4:40 pm
  110. It took a little trial and error but I think I have flash player installed. I already had the reader. I am on dolphin browser.haven’t figured it out yet but was able to download flash player after a feet different tries. Now going to try it out and I will give you s an update. Thank you so much.

  111. The Great Wonka on Thu, 8th Aug 2013 12:20 pm
  112. This worked. Now I can use my kindle.

  113. Carole on Sun, 18th Aug 2013 5:06 am
  114. Thanks for this very clear and easy to read and execute advice. Flash playing now working perfectly on Kindle fire HD.

  115. Anime on Sat, 24th Aug 2013 11:11 am
  116. I’ve tried downloading these but it keeps saying download unsuccessful. Only one succeeded to download. When I tried to click on it, it says ‘cannot open file’. What should I do?

  117. Name on Thu, 5th Sep 2013 10:13 pm
  118. When I try to install the flash player it gives me a message that states “There is a problem parsing the package.”

  119. mauricio on Thu, 12th Sep 2013 7:18 pm
  120. Amor

  121. mauricio on Thu, 12th Sep 2013 7:22 pm
  122. No puedo descargar la aplicación

  123. krystal on Mon, 23rd Sep 2013 9:25 am
  124. Worked great! Thank you, but the Dolphin Browser keeps crashing….any tips on that??

  125. TigrGrad86 on Wed, 2nd Oct 2013 2:08 pm
  126. I followed your instructions and was able to download Dolphin and Adobe Flash Player very easily. But, when I go to my Apps tab, Dolphin Isn’t there. What’s wrong?

  127. TigrGrad86 on Wed, 2nd Oct 2013 2:15 pm
  128. Never mind. I rebooted and now it’s there!

  129. ranina on Wed, 2nd Oct 2013 10:14 pm
  130. You are my hero! Thank you!

  131. LDrever on Fri, 25th Oct 2013 9:43 am
  132. Wow, it works. Couldn’t find dolphin in APPS at first until I realised i was in cloud. So on apps screen at top where it says cloud/device i tapped device and there was Dolphin and flash. Does this mean that it won’t be saved to cloud?

  133. John on Sun, 17th Nov 2013 11:33 am
  134. I couldn’t get this to work. My Wife likes to watch TV so I followed the guidelines above and installed Dolphin and adobe on her KindleHD. When I open the jewellrymaker website and try to play the show it displays a ‘Save As’ box prompting me to save ‘playlist.m3u8′. Whether I save it or not, nothing happens. Any advice would be very welcome.

  135. Erika on Wed, 20th Nov 2013 2:15 pm
  136. great instructions, everything went just as you said… but still Club Penguin will not allow my daughter to play. any thing special just for club penguin?

  137. Anonymous on Thu, 28th Nov 2013 1:24 pm
  138. Thank You!!! I received my Kindle Fire HD 8.9 last summer as a gift. I was pissed when I discovered that Adobe no longer supported Flash on Android devices. Now I’m able to listen and watch things I couldn’t access.

  139. mmmgood on Sun, 15th Dec 2013 5:30 pm
  140. Thanks so much for this!

  141. Bethany Butler on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 1:11 pm
  142. I have installed the dolphin browser and adobe file but i am still unable to play flash player. The video starts out as if it is going to work and then just crashes…any suggestions.

  143. olivia on Wed, 8th Jan 2014 5:17 pm
  144. My daughter is constantly bothering me tp get on her clup penguin account from my kindle fire hd, but even after downloadong dolphin and adobe, i am still not able to access it. It says my device is not compatible. Is there anything else i can do?

  145. Lisa on Fri, 31st Jan 2014 2:41 pm
  146. Every time I open the Dolphin browser it takes me to the google store not to the browser. How do I get it to go to another site?

  147. Gale on Sun, 2nd Feb 2014 10:34 am
  148. I’ve gone through the process of installing Dolphin browser and then Adobe Flash three times. I can get sound but no video. Is there a setting I’m missing?

  149. Ona on Sun, 18th May 2014 5:02 am
  150. Whoa….such a handy internet site.|

  151. JC on Sun, 8th Jun 2014 11:46 am
  152. omg! you are awesome! Now i can get watch my anime on my Kindle 8.9!! Thanks!!!

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  157. DeeDee on Thu, 16th Oct 2014 8:25 am
  158. Thanks! Adobe Flash is now working.

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  161. ken on Sat, 15th Nov 2014 6:20 pm
  162. This worked great but then Amazon did an update earlier this week and now I can’t use Adobe flash again. Any ideas?

  163. nick on Thu, 27th Nov 2014 10:35 pm
  164. Every time I try to download the dolphin browser from the link on this site and I keep getting a download failed message. I have the ES browser installed and was able to download the adobe flash player to download using the link on this site, but cannot download dolphin browser. Please help.

  165. Jack on Sat, 13th Dec 2014 3:11 am
  166. This may work and all, but…

    Wouldn’t this void my 2 year warranty since it’s a hack. I know that Adobe stopped supporting flash for Android products, which is very stupid on their part. (Just wanted to know since I can’t contact Amazon on this. lol)

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  176. My flash player is not loading on my device, however. I had the ES file explorer downloaded already, and I downloaded the Dolphin browser with the flash player. I checked all of the settings for the browser and it says that the flash is set to always on. I think everything finished downloading correctly and installing without any problems, but when I try to stream a video I get a little message saying the flash plug-in couldn’t load. I’m not sure what is wrong with it.

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