Installing Adobe Flash player on Android devices
Adobe has officially stopped supporting Flash on Android devices but with so many web sites like Youtube needing Flash to show the content there needs to be a way to solve this problem. We will show you how to sideload Adobe Flash player onto your Android device so you can still use all of the web content that relies on it to operate. You do not need to root your device or change any system files to do this so your warranty will still be valid.
The first thing to do is go to your settings screen and scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Phone” or “About Device”. On this screen you will need to check the Android version that your device is running as show here:
Next you will need to enable installation of Android apps from locations other than the app market since you can no longer get Flash from there. On Android 2.2, 2.3 or 3.x, this is found under Settings > Applications. On Android 4.x, you’ll find it under Settings > Security, as shown here:
Now you are ready to start loading the apps needed to get Adobe on your device. If you are running Android versions below 4.X then your stock browser should have Flash capabilities but in 4.X and later that use Google Chrome you will need to download Dolphin browser that support Flash. You can get it from the Google Play store or if your device does not have the play store then using your Android device browser go to this link to get it http://tinyurl.com/9ojctcx. Just type the link into your browser and the download will start, we used TinyURL to shorten the links to make it easier to enter on your Android devices. Once the download is complete you can open your status screen and tap on the downloaded file to install it.
After Dolphin is installed you will need to get the appropriate version of Flash for your Android version. Here are the links to the versions available.
On Android 2.2, 2.3 or 3.x use this one:
http://tinyurl.com/acg5sx6 for Flash version 188.8.131.52
And for Android 4.X use this one:
http://tinyurl.com/balnr89 for Flash version 184.108.40.206
Just enter the link into your Android browser and the file will start the download. After the file has finished just go back to you status screen and tap the file to install it.
Once Adobe Flash has been installed you should have full flash capabilities in your browser. You can check it here: http://tinyurl.com/sssj9 You should see the Adobe animation bounce around on the screen. Adobe has stated that even though they are not actively developing Flash that they will keep up security updates through September 2013. Good luck and enjoy Adobe Flash on your Android device. If you have any questions just leave us a comment below and we will try to help.
Lease us a comment below and let us know what Android device you are running and your thoughts on the device too.
Update 1/10/2013: If you are running Android 4.1 or higher you will need to turn off the auto updater for the Dolphin web browse. If you don’t disable the updater it will download a newer version of the browser and the Flash app will be disabled.
Installing Adobe Flash player on Android devices – Video guide