Installing Adobe Flash player on Android devices

November 19, 2012 by
Filed under: Android OS, Cell Phones, Computer Tips & Techniques 

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 11.1.111.24
And for Android 4.X use this one:
http://tinyurl.com/balnr89 for Flash version 11.1.115.27
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.

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26 Comments on Installing Adobe Flash player on Android devices

  1. farwa on Thu, 17th Jan 2013 11:03 pm
  2. It does not work for me :(
    I have android 4.1.1. I have successfully downloaded dolphin browser with automatic updating unchecked and flash player but when I install and open flash player it doesn’t open and asks for plug in.
    What should I do now?

  3. admin on Fri, 18th Jan 2013 2:36 pm
  4. Hello,

    Did you download the Dolphin browser from the play store or from the link in our article? It seems the one from the play store has been updated to the nonflash version already. If you remove the app and download the one from the our link it should work. Please let us know.

  5. Cynthia Short on Tue, 29th Jan 2013 3:45 pm
  6. The link you posted to get dolphin no longer works either…

  7. satish on Tue, 29th Jan 2013 8:56 pm
  8. I have samsung gt-b5512 ican’t dawenload adobe flash player because it not supporting on my mobile please tell me now how can I play flash game and watch live streaming???

  9. Heidi on Mon, 4th Feb 2013 12:32 pm
  10. Since you seen to be knowledgeable about flash players on tablets is there one tablet that you recommend that plays flash? We got an asus tablet first and that did not play flash so we exchanged it for a microsoft surface which is supposed to allow flash player, but only from websites microsoft allows. Which there is a way staunchest I found online but I need to type in every website to allow and it seems a little tedious if I go to any website and need to do that everytime. So I was wondering what tablet you recommend to get if I just need to do what you showed here?

  11. CCL_TECH on Mon, 4th Feb 2013 1:07 pm
  12. The Asus tablet, the Nexus 7 & 10 tablets (made by Asus) and the Samsung Galaxy Tabs are all great tablets. You will need to use a different web browser on all of them because the stock browser does not allow the Flash player to run the content. As far as what browser to use you have a choice of Firefox, Opera and Puffin. The Dolphin browser removed the Flash support in its latest update so it no longer works right. The Microsoft surface tablets are OK, but you would need to have the full surface tablet not the RT version. We use the Samsung Galaxy Tabs here and they work great and Samsung has good support for their products.

  13. Heidi on Mon, 4th Feb 2013 5:18 pm
  14. Thank you for responding so quickly.I want to make sure I understand correctly. If I got a samsung galaxy tab 2 I would need to download a fireofox browser and then be able to use the adobe flash player on any website that I go to? It would I need to do as it states above? I am not very computer savvyso just trying to make sure I understand it correctly. Thank you.

  15. CCL_TECH on Tue, 5th Feb 2013 7:01 am
  16. You would install the flash plugin as states above and then download the Firefox web browser from the Google Play store just other like any other app. Once both pieces are installed then the Tab would have Flash capabilities.

  17. andrew on Wed, 6th Feb 2013 4:34 pm
  18. I have Nexus 7 version 4.2.1 so I followed above advice allowing for unknown sources etc and installed flash plugin and then downloaded Firefox from the play store however the tab still says that a flash plugin is missing. Can you please help?

  19. CCL_TECH on Wed, 6th Feb 2013 5:05 pm
  20. open Firefox, tap the menu button and select settings. Now tap the plug in settings and choose ‘enable’ restart Firefox and it should work. You may also need to select request desktop site on the menu to get the full web page. Some web sites still will detect this browser as a Android device and not show flash content. If this happens then you need to use the Puffin proxy browser

  21. Dan Silvia on Tue, 26th Feb 2013 11:21 pm
  22. Worked great on my Nexus 7 version 4.2

    Thanks a lot

  23. Curtis on Sat, 4th May 2013 12:23 pm
  24. The video plays but I still get no audio? Thanks for your assistance to all of us android users!

    Curtis

  25. omkar on Thu, 4th Jul 2013 1:36 am
  26. i cant install adobe flash player on my samsung galaxy y. i downloaded flash player 11 when i start installation it shows ‘Application not installed’ what can u do?

  27. Martyn on Sun, 21st Jul 2013 1:49 pm
  28. Like Omkar I have same “application not installed” any solution pls

  29. CCL_TECH on Tue, 23rd Jul 2013 4:55 pm
  30. What device and what version of Android are you running?

  31. DWIGHT NEFF on Wed, 24th Jul 2013 12:48 am
  32. Can’t get flash enabled on bygone x plus______help would be welcome and appreciated.

  33. DWIGHT NEFF on Wed, 24th Jul 2013 12:51 am
  34. Can’t get flash enabled on my HTC one x plus help would be welcome and appreciated.

  35. maryn on Wed, 24th Jul 2013 1:53 pm
  36. android 2.3.6

    i follow ur instructions and it comes up “application not installed”

  37. Audric on Thu, 8th Aug 2013 1:07 am
  38. thanks. it really works. I first experimented if by downloading the flash.apk alone would have worked, but it didn’t. So I downloaded the dolphin browser from the link provided above and it works ! Thanks again. My phone is LG Optimus L9 with Android version 4.1.3.

  39. Adrianne Bargar on Wed, 18th Sep 2013 9:41 pm
  40. Thank you so much! It worked on my new galaxy tab3

  41. Sarah Thomas on Sat, 12th Oct 2013 4:03 am
  42. Excellent worked perfectly on my samsung tab 4 , wish I tried it sooner

  43. Mary Moser on Fri, 18th Oct 2013 10:51 pm
  44. In the feb. 13, 2913 comment you state that install flash plug in as stated above, but I can’t find the info stated above. Can you help me.

  45. cata on Mon, 25th Nov 2013 9:29 pm
  46. this works!@!! thank you very mcuh

  47. Rita on Sat, 7th Dec 2013 5:03 pm
  48. Thank you…Thank you…Thank you! It worked! I thought I just bought a giant paper weight! Now, I can enjoy my tablet.

  49. Velisa on Mon, 16th Dec 2013 10:16 am
  50. I have tried to follow the directions above to download adobe flash on my galaxy tab 3 and my galaxy s4, but I cannot get it right. Can someone please help me?

    Thanks.

  51. robin on Tue, 25th Feb 2014 9:27 am
  52. when i play games on facebook on my samsung tablet, they load now that i put falsh on but say i need to upgrade. Bow do i upgrade. I have ver. 4.1 tablet and it loaded 1.1 flashplayer. Thanks

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