Google made news when it blocked Adobe Flash from the Google Chrome version 76 and above. The browser now blocks all Flash content by default. This new decision by the tech giant can be really annoying for its users who still use Adobe Flash. No wonder, the net is full of backlash. While Google is not ready to back down, it has offered its users a way to get rid of the problem (for now) i.e. by enabling Adobe Flash manually. The steps are simple and can be followed by anyone – tech-savvy or not!
When you enable the Adobe Flash manually on a website, a pop-up message reads that Adobe Flash will not be supported post-December 2020. Google has explained that once the New Eve’s ball drops in the year-end of 2020, that will also mark the end of the Flash Player.
Despite the annoyed users, Chrome is not the only browser to have given up Flash Player. Mozilla has also taken to remove the player completely in early 2020. You know the gravity of these decisions when Adobe itself announces to end support for Flash by the end of the same year – 2020.
If you are one of the users who still use Flash, you still have a year to enjoy Adobe Flash. Get it enabled with the help of our step-by-step guides that are mentioned right below.
Enable Adobe Flash Player in Chrome Website
You know that Flash has been blocked on a website when the message “Plugin Blocked” shows up at the right end of the address bar. To enable Flash plugin in Chrome,
- Click the “padlock” icon that shows on the left side of the address bar (or Chrome’s Omnibox)
Click on “Flash” in the dropdown menu
- And Click on “Block (default)”
- Now select the option “Allow”
- Click “Reload” as prompted by the browser
If certain elements of the website still do not load, you will need to reload them separately by clicking on each element. In case, instead of enabling Flash on the entire webpage. You need to run it on a particular media file click its “Play” button. If you want to run all Flash objects on the page including the hidden ones running in the background. Click on the plugin icon on the right side of the Omnibox bar and select “Run Flash this time”.
Note: Every time you enable Flash Player on a certain website, it gets recorded in the allow list. You can view this list by heading to “chrome://settings/content/flash”. However, the list will get deleted every time you will restart Chrome, which is why if you use a website that needs Flash regularly, you will have to repeat the process repeatedly. In short, there is no way to always allow flash in Chrome automatically. Google is adamant for its users to get rid of Flash, so to achieve that it is making the process of enabling and running the plugin extremely hectic.
Enable Flash in Chrome via Click-to-Play Process
Let’s be forthright, there is no more a way to enable Chrome Flash in a way that the browser will automatically play it. As a result, we bring you the second-best option viz. click-to-play Flash.
Instead of having Chrome to block Flash on websites by default. You can set it to ask before displaying the Flash content. The good news is that, unlike the allow list, Chrome will remember this setting no matter how many times you restart it. On the hind side, it will annoy with a “Flash Player will no longer be supported after December 2020” flag every time you restart the browser. The banner cannot be disabled!
To Enable this setting to follow the steps mentioned below:
Locate the blocked plugin icon on right side of Omnibox that indicates Adobe Flash Player is blocked and click on it
Turn on the toggle from “Block sites from running Flash (recommended)” to “Ask first” in the Chrome Flash settings
Now you will be able to allow Flash in Chrome websites by simply clicking on the namesake “Allow” button every time a dialog prompt will appear.
Even though the Flash is not working in Chrome (by default), it is still working in other older browsers such as Microsoft Explorer. Even if the Chrome and Mozella take away their support for Flash Player by the end of 2020. Those older browsers will still make Flash available for the users.
Conclusion to How to Enable Adobe Flash in Chrome:
Provided in this article are two methods to enable Adobe Flash in Chrome websites. The step-by-step guides make it further convenient for the reader to follow the process of enabling Flash in the Chrome browser.