Our blog readers often ask us variety of questions and among them “installing adobe flash player on android powered smartphones and tablets” is one of the prominent one. With online gaming becoming chief source of entertainment for mobile users installing flash player on your android smartphone becomes all the more important. Add to that online TV websites mostly works on flash only.
In June 2012 Android announced end of support for Flash and since Android 4.3 no Android device has been Flash compatible. However devices with older Android versions continue to run Flash using ‘legacy” builds from Adobe itself. Google just like Apple believed that Flash player consumes a lot of processing resources and hence quickly drains the battery. So that was a bit of history about flash on mobile phones, let us now see how we can use flash on them.
How to install Adobe Flash Player on Android Lollipop, Kitkat or Jelly Bean
Using FlashFox-Flash Browser
FlashFox web browser has long been Android user’s favorite for consuming flash based content on their smartphones. It comes in two versions FlashFox free and FlashFox Pro and can be downloaded from here. It successfully renders flash content most of the times, however it doesn’t always work and is not perfect solution.
When we tested it on our Moto X, it worked most of the times but now always. The reason FlashFox doesn’t work all the time is simple. Adobe has recently released it Flash version 16, while Android stopped Flash support way back at version 11.1 in June 2012. So sometimes websites with latest and more complex flash content may hang up but in most cases Flash-Fox will solve your purpose.
Using Dolphin Browser
Dolphin browser is one of the very popular browser among mobile users since long. Flash is not already set up to work when you download it from Google Play Store. However if you intend to render flash content on Dolphin, then go to settings>>web content>>flash player>>always on.
After setting up flash from settings, all you have to do is browse through some webpage hosting flash content. When you do that, Dolphin will prompt you to download and install flash player, tap on download to proceed further. Once downloaded, your smartphone will be made capable to successfully render any flash content. One more thing you need to keep in mind is to enable “unknown sources” from your smartphone settings. To do that follow this path settings>>security>>unknown sources.
Using Puffin Browser
Puffin is yet another flash supporting smartphone browser and has two significant advantages over FlashFox and Dolphin. Firstly, Puffin supports flash player version 16, which is latest version as of date. Secondly, Puffin boasts of an overlay functionality which allows it to emulate mouse and arrow keys found on a PC.
Puffin is able to support the latest flash version because it renders the all the flash content over its cloud infrastructure. This means it will be able to render each and every flash website perfectly on your device, however in order to do that you have to download heavy files from cloud which may be erratic sometimes based on variety of reasons. If you ever encounter choppiness in Puffins performance then scale down the quality of flash files to ensure a smooth browsing experience. Puffin browser can be downloaded from here.
Now that you know how to successfully install Flash player on your Android phone, do let us know which method you prefer to browse flash on your smartphone. We are eager to hear from you!