Adobe Flash Player was once a popular plugin that enabled web browsers to display interactive multimedia content such as games, animations, and videos. However, Adobe ended support for Flash Player on December 31, 2020 and blocked Flash content from running in Flash Player from January 12, 2021. Adobe also recommends that all users uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems from potential security risks.
So, how can you use Flash Player on Mac OS in 2023 Is it still possible to view Flash content on your Mac The answer is yes, but with some limitations and precautions. In this article, we will show you how to enable Flash Player on Safari and Chrome for Mac OS, as well as some alternative ways to access Flash content without installing Flash Player.
Enabling Flash Player on Safari
Safari is the default web browser for Mac OS, but it does not come with Flash Player built-in. You need to download and install Adobe Flash Player from Adobe's website before you can use it on Safari. Here are the steps to do so:
Open the Flash Player site in your browser.
Click the button that says Download Flash Player.
Follow the instructions to download and install Adobe Flash Player on your Mac.
Open Safari and click the Safari menu at the top of the screen.
Select Preferences and then click the Websites tab.
Check the box next to Adobe Flash Player under Plug-ins.
Select On from the âWhen visiting other websitesâ menu at the bottom-right corner of the window. This will enable Adobe Flash Player to run whenever you visit different websites. If you prefer to have more control over when Flash runs, you can select Ask instead. You will then be prompted to approve Flash every time a website tries to display it.
Note that Adobe Flash Player is no longer supported by Adobe and may pose security risks to your system. You should only use it on trusted websites and uninstall it when you no longer need it.
Enabling Flash Player on Chrome
Chrome is another popular web browser for Mac OS, and it comes with Flash Player built-in. You do not need to download or install anything extra to use it on Chrome. However, you still need to enable it manually every time you want to view Flash content. Here are the steps to do so:
Open Chrome and click the three-dot menu at the top-right corner of the screen.
Select Settings and then click Advanced at the bottom of the page.
Select Content Settings and then click Flash in the menu.
Slide the switch to the On position. It will be blue when it's on.
Visit a site that uses Flash Player. Websites with video or embedded games typically use Flash Player.
Click Click to Enable Adobe Flash Player when it appears. It will come up with an image of a puzzle piece.
Click Allow to enable Flash Player for that site. You will need to do this every time you open Chrome as it will reset the settings when you exit.
Note that Chrome will stop supporting Flash Player by the end of 2023. After that time, it will no longer be possible to use Flash on Chrome.
Alternative Ways to Access Flash Content
If you do not want to install or enable Flash Player on your Mac, there are some alternative ways to access Flash content without using a web browser. Here are some of them:
You can use a standalone Flash player application such as SWF & FLV Player or Elmedia Video Player. These apps allow you to open and play local or online SWF and FLV files, which are the formats used by Flash content. You can download these apps from their official websites or from the Mac App Store.