Is Adobe Flash Player Not Working? Here’s What May Be Wrong

Although the death of Flash Player is certain by the end of 2020, there are still sites – big names at that – that rely on it to deliver content. And it can be a huge bother when Flash is not working for you. However, there are certain things you can check then remedy.

Why Flash Might Not Be Working for You

Adobe Flash Player has been a security liability for a number of years now, and it doesn’t come as a surprise that some Flash-based content won’t automatically work on some web browsers.

Google Chrome, one of the most used web browsers in the world, officially made HTML5 the default way to display web content last year. This means that video content won’t play unless the site has an HTML5 content player. While Flash-based content won’t automatically play, users are still given the option to manually enable it on a site-by-site basis.

So if Flash is not working for you, try to check your browser’s settings and enable it if it’s disabled. Here’s how:

Google Chrome

  • Go to Content settings by typing chrome://settings/content into address bar
  • Find the section for Flash and click on the arrow
  • Move the slider next to Allow sites to run Flash option to the right
  • Move the slider next to the Ask first option to the right
  • Under Allow, list down the websites you would allow to run Flash by clicking Add


  • Select Tools à Add-ons
  • Click on Plugins
  • Look for Shockwave Flash, which is another name for Flash Player, and check it status located next to it
  • Change option to Always Activate or Ask to Activate

A little note: Firefox has taken steps to halt Flash-based content from automatically playing on their browser. In 2016, Flash content deemed not essential to the user experience would be blocked. And beginning this year, Firefox adopted a click-to-activate option that asks users to allow Flash to run on a page. Plus, Firefox has also advised sites to shift to HTML technologies.


  • Click on Safari à Preferences
  • Click the Security tab
  • Check the boxes for Enable JavaScript and Allow Plug-ins
  • Click the Plug-in Settings button
  • Choose Adobe Flash Player
  • Choose On from the drop-down menu next to the When visiting other websites option
  • Choose On from the menu for every website that appears in Currently Open Websites

Internet Explorer

  • Click on the Tools icon
  • Choose Manage Add-ons
  • Select Toolbars and Extensions
  • Find Shockwave Flash Object, which is another name for the Flash Player, and check its Status
  • Click on the Enable button
  • Close the dialog box

Do You Still Need Adobe Flash Player?

Given that many of the top web browsers are withdrawing Flash support, it begs the question: do you still need to Flash? The answer largely depends on what kind of content you access on the web. And to be quite frank, some big sites still use it to delivery content.

For now, browsers such as Firefox and Chrome have taken big steps to stop the automatic playing of Flash-based content. They have also given users the option to manually enable the plugin. So to be on the safe side, it’s might be best to install Chrome or Firefox.

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