Google Chrome has long ended its support for Adobe Flash Player, which is why you will be prompted to enable Flash when you need to run Flash-based multimedia on certain websites. You have the option to enable or block it for that particular website, something you will be doing each time Flash needs to run.
But what if you haven’t installed Adobe Flash Player yet on Google Chrome?
How to download and install Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome
- Open Google Chrome and type in the URL bar https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/. You can also type in Flash Player on the search bar and click Adobe Flash Player Download.
- Un-check any optional offers, unless you want them, and then click Install now.
- Wait for the download to complete click on the .EXE file to run the installer.
- Follow the on-screen instructions until installation is complete.
Although Adobe Flash Player has been installed, it will not be automatically enabled, what with Google Chrome no longer supporting Flash. So don’t be surprised if you’ll be prompted to enable Flash Player with certain websites.
In some cases, Adobe Flash Player is already integrated into Google Chrome but is disabled by default. All you need to do is enable Flash Player to resolve any error you might encounter when playing Flash multimedia.
How to enable Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome
- Type chrome://settings/content on Chrome’s URL bar to pull up the Content Settings page.
- Look for Flash in the list of settings, and then choose one from the following options:
- Allow sites to run Flash
- Ask first before allowing sites to run Flash (recommended)
- Block sites from running Flash
- Click Manage Exceptions if you choose to block Flash from running.
- Under the Hostname Pattern, add the website/s you want to be exempted from the restriction. That is, it will run Flash every time, but all other websites will not.
- Type in [*.]websitename under Hostname Pattern, and then click Allow under Behavior.
- Click Done to save the settings you chose.
Take the recommended route
Choosing the first option – Allow sites to run Flash, will leave your computer vulnerable to possible attacks, unless you remember to turn it off after you use the player, or that you set Adobe Flash to automatically update every time a new version is released. But even then, it is wiser and smarter to choose the second option.
When you set Flash to ask you first before allowing the player to run, you’re minimizing possible virus attacks and reducing the risks of arbitrary code executions that can happen when security vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash are successfully exploited.
If you choose the third option, you eliminate the annoying prompts you’re likely to receive every time you visit a particular website that runs Flash. But it is important that you set Adobe Flash Player to update automatically to eliminate all security vulnerabilities. Because hackers might use your favorite website to deliver malicious attacks.
What’s the latest Adobe Flash Player version? Know more about the Adobe Flash Player 26 Beta release.