Do you want to access Adobe Flash content on your Mac? If so, the first thing you need to do is unlock Adobe Flash Player in macOS. The operating system blocks this player by default for security reasons and you need to manually enable it for use on browsers.
What does it mean to unblock Adobe Flash Player on a Mac?
Unblocking Adobe Flash Player basically means allowing the player to be used in any web browser running on macOS. Browsers generally block Flash by default, but you can turn on an option in most of them to allow Flash to run.
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How to unblock Adobe Flash Player on your Mac
Depending on the browser you use, you can go to the settings menu and activate an option to unblock Flash.
Here’s how to enable Flash in Chrome and other popular browsers on macOS.
Unblock Adobe Flash Player in Chrome on macOS
- Open a new tab in Google Chrome on your Mac.
- Type the following in the address bar and press Enter: chrome: // settings / content / flash
- You will now be on the Flash settings page and see an option that reads Block sites from running Flash (recommended). Turn this switch to the ON position to unlock Flash in Chrome.
You should now be able to view Flash content in Chrome.
Unblock Adobe Flash Player in Safari on macOS
As of Safari 14, Flash is completely blocked and you cannot unblock it. If you are using an older version of the browser, please follow the instructions below.
- Open Safari and click on the Safarimenu at the top followed by Preferences .
- Click the Websitestab at the top.
- Under Pluginson the left, you will see an option that says Adobe Flash Player . Check the box for this option and select On from the When visiting other websites drop-down menu on the right.
Flash is now unlocked in Safari.
Unblock Adobe Flash Player in Firefox on macOS
Firefox has removed the option to unblock Adobe Flash for all websites in version 69. As a result, you now need to enable Flash for each website on which you want to use Flash.
A message will be displayed when you are on a website that uses Flash. You can allow or block the use of Flash on that site.
- When Firefox detects Flash content on a site, you will see a new icon next to the address bar. This icon is what allows you to allow or disable Flash for your site.
- Click this icon and select Allowto allow the current site to run Flash content.
Note that you must click Allow every time you are on a site with Flash content; Firefox will not remember your choice and will show a message even if you immediately open the same site in a new tab.
Do I need to keep Flash content for when Flash Player is released?
Adobe is putting an end to development on the Flash Player. By the end of 2020, Adobe will no longer offer Flash Player downloads.
If you have any favorite Flash-based content, now is the time to download and save it to your computer. It may be some Flash based games you want to play offline , some Flash videos, etc. This way, even if Flash Player is no longer available, you will be able to access your Flash content as it is stored locally on your computer.
Get that Flash content while you can
If you’ve come across a site that requires Flash, use one of the methods above to enable Flash in your browser and access your Flash-based content. You won’t be able to do this after the end of 2020, so make the most of it while you can.
Make sure you download your favorite Flash videos or games to your computer soon, as you won’t be able to do this after Adobe puts Flash Player to rest.