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Here is how to enable Adobe Flash support in Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Here is how to enable Adobe Flash support in Android 5.0 Lollipop
Android is often considered to be an open platform, a harbor for free software of all kinds, including Adobe Flash, but ever since Android 4.1 Jelly Bean arrived in June 2012, Adobe itself stopped developing Flash for mobile and out-of-the-box support for the technology vanished. Technically, it was still easy to play Flash-based websites until 4.3, though, as the AOSP Android browser that was then pre-loaded on every smartphone still supported Flash. Mobile Chrome was one of the first to cut support for Adobe’s Flash, but you could still use third-party browsers like Dolphin, Puffin, or others to play back what appeared like a blank spot on Chrome.

With Android 4.4 KitKat, Google adopts Chromium for its WebView, resulting in all those third-party browsers losing their Flash super powers.

Android 5.0 Lollipop is no different - you can’t get Adobe Flash websites to play easily on Chrome, Firefox, Dolphin, or any of the other mainstream browsers. Luckily, there is a work-around. Here is how to enable and play back Flash content on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

1) Download Flashfox Browser in the Google Play

Flashfox is currently the only solution that worked for us. It comes in two versions - a free one, riddled with ads, and a paid version that costs $2.99 but comes with no annoying ads. Flashfox is really the only thing you need to be able to enjoy the many sites that rely on Flash, be it sports streaming or something else.

2) Download Flashify

This second step is not mandatory, but Flashify is a nice addition to your browser, since most of you are not likely to switch their entire browsing to Flashfox. Flashify is basically a simple extension that adds a shortcut, so you can quickly open a page with flash in a different browser (in our case, Flashfox). It appears once you tap into ‘Sharing’ -> ‘Flashify’, and only there - you won’t find it in the app drawer after installation.



Note: You can use this how-to tutorial guide to enable Adobe Flash on Android 5.0 Lollipop phones like the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Motorola Moto X (2014) edition, Moto G, and others.

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posted on 20 Nov 2014, 03:53 4

1. Jon.b (Posts: 42; Member since: 05 Jul 2014)


There is no need for flash as it will start to drain the battery...

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 04:07

2. amozhi (Posts: 130; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Flash player is not needed anymore. Most of the sites moved away from flash

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 12:18

27. Left4Cake (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Dec 2015)


While in genral I agree with you there is one importent thing we tend to forget. Resevation of ART.

Many great games, and animations could be lost to us if we let the upgrade from flash take it away from us. So yes for day to day use I agree. but there is still a place for use to continue to try to support at least the ability to play flash even if the ability to use flash as a tool as long since been un needed.

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 04:12

3. dimas (Posts: 2265; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Flash loads alot, hogs memory and always updating. Flash is dead. Html5 is the new way for mobile website presentations. Even youtube plays on html 5 and javascript coding.

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 18:02 2

16. slaggyb (Posts: 214; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


its funny how all of a sudden flash is no longer desired by android fans just because google have locked all loop holes. i remember when it was a big deal and the laughed at apple and their fans for not supporting flash. Thank goodness am not one of you. Blackberry will forever be my daily driver and only option. LONG LIVE BB. flash is still fully supported and handles every website thrown at it.

posted on 09 Dec 2014, 19:59

18. sraive (Posts: 80; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)


Those are the ignorant fanboys who are trying to convince themselves that they don't need it, just because it's broken. They're like the Apple fanboys.

Instead of this, they should blame Adobe and Google.

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 06:07

4. yowanvista (Posts: 340; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Why on earth would you need flash when virtually all modern websites offer HTML5 video players.

posted on 09 Dec 2014, 20:03

19. sraive (Posts: 80; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)


You don't know what you're talking about. Most websites use Flash. And the problem with HTML5 is that it's not possible to block the autoplay, which is annoying. For flash player, there is a Click to Play feature.

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 06:32 1

5. palmguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Child's school work. SpellingCity.com had to use Flash Fox. Nothing else(Dolphin ex.)would work.

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 07:54

9. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Thank you

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 06:40 4

6. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Actually..lots of sites use flash still...I watch TV at the project free tv site..I can only watch it on FlashFox. Plenty of sites still use flash for web browser games, too.

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 07:54

10. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Thank you

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 18:04

17. JunitoNH (Posts: 1897; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Don't know what are you talking about. I also use project free tv, and have no problems viewing show on my iPad via Safari.

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 07:20

7. painnpanic (Posts: 12; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


You are so right. Sites like ESPN and CNN don't use flash. Wait they still use it including Yahoo and so many other sites. It may not be used as much but it still is used by most major sites, and I will not use there mobile version of any web page.

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 07:55

11. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


thank you

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 07:35

8. xfire99 (Posts: 873; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


All livestreams sports are using flash. So flash is not dead and nice to have. Still using flash and will always be using it.

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 07:56

12. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Thank you...... i mean i hope they hurry up n move AWAY from flash lols, but yea, its still nessisary

posted on 09 Dec 2014, 20:04 1

20. sraive (Posts: 80; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)


I hope the hackers at XDA will make flash working again.

posted on 11 Dec 2014, 16:46

25. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


me 2, me 2...

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 08:55

13. BigOso (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


You can just use dolphin and adobe flash player and watch sports on sportlemon or firstrowsports.

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 09:54

14. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Something is not right about this article. I use flash on 4.4.4 without a problem with the Firefox browser. Does Victor H have a configuration issue? All you need to do is download the android flash player from the adobe archives.

posted on 09 Dec 2014, 20:06

21. sraive (Posts: 80; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)


Have you even read the article? It's about Android 5, and it's lack of backward compatibility.

posted on 10 Dec 2014, 07:17

22. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Have you even read the article or did you just jump straight to the comments? While the article is primarily about 5.0, from the article itself.......

"With Android 4.4 KitKat, Google adopts Chromium for its WebView, resulting in all those third-party browsers losing their Flash super powers."

posted on 11 Dec 2014, 12:37

23. sraive (Posts: 80; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)


The article mentions that you could still use the Flash.

"Mobile Chrome was one of the first to cut support for Adobe’s Flash, but you could still use third-party browsers like Dolphin, Puffin, or others to play back what appeared like a blank spot on Chrome."

And you should know when Android 4.4 came out, it broke the whole flash compatibility. But after a few months, Dolphin (with XDA hacked flash) and Firefox (original flash) browsers started to support flash again.

posted on 20 Nov 2014, 14:58

15. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


y'know, for Flash being "dead" and for HTML5 being "the future" there are still an awful lot of sites that are using flash and an awful lot not using HTML5. And FYI, it was literally not until this year that Youtube began to officially support HTML5 in a significant capacity. If only Adobe didn't buckle to Apple, things would probably be a lot different, and Flash could have advanced a lot more on mobile, but alas.

posted on 11 Dec 2014, 12:40

24. sraive (Posts: 80; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)


Good news: according to the beta tester page (Google+) of Dolphin browser, they have fixed the compatibility with Adobe Flash, so it works in Android 5.

posted on 23 Oct 2015, 10:22

26. justingoldberg (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Oct 2015)


Flash works in Firefox 41 on lollipop. It used to work in Opera Classic (version 12), if you have a copy. You can also find copies in Google by searching for opera 12 apk, but be sure to upload the apk file to apkscan to be sure it's clean.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 02:55

28. StarCheung (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Mar 2016)


Thanks but it does not work on me. I've try another call Falcon SWF Player and it is fine!

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