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How to bring Adobe Flash back to your Android device, including the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10

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How to bring Adobe Flash back to your Android device, including the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10
Full Adobe Flash support has been nixed with the arrival of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and often even ICS handsets now ship without the controversial piece of software.

The need for it, however, hasn't gone away, as many more obscure video sites, as well as online game hubs still require Adobe Flash support, so kudos to those Android manufacturers like HTC, which still load it as an option with their phones in the default browser, even if the handset is running JB, like with the One X+.

Most makers ship their Android phones now with their own browser versions, often flanked by Chrome if the handset is with or updated to Jelly Bean. Sometimes even those overlay browsers don't support Flash, like with the Optimus G, despite that the handset might be running ICS, and you can't get it from the Play Store either. 

For those cases, you can follow a few very simple steps to restore Adobe Flash to your phone, despite that is is no longer present in the Google Play Store:

How to bring Adobe Flash back to your Android device, including the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10
1. Run Google search in your phone/tablet browser, and type in "archived flash player versions" - if you have the automatic suggestions turned on, it actually appears as the first or one of the first results when you type "archived."

2. Click on the first link that appears in Google's results afterwards, and it will take you to Adobe's developers page for Flash below, which has all the older versions for different platforms.

3. Scroll down almost to the bottom, and choose the latest mobile Flash player version for Android, depending on the version you are running. For Jelly Bean handsets, that would still be the latest edition for 4.0.

4. Click on the link, it will download the .APK file automatically, and prompt you to install it in the notification bar. Tap "install" and you are done. If for some reason it doesn't work right away, try rebooting the device first.

This way Android phones or tablets with Adobe Flash left out of the equation from the manufacturer, can sideload it easily back to their devices to enjoy in the default browser - we ran Flash on our office Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S III with the 4.1 Jelly Bean update, for instance. This won't bring Flash to mobile Chrome in the new Nexus devices that come with JB, of course, but you will have it as an option on the eventual other browser(s) installed on your handset, provided that you have enabled plugins in their settings. 

A Nexus 10 tablet with the sideloaded APK above is reportedly able to display Flash in Dolphin, Skyfire and other 3rd party browsers, for instance. For a Nexus 4, you can sideload the AOSP 4.2 browser from the XDA-Devs thread below, and have Adobe Flash on Google's latest Nexus phone, too.

source: Adobe & XDA-Devs

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posted on 22 Nov 2012, 05:19 10

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I love what the iPad 3 and 4 offer, but flash support (and the 16:10 screen cause of my media consumption) is why I'm buying the Nexus 10, even though it's shorter on GPU performance.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 05:23 8

2. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


...with all the features of a Nexus 10...you bought it for Flash support? Even with a huge amount of websites abandoning Flash or just coding things in HTML5? I've had an iPad 2 and a third gen iPad and I've not needed Flash a single time. Nexus 10 is awesome, but Flash shouldn't be the main reason to buy it. It's like buying a car with a cassette player...

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 05:42 7

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Only Flash content is here to stay for at least another 5 years unfortunately, and it is the main form of browser-based streaming, so the lack of it takes away a very large portion of browsing experience.

It's a tight race decided by who prefers what, plenty of reasons to go with the better tablication environment and the cassette-era aspect ratio of the iPad, similarly Flash and modern AR could decide it for others, can't go wrong with either.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 06:54 9

7. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 380; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


I don't like Flash any more than the next person but more than half of the internet uses it. A lot of websites display it and having it is not a luxury to me, it is a necessity. So I am glad that Android can do it. But I would've loved it if it were possible on my next favorite OS, WP8, don't really care for iOS though, at all.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:23 7

9. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


... exactly. There's not a person who likes Flash, but that's what we got all over the internet, and I don't see the kind of content switching to HTML5 anytime soon, so yeah, Flash can be a deciding factor when competition is so close. I guess the exta $100 too, but we'll play that for the keyboard dock anyway.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 09:16

11. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Why is Google not selling phones with Flash pre-installed??? Doesn't make sense to me!

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 10:46 4

13. jroc74 (Posts: 4966; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Tell that to my kids mother that needed Flash for college work. Her professor used a website for the entire time. He used Flash. She was able to do school work at work with my phone.

Sometimes, it is what it is. Some of us just want or actually need Flash.

I wouldnt compare it to a cassette player. Flash is still heavily used. How many cassette tapes are available....

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 05:24

3. frydaexiii (Posts: 1236; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I thought Dolphin disabled Flash by default in JB...The only way to get it working is by Titanium Backup.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 05:47 1

5. sorcio46 (Posts: 402; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


We are at Android Jelly Bean 4.2 and that crap Flash Player by Adobe is still optimized (is a big word) for 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich... Could Google bring it directly into Chrome like it is doing in its Desktop version?

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 05:54

6. Retro-touch (Posts: 261; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Google abandoned flash from Android 4.1+ there's no way they'll bring it to chrome

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 06:56 5

8. sorcio46 (Posts: 402; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


*Adobe abandoned it, not Google

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 08:48

10. ngo2dd (Posts: 787; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


No it is the other way around. Google did it first then adobe then gave it. HTC one x+ with jellybean still have it. But my nexus 7 does not.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 09:53

12. Firedrops (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


The HOX+ only simulates having AFP, and that's only in its native browser.
If you want flash in 3rd party browsers like Dolphin, you'll have to sideload the full AFP like mentioned in the article.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 13:37

14. The_Innovation (Posts: 563; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Dam it! Why won't it work on Chrome?

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 14:07

15. a22matic (Posts: 17; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


I downloaded flash on my Nexus 10, but it doesn't appear as if flash is working in Dolphin. For example, if I go to ESPN, the videos won't play. Am I doing something wrong? I'm not rooted...

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 04:56

16. molanjames (Posts: 64; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)


How can I have flash in samsung galaxy note 10.1? I found this tutorial http://www.smartphonesupdates.com/how-to-install-adobe-flash-player-on-android-devices/ but getting affraid to follow , any expert please tell me should i follow this guide or not ??

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