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

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.




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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28 Comments

1. Jon.b

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 05, 2014

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

2. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

27. Left4Cake

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

3. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

16. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

18. sraive

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 21, 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.

4. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

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

19. sraive

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 21, 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.

5. palmguy

Posts: 983; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

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

9. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Thank you

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

10. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Thank you

17. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

7. painnpanic

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 18, 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.

11. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

thank you

8. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 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.

12. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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

20. sraive

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

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

25. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

me 2, me 2...

13. BigOso

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

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

14. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

21. sraive

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

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

22. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 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."

23. sraive

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 21, 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.

15. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

24. sraive

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 21, 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.

26. justingoldberg

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

28. StarCheung

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 21, 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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