macOS blocks Adobe Flash Player by default for security reasons. Do you still have to use Flash? How to unlock it.
Do you want to access Adobe Flash content on your Mac? In this case, the first thing to do is to unlock Adobe Flash Player in macOS. The operating system blocks this player by default for security reasons. You have to activate it manually in order to use it in your browsers.
What does it mean to unlock Adobe Flash Player on Mac?
When you unlock Adobe Flash Player, you can basically use the player in any web browser you run on macOS. Browsers generally block Flash by default. In most cases, however, you can enable an option to allow Flash to run.
How to Unlock Adobe Flash Player on Your Mac
Depending on which browser you're using, you can go to the settings menu and toggle an option to unlock Flash.
Here's how to enable Flash in Chrome and other popular browsers on macOS.
Unlock Adobe Flash Player in Chrome on macOS
Open a new tab in Google Chrome on your Mac.
Enter the following in the address bar and press Enter:: chrome: // settings / content / flash
You are now on the Flash Settings page and you will see an option that says Block Flash for websites from running (Recommended). Turn this switch up ON Location to unlock Flash in Chrome.
You should now be able to view Flash content in Chrome.
Unlock Adobe Flash Player in Safari on macOS
As of Safari 14, Flash is completely blocked and can no longer be unlocked. If you are running an earlier version of the browser, please follow the instructions below.
Open Safari and click safari Menu above followed by Settings.
Press the Websites Tab above.
Under Plugins On the left you will see an option that says Adobe Flash Player. Check the box for this option and select On of the When visiting other websites Drop down menu on the right.
Flash is now unlocked in Safari.
Unlock Adobe Flash Player in Firefox on macOS
Firefox removed the option to unblock Adobe Flash for all websites in version 69. So now you need to enable Flash for every website that you want to use Flash on.
You are prompted when you are on a website that uses Flash. You can either allow or block the use of Flash on this site.
When Firefox detects Flash content on a website, a new icon appears next to the address bar. This icon allows you to allow or disallow Flash for your site.
Click this icon and choose enable This allows the current site to run Flash content.
Note that you have to click Allow every time you are on a site with Flash content. Firefox can't remember your choice and will display a prompt even if you immediately open the same site in a new tab.
Do you need to keep Flash content if Flash Player is no longer available?
Adobe stops development of the Flash Player. Adobe will no longer offer Flash Player downloads by the end of 2020.
If you have favorite Flash-based content, you can now download it and save it to your computer. This could be some Flash-based games that you want to play offline, some Flash videos, and so on. This will allow you to access your Flash content even if it is stored locally on your computer.
Get this Flash content while you can
When you come across a website 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 that your favorite Flash videos or games are downloaded to your computer soon as you will not be able to do this after Adobe puts Flash Player to sleep.
Download embedded Flash videos and music with a browser
You can download embedded Flash videos in a browser. This article covers how to get video in Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox.
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Mahesh is a tech writer at MakeUseOf. He has been writing technical guides for about 8 years and has covered many subjects. He loves teaching people how to get the most out of their devices.
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