Over the years, Internet browsers such as Google Chrome have been moving away from supporting Adobe Flash Player due to its numerous security vulnerabilities. However, there may still be instances where you’ll need Flash player for specific websites or applications. In this article, we’ll explain how to enable Flash Player in Google Chrome so you can keep using those essential sites.
Step 1: Check Your Chrome Version
Before enabling Flash Player in Google Chrome, make sure you have the latest version installed. To do this:
1. Open your Google Chrome browser.
2. Click on the three verticle dots on the upper-right corner of the window.
3. Click “Help” and then select “About Google Chrome.”
4. If an update is available, Chrome will automatically download and install it.
Step 2: Accessing the Content Settings
Now that your browser is updated, follow these steps to access content settings.
1. Click on the three verticle dots on the upper-right corner of the window again.
2. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
3. Scroll down and click on “Privacy and Security.”
4. Look for an option named “Site Settings” and click on it.
Step 3: Enabling Flash Player
Now that you’re in Site Settings:
1. Find and click on “Flash.”
2. Toggle the switch next to “Block sites from running Flash (recommended)” so it says “Ask first.”
3. Close the settings tab.
Your browser will now prompt you to enable Flash Player when a site tries to use it.
Step 4: Allow a Specific Site to Use Flash Player
To give a specific site permission to use Adobe Flash Player, follow these instructions:
1. Visit the website where you want to enable Flash Player.
2. A puzzle piece icon will appear within your address bar if a site attempts to use Flash Player.
3. Click the puzzle piece icon to open the site’s permissions.
4. To enable Flash for this specific site, click on “Allow.”
Your browser will refresh and enable Flash Player for that website. Keep in mind you may have to repeat this process for each site requiring Flash Player.
Although Google Chrome and other modern browsers have started phasing out Adobe Flash Player support, there are still instances where you might need it to access certain websites or applications. Using these steps, you can confidently enable Flash Player in Google Chrome when necessary, keeping those essential sites accessible. However, remember that due to security vulnerabilities, it’s best not to use Flash Player for a long period or on unknown websites.