How to Automatically Enable Flash

Flash was a pretty big thing in the past. Back then, you couldn’t run video players or web-based apps if you didn’t have Flash. But times have changed and Flash is on its way out. In fact, Adobe has announced that it will stop supporting the formerly pervasive plug-in in 2020. Be that as it may, there are still situations in which Adobe Flash may come in handy, and you will need to know how to enable it. We will show you how to do it on Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.

Google Chrome

Enabling Flash on Google Chrome

  1. Open your Chrome browser.
  2. Press on the three dots in the upper right corner to open the dropdown menu.
  3. Press on Settings. This will open in a new tab.
  4. Scroll down completely and click on Advanced. This will allow you to see even more options.
  5. Go to the Privacy and security section and towards the bottom, you will see Site Settings, so press on it.
  6. Press on the Flash tab located under JavaScript.
  7. Switch off the option for sites to block Flash. It will now be changed to “Ask First”, and this means that whenever you encounter a site that requires the Flash plug-in, you’ll be asked to activate it.

Allowing Flash on Google Chrome

  1. Go to a site that requires Flash. Sites that still require you to use flash and are relatively popular are usually browser-based gaming sites like Newgrounds.
  2. When you open the page that requires Flash, a blank grey box will appear with “Click to enable Adobe Flash Player” beneath a puzzle piece symbol. Click on the button.
  3. When a pop-up appears at the top of the screen, press the “Allow” button. Doing this will reload the page.

You only have to give access to Flash once per website, so visiting the site again will not require you to repeat the process, unless you’ve restarted Chrome since then.


Checking What Sites You Have Enabled Flash

If you want to know which websites you have enabled flash for, you can go to the Flash tab in Chrome’s settings again. A faster way of doing it is by typing chrome://settings/content/flash in the search bar or you can follow the previous steps. On the bottom of the tab, you will see all of the sites that have it enabled. With the later versions of Chrome, you have to manually add these sites.


Enabling Flash on Firefox

  1. First, you have to make sure that you have Flash downloaded on your computer.
  2. Open your Firefox browser.
  3. Click on the three horizontal lines on the top right side to open a dropdown menu.
  4. Click on Add-ons. This will open in a new tab.
  5. On the left side of the screen, click on Plugins.
  6. Scroll down the list of Plugins until you find Flash Player.
  7. Click on the three dots on the right side of the plugin and select always activate.

Microsoft Edge

Enabling Flash on Edge

  1. Open your Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Click on the three dots on the top right side to open a dropdown menu.
  3. Click on Settings near the bottom of the dropdown menu. A side menu will open on the same page you are on.
  4. Press on Advanced located on the left side at the bottom.
  5. Toggle the “Use Adobe Flash Player” On.

Allowing Flash on Edge

  1. Go to the website that has Flash content.
  2. In the upper right corner next to the URL bar, you will notice a puzzle piece symbol.
  3. Press on the symbol. This will trigger a pop-up saying “Adobe Flash content was blocked”.
  4. Press “Allow once” to give Flash access to play the content on the site for one time only.

Best Flash-Based Websites

Now that you have activated Flash on your browser, why not visit some of the best websites that actually use Flash to give it a spin. We will give you our five favorites:

1. Pharrell Williams – Happy

His famous 24-hour music video newer gets old, so if you haven’t heard it in a while or ever before, you should give it a try.

2. Clouds Over Cuba

This interactive multimedia documentary is about the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 and it is amazing and chilling at the same time.

3. Bear 71

Another interactive documentary, this one is about a grizzly bear being monitored by conservation officers. It is really atmospheric and worth experiencing.

4. Old Spice Music Muscle

Terry Crews is a legend and this Flash experience is nothing less than hilarious!

5. Monoface

This website allows you to sculpt a face out of different people’s parts. It is truly entertaining as you can make some pretty ridiculous or haunting faces.

Explore Flash Before It’s too Late

As we mentioned, Flash is not going to be here for much longer, and there is some pretty amazing Flash content out there. Get exploring, and if you do find something interesting, tell us in the comments.

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