How To Enable Your Adobe Flash Player On Chrome

Though not as common as it once was, Adobe Flash Player (also known as Flash Player or just Flash) is widely used across many websites and programs.

It is a freeware program (available online) that allows a computer user to run or display any content created specifically on the Adobe Flash platform.

While it is a great feature to have access to across the wide expanse of the internet, not all web browsers run it by default.

More specifically, Google Chrome does not have it enabled automatically. This article will cover the browser, as well as some issues that can arise when using Adobe, so you’ll know how to enable Flash on Chrome with little to no problems.

The Multiple Ways To Enable Flash On Chrome

Flash is an interesting beast because it can be tweaked, used, and enabled in so many ways. Though Google Chrome users will likely only need to enable it from time to time (covered in more detail later on) others might want to always have it on.

If you’re somebody who always wants to enable Flash on Chrome, there is an easy way to make that happen.

Open your Chrome browser and type chrome://settings/content into the address bar. Hit enter.

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That will bring you to the content settings page. Once there, scroll down to Flash and select “allow sites to run Flash.”

As Google Chrome does not require any outside plug-ins, that is all you need to get it to work for the entirety of the internet.

However, if you want a bit more control when and how Flash is enabled, Google allows for that as well.

Enabling Flash on a Single Page

It is easy to enable Flash on Chrome, and you can customize or tweak that access in the exact way you want or need.

First, let’s say you’re dealing with Flash games, videos, or animations. When you encounter a site that has such content on it, a small window that reads “Click to enable Adobe Flash Player” will appear on the page.

That typically comes down from the top of the screen and will give you the options of “allow” or “decline” Flash access. When it comes up, clicking allow will enable flash for the page you are on.

That handy shortcut comes up any time you encounter a Flash animation, game, or video and keeps your access quite simple. Rather than always having Flash enabled, you get to pick and choose if you want to run it.

Sites That Need Flash To Work

Though the automatic pop up is a great way to enable Flash on Chrome, there are some websites that take the program a step further.

Sometimes, an entire page needs Flash to work. In such cases, you may not be able to access content until you enable Flash for the entire site.

In that occurs, you should go up to the address bar and locate the small lock symbol on the left side. If there is no lock symbol, click the small information “i” symbol instead.

Clicking on the button will open a drop down menu. At the bottom you will find a button that says Site Settings.

Click that to bring up a new tab that will show you a long list of different programs on the site, which are either allowed or not allowed. Locate Flash and click “allow.” Once that’s done, simply go back to the page and refresh.

You should now be able to use the site without any issues.

Altering Chrome’s Defaults

As covered above, you can have your Google Chrome set in a way where Flash is always enabled. However, that is not the recommended setting for the browser.

In fact, Google Chrome suggests you should always be able to control when and how Flash is run. This is typically a good idea because it means that you can stop any risky sites from running the program.

When looking at how to enable Flash on Chrome, the recommended setting is the “always ask to run Flash” option. This is the best default Flash setting, and the one that will prompt you with the small message covered above.

If this is not set, open Chrome and then click the three dots at the top right of the browser. From there go to settings and click advanced.

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Find privacy and security, then content settings. Click on Flash and then, at the top, select the setting ask first (recommended). From then on Chrome will never be able to run Flash without your permission, allowing you to only use it with trusted websites.

Default Setting Two: Trusted Sites Only

The other default setting you can use is to enable Flash on Chrome in a way where it is always on for your trusted websites only.

This is an incredibly handy feature for people who use Flash quite a bit because, rather than having to go back and enable every single time you go to a trusted site, it will always be on when you get there.

To customize or set this feature you first need to open Chrome and go to any trustworthy website that runs Flash content (it does not matter what kind).

From there, you follow the directions covered in the “Site Needs Flash to Work Setting.” Once the button is clicked, you have that site locked in.

You can also change permission settings from the site settings sections, adding or removing different pages from it as you see fit.

In addition, it is possible to completely block Chrome from running Flash if you so choose.

While that is not enabling Flash (quite the opposite) it is always handy to know that such an option exists.

Troubleshooting Flash On Chrome

The above sections cover the ways to enable Flash on Chrome, but just because the program is enabled does not mean it will work correctly.

Google Chrome may have some issues here and there, and it always helps to know how to deal with them when they arise. Though this does not necessarily show you how to enable Flash on Chrome, it is important to cover nonetheless.

Common Error Messages And Known Issues

There are a few bugs or problems that can arise when using Flash, and you should be aware of them all.

Always keep an eye out for the following error messages: Adobe Flash has been blocked because it is out of date, couldn’t load plugin, a plug-in (Shockwave Flash) isn’t responding, the following plugins were blocked on this page, the plugin is not supported.

If you see any of those, it means something happened with Flash.

There are a few steps you can take to fix that.

First, allow Flash for the website as covered above. If that does not work, you then need to update the program.

Though you can check that from the website, a much easier way is to type chrome://component into the address bar, hit enter, and then find Adobe Flash Player. Once you do, click on check for update.

That will give you one of two options. If Chrome says “component not updated,” you need to get the newer version. If it says “component updated,” you’re up to speed.

Update Chrome And Reinstall

Another reason Flash isn’t working is that you need to update Chrome. This is a simple fix that will likely allow you to enable Flash in no time at all.

Go to the three dots in the top right corner and then click update Google Chrome. This only appears when you’re not on the latest version, so if you cannot see it you’re good to go.

If that doesn’t work, your last option should be to reinstall Flash. This could give you a key update you didn’t have, or it may get rid of a non-working version.

Dealing With Crashes

The final Flash issue you may need to solve when figuring out how to enable Flash is “the following plugin has crashed.” This usually comes associated with a small puzzle piece icon, which is a symbol that shows the program is not working as intended.

Here, you want to go to the three dots, and then navigate to the more tools sections. From there, click on the task manager and select “Plugin: Shockwave Flash.”

Hit end process before closing the window and going back to your webpage. Reload it and everything should be up to speed.

 Flash And Your Browser In Perfect Harmony

While it is easy to enable Flash on Chrome, there is a lot to that process. You have many setting choices, and you can fully customize the program for the way you browse the web.

The different settings are all covered in this guide, and they each enable Flash on Chrome in their own way. No matter what type of control you want, the browser gives it to you.

Many people and websites use Flash, and if you follow the above instructions you’ll be able to use such media with no worries.

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Digital Poet at BurnWorld Inc.

I am the Team Leader here at BurnWorld. I am an audio/video enthusiast and have been in this industry for over 10 years. I love testing DVD/Blu-Ray and Video software.

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