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UpdatedFeb 18, 2021, 4:43 pm EDT| 3 min read
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Google, AdobeAdobe Flash is going away. Google drove another nail into its coffin with Chrome 76, which blocks all Flash content on websites by default. If you still use Flash, you can re-enable it for now—but Chrome makes it annoying.


Flash Is Going Away at the kết thúc of 2020

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Update: As of January 2021, Flash is no longer officially supported. Vày you still need Flash content? Here are some tips for how you can still run Flash, in 2021 and into the future.

RELATED: How to Use Adobe Flash in 2021 & Beyond

Flash isn’t completely gone—yet. Instead, Chrome blocks Flash by default with the message “Flash was blocked on this page.” If you re-enable Flash in Chrome, you see a message that says, “Flash Player will no longer be supported after December 2020,” with a button khổng lồ turn off Flash.

As Google explains, when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, 2020, the countdown will also be counting down lớn the over of Flash.


This isn’t just a Google Chrome thing. Adobe will also end tư vấn for Flash at the over of 2020. Mozilla is even more aggressive—it will remove Flash tư vấn entirely in early 2020.

If you use Flash, you still have nearly one & a half years until it’s gone. Chrome’s increasingly aggressive moves are supposed to encourage websites lớn move away from Flash while they still have plenty of time to bởi so.

How to lớn Run Flash on a Website

When you visit a trang web that uses Flash, you see a “Plugin blocked” message at the right side of Chrome’s Omnibox or address bar.

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To enable Flash for the site, click the lock icon at the left side of the Omnibox (address bar), click the “Flash” box, and then click “Allow.”

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Chrome prompts you to lớn reload the page—click “Reload.”

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Even after you reload the page, any Flash content won’t be loaded—you have to click it lớn load it.

To run an individual Flash object, click its Play button. To run all Flash objects on the page—including any hidden Flash objects running in the background—click the blocked plugin icon at the right side of the Omnibox & click “Run Flash this time.”

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Whenever you allow Flash for a website, it’s added to lớn the allow list—click the blocked plugin icon and click “Manage” to lớn see it. Alternatively, you can head lớn chrome://settings/content/flash lớn view it.

Here’s the bad news: whenever you restart your browser, Chrome erases this list. If you use Flash frequently on a particular website, you’ll have to bởi vì this repeatedly. Google seriously wants Chrome users to lớn stop using Flash, so it’s making the Flash process annoying on purpose.

How to lớn Enable Click-to-Play Flash

Rather than Chrome automatically blocking Flash on all websites, you can set Chrome lớn ask before displaying Flash content. (No, there’s no way to lớn have Chrome automatically play Flash anymore.)


Unlike the above preference, Chrome will remember this setting. However, it will display a “Flash Player will no longer be supported after December 2020” banner every time you reopen your browser. There’s no way to lớn disable this message without disabling Flash.

When Flash is blocked, click the blocked plugin icon in Chrome’s Omnibox and click “Manage.” This takes you to the Flash settings page, which you can also access from Settings > Advanced > Privacy và Security > Site Settings > Flash.

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Click the toggle here lớn set Chrome to lớn “Ask first” rather than the default “Block sites from running Flash (recommended.)”

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Now, when you visit a trang web with Flash, you can click a Flash object on the web page và click “Allow” to lớn view it.

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You still have to click lớn play the Flash content afterward. However, it’s a bit more streamlined than clicking the lock icon to open the website’s settings menu.

Of course, Flash won’t vanish completely at the over of 2020. Old browsers, lượt thích Internet Explorer, will still support old versions of the Flash plug-in. It should be possible to lớn run Flash nội dung if you really need it, but the plug-in will no longer be updated with security fixes.


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Chris HoffmanChris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He"s written about công nghệ for over a decade and was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The new york Times and Reader"s Digest, been interviewed as a technology expert on TV stations like Miami"s NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets like the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read nearly one billion times---and that"s just here at How-To Geek. Read Full Bio »