Personally I think that the universe would crumble without the Adobe Flash Player. Well, maybe not that drastic, but still. Practically everywhere on the web there's an Adobe Flash plugin somewhere. Even I've got a Flash object or two myself embedded in my site.
So why in the world do phones not support it fully yet? Like there should definitely be a built-in player for the Chrome that comes with an Android phone. Although, if I had to take a wild guess why flash is not supported by default for phones, I'd say that phone companies don't want to open up their phones to the constantly targeted security vulnerabilities in Flash. But who visits malicious sites with their phone anyway? Well I don't, so I'd like a Flash Player for my phone please! xD
Well, lucky for you (and the rest of the universe), if you have an Android phone you actually can install the Flash Player for your browser!
So you might ask, "Okay where to start, should I jailbreak my phone first?"
Well, as cool as a jailbroken phone might be, some of us actually don't like voided warranties. Or breaking the law. Yeah. Oops. Well the law is a suggestion anyway, right?
Lucky for you (and the universe) again, you actually don't need to jailbreak your Android to install Flash on it! So no, you don't have to bribe the neighborhood policeman to look the other way as you install hacking tools on your phone. Or explain to your cellphone provider how your phone accepts console commands yet that's totally not how it broke. Anyway, you still will have to be more careful with your phone after installing Flash, but nothing too worrisome.
Since the Flash Player isn't on the Google Play store anymore, you'll have to download it straight from Adobe. Surprisingly enough, there was a time where Android phones were somewhat supportive of Flash.
First, since you're going to download from an Adobe archive page and not from the play store, you'll have to enable your phone to download from unknown sources. You can get to that by settings>security>unknown sources. You'll need to activate this feature so that you can download the Flash Player, but if you want, you can turn it off later.
And yes, that is the Candy Crush icon in the top left corner of my phone. xD
Two important things to note:
1. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR PHONE! Sorry about the caps, I just needed to point that out. Anyway, what the phone says is right. It technically is possible for you to follow this tutorial, run Flash on a suspicious (or maybe even non-suspicious) website, and have your phone get damaged. So follow this tutorial at your own risk. Thanks!
2. While you're on the settings page, scroll down to about phone and check your Android version number. Why? Well...
To install Flash:
Android 2x or Android 3x: >>Click Here<<
Android 4x or up: >>Click Here<<
Once you download the Flash Player, swipe down from the top of the screen and click on the install_flash_player_ics.apk "Download complete" button, and then install.
Mine says "install_flash_player_ics(2)" only because I already have the Flash Player downloaded and installed.
Now for the final step: to install Firefox. Why Firefox? Well, for some reason Chrome either doesn't recognize the Flash Player at all, or just wasn't built for it. Or maybe I haven't tried hard enough. Ah, whatever. xD
You can find Firefox simply by searching for it in the Google Play store and clicking on Firefox Browser for Android. Install it, and you should now have a phone that runs the Flash Player on webpages! If it doesn't work, you can try uninstalling/reinstalling Firefox until it recognizes that you have the Flash Player installed on your phone. If you want to see if it works, you can test it on my Extras page. The music player for the audio files is a Flash object so if you can see it on your phone then the Flash Player is working.
One final note I should make is that there are a lot of Flash-based ads which will now run on your phone. Considering that in order to have Flash on your phone, you had to install an outdated Flash Player, you might want to watch out for >>malvertising<<
So what can you do about that? Well, first, if you know a site has sketchy ads, you can simply visit that site with a different browser without the Flash Player. Or, if you still want to use Firefox, simply install the Adblock Plus add-on. It'll block/hide most ads, so you won't have to worry as much. Just remember - be a bit more careful. :)
Enjoy your Flash Player!
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Have a great day! -Superdoggy