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How to Get Flash Player Plug-In on Mac

Although it’s fallen out of style these days, Adobe Flash Player is still used across the web.

Certain websites won’t work without it! This can make browsing on a Mac, which automatically disables Flash, a bit of a struggle.

Thankfully, it’s easy to learn how to enable Adobe Flash Player on Mac. Here’s a quick guide on how to do it.


Why Is Adobe Flash Disabled on Mac?

It used to be you couldn’t escape Flash Player. From Flash game sites to YouTube, Flash Player was a necessity on every web browser. Now, web developers are distancing themselves further and further from the software.

The problem with Flash is that its flawed security can open the door for all sorts of issues. These include malware, data collection services, and dreaded pop-up ads. By browsing the wrong sites with Flash, your chances of infection increase.

Now, the majority of websites use HTML5. HTML5 allows a web developer to do almost everything Flash does, but better.

Apple is notoriously anti-Flash. Steve Jobs released a full statement about it in 2010, cementing the software as a thing of the past. They realized Flash just couldn’t keep up in the era of mobile browsing and security.

So it’s pretty clear why Flash doesn’t come ready-to-use on Mac.

But some sites still use Flash. Particularly, Flash game websites like Newgrounds still require it for most games. These games were made at a time when Flash was king, and moving them over to HTML5 is not realistic.

If you’re trying to do some Flash gaming, this is the guide for you.


How to Enable Adobe Flash Player on Mac

Enabling Adobe Flash Player for Mac only takes a few simple steps.

First, you need to open your Safari web browser. Head to ‘About’ and make sure you have Safari 11 or newer. If not, update your browser to the latest version.

Once you’ve got the latest version of Safari, download Adobe Flash Player. Make sure to download the Mac version rather than the Windows one. Go through the Adobe Flash installer, then head back to Safari.

Click ‘Safari’ in the top-left corner of your screen, then click ‘preferences’. Next, click ‘Websites’. It will have an image of the Earth above it.

You should see a navigation bar on the left labeled ‘General’. Scroll down this bar until you reach the ‘Plug-Ins’ section. There, you should see ‘Adobe Flash Player’ listed, with a little check-box to the left of it.

Click on the little checkbox. It’ll turn blue with a white checkmark in it. Congratulations, you’ve enabled Adobe Flash Player!

Customizing Adobe Flash Player

Once you’ve got Adobe Flash Player enabled you can mess with its settings.

Hitting the checkbox will open a window to the right-hand side. From here, you can specify which websites you want Adobe Flash Player enabled on. This ensures you’re not opening yourself up to security breaches on untrusted sites.

Any page you have open in Safari will appear to the right. Beside them will be a dropdown box where you can select ‘on’ or ‘off’. Select ‘on’ if you want Flash to work on the site, and ‘off’ if you don’t.

If you don’t see the website you want in the window, just navigate to it using Safari, then return to the ‘Websites’ tab. You’ll now be able to decide what happens with it.

You can also just disable Flash Player when not in use. This is probably the best idea to make sure it’s disabled across the board. To do this, just un-check the box when you’re not using it.


Keep Flash Player Up-To-Date

The best way to avoid security breaches is to keep Flash Player updated.

First, open ‘System Preferences’. Then click on ‘Flash Player’, and then the ‘Updates’ option. It’s then as easy as clicking ‘check now’. If there’s an update, you’ll be given the option to update.

Do this monthly to ensure the latest security measures.

Enabling Adobe Flash Player on Older Safari Versions

You don’t need the newest version of Safari to enable Adobe Flash Player.

The steps are nearly the same if you’re running a version of Safari below 11.0. Instead of going to the ‘websites’ tab, though, go to the ‘security’ tab.

From the ‘security’ section, you’ll see checkboxes to ‘enable JavaScript’ and ‘allow plug-ins’. Make sure to check both of these boxes. Then click ‘plugin settings’. If plugin settings don’t exist, click ‘manage website settings’.

Your Safari version will determine which option is available.

From here, you’ll be able to decide what websites Flash is enabled on, just like with the newer Safari version. It’s recommended that you use the latest Safari version, as the process is simpler. But if you’re really opposed, you’re not missing out.


How to Uninstall Adobe Flash Player

Now that you’ve installed and enabled Adobe Flash Player, you might as well know how to get rid of it.

To uninstall Adobe Flash Player, you’ll need to get the uninstaller from the Adobe website. Once you’ve got that downloaded, it’s as easy as launching and hitting ‘next’ a few times.

Launch the program, follow along with the uninstall process, and restart your Mac. Voila, you are now Flash Player free. You can reinstall it if you ever need it again, or find a way to cope without.


Keeping Adobe Flash Player Alive

Adobe Flash Player may be a dinosaur, but it’s a lovable dinosaur.

If you want access to 100% of the internet, you’ll need to know how to enable Adobe Flash Player on Mac. As long as you only use it on trustable websites, and disable it when not in use, you’ll likely stay secure. Just remember to practice safe browsing habits.

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