How to Unblock Adobe Flash Player (Chrome, Edge, Firefox) 2022

Adobe Flash Player has been there for quite a time. And If you could recall, you’d definitely remember how big of a deal Flash Player was. Truth is, we would’ve never got so many cool web games, animation, and other multimedia if not for Adobe Flash. But times have turned, things have changed, and technology has evolved. So much so, that the very famous Flash Player, which once had a large user base, is now soon going to be obsolete

And most web browsers (if not all) do not support Adobe Flash natively for a long time now. As a result, if you visit a site that requires Flash Player, your web browser, be it Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge, will automatically block that site. Because of the Flash Player’s poor performance, high consumption of battery on mobile devices, the number of security vulnerabilities that had been discovered in it, and also its closed platform nature. 

However, if you do need to visit a site that has Flash content in it, then this post will help you with that. From this guide, you will learn how to unblock Adobe flash players and bypass the “Adobe Flash Content was Blocked” message, and allow Flash in web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. So, if this is something that you are interested in, then go ahead and read the full article.

How to Unblock Flash on Chrome?

By default, Google Chrome blocks Flash content from running on all websites. So, in order to allow Flash content on Chrome, just follow the below steps.

Step 1: First off, open your Chrome browser and make sure it is running the latest version. You can visit – chrome://settings/help on your address bar to check for updates. So, before heading to the next step just make sure you’re using the latest one.

Step 2: Now visit the site, on which you need to access Flash content. When you visit the site Chrome will throw a warning message by displaying a puzzle piece icon that says ‘Flash was blocked on this page.’ You will find the puzzle piece icon at the top right side of Chrome.

Step 3: Click on that Puzzle Piece icon at the top right side beside the URL bar then click on the Manage button.

Step 4: Now you’ll be taken to the settings page, from there you can change the setting to determine whether Chrome should block the site from running Flash or not. By default, it is set to ‘Block’ but if you want to ‘Allow Flash’ then click on the switch, and the option will change to ‘Ask first’.

Step 5: From now on, when you visit a site with Flash Content, Chrome will ask you first, whether you want to Allow or Block flash.

Step 6: Click on the ‘Allow’ button from the notification. Then it will ask you to reload the page in order to apply your updated setting to the page. Therefore, click on the ‘Reload’ button to finally view the flash content.

Step 7: If you don’t see the notification on the top left side as shown in the image on Step 5, don’t worry you can still run flash by clicking on the Missing Puzzle icon, you will now see it contains a new option, ‘Run Flash this time’, Click on that to run flash.

>Note: All these settings that you just made aren’t permanent, and these settings will be overwritten with the default one once you quit Chrome. As chrome clearly mentions in the settings, ‘Your Flash settings will be kept until you quit Chrome.’

Now the question is how to save those settings so that, you don’t have to allow Flash content every time you visit. Although you can’t allow Flash on every site you visit just once, however, if you want to allow a particular site then there is a way. Below are the following steps.

  1. Visit the site that Flash content you need to access. Then click on the Lock icon located in the top left corner of Chrome.
  2. Click on the section next to Flash, you will get a drop-down menu. From there select ‘Allow’.
  3. It will ask you to reload the page in order to apply your updated setting to the page. Click on the ‘Reload’ button to view the flash content.
  4. To remove that site from the list, first, enter the following:  chrome://settings/content/flash in your address bar.
  5. Then under ‘Allow’, click on the trash bin icon to delete the site from the ‘Allow list’
  6. To allow the Flash Content again, you’ll need to follow the same procedure from the beginning.

>Note: This method is not recommended by Chrome and you should not follow this unless you are absolutely sure that a particular site is safe and trustworthy. If you allow flash on a site by mistake, you can block Flash content on the site again.

These were the steps to unblock the Adobe Flash Player in Google Chrome, Microsoft, or any other chromium-based browsers, in that case. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.

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