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Make Flash Player Work on Android 5.0 Lollipop

While using Chrome on your Android device running Lollipop, sometimes Flash content comes up and it can’t be played. Here’s how to make it work.

If you come across a Flash based  video while surfing the web on your device running Android 5.0 Lollipop and Chrome, nothing is more annoying than not being able to play it. But there’s a simple way to get Flash Player support, and it doesn’t require you to  sideload an APK.

Support for Adobe Flash Player started to drop mid-2012 and Adobe announced there would be no certified implementation of Flash Player for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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Flash Player Support on Lollipop

All you need to do is download the most recent version of Dolphin browser on your device. Then when you come across a site that still requires Flash, it will be offered to you as a download.

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Before starting, you might want to go to your Security settings and allow installation of apps from unknown sources. But in my experience, the option to go directly to settings and make that change will be offered to you.

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After Flash is installed, go back to the site where you were having problems and enjoy the video. I had varying degrees of success with this on my HTC One (M8). Sometimes videos on metallica.com would play, but not always. I tested it again by going to the interactive site wechoosethemoon.org and it worked without a hitch on the phone and Nexus 7 with Lollipop.

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I’d be interested in knowing your experience with playing flash content on your device running Android 5.0 with the Dolphin browser. Make sure to leave a comment below and tell us about it.

While simply installing the Dolphin browser is a great way to see your Flash content on the latest version of Android, there are other devices that still lack the support, but we have you covered for a couple of them in the articles below.


10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Cat McGowan  

    After installing Dolphin Browser, go to http://dolphin.com/lab/en to download and install Flash Player.

  2. amazing this will help the users to play flash games or to open flash and videos websites in their devices

  3. Tried to use on BT Web cam but it did not work . no error messages either.

  4. D4n  

    This does not work on Note 4 stock lolipop 5.0.1

  5. Duscu  

    ok, it works also on twitch for past streams, it needs a bit to load but it works.

  6. bigdodge  

    tried it on a Motorola Moto G EXT did not work.

  7. Martin  

    Same here. It worked perfectly on kitkat. Since I upgraded my note 4 to lollipop it crashes every time. Other people I know have the same problem. Thanks google….broke the number 1 feature.

  8. john shaw  

    Get root, roll the damn thing back to 4.3 or earlier and watch, this flash business is ridiculous.

  9. Chris  

    Flash is old news. HTML 5 is replacing it by the end of the year. Even Chase; Apple pay, Samsung pay, and Google wallet is dropping flash support for both users and merchants. Flash is over, get over it 😉

  10. XLVang  

    Dolphin crashes all the time!

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