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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 over of 2020

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

RELATED: How lớn Use Adobe Flash in 2021 và 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 to lớn turn off Flash.

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

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

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

How khổng lồ Run Flash on a Website

When you visit a website 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 reload the page—click “Reload.”

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Even after you reload the page, any Flash nội dung won’t be loaded—you have to click it khổng lồ load it.

To run an individual Flash object, click its Play button. To lớn 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 and click “Run Flash this time.”

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Whenever you allow Flash for a website, it’s added to the allow list—click the blocked plugin icon & click “Manage” to see it. Alternatively, you can head khổng lồ chrome://settings/content/flash to 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 do this repeatedly. Google seriously wants Chrome users khổng lồ stop using Flash, so it’s making the Flash process annoying on purpose.

How lớn Enable Click-to-Play Flash

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


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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 khổng lồ disable this message without disabling Flash.

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

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Click the toggle here to set Chrome lớn “Ask first” rather than the mặc định “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 and click “Allow” lớn view it.

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

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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 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 & was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The thành phố new york Times, 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 »