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How To Install Adobe Flash Player on Android 4.1 and Higher

Adobe Flash Player is no longer supported by Android 4.1 and higher devices like the Google Nexus. Here’s how to install Adobe Flasher on Android 4.1 anyway … a great How To Gallery just for — If you own a device like the Google Nexus running Android, here’s the bad news: Adobe Flash Player is no longer officially supported in versions of Android 4.1 and higher. Given that there’s still a ton of videos, games and other multimedia apps that require Adobe Flash Player, that’s a problem. Here’s the good news: You can avoid Flash Player errors like the one below, you’ve got to side load the Adobe Flash Player APK.

It’s pretty easy to do. Here’s how to install Adobe Flash Player on Android 4.1 or higher, handy if you have, say, a Google Nexus.

Without installing the APK, here’s what your screen will look like now that Android no longer supports Adobe Flash Player.

Flash not Supported

How to install Adobe Flash on Android 4.1 and higher devices like the Google Nexus.

The first thing you need to do is go to Settings > Security on your device.

Scroll down and check the option to install software from unknown sources. You’ll find it under the Device Administration section. unkown sources Now download the Flash Player APK file for Android.

You’ll get a warning that certain types of files can harm your system. Don’t worry. Click OK to download it anyway. download Flash APK Once it’s downloaded, from Notifications, tap to install it.


Install Flash The Adobe Flash Player install wizard will start.

Tap Install.

Install Flash Player

After it’s installed, you’ll need to use a browser that supports the Flash plugin. Google Chrome doesn’t, so I suggest you use Mozilla Firefox or the Dolphin Browser. For this example I’m using Firefox.

Launch the browser and head to Settings.

Firefox Settings

Scroll down. Under the Content section, tap Plugins. Then set it to Enabled.

That’s it! Now when you go to a site on your Google Nexus 7 or other Android 4.1 or higher device that requires Flash, it will work just fine.

For, I’m Brian Burgess. 

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Brian Burgess

Brian Burgess

Based in rural Minnesota, Brian Burgess was one of the founding editors at aNewDomain and at He is also the editor of GroovyPost. He specializes in gorgeous tech How To galleries, heavy metal, playing guitar, and watching Star Trek.

  • David Ginsburg

    This could diminish battery life if you use this.

    • Lars Tuff

      So could texting a message or reading a webpage.

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  • Zarthan South

    Sorry but this is such a very very bad idea. Adobe Flash is several years beyond it’s last update. Flash is one of the most exploited applications and Adobe abandoned it on Android for good reason. They could not keep it secure, it is a huge battery drain. Flash in general is going away. DO NOT do this.