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

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Flash isn’t completely gone—yet. Instead, Chrome blocks Flash by mặc định 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 lớn the end of Flash.

This isn’t just a Google Chrome thing. Adobe will also end tư vấn for Flash at the end of 2020. Mozilla is even more aggressive—it will remove Flash tư vấn 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 to encourage websites to lớn move away from Flash while they still have plenty of time to bởi vì so.

How lớn Run Flash on a Website

When you visit a trang web 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, & then click “Allow.”

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Chrome prompts you lớn 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 khổng lồ click it khổng lồ load it.

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

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Whenever you allow Flash for a website, it’s added lớn the allow list—click the blocked plugin icon & click “Manage” lớn see it. Alternatively, you can head to lớn chrome://settings/content/flash to lớn 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 bởi vì this repeatedly. Google seriously wants Chrome users to 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 set Chrome lớn ask before displaying Flash content. (No, there’s no way to 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 & click “Manage.” This takes you to lớn the Flash settings page, which you can also access from Settings > Advanced > Privacy và Security > Site Settings > Flash.

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Click the toggle here to lớn set Chrome lớn “Ask first” rather than the default “Block sites from running Flash (recommended.)”

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Now, when you visit a website with Flash, you can click a Flash object on the website page và click “Allow” to view it.

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

Of course, Flash won’t vanish completely at the kết thúc of 2020. Old browsers, lượt thích Internet Explorer, will still tư vấn old versions of the Flash plug-in. It should be possible to 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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