How to use Adobe Flash Player with Android 4.4

A few years ago one of the key things that helped set Android apart from iOS was support for Adobe Flash Player. But Adobe officially stopped supporting Flash for Android in mid-2012, a growing number of online video and game sites have released mobile web pages that don’t rely on Flash, and by the time Android 4.4 KitKat rolled out, some users noticed that even if they tried to install Flash manually, it wouldn’t work.

So is Adobe Flash Player for Android dead for good? Nope. Not yet, anyway.

Adobe Flash Player on Android 4.4 KitKat with Dolphin Browser

Developer surviveland discovered that the reason Flash doesn’t work in KitKat is that Google’s latest software is missing some APIs that Flash relies on. So he developed a hacked version of Flash Player which works without those APIs.

You can use the hacked Flash Player as a plugin for the Dolphin web browser to access Flash content on the web on a device running Android 4.4. While Flash support isn’t as important these days as it was a few years ago, there are still a handful of websites that rely on the plugin even when you visit in a mobile device, and this hack provides another unofficial stay-of-execution for Flash on Android.

Download links and installation instructions are available at the xda-developers forum.

via Dolphin

  • Daniel Lundh

    Flash was always a dud for touchscreen devices. Please just let it die.

    • CyberGusa

      No, plenty of reasons to not like Flash but the only reason you would have any issues with a touch screen is because most Flash sites were made for regular desktop OS users that have keyboard and mouse… So touch screens aren’t a problem with Flash itself, just how it is used by developers but they could just as easily create sites that work for touch only but with Flash support on the way out for mobile devices, there isn’t much reason for them to do so…

  • BoloMKXXVIII

    I have mixed emotions about this. I usually am happy any time someone extends the capability of todays technology but on the other hand I would love to see Flash die (along with all the problems it causes).

    • CyberGusa

      There’s problems but there’s no perfect solution, every solution has its strength and weaknesses, and there’s still things you can do with Flash that you can’t with any other solution yet… So we’re kinda stuck with it for now…

      Adobe mainly just seriously messed up its development for mobile devices and thus caused it getting dropped from mainstream support.

      Even Google technically still supports Flash for the Chrome browser with their own internal “Pepper” player…

      Not that it’s being entirely removed from mobile devices as apps developed with Adobe Air, which is used on every platform, are technically still using elements of Flash… They mainly only ended support for the player plug-in that lets Flash be used by any 3rd party app/browser but standalone apps can still use Flash is limited capacities…

      While, if dual booting devices take off that run both Windows and Android then it may not matter as one could always just switch to the desktop OS to use a Flash site if one needed to…

      Helpful to get to some things that you would be charged to access on a mobile OS for example… So it has its uses…

  • Michael Thompson

    The one and only reason I run Flash is to watch my Amazon content via my browser.
    please let die

    • gordon brown

      Hi @michael Thompson

      i would like to clear that Adobe doesn’t support Flash to Android OS beyond 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If you have device running Android Jelly Bean version 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 then you will have to install flash player manually .

  • Jason13L

    Also, Flash = insecure and an attack vector. Plus not supported actively any more, AND a hacked version. This makes me very nervous.

    • alesys

      This is the kind of comments that make me cringe.

      When Jobs said Flash was insecure was based on Symantec 2009 report. At that time Flash had 23 vulnerabilities. Well, guess what… 2012 report says iOS has 387 vulnerabilities. Android? Oh yeah, Bluebox Labs says: “99 percent of all Android installations are vulnerable to hacking and even complete takeover of the device”.

      You want to be secure? Use a Blackberry, because that’s what Obama is allowed to use since both iOS and Android are not secure. Not enough security? use a god damn rock.

      • NothingMuchHereToSay

        Fuck the security updates for once, no wait, actually Adobe, first of all MAKE IT WORK FOR ONCE, THEN SECURITY UPDATES. Just make fucking Flash player work for just 5 minutes without crashing EVERY TIME. I don’t care what OS is used, just make it stable enough for people to not fucking rage at that godawful plugin.

        You’d have to be a technologically inept user to misuse Flash player as.. pretty much anything. Oh wait, nearly everyone on Facebook uses that fucking Flash player, the majority of everyone there are technologically inept. God I hate Adobe’s Flash player so much just kill it on the desktop already.

  • Jessica

    THANK YOU!!

  • Shane Carter

    Cool, any way this can be used to open local files? Got a stack of SWF’s with no way to play em on Android

  • gordon brown

    I found this video usefull for android 4.4 kitkat … its working fine