Adobe Flash Player is an application that’s used to stream and view video, audio, and multimedia on your computer or your mobile phone. If a website has a certain rich type of content that needs to be streamed, you’ll have to enable Adobe Flash Player in order to see listen or watch the rich content. You once had to use Flash to get the most out of your web because most videos and animations were designed in Flash.
HTML 5 has slowly replaced Flash and you’re now able to view rich content without having to enable flash in your browser. However, some sites still rely on Flash to view its content. From time to time, you may run into a website which rich media that you’re not able to view. You’ll need to test Flash and check if it’s working.
Testing Adobe Flash
Adobe allows you to test Flash on its website. If you have Flash downloaded onto your PC and enabled in your browser, then you’ll be able to play an animation on the Flash page. If it’s not enabled in your browser, then you’ll just see a white screen at the top. You’ll also be able to see a small text box telling you the Flash version that you have installed on your PC.
You may have Flash downloaded but not enabled in your browser. To enable it:
1. Click on Not secure in the address bar.
2. In the check box next to Flash, select Allow.
Refresh the page. From here, you’ll be able to view the animation and the current version of flash you have on your computer.
You need to make sure that you have the current version of Flash available on your PC. On the Flash page, there will be a list of operating systems and next to them will be the latest Flash version for that operating system. You need to make sure the you have the current version of flash downloaded onto your PC.
If you keep running into websites that have rich enabled that can only be viewed using Flash, then you’ll need to check if you’ve blocked this website from using Flash. To do this in Chrome:
1. Click the three dots and select Settings.
2. Go to Advanced Settings at the bottom.
3. Select site settings in Privacy.
4. Locate Flash.
5. Delete sites have been blocked from using Flash.