Manual on how to play Flash-games in 2020
The Adobe Company has officially announced that it will stop supporting Flash Player. It is expected that by the end of this year, the majority of popular browsers will stop being able to run Flash content. However, it is still too early to say that the era of Flash Player is coming to an end.
Even though Adobe’s decision was supported by Google, Apple, Microsoft, and other giants in the industry, there are still several ways for people to run this type of content. Our manual will go over the main methods of doing so.
What is Flash and why is this technology important for the online gambling industry?
Adobe Flash is a multimedia platform that is used to develop and run animations, gaming content, audio, and video. For many years this technology served as a foundation for creating games for online casinos. With the help of a flash player, a user could easily run gaming content right through their browser, without having to go run additional software.
The first game that supported Flash technology came out back in 1991. Over a long period of time, this platform has remained the best solution for dealing with multimedia content. Everything changed after the implementation of HTML5. This new, revolutionary standard has provided developers with an almost limitless number of possibilities. The need for using Flash on the other hand has inevitably dwindled as years went by.
Here are some of the main drawbacks of using Flash:
- High CPU usage
- Frequent errors that are especially unpleasant for people who love playing gambling games
- A large number of vulnerabilities
You might wonder, “Why should such monumental developments in the field of IT concern regular users?” Shouldn’t the developers themselves do everything in their power to ensure cross compatibility and adaptability of their products?
Everything is not as simple as it seems. First of all, many manufacturers have ceased to exist before HTML5 was first implemented. Some companies decided that it would be better to just release new content instead of making changes to the old content to make sure that it is compatible with the new standards. And, of course, a number of companies made an effort to create two versions of their products that support both Flash and HTML5. At any rate, the number of games that only work by using Flash player is huge. Gamblers, who do not wish to abandon their favorite gambling games just because they are no longer supported by Adobe, should familiarize themselves with methods of running these games using different browsers. And we will help you out!
Running Flash in web browsers using a PC
Browsers that are used on PCs and laptops have a very convenient system of settings. While it may be quite hard to set up Flash on portable devices, doing so on a PC or a laptop is going to be a breeze. Our manual will provide you with step-by-step instructions for activating Flash on the most popular web browsers that include:
- Google Chrome;
- Mozilla Firefox;
If everything is done according to our manual, the activation of Flash in these browsers will not slow down your system or cause any errors.
How to play Flash games in Google Chrome
Currently, Google Chrome installs and runs the Flash Player in the background. If, however, you are unable to run multimedia content when using this browser, you should go through the following steps:
- 1. Click on the Lock icon located to the left of the address bar.
- 2. Choose “Site settings”.
- 3. In the menu that will open up find “Flash” and click on “Allow” in the drop down menu.
- 4. Return to the previous page and reload it.
There is one more method of allowing the Chrome browser to run Flash content. You should enter the settings of your browser, scroll a bit down, and click on Site Settings located under the Privacy and security. Click on “Flash” and in the menu that will open up make sure that the “Block sites from running Flash” is turned off. In this menu, you can also add trusted websites. To do this, add a web address to the “Allow” bar.
Attention! All the Flash settings described above will be active for as long as the browser is opened. Once you reload the Chrome browser, you will have to do these steps all over again.
How to play Flash games in Mozilla Firefox
The process of using Flash in Mozilla Firefox browser is very similar to the steps you need to take when using Google Chrome. First of all, you have to go to the settings menu of the browser. It can be opened by clicking on an icon that looks like three horizontal lines in the upper-right corner of the interface. Then you have to go through the following steps:
- 1. Click on “Extensions” that is represented by a puzzle piece icon.
- 2. Click on “Plugins” located on the left-hand side.
- 3. Select Shockwave Flash. And if the version that you have installed is not up to date, you will be offered to update it. When updating Shockwave Flash, make sure that you are not installing extra components, like McAfee.
- 4. Click on the three dot icon and in the drop down menu select “Ask to Activate”. If you are using a version of the browser that is older than version 69, you can select “Always Active”.
- 5. Before running Flash content on a webpage, click on the “Run Adobe Flash” message.
On some websites the message for running the Flash plugin will be displayed to the left of the address bar. By clicking on it, you can select whether or not you would like to run the Flash content on the webpage. If the Flash content is not loading, you should reload the page and try again.
How to play Flash games in Opera
Opera browser has an automatic ad blocker. Some of the games can be mistakenly recognized by your browser as ads. To prevent this, you need to have all the Flash settings in order. Here is what you have to do:
- 1. Go to the settings menu by clicking on the gear icon located on the left-hand side of the interface.
- 2. In the settings menu click on the “Privacy & security” tab.
- 3. Click on Site Settings.
- 4. Scroll down to find Flash. Click on it and make sure that the slider for “Allow sites to run Flash” is turned on.
- 5. This menu also allows you to add trusted websites. To do this, you need to click on “Add” located to the right of Allow. Then type in the website’s address into the field and click Add.
- 6. If you activate the “Ask first” slider, then you will always be prompted before running Flash content.
How to play Flash games on mobile devices?
Browsers that are developed for PCs and laptops have special settings that allow you to control whether Flash content can be displayed. The browsers of mobile devices, on the other hand, do not offer the same level of customization. The most popular mobile browsers such as Safari for iOS simply do not have this option. Nevertheless, there is a whole host of apps that allow you to solve the problem of running Flash content on mobile devices.
How to launch a Flash game on iOS
The easiest method of always having access to Flash games on mobile devices that run on iOS is to install a browser that supports this technology. One of the most popular browsers that can do this is Puffin Web Browser. It supports Flash content by having an inbuilt player. This browser has several advantages including:
- supports iOS, Android, and Windows
- can easily connect to a VPN
- has a virtual touchpad, gamepad, and onscreen keyboard
The only downside of this browser is that it is not distributed for free. Nevertheless, the price of this app is quite low: just 6 USD in the AppStore.
If you wish to install Puffin Web Browser on your smartphone or tablet, you have to do the following steps:
- 1. Go to the AppStore.
- 2. Find Puffin Web Browser by using search.
- 3. Tap on the button that displays the price of the app.
- 4. Accept the payment.
- 5. Open the app once it is installed.
Now, as soon as you enter a webpage that has Flash content, Puffin Web Browser will automatically run it. If this doesn’t happen, you should go to settings and activate the player by tapping on the Flash Support tab.
How to launch a Flash game on Android
The method described above for iOS is also suitable for devices that run on Android. The only difference is that you’ll be downloading Puffin Web Browser not from the AppStore, but Google Play. There are also other apps that can be used to run Flash games on Android. People who are looking for free software can choose to install Dolphin Browser. This browser is compatible with the following operating systems:
However, the inbuilt Flash player only works on Android devices. Dolphin Browser also had a large number of extensions that greatly boost the functionality of this browser. This browser is quite fast and is very convenient. This browser supports gesture and voice control, and allows opening several tabs at once. To make sure that you can smoothly run Flash content while using the Dolphin Browser, you should install the Dolphin Jetpack extension and activate it in the settings of the browser.
Before you can begin using Dolphin Web Browser to play Flash games, you should follow steps listed below:
- 1. Launch Play Market
- 2. Use search to find Dolphin Web Browser.
- 3. Tap “Install”.
- 4. Use Play Market to find Dolphin Jetpack.
- 5. Tap “Install”.
- 6. Tap “Accept” in a menu that will pop up.
- 7. Launch Dolphin Web Browser.
After this, the inbuilt Flash player of this browser will be activated.
Most certainly the two apps described above are not the only browsers that can be used to run Flash content on mobile devices. However, Dolphin Browser and Puffin Web Browser are the most highly rated and are the most popular among people who enjoy playing video slots. If for some reason you do not wish or are unable to run browsers described above, you can also try the following apps to launch Flash games:
- Photon Flash Player
- iSwifter Games Browser
- Skyfire Web Browser
- Uc Browser
It is important to note that once the Flash player will completely lose support, the newer versions of these browsers might not have the option to activate or deactivate Flash content. Thus, it is important to have a saved version of a browser that supports Flash. This doesn’t mean, however, that you’ll need to completely forget about updates. All you have to do is to install several browsers, and allocate one of them to be used for running Flash games.