How to Enable Flash in Chrome

Tips for enabling Adobe Flash Player for all or selected websites

What to Know

  • Adobe Flash Player is great for playing games, audio and videos over the internet.
  • Chrome features its own built-in version of Flash but sometimes the browser doesn't always enable or upgrade it properly.
  • In rare cases, Flash might not work even when it's been enabled. This is usually due to an upgrade issue.

This article takes a look at enabling Flash in Chrome and offers some useful tips on what to do when Chrome Flash doesn't work properly.

How to Enable Flash in Chrome

Enabling Flash in Chrome is easy, as described below:

  1. Launch Chrome.

  2. Type chrome://settings/content in address bar and press Enter.

    Entering in content settings in Chrome.
  3. Scroll down to and select Flash.

    Flash settings in Chrome.
  4. Using the first option, switch on Ask first (recommended), otherwise choose Block sites from using Flash.

    Flash option in Chrome settings

How to Block and Allow Websites Use Flash in Chrome

It's also very simple to block certain websites from using Flash, or to always let them use the media player:

  1. Launch Chrome.

  2. Type the desired website's address in Chrome's address bar and press Enter.

    Viewing the Disney World webpage in Chrome.
  3. Select the padlock on the far left of the address bar.

    Selecting the padlock in Chrome.
  4. Select Site Settings, then scroll to the Flash area.

    Site settings in Chrome
  5. You have the same options here as above; these will just apply to the current site you're on. Choose Ask, Allow, or Block.

    Ask, Allow, Block settings for Flash in Site Settings on Chrome

How to Check Your Version of Flash or Upgrade Flash Player

Most of the time, enabling Flash in Chrome and choosing to block or allow certain websites should be enough for Flash Player to work normally. However, in rare cases, Flash might not work even when it's been enabled.

Often, this is because the user needs to upgrade Flash Player since they don't have the latest version. To check which Flash version you have and to update if need be, you should do the following:

  1. Type (or copy-paste) chrome://components/ into your address bar in Chrome and press Enter.

    Entering components in the address in Chrome.
  2. Scroll down to Adobe Flash Player.

    Viewing components in Chrome.
  3. Select Check for update beneath the Adobe Flash Player heading.

    If the Status reads Component not updated or Component updated, user has the latest version.

    Adobe Flash Player update button in Chrome Components
  4. Flash should work properly on websites after doing this, although you may have to reload any website you were on immediately prior to updating before Flash content can be loaded.

How to Install Flash Player or Reinstall It

Another possible solution when Flash Player is crashing or not working on particular websites is to reinstall it.

  1. Type (or copy-paste) into your Chrome address bar and press Enter.

    Entering in the Adobe website address in Chrome.
  2. Select your computer's operating system (e.g. Windows or macOS).

    Viewing the OS options for Adobe Flash.
  3. Select your browser: for Chrome choose PPAPI.

    Selecting a version of Flash to download.
  4. Click on the Download Now button and follow the installation steps.

    Download now button on Adobe Flash Player page

What Else Can I Do When Chrome Flash Isn't Working?

If the solutions above don't work, then one other approach is to update your version of Chrome.

  1. Launch Chrome.

  2. Select the  symbol on the right-hand side of the address bar.

    Selecting the customize menu in Chrome.
  3. If you see an Update Google Chrome option, select it. Otherwise, you already have the latest version.

    Viewing the options menu in Chrome.

This covers all the logical reasons for Flash Player not working on Chrome, even after it's been enabled. That said, there still might be at least a couple of further explanations for persistent problems.

One is that an extension you have running on Chrome is, for whatever reason, interfering with Flash Player and preventing it from working properly. You can try typing chrome://extensions/ in the Chrome address bar and disabling extensions and plug-ins on a trial-and-error basis to see if the situation is improved.

Other than that, if a particular piece of Flash content doesn't work even though you've tried everything, it just might be the case that the problem lies with the piece of content rather than with your version of Chrome or Flash Player.