Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers How to Enable Flash in Chrome Tips for enabling Adobe Flash Player for all or selected websites by Simon Chandler Writer Simon Chandler is a former Lifewire writer who covered cryptocurrency, social media, AI and other topics. His work has appeared in Wired, TechCrunch, and The Verge. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Simon Chandler Updated on November 02, 2020 reviewed by Christine Baker Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Christine Baker is a marketing consultant with experience working for a variety of clients. Her expertise includes social media, web development, and graphic design. our review board Article reviewed on Mar 12, 2020 Christine Baker Browsers Chrome Safari Firefox Microsoft Tweet Share Email What to Know The Adobe Flash Player will no longer be supported after December 2020, including on Internet Explorer 11.Adobe Flash Player is used for playing games, audio, and videos over the internet.Chrome features its own built-in version of Flash but it's disabled by default. 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: Launch Chrome. Type chrome://settings/content in the address bar and press Enter. Scroll down to and select Flash. Using the first option, switch on Ask first. Otherwise, choose Block sites from using Flash. How to Block and Allow Websites Using Flash in Chrome It's simple to block certain websites from using Flash or to always let them use the media player: Launch Chrome. Type the desired website's address in Chrome's address bar and press Enter. Select the padlock on the far left of the address bar. Select Site Settings in the drop-down menu and then scroll to the Flash area. Choose Allow or Block. This option applies only to the current site you're on. 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: Type (or copy and paste) chrome://components/ into the address bar in Chrome and press Enter. Scroll down to Adobe Flash Player. 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. 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. Type (or copy and paste) https://adobe.com/go/chrome into the Chrome address bar and press Enter. Select your computer's operating system from the Select an operating system menu (e.g. Windows or macOS). Select the version for your operating system. For Chrome on Windows 10, choose PPAPI. Click the Download Now button and follow the installation steps. 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. Launch Chrome. Select the three-dot symbol on the right side of the address bar. If you see an Update Google Chrome option in the drop-down menu, select it. Otherwise, you already have the latest version. 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.