Almost every smartphone enthusiast knows the story. Apple refused to include Adobe Flash in Mobile Safari. Google did. Steve Jobs published an open letter on Apple’s decision to not support Flash. Earlier this year, after repeated, failed attempts to make Flash work well for the mobile web, Adobe announced that they won’t support Flash for Android 4.1 and above. HTML5 – an “open” alternative to Adobe Flash – emerged victorious, becoming the go-to technology for displaying rich media on mobile browsers. But that didn’t stop folks from Android’s vibrant developer community to get the technology to work on the latest versions of the OS and latest devices like the Galaxy S III, HTC One X+, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, as there are still plenty of places on the internet that still use Flash and Flash only. Yes, there is a very simple way to get Adobe Flash back on your Android 4.1 or 4.2 Jelly Bean device. Check out how after the jump!
If you’ve “side-loaded” any APK on your Android device before, you will have no trouble at all following this guide. Let’s get right into it.
Disclaimer: Follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be held responsible in case your device gets bricked or damaged in any other way as a result of following this method.
- An APK of the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. You can get it from this thread on XDA Developers. Download it to your Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device.
- A browser that still supports Adobe Flash Player. I would suggest going for Mozilla Firefox from Google Play.
- Navigate to Settings > Security on your Jelly Bean device. Enable “Unknown sources”.
- Navigate to the location where you copied or downloaded the Adobe Flash Player APK on your device. If you downloaded it from within your device, it should be stored in the Downloads app, which you can launch from the app drawer.
- Simply tap the APK file.
- Hit Install.
Adobe Flash Player will now be installed on your Android 4.1 or 4.2 Jelly Bean device. To make use of it, you simply need to launch a browser like Mozilla Firefox that still supports Adobe Flash. If Firefox is already running, you will need to restart it by closing it from the multi-tasking menu and launching it again from the apps drawer.
You may also want to check out our earlier post on some of the new features in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.