How to enable Adobe Flash Player on a Mac computer using Safari

You can easily enable Adobe Flash Player on your Mac — for now. Getty

  • When you need the plugin for it, you can enable Adobe Flash Player on your Mac’s Safari browser in a few quick steps.
  • Before you get started, however, you’ll need to know what version of Safari you have on your Mac — this will dictate where you’ll go to enable Adobe Flash Player.

Adobe Flash Player is a plugin that allows you to interact with sites that offer multimedia experiences, like games and animation. 

Enabling Adobe Flash Player on your Mac is easily done, provided you have it installed and you know which version of the Safari browser you’re using.

Note, however, that support for Adobe Flash Player will be ending in 2020 — these instructions work for now, but they may soon become outdated once Adobe ends the service. 

Here’s what you’ll need to do.

How to enable Adobe Flash Player on a Mac using Safari

For these directions, you’ll need to know the version of Safari you’re using. To find out, open Safari, click “Safari” in the top toolbar and then choose “About Safari.”

Here’s what you need to do to enable Adobe Flash Player if you have Safari version 11.0 or newer:

1. First of all, make sure that you have Adobe Flash Player downloaded.

2. Open Safari.

3. Click “Safari” in the top toolbar, then choose “Preferences.”

4. Toggle over to “Websites.”

5. If necessary, scroll down to the plugins section in the left toolbar.

6. Check the box to enable Adobe Flash Player.

From that screen, you’ll also be able to set Adobe Flash Player to automatically stay on, ask you to turn on, or be disabled when you visit other websites.

If you have an earlier version of Safari, you’ll still have to go through Safari’s “Preferences” to enable Flash Player. But instead of using the “Websites” tab, toggle over to the “Security” tab. 

Then, make sure that the boxes next to “Enable Javascript” and “Allow Plug-ins” are checked. After that, you’ll either click “Plugin Settings” or “Manage Website Settings” (you’ll see different prompts depending on your version of Safari).

Those with version 10 or newer (but still older than Safari 11) should continue on to step four, as listed above. Those with versions earlier than 10 will need to select the “When visiting other websites” menu, then choose “On” for Adobe Flash Player.

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