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UpdatedFeb 18, 2021, 4:43 pm EDT| 3 min read
Flash Is Going Away at the over of 2020
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Flash isn’t completely gone—yet. Instead, Chrome blocks Flash by default with the message “Flash was blocked on this page.” If you re-enable Flash in Chrome, you see a message that says, “Flash Player will no longer be supported after December 2020,” with a button khổng lồ turn off Flash.
As Google explains, when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, 2020, the countdown will also be counting down to lớn the over of Flash.
This isn’t just a Google Chrome thing. Adobe will also end support for Flash at the over of 2020. Mozilla is even more aggressive—it will remove Flash tư vấn entirely in early 2020.
If you use Flash, you still have nearly one và a half years until it’s gone. Chrome’s increasingly aggressive moves are supposed to encourage websites lớn move away from Flash while they still have plenty of time to do so.
How to Run Flash on a Website
When you visit a website that uses Flash, you see a “Plugin blocked” message at the right side of Chrome’s Omnibox or address bar.
To enable Flash for the site, click the lock icon at the left side of the Omnibox (address bar), click the “Flash” box, and then click “Allow.”
Chrome prompts you lớn reload the page—click “Reload.”
Even after you reload the page, any Flash content won’t be loaded—you have lớn click it to lớn load it.
To run an individual Flash object, click its Play button. Khổng lồ run all Flash objects on the page—including any hidden Flash objects running in the background—click the blocked plugin icon at the right side of the Omnibox và click “Run Flash this time.”
Whenever you allow Flash for a website, it’s added lớn the allow list—click the blocked plugin icon and click “Manage” khổng lồ see it. Alternatively, you can head to chrome://settings/content/flash khổng lồ view it.
Here’s the bad news: whenever you restart your browser, Chrome erases this list. If you use Flash frequently on a particular website, you’ll have to do this repeatedly. Google seriously wants Chrome users lớn stop using Flash, so it’s making the Flash process annoying on purpose.
How to lớn Enable Click-to-Play Flash
Rather than Chrome automatically blocking Flash on all websites, you can set Chrome to ask before displaying Flash content. (No, there’s no way to lớn have Chrome automatically play Flash anymore.)
Unlike the above preference, Chrome will remember this setting. However, it will display a “Flash Player will no longer be supported after December 2020” banner every time you reopen your browser. There’s no way to lớn disable this message without disabling Flash.
When Flash is blocked, click the blocked plugin icon in Chrome’s Omnibox and click “Manage.” This takes you to the Flash settings page, which you can also access from Settings > Advanced > Privacy và Security > Site Settings > Flash.
Click the toggle here lớn set Chrome to “Ask first” rather than the mặc định “Block sites from running Flash (recommended.)”
Now, when you visit a website with Flash, you can click a Flash object on the web page and click “Allow” to view it.
You still have lớn click khổng lồ play the Flash content afterward. However, it’s a bit more streamlined than clicking the lock icon to open the website’s settings menu.
Of course, Flash won’t vanish completely at the end of 2020. Old browsers, like Internet Explorer, will still tư vấn old versions of the Flash plug-in. It should be possible to lớn run Flash content if you really need it, but the plug-in will no longer be updated with security fixes.