How to Install Adobe Flash Player on Android Jelly Bean

So you’ve got the latest and greatest update to Android, Jelly Bean (4.1) and now you’re trying to install Adobe Flash Player only to discover that Adobe doesn’t support versions newer than Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0).  Fear not, Android user, because the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Flash Player works on Jelly Bean and it’s easy to get and install.

  1. Go to Archived Flash Player versions on the Adobe Flash Player Help knowledge base. Scroll down and look for “Flash Player For Android 4.0 Archives”. Select and download the first .apk file. You can download this file directly from your Jelly Bean device or you can download it on your computer and transfer the file to your device via USB or microSD card.  While you’re at it download the Amazon Appstore for Android too.
  2. Go to settings by launching the icon on your home screen or from your app drawer. Then in settings to go to “Security”.  Then check “Unknown sources: allow installation of apps from unknown sources”.  If this makes you feel insecure you can always come back here after and un-check the option.
  3. Now use an app like Root Explorer to find the .apk for flash player you downloaded earlier. If you downloaded it on your device it should be in your “Downloads” folder. If you put it on your microSD card it should be in the “sdcard” folder. If you dropped it via usb it’s wherever you put it. Tap to select the .apk, then tap “Install” on the Package Installer window that pops up.
  4. Now the installer will pop up tap install then tap done when it’s finished.
  5. Now test it out!
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Go to Archived Flash Player versions on the Adobe Flash Player Help knowledge base. Scroll down and look for “Flash Player For Android 4.0 Archives”. Select and download the first .apk file. You can download this file directly from your Jelly Bean device or you can download it on your computer and transfer the file to your device via USB or microSD card. While you’re at it download the Amazon Appstore for Android too.

Go to settings by launching the icon on your home screen or from your app drawer. Then in settings to go to “Security”.  Then check “Unknown sources: allow installation of apps from unknown sources”.  If this makes you feel insecure you can always come back here after and un-check the option.

Now use an app like Root Explorer to find the .apk for flash player you downloaded earlier. If you downloaded it on your device it should be in your “Downloads” folder. If you put it on your microSD card it should be in the “sdcard” folder. If you dropped it via usb it’s wherever you put it. Tap to select the .apk, then tap “Install” on the Package Installer window that pops up.

Now the installer will pop up tap install then tap done when it’s finished.

Now test it out! I recommend: Strongbad Email 58: Dragon.

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