How to (Safely) Add Flash to Your Android Tablet

Adobe Flash Player is no longer available for download at the Google Play store, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get it on your device. Some people will have a greater need for Flash than others. Those who enjoy games and media websites are affected the most. A lot of the big news sites, like CNN.com, are Flash video intensive.

Adobe Flash Player 11 can be installed on Android devices, but you have to side-load it onto your tablet or phone. Unfortunately, the powers that be have chosen to block direct download of this application, so getting Flash on your device involves you going into your Android settings menu and checking the little box that permits third-party app installations. A popup will appear warning you of the dangers of non-Google Play app usage, but side-loading .apk files and alternative markets from reputable sources will usually be okay. Here’s the problem: what is a reputable source for .apk files on the Internet? Android malware is supposedly becoming more prevalent, and I’m sure you don’t want your Amazon or Paypal passwords ending up in the database of a Ukrainian hacker.

Until today, all of the Flash installation tutorials I have seen on YouTube provided links to various file sharing sites where you can download the .apk file. I don’t exactly get a fuzzy feeling of security when I download apks from these sites. That’s why I was excited to see a video posted by PocketNow.com that informs viewers that we can download Adobe Flash Player 11 right from the Adobe.com website. Apparently they have like every version of Flash archived and available for free download. Nice.

Here is the link to the Adobe.com Flash archive, and the video above will give you a nice walk-through on how to get Flash onto your Nexus 7 or alternative Android device. Don’t forget, you will also need the Android version of FireFox in order to run it. Joe “the Android Guy” Levi does an excellent job of explaining the whole process in a humorous way. His videos are great. Here also is a link to the written article on PocketNow.com

I really wish I knew how to do more technical tricks, like installing Android CM7 onto the HP Touchpad, but I am just not at that level of expertise yet. Luckily, side-loading apps is a breeze, and it doesn’t void your warranty ;). Hopefully this will help you eliminate the annoying “plugin not found” message from your web browsing life.

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4 Responses to How to (Safely) Add Flash to Your Android Tablet

  1. ngnrdgrl says:

    It just takes lots of reading. Read read read until you start feeling comfortable trying stuff. Lucky for you (if you plan on rooting your Nexus 10), Google makes their Nexus devices really simple to unlock. I’m not up to snuff on the custom roms, but my fiance is. He got his first Android phone and eventually found himself on XDA looking stuff up. At first it was small things, like changing the battery icon. He eventually got bored of waiting for people to make stuff for him and started programming stuff himself. He eventually became one of the founders of Team Kang and helped produce AOKP. After getting laid off this year, he has gone back to school for Computer Programming. He is going to follow his dream and learn how to program for real. It all started by just reading the forums and following tutorials. πŸ™‚

  2. Andrew says:

    Thanks for your encouragement! Great news about your fiance as well. I am aware of the different forums where “how to” guides can be found, and I already guessed the endless reading part. I just don’t have that much time on my hands. I am quite pleased with my stock Android experience anyway. I would like to have a bit more control over the files I have on my Nexus 10. I’m always worried about junk files and leftover downloads taking up my already limited storage space. That problem could be solved with a little investigating. I would like to try out putting Android on an HP Touchpad though, and there is a step by step video of that on YouTube. That might be a good starting point. Thanks again for your advice, and for reading.

  3. Marie says:

    thank you so much for your video…it worked great!

    • Andrew says:

      Pocketnow did the video. I just shared the wealth. πŸ™‚

      Glad I could help you out. BTW, which device did you put it on, the Nexus 7 or Nexus 10?

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