How Do I Run Adobe Flash Content On My iOS Device?

One question we get asked a lot from new iOS users is: Can I view Adobe Flash content  on my iPhone or iPad?

The short answer to this question is no.

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Adobe’s Flash platform is not supported by Apple for iOS devices, despite being supported on the Mac with the appropriate plug-in install after your initial setup.

There are a number of reasons why Apple decided to not support flash.

Flash generally requires excessive processing and memory resources that will reduce battery life whilst in use. The other, and more important, reason is the Flash platform suffers from a range of security flaws that can reduce your overall security when viewing sites created in Flash and entering personal information.

Despite these issues, some of you may still be interested in being able to access and use Flash content, delivered via the Internet, on your iOS device.

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To view Flash based content on your iOS device, you will need a third party web browser app that supports this functionality. One that is available is called Photon Flash Player. Please be aware that we are not endorsing this app, we are merely pointing out that it exists.

It is also important to know that the Flash playback in the Photon Flash Player browser is not processed locally on your device. When you are in Flash mode, all content presented will be processed via severs used by the developer and then the result is sent, in as close to real time as possible, to your display to interact with.

Whilst, this is a useable workaround, individual results may vary depending on your Internet connection and the quality of the Flash site you are visiting.

As processing is done on an external server, we recommend you become diligent about that information you submit via the Photo Flash Player app. When traversing the online world, you should always be careful with the information you regard as confidential.

If you would like more information about how to get the most out of your iOS device, please drop into your local MacSpecialist and discuss the training courses we have available.