Uninstall Flash from a Mac

Jan 9, 2011 - 10 Comments

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Adobe’s Flash Player is known to cause a slew of issues, slowdowns, battery drain, and other problems for Mac OS X. If you’re fed up with Flash, you can ditch it:

How to uninstall Flash from Mac OS X

You can remove the files on your own but it’s easier to just use the official uninstaller application from Adobe:

  • Quit all open web browsers
  • Download the Adobe Flash Player Uninstaller application from Adobe directly by clicking here
  • From the newly mounted disk image, launch the “Adobe Flash Player Uninstaller” and click on the “UNINSTALL” button
  • Enter your password when asked
  • Let the application run and when finished click on “Done” or just quit the app

Now Flash is completely uninstalled from your Mac. You may want to go one step further and delete your Flash cookies yourself, since the app doesn’t always grab them on the way out.

Personally, I keep Flash Player installed but just use a Flash blocker so I can only activate Flash when I need it. Yes, it still causes problems, but it’s not nearly as bad as when Flash is allowed to run rampant on a Mac.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting


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  1. tr3quart1sta says:

    or you could use this one: http://clicktoflash.com/

  2. oats says:

    I second ClickToFlash, best thing I’ve put on my mac

  3. Ogal Comm says:

    … even after uninstalling you can cheat looking at Flash content with Google Chrome as it has its very own embedded Flash plugin ;)

    • Miles says:


      This is what I do.

      With the YouTube 5 and HTML5 Audio plugins installed in Safari, I can get by, and for anything else I use Google Chrome.

      The advantage is that webserver logs show that no flash is installed when I visit a site, and higher traffic like that will help encourage use of HTML5 alternatives to flash. Since ClickToFlash reports itself as a flash-compatible player, that will not have the same effect.

      • Miles says:

        For clarity, I don’t have a problem with people using ClickToFlash over my method, I just want people to be informed.

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  5. Mike M says:

    Uinstalling it completely is a bit of overkill. That’s like uninstalling a GPU rendered game because it kills battery life.

    Flash, like anything that takes a lot of resources if need be, will hurt battery life WHEN YOU RUN IT.

    It does not inherently do anything to your computer. Think running HTML5 videos through your GPU via hardware acceleration doesn’t hurt your battery life? Think again.

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