How to Update Adobe Flash in Chrome Browser

Jul 11, 2017 - 3 Comments

Chrome

The Chrome web browser is perhaps best suited for running Adobe Flash because Chrome sandboxes the Flash player plugin, making it a bit more secure. While Google Chrome should automatically update the Adobe Flash plugin itself when the browser app is relaunched, sometimes Adobe Flash Player may become out of date anyway and require the user to manually update the Flash plugin.

This tutorial will walk through how to manually update Adobe Flash Player within the Google Chrome browser.

How do I know when to update Adobe Flash Player plugin within Google Chrome?

Typically just periodically quitting and relaunching Google Chrome will update the Adobe Flash Player plugin on it’s own and without any user acknowledgment. However this doesn’t always happen.

Sometimes you may see a yellow banner at the top of the screen saying “Adobe Flash Player was blocked because it is out of date.” or “$1 was blocked because it is out of date.” to indicate the plugin must be updated.

Flash Player out of date in Chrome

A similar message will appear in Safari if Flash is out of date too. But, we’re focusing on Chrome here so let’s figure out how to resolve that blocked out of date plugin message in all Chrome browsers.

How to Update Adobe Flash Player Plugin in Google Chrome

This updates the Adobe Flash Player plugin in the Chrome web browser, this is demonstrated in Mac OS but it works the same in Windows too.

  1. In the URL bar of Google Chrome, type the following address: chrome://components/ and hit return
  2. Locate “Adobe Flash Player” in the list of Chrome components
  3. Click on “Check for update” under ‘Adobe Flash Player’ and you will see various Status updates indicating the component update status
  4. Manually update Flash Player in Google Chrome

    • “Status – Component updated’ – this means the Flash plugin was successfully updated to the latest version (version number shown corresponding)
    • “Status – No update” – there is no available update for the flash plugin
    • “Status – Component not updated” – the update failed for some reason or another, or there was no update available and thus the component was not updated
  5. Quit and relaunch Google Chrome browser for the new Adobe Flash Player plugin to load

It’s important to keep Flash Player up to date if you’re going to use the Flash plug-in or have it installed, whether it’s in Chrome or in another web browser.

Personally, I only use the Adobe Flash plugin within the Chrome sandbox environment, and I do not install Flash (or any other plugins) into Safari. This allows a user to uninstall Flash from the Mac in general but still retain Flash playing capabilities within the Google Chrome web browser sandboxed environment. In practice, this means when I want or need to use Flash Player for whatever reason, I use Chrome for those Flash websites.

Of course you can also disable Flash in Chrome specifically too, but if you use click-to-play and keep Flash up to date, and keep Chrome up to date, it’s not really necessary to turn the plugin off completely within Chrome.

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

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  1. Chris Lee says:

    Hello
    I’m using a third party digi sign program which has a preview function I can run on my MacBook Pro. However, Safari doesn’t like the Flash Player aspect used by the third party so I have installed (several times) Google Chrome. Unfortunately, as soon as I use Chrome it “takes over” as the default browser for Mail links even though it’s not the default browser (it even tells me that itself).
    Do you know a fix for this?
    Thanks
    Chris

  2. lezajane says:

    how can i use add ons on firefox or opera using iphone

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