How to Manually Update Adobe Flash Player on Mac

Flash is slowly but surely being replaced by newer technologies such as HTML5. However, this doesn’t mean that Flash is not needed anymore. The classic plug-in is still required to view online content because most of the web is still using it. On the downside of things, Apple stopped installing Flash on macOS by default a couple of years ago and Mac owners need to install it manually if they don’t want restrictions when watching online content.

Flash on MacOS

Even though MacOS doesn’t come with Flash installed by default, Apple fans should be happy to know that installing it is not that complicated. Mac owners who are using devices that run on macOS X 10.8 and 10.9 can simply open Safari and head over to the Preferences tab. From there, click on Security and select “Enable JavaScript” and “Allow Plug-Ins”. All that’s left now is to click on “Manage Website Settings”, select “Adobe Flash Player” and choose “Allow”.

Getting Updates

Flash usually updates itself, but Mac owners who don’t like that can simply disable the feature and download all updates manually. The reason why Mac owners might want to do this is because they can avoid using internet data when unnecessary and getting unrequired updates.

With that being said, let’s see how Mac owners who have installed Flash on their device can update the plug-in.

  • Open the “Dock” or “Application” folder and then click on “System Preferences”;
  • Now select the “Flash Player” icon and click on it;
  • Head over to the “Updates” panel;
  • Select the “Check Now” option;
  • All that’s left is to follow the prompts.

Flash will automatically provide users with step-by-step prompts whenever a new update becomes available so that anyone can download it, even people who are not that tech savvy.

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