Adobe Flash Player EOL General Information Page

 

  1. When is the Flash Player end-of-life (EOL)? 

    As previously announced in July 2017, Adobe will stop supporting Flash Player after December 31, 2020 (“EOL Date”).
  2. Why did Adobe decide to EOL Flash Player and select the end of 2020 date?

    Open standards such as HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly have continually matured over the years and serve as viable alternatives for Flash content. Also, major browser vendors are integrating these open standards into their browsers and deprecating most other plug-ins (like Flash Player).  See Flash Player EOL announcements from Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla.

    By providing more than three years’ advance notice, Adobe believes that there has been sufficient time for developers, designers, businesses, and other parties to migrate Flash content to new standards.  The EOL timing was in coordination with some of the major browser vendors.

  3. What does Flash Player EOL mean?

    After the EOL Date, Adobe does not intend to issue Flash Player updates or security patches.  Therefore, Adobe will continue to prompt users to uninstall Flash Player and strongly recommends that all users immediately uninstall Flash Player.

    To help secure users’ systems, Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021.

    Major browser vendors will disable Flash Player from running after the EOL Date. 

  4. Why should I uninstall Flash Player from my system? 

    Flash Player may remain on your system unless you uninstall it.  Uninstalling Flash Player will help secure your system since Adobe does not intend to issue Flash Player updates or security patches after the EOL Date.  Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021 and the major browser vendors will continue to disable Flash Player from running after the EOL Date.  

  5. How do I uninstall Adobe Flash Player?

    Click “Uninstall” when prompted by Adobe in Flash Player, or follow these manual uninstall instructions for Windows and Mac users. 

  6. Why is Adobe blocking Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021 ?

    Since Adobe is no longer supporting Flash Player after the EOL Date, Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021 to help secure users’ systems.  Flash Player may remain on the user’s system unless the user uninstalls it.

  7. Which browsers and operating systems currently support Adobe Flash Player?

    As the EOL Date approaches, the number of Flash-supported browsers and operating systems will continue to decrease so Adobe strongly recommends that all users immediately uninstall Flash Player.

    Please visit http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/tech-specs.html for the latest list of Flash-supported browsers and operating systems.

  8. How will this decision impact Adobe Flash Player support and distribution for the remainder of 2020?

    Adobe will continue issuing regular Flash Player security patches, and maintain certain OS and browser compatibility through the end of 2020.

  9. Will Adobe make previous versions of Adobe Flash Player available for download after 2020?

    No.  Adobe will remove Flash Player download pages from its site after the EOL Date. Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021.

  10. If I find Flash Player available for download on a third-party website, should I use it?

    No.  These versions of Flash Player are not authorized by Adobe. Users should not use unauthorized versions of Flash Player. Unauthorized downloads are a common source of malware and viruses.

  11. Will Adobe provide security updates for Flash Player after the EOL Date?

    Adobe does not intend to issue Flash Player updates or security patches after the EOL Date. Adobe strongly recommends that all users uninstall Flash Player immediately.

  12. Does Apple Safari support Flash Player?

    Apple Safari version 14, released for macOS in September 2020, no longer loads Flash Player or runs Flash content. Please visit Apple’s Safari support for more information.

 

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