How to Fix Flash Videos Not Playing on Mac

While most websites are getting away from Flash, there are still certain websites that offer Flash videos and you may want to check them out. Therefore, below we provide the steps to fix the issue of Flash videos not playing on Mac in Safari and Chrome browsers.

Flash videos won’t play on Mac

The issue of Flash videos not playing on Mac is related to macOS not being readily compatible with Adobe Flash Player and it can be fixed by adjusting certain browser settings to allow Flash videos to run on Mac .

In general, you should be able to fix Flash videos not playing on Mac with the following methods.

  1. Install Adobe Flash Player
  2. Enable Flash in the web browser
  3. Enable JavaScript in the web browser
  4. Disable pop-up blocking
  5. Clear browser cache
  6. Uninstall/reinstall Adobe Flash Player

Note: YouTube doesn’t use Flash and you shouldn’t have any problems playing YouTube videos on Mac with Safari or Chrome browsers.

If you encounter problems while playing YouTube videos, make sure you have the latest versions of Safari and Chrome installed on your Mac.

1. Install Adobe Flash Player on Mac

In order to play Flash videos, you need to download and install the latest version of Adobe Flash Player on your Mac.

If you haven’t already, you can download and install Adobe Flash Player by going to Adobe’s official one Flash Player Page.

Note: Make sure you install Flash Player from Adobe’s official website and not from another website.

2. Enable Flash in Safari/Chrome browser

Even after installing Adobe Flash Player, you may still find Flash videos not playing on Mac. This is due to the default setting in Safari, which only allows Flash to be enabled on a site-by-site basis.

This can be fixed by going to the Safari Settings screen and enabling Flash Player Player in the Plugins section.

Click on safari tab in the top menu bar of Mac and click settings. Then click on Web pages and make sure the Adobe Flash Player Plugin is selected for the website (see image below).

Enable Flash Player in Safari preferences screen on Mac

In the lower right corner you will see the option to enable Flash when visiting other websites. For security reasons, it is recommended that you stick with the default option of enabling Flash on a site-by-site basis.

In the case of the Chrome browser, you can enable Flash Player support by going to the “Privacy and security” section in Chrome’s advanced settings.

Click on 3 point menu Icon is located in the upper right corner and click Settings. Scroll down and click Progressive. Scroll down again and click Content Settings Option in the “Privacy and Security” section.

Content setting option in Chrome browser

Then click on flash and switch ON the option for Ask first (recommended).

Enable Flash in Chrome browser

3. Enable Javascript in Safari and Chrome

In order to be able to play Flash videos, JavaScript must also be activated in the web browser. So make sure JavaScript is enabled in the Safari or Chrome browser on your Mac.

Click on safari tab in the Mac top menu bar and click settings. Then click on the security Tab and check Activate Javascript Possibility.

Enable Javascript in Safari browser

In the case of the Chrome browser, click 3 point menu Icon is located in the upper right corner and click settings. Scroll down and click Progressive. Next, scroll down to the “Privacy and Security” section and click Content Settings.

Content setting option in Chrome browser

On the next screen, click JavaScript and enable the option for Permitted (Recommended).

Enable JavaScript in the Chrome browser

4. Disable pop-up blocking in Safari/Chrome

Certain websites do not allow you to play videos unless you disable the pop-up blocking option in your web browser. You can try disabling pop-up blocking for that particular website and see if you can play videos.

In Safari, you can disable pop-up blocking by going to the Security section of Safari Preferences.

Disable pop-ups in Safari browser on Mac

In Chrome, you can either enable the option for Blocked (recommended) in the Popups section or enable popups for a specific website by adding the website to the allow list in the Popups section.

Allow pop-ups for specific websites in Chrome

Note: In the image above, pop-ups are only allowed for the websites mentioned in the Allow section and disabled for all other websites.

5. Clear the browser cache

If the videos still don’t work, your web browser is probably loading old cached pages instead of downloading the newest ones.

To clear the cache in Chrome, click the 3 point menu icon > More tools and then click Clear browser data Possibility.

option

On the next screen, make sure “Cached images and files” is checked and click delete data Button.

Clear browsing data in Chrome browser

To clear cache in Safari browser, you can check this article: How to Clear Safari Browser Cache on Mac.

6. Uninstall/reinstall Adobe Flash Player

This fix may work if the version of Adobe Flash Player installed on your Mac is corrupt or out of date.

Download Flash Player Uninstaller for Mac from Adobe official website and follow the instructions to uninstall Flash Player on your Mac.

After removing Flash Player, restart your Mac and download/install the latest version of Adobe Flash Player from Adobe official website.

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