If you are wondering whether Flash Player is installed on your Mac or not and want to uninstall Adobe Flash Player from your Mac for security reasons, below are the relevant steps.
Uninstall Adobe Flash Player from Mac
While the general trend is moving away from Flash due to security issues related to Adobe’s Flash Player, there are still a few websites that offer Flash-based videos.
By default, Flash Player is not installed on Mac, but the Safari browser on Mac still supports Flash and allows Adobe Flash Player to be installed.
If you are using Google’s Chrome browser on Mac, it has built-in support for Flash Player and allows you to watch Flash videos without downloading Adobe’s Flash Player.
According to Google, Flash will be completely removed from its Chrome browser by the end of 2020, at which time Adobe will stop developing and distributing Flash Player.
If you are worried about Flash Player installed on Mac and want to get rid of it, you can follow the steps below to remove Flash Player from your Mac.
What Happens When You Remove Flash Player from Mac?
When Flash Player is removed from Mac, you won’t really miss it. You should be able to browse almost the entire web without using Flash Player.
If you happen to come across a website with Flash videos, you cannot play such videos with Safari browser on your Mac.
If the Flash video is compelling and worth watching, you can use Google’s Chrome browser to watch the video.
The Chrome browser has built-in support for Flash content and allows you to watch Flash videos without downloading Flash Player.
How to find out if Flash Player is installed on Mac
To check if Flash Player is installed on your Mac, visit a website with Flash content such as channel 4 with the Safari browser.
Most likely, you will see the “This video requires Adobe Flash Player” popup. That means either Flash Player is not installed on your Mac or it is installed and needs to be turned on.
Click on Turn on Flash Player press and see what happens next. If the Flash video plays or takes you to the settings page on Mac, this confirms that Flash Player is installed on your Mac.
If you are redirected to Adobe’s website (get.Adobe.com/flashplayer), it means Flash Player is not installed on your Mac.
How to uninstall Adobe Flash Player on Mac
If Flash is installed on your Mac, you can either wait for the next macOS update which will automatically remove Flash Player from Mac or remove Adobe Flash Player from Mac manually by following the steps below.
1. Download Flash Player Uninstaller from Adobe’s official website.
Note: You can find different versions of Flash Uninstaller on the Adobe website. Download the latest version available and it should cover all subsequent versions of macOS.
2. The Flash Player uninstaller will be downloaded to the Downloads folder on your Mac.
3. Launch the Flash Player uninstaller and click Uninstall to start the process.
4. In the next pop-up window, enter yours Administrator password and click OK.
5. Let the uninstaller complete the process of uninstalling Adobe Flash Player.
According to Adobe, you should also delete certain folders on Mac after the uninstaller removes Flash Player from Mac.
1. Click on that finder icon on your Mac.
2. Then click on the walk option in the top menu bar, press and hold Old (or Option) press and click library Possibility.
3. In the library folder, locate and delete the following files: