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Chrome 76: Flash block and making Flash use more annoying

Adobe Flash is going away in 2020; better, support for Adobe Flash ends in 2020. Adobe won't support Flash anymore, and all major browser makers revealed plans to retire Flash in their browsers.

While that means that most browsers won't support Flash content anymore and that there won't be any more updates for Flash, it does not really mean that all Flash content on the Internet is suddenly going away. A Flash Games Preservation project aims to archive Flash games and make them available in a dedicated application so that users may still play them.

Google targets Chrome 87 as the target release for Flash removal in the web browser. While there is still a good 18 month until that deadline, things are going to get more annoying soon in regards to Flash.

More annoying, because Google tightened the Flash use screws already in Chrome 69. The browser, released in August 2018, changed the Flash permissions system from a permanent state to a session-only state.

flash player will no longer be supported

Starting in Chrome 76, out July 2019, Flash is set to block by default. Chrome will still support Flash at this point, and it is even possible to switch the Flash setting to Ask First again, but that leads to a new problem for users who have set Flash to Ask First: Chrome displays a Flash deprecation warning on start if Ask First is set. The message states "Flash Player will no longer be supported after December 2020". The learn more link leads to the "Saying goodbye to Flash in Chrome" post from 2017.

The notification may display for a while or just flash for a brief moment. Considering that this is being tested in Chrome Canary currently, it seems likely that Google is still testing the new notification and system before it reaches the stable channel.

There is no option to disable the notification in Chrome (other than blocking Flash).

flash settings chrome

To summarize: starting with Chrome 76, Flash is blocked by default. Users may still enable Flash by loading chrome://settings/content/flash and setting the technology to Ask First.

Any site permission given during a session is not saved anymore if it is a Flash permission, and it is discarded when the browser is closed. You may run Flash content then in different ways, e.g. by clicking on the "click to play" area of the Flash element to display a "site wants to Run Flash" prompt which you need to allow, or by adding the site to the allow list for Flash (which Chrome will remove when you close the browser).

chrome flash site settings

The easiest method to do the latter is to click on the icon in front of the URL, select Site Settings, and set Flash to allow on the page that opens. Things get a bit easier on consecutive sessions as you find the Flash control attached to the initial prompt when you click on the icon in front of the URL.

Note: Some video download extensions may not work properly anymore in Chrome until you enable Flash.

Google is not the only company that is making Flash use more annoying. Mozilla disabled Flash in Firefox 69 by default for users who still have it installed on their systems. Firefox does not include a native Flash solution like Chrome.

Now You: do you (still) use Flash content? (via Techdows)

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Chrome 76: Flash block and making Flash use more annoying
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Starting in Chrome 76, scheduled for a July 2019 release, Flash is set to block by default. Users who enable Flash receive deprecation notifications.
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  1. Richard Allen said on May 6, 2019 at 7:44 pm
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    Well, I don’t know what everyone else is seeing but “Ask First” quit working for me in Stable back around the end of last year, Dec/Jan maybe. Both Dev and Stable have had flash set to “Ask First” for some time.

    “Things get a bit easier on consecutive sessions as you find the Flash control attached to the initial prompt when you click on the icon in front of the URL.”
    That works for me in Chrome Dev but not in Stable. Used to be that when you clicked on the Site Info button the Flash permission was front and center along with the others but now I have to click on Site Settings to be able to access and toggle the flash permission, in Chrome Stable. Which is pretty darn silly because I can’t imagine anyone opening the Site Info popup and toggling the permission… accidentally. The only thing I use flash for is to play Bloons TD 4 and both releases are saving the appropriate cookies.

    As far as flash being used in FF or my other browsers goes, I haven’t installed flash since early last year.

    1. Richard Allen said on May 6, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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      Actually “Ask First” quit working in both Dev and Stable about the same time. I’m thinking both needed clean installs towards the end of the year so I don’t know what the malfunction is. Fact is it seems Dev needs a clean install about once a year, for bad updates usually. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to do a clean install of Nightly, since the release of v57. Just saying.

  2. Flashroadmap said on May 6, 2019 at 8:47 pm
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    Here’s the flash roadmap to death — https://www.chromium.org/flash-roadmap#TOC-Upcoming-Changes

    please use that next time, Martin.

  3. jern said on May 6, 2019 at 8:52 pm
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    Apple dumped Flash in 2010. Can’t say I’ve missed it on my Macs.

    1. Anonee said on May 7, 2019 at 9:34 am
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      Agreed.
      Apple (well, Steve Jobs) writing that letter a decade ago about how trash Flash Player is and that everyone should use HTML5 instead, was the perfect move.
      I always loved that Apple refused to add Flash crap to iOS while android users at the time were like “oh yeah, well at least aNdRoId CaN rUn FlAsH” 🙄

      1. Lambo-San said on May 7, 2019 at 4:19 pm
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        @Anonee,

        Android is still superior OS compared to iOS. iOS feels like being a prisoner in Alcatraz – you aren’t allowed to do shit. With Android you can do whatever you want.

        I can show you powerful 3rd party apps, that aren’t even allowed on the Google Play Store (because they are TOO POWERFUL… no one should have that much power) and Google doesn’t want them there. Apps that allow you to do things with your Android device that an iOS user never dreamt of in their wildest dreams and will drop jaws when they see it in action.

  4. Drago said on May 21, 2019 at 8:13 am
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    This freaking sucks. No one talks about how something like Club Penguin (which we have SWFs for) can be converted from Flash to HTML5. People love to mention Project Shumway but then forget that Firefox only supports WebExtensions now. People love to crap on Flash but forget its cultural significance.

    By the way, Club Penguin Rewritten (not actually rewritten fyi) is crazy popular. Disney missed out on money there.

    I got a bit sidetracked there. Anyway, this sucks because it’s taking away user options. Our options to allow Flash are already erased. Doing this makes things so much harder.

  5. Brandon said on May 21, 2019 at 7:51 pm
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    There are a lot sites that still use flash. There are games, people’s animations. How are we supposed to run these now??

    FireFox stopped showing flash weeks ago. I want it back. Solutions??

    Thank you.

  6. Ravi said on June 15, 2019 at 5:20 pm
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    Please tell me why is this adobe flash going away??? why????

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