Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Add Flash to Android Jelly Bean

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Note: If this tutorial worked for you (and it should work), please leave a comment below. Thanks.

If you were lucky enough to get a Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 for Christmas, you'll have noticed that many of the things for which you wanted that tablet - watching catch-up TV and online video, casual gaming - just don't work. Many popular apps have been updated to add support to Jelly Bean 4.1 but, of course, with these devices we're now up to Jelly Bean 4.2.

On the Nexus 10, for example, you can't watch iPlayer out of the box. And you can't even play simple games such as Bejeweled. (Those of you who know me will know how much of an annoyance this is, since I simply won't know what to do with my lunch breaks...)

The good news is that although Android Jelly Bean doesn't officially support Flash, that doesn't mean it won't work. Here, we show you some simple tweaks to enable the playback of catch-up TV, online video and Flash games on a Google Nexus 10 or any other tablet running Android Jelly Bean.

Add Flash to the Google Nexus 7, Google Nexus 10, Android Jelly Bean

  • Step 1. You'll need to download a few free bits of software to enable Flash on your Jelly Bean tablet, including Flash Player itself. However, since this isn't supported on your tablet, you'll need to find it elsewhere than Google Play. Search online for 'android flash player apk' or head to this forum thread at XDA Developers, in which contributor stempox provides a download link.
  • Step 2. Before you can install Flash Player, you must enable Android to install software from unknown sources (remember to disable this option  following installation). Open the Settings menu, then scroll down to and tap Security. Tick the box next to 'Unknown sources. Allow installation of apps from sources other than the Play Store.'
  • Step 3. Now find your downloaded Flash Player file and tap it to begin installation. If your download notification has disappeared, you'll need a free file browser app such as Android File Manager to find it (this won't be visible in Android's Downloads folder).
  • Step 4. Next, you need a browser that can support the Flash Player plug-in, such as Mozilla Firefox. Download Firefox Google Play, then fire up the browser. Tap the three horizontal lines at the top right of the browser window and choose Settings, and under Content choose Plugins. We recommend selecting the Enabled rather than 'Tap to play' option for a seamless Flash experience.
  • Step 5. At this point, you can interact with Flash content on any website within the Firefox browser on your tablet. You may find, however, that some websites will recognise that you're using a mobile browser on a Jelly Bean device, and hide the Flash content from view. And with ITV Player, for example, we were offered playback in portrait mode only.
Phony is a free Firefox add-on that fools websites into thinking you're using a desktop browser. You can access Firefox's add-ons from its home screen, or choose Add-ons from the top-right menu and tap the shopping basket icon. Having installed Phony, tap the top-right menu icon and choose Phony, then select Desktop Firefox as your User Agent and tap Ok.

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