How To Selectively Enable Flash For Websites In Chrome

Flash is finally going to die in 2020. That is a good 2.5 years away and already, people are asking that Adobe make it open source. Flash seems to already have lived longer than it should have given we have HTML5 now. There are still many websites that use Flash. If Adobe decides to open source it, it might stay around a lot longer. Things being what they are now, you probably still encounter websites that use Flash. If you don’t have an alternative to those websites then you’re stuck using Flash whether you like it or not. The good news is, you can selectively enable Flash for websites in Chrome but keep it disabled for all others.

By default, Flash is disabled in Chrome. Depending on your needs, you can enable it but block it from running on certain sites. Likewise, you can leave it disabled and selectively enable Flash for websites in Chrome.

Selectively Enable Flash For Websites

Open Chrome and enter the following in the URL bar.


If Flash is disabled, as it should be, you will see a ‘Block sites from running Flash’ switch in the Off state. Leave it untouched. If you turn it on, you will enable Flash for all websites in Chrome.

Look for the ‘Allow’ section, and click Add. Enter the URL for the website you want to enable Flash for, and click Add again. If you already have the website open, refresh it and the Flash content will load.

Selectively Block Flash For Websites

If you prefer to enable Flash indiscriminately but block it for particular websites, you can do that as well. Visit the same settings page, and flip the ‘Block sites from running Flash’ switch. This will enable Flash for all website you visit in Chrome.

Next, look for the Block section and click ‘Add’. Enter  the URL for the website you want to block Flash on, and click ‘Add’ again. Flash will run on any and all websites you visit except for the ones you’ve blacklisted.

The death of Flash was imminent, especially with tablets. One of the biggest problems with Flash, especially when mobile devices began to gain popularity, was that it took a toll on the battery. It is resource hungry and people shouldn’t push to keep it around, open source or not. Websites likewise need to stop using it. It isn’t as though they don’t have anything better to use; HTML5 is an excellent replacement. More and more browsers are growing averse to Flash and almost all modern browsers including Microsoft Edge let you turn off Flash.

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About Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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