Saturday, August 08, 2020

Update Adobe Flash on Mac

Thankfully, Adobe is set to retire the Flash Player in 2020 and no new updates will be released after the company ends support for the widely used program.  But until then....

How to update Flash Player on Mac (if it’s already installed)

Instead of downloading anything from a popup, follow these steps to check whether you really need to update Adobe Flash on Mac.

  1. Go to the Apple menu and click System Preferences.

  2. In the bottom left corner, choose Flash Player.

  3. Choose the Updates tab.

  4. Click the Check Now button.

  5. If an update is available, click Yes to update. If no updates are available, you have the latest version of a Flash Player for Mac installed.

Make sure to invest some time and check if you do need to update Flash. Otherwise, downloading a false software package may harm your computer.

How to install Flash on your Mac safely

If Flash is not installed, which is by default on all new Macs, here’s a step-by-step guide to install it safely.

  1. Visit the Adobe Flash Player page.

  2. Click the Download now button.

  3. The installer will download to your computer. If you’re using Safari, the file will go to your Downloads folder. If you’re using another browser, it may ask where to save the file.

  4. Open your Downloads folder and find the .dmg installer file.

  5. Double-click the Install Adobe Flash Player file.

  6. You will be asked if you really want to install Adobe Flash Player. Read the message carefully to make sure that it’s the file you just downloaded. Click Open to proceed.

7. Agree to terms and conditions by clicking a checkbox.

8. Click the Install button.

9. In the window that appears, type your username and password.

10. Click the Install Helper button.

11. Click Allow Adobe to install updates (highly recommended).

Thanks to MacPaw!