Google Chrome Not Allowing Flash Player by Default

After updating Google Chrome to version 62, you’ll see that by default Flash player is not allowed on websites. Instead, you’ll see the Allow or Block (if “Ask first” setting is turned on) choice for each site you visit. If the Ask first setting is off, Flash support gets disabled and you’ll see the message Adobe Flash Player is blocked on websites running Flash.

Since Adobe has announced to end-of-life for Flash by the year 2020, all web browsers will remove Flash completely by that time and they have a Flash road-map already prepared. Already websites are migrating to HTML5 but still a small percentage of sites use Flash.

In Chrome 62 and higher, you can either disable Flash completely or allow it on a per-website basis. There is no longer the setting which enables Flash for all sites by default. Use these steps to allow Flash per website:

Open Google Chrome and visit chrome://settings/content/flash

Enable “Ask first (recommended)”.

chrome flash allow or block flash settings

As you see in the above screenshot, you can add sites to the Allow or Block lists in Flash settings. In the later versions of Chrome, the ADD button is removed, too. Also, note that in Chrome 69 and higher, your Flash settings will be kept until you quit Chrome. You’ll need to allow Flash on each session.

Go to the website that runs Flash.



chrome flash allow or block ask first

Click Allow to add the site to the Allow list or click Block if you want to block this site from playing Flash content.

As a side note, if the website contains Flash plugins with size less than 400px x 300px, they will always be blocked. You need to click “plugin blocked” icon in the top right corner and click “run all plugins this time” in every reload.

Quoting Anthony Laforge, Product Manager, Google Chrome:

Chrome will continue phasing out Flash over the next few years, first by asking for your permission to run Flash in more situations, and eventually disabling it by default. We will remove Flash completely from Chrome toward the end of 2020.

Check out the Google Chrome blog Saying goodbye to Flash in Chrome for more information.


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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

12 thoughts on “Google Chrome Not Allowing Flash Player by Default”

  1. On my last comment, I meant to add that there is no option to “Ask First.” Here’s what I get:

    Your Flash settings will be kept until you quit Chrome.
    Block sites from running Flash

    Block
    No sites added

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  2. THIS IS HORRIBLE!!!!! Chrome should have an option to allow this every time. The person who coded this change should be FIRED!!!!! Total BS who cares if it is EOL by 2020. It is 2018 and this will be a 1 1/2 of this crap. HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE !!!!!!

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  3. I bought a chrome book thinking this was the best way to play on the internet without chance of viruses… I will never buy another one. This is not the first aggravating change they have made and I am sure it won’t be the last

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  4. Thanks a lot Google Chrome. You’ve made it so inconvenience for flash users. I ended up switching to Firefox and Opera. At least once you’re allow flash to run, it remembers the settings.

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  5. sad day indeed when the major players in any industry start arbitrarily deciding what you can and cannot do on your own pc that you have bought with your own money, microsoft and google and this bs controlling mindset is why I will NEVER own or purchase another Micrsoft Windows based product EVER again.

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  6. There isn’t even an option to add a website to allowed websites. Do I have a defective version of Chrome or something? I see everything on the page except for the “add” options.

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  7. No matter how ooften I set the site to allow flash it defaults to block – when I go to settings in Chrome it is set at allow but when I open the site I have to set it and reload

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