December 31, 2020, is the last day that you can use Adobe Flash, from January 1, 2021, Adobe will definitely stop with the animation plug-in. Adobe already announced the retirement in 2017, and this is not very strange. More and more tech giants such as Apple have not used Flash for a while.
After fifteen years, an era comes to an end. Flash was hugely popular for years, but over the years the extension came under increasing fire for security holes and privacy issues.
The Adobe Flash end permanently
After the acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe acquired Flash in 2005. The plug-in was developed as software for creating and playing graphic images and animations. The software has grown into one of the most popular and largest platforms for multimedia playback on websites. Not only were videos played thanks to Flash, but the plug-in also made it possible to play games.
Apple has never been a fan of Flash
Apple phased out Flash a few years ago, the plug-in could never even be used on an iPhone or iPad. When introducing the iPhone, Steve Jobs called the software “no longer needed” to watch videos or other content.
Still, in the early years, it was a big loss for many iPhone users, but the criticism of the software was justified. Especially the instability, crashes, security leaks and the bad influence on the battery life were decisive at the time to keep Flash off the iPhone and iPad.
Since Safari 14, part of macOS Big Sur, the use of Flash in Safari is no longer possible. Previously you could still install the software extension via the Adobe website, but this is now definitely over.
As a consumer, you really don’t have to take any further steps. On January 1, 2021, Adobe will remove Flash Player download pages from its site and Flash-based content will no longer run in Adobe Flash Player after 12/31/2020. Adobe strongly discourages installing old software for flash in a roundabout way.
Alternatives to Flash
Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives to Flash that are already widely used. Open standards such as HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the years and serve as viable alternatives to Flash content. The major browser vendors are also integrating these open standards into their browsers and are removing most other plug-ins (such as Adobe Flash Player).
The end was already announced in 2017, meanwhile, developers, designers, companies and other parties have done their best to migrate existing Flash content to new, open standards if necessary.
However, it may be that some old websites will no longer work properly, especially if you access them via Chrome where you could still use Flash. A good example of this is games based on Flash. These games may no longer be available for use on January 1, 2021.
More information about the end of Flash can be found on the Adobe website.
Remove Adobe Flash
- Remove Flash Player from Mac
- Remove Flash Player from Windows PC
- Remove Flash from Google Chrome
- Disable Flash for Firefox