What happens when I uninstall Adboe Flash Player?
This morning I got a window that stated support for Adobe Flash Player (FP) was ending DEC 2020. It asked me to either delay or uninstall, I chose to delay. After researching, it appears FP is going away. What happens when I uninstall FP? Do websites stop working? Is there a compatible replacement? I'm unable to find a definitive answer. In several web articles about the subject there is just a general, yep it's ending but nothing moving forward.
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Some websites may still be using flash. So only those sites will have issues. Leaving flash installed should not be a problem for now.
I'm not developing a webpages. I'm concerned about sites like YouTube that use flash player. For a while FP was an absolute necessity. Install your browser then install FP if you wanted to open any webpage. Right now I have only one site that complains about FP, http://EVTV.ME/
Coincidentally, I got that message yesterday (screenshot attached).
There really is no way to run Flash content (.swf files) without Flash. But the good news is that sites have been transitioning away from Flash for a long time -- probably since the day Steve Jobs decreed it would never be allowed on iPhones.
To get a sense of the impact of this change on you, consider your routine browsing experience. You can tell a site uses Flash because a notification icon appears next to the lock icon in the address bar and the Flash content will not run until you click that icon and grant site-specific permission. Looks like this:<center></center>
If that doesn't sound familiar, the sites you visit are not using Flash, or you have been ignoring the Flash content on those sites. In those cases, you won't be missing anything by not having Flash.
If you do use content that runs on Flash -- for example, some online games -- you will lose access to that content unless/until the site updates it (hopefully they will soon).
Randy C. said
I'm concerned about sites like YouTube that use flash player. For a while FP was an absolute necessity. Install your browser then install FP if you wanted to open any webpage.
Youtube has been one of the early adopters to using HTML5 for video and audio and has not made use of the Flash Player Plugin as a fallback for a few plus years now.
In the last three years many websites have transitioned to using HTML5 for video, audio and even games which also makes the sites more cross platform compared to the more limited device support of Flash Plugin. No Flash Plugin for iOS and Flash for Android has not been updated for several years now for example.