Last Updated: August 23rd, 2012

Update: Google has removed Modaco's app from the Play Store. Boo, hiss.

So Adobe's Flash for Android has gone the way of the dodo, and it can no longer be  downloaded from Google Play. Many users have already made sure to keep a backup of the APK handy for the odd occasion when a video is still only available in Flash form (I'm looking at you, Zero Punctuation). But what id you lose your device, or accidentally wipe your SD card, or forget how Dropbox works? Thankfully ROM developer and modder extraordinaire Paul "Modaco" O'Brien has made a work-around and posted it to the Play Store.

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Flash Downloader is ridiculously simple: once installed, it adds a shortcut to your app launcher. Tap the shortcut, and it downloads the latest (i.e. last) Flash Player APK from Adobe's servers. Install the app via the standard non-Market method, and you're good to go. Of course there's no official support anymore, and as Android progresses Flash Player will probably get less and less stable - it's already incompatible with Chrome. Also, there's nothing stopping Adobe from deleting the file from their server. At which point you'll just have to search for the APK manually.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Havoc70

    Made a backup of the apk and until every web uses HTML5 i will hold my copy.

    • onpoint G

      2nd that

  • bedwa

    Two words: Titanium Backup. It's been my friend for ages......

  • RedPandaAlex

    Isn't this against the Play Store rules? Or is it okay because it only downloads the APK and doesn't actually install it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

      The app goes through the normal installation process. It runs the apk, it does not silently install crapware behind your back without knowing. As long as the app has your consent to install an app (that's all there is here) it's not against the rules. And it's not illegal either because the apk comes straight from the Adobe servers, which probably won't last long.

  • Eye4Detail

    Considering the fact that even tech news sites haven't moved away from Flash for video (I'm looking at you, Cnet TV) I'll be hanging on to Flash for as long as possible. Not to mention how many television station's sites still use it. I rather enjoy watching full episodes of my favorite shows on my Infinity.

    Thanks, MoDaCo, for helping people keep a still useful utility on hand.

    • Chris

      I can view Cnet Tv just fine on my iPad.

      • Eye4Detail

        I'm assuming you mean the app because whenever I go to the site (http://cnettv.cnet.com/) in Chrome on my Infinity, it tells me I need to install Flash Player. If I jump over to the stock Android browser (that supports Flash) it comes up fine and plays the videos.

        I'm not really looking to replace half of the web with native apps. I just want to go to the sites I go to and get the content I want, thus I'm keeping Flash until I don't need it anymore.

        • Chris

          I said iPad and the iPad does not have flash. and what about flash based sites that requre a mouse to navgate around?

          • Eye4Detail

            I know you said iPad, which is why I was assuming you were using the cnet tv app, because when I go to cnettv.cnet.com in a browser that doesn't support Flash (Chrome for Android) it tells me I need Flash, whereas when I use a browser that does support Flash, it plays fine.

            As far as sites that require a mouse to navigate, what about them?

          • Chris

            well many flash sites requre that and if you have an all touch device how would you?

          • Eye4Detail

            It seems as though you've misunderstood my initial statement. I am not saying that Flash is some superior technology that the world can't live without. I'm saying that until I can view everything on the web without it, I'm not giving up my Flash Player. Adobe hasn't stopped supporting it on traditional PCs, so it's obviously nowhere near gone. Why should I give up a utility that is currently being used to bring me the content I want?

            I am more than happy to have html 5 AND Flash on my tablet. I don't see why I should have to choose. It's not even a topic that anyone but web developers should bother arguing about. They're the ones who have to provide us with the content.

            I will answer your question though. My Infinity has a touchpad built into the keyboard dock and also supports a mouse. I play Flash games on Kongregate.com once in a while to kill time. I bought my tablet based on its lack of limitations so that I don't have to make as many compromises, because I know that the internet was built around a keyboard and mouse. I don't want to wait for the web to catch up to my tablet, I want my tablet to bring me the web in all its glory. Flash, html 5, whatever. You name it, I want it.

  • Palmer Nyako

    the jelly bean app drawer looks nice.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      That's just Nova Launcher. I added a little transparency in the settings.

      • Palmer Nyako

        oh lol.
        it looks really nice.

  • Dinofan01

    Where can I get a hold of that wallpaper?

  • D2

    can I have your wallpaper

  • http://www.facebook.com/pjm.sousa Paulo Sousa

    MoDaCo's Flash Downloader gets an unsupported version of the Flash Player and won't work at all. Keep that in mind. =)

  • http://twitter.com/matthewfabb matthewfabb

    Or any user could just download it from Adobe themselves and side load it:
    It's not through the Goolge Play store, but Adobe always has kept older versions of Flash Player available for testing purposes. I doubt they are going to remove it any time in the future even if perhaps they don't want people downloading it from the Goolge Play store anymore.

  • Sorian

    App appears to have been pulled from play store.