At the end of this year, Adobe Flash Player will formally fall out of service. We’ve known about the end of Flash Player support for some time, but earlier this week, Adobe officially rolled out the last Flash Player patch.
The upgrade is named AIR 32, which seems like a sendoff to the program that was a critical component in the development of web material, animation, audio, and video. Since it arrived in 1996, it has stayed afloat, but its ongoing decline in users has contributed to Adobe’s decision to end the app.
Adobe will no fully allow Flash Player after December 31st, 2020. Flash content will be blocked from playing on Adobe’s Flash Player beginning on 12 January 2021. Flash Player would be totally out of service shortly, aside from inside Mainland China.
Adobe shared appreciation for those who helped Flash Player over the years in its latest release notes:
Today marks the final scheduled release of Flash Player for all regions outside of Mainland China. We want to take a moment to thank all of our customers and developers who have used and created amazing Flash Player content over the last two decades. We are proud that Flash had a crucial role in evolving web content across animation, interactivity, audio, and video. We are excited to help lead the next era of digital experiences.
An older technology, Flash Player is less stable than alternatives like HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly. It’s enjoyed a long run and helped form the internet, but after ages of being a central part of the web, it’s going off into the sunset.
An Adobe blog entry from earlier this year discusses several solutions open to companies currently in need of help, including partnering with HARMAN to move to alternative technology.
Meanwhile, when the organization stated that it would end its Flash Player support beginning on January 1, 2021, although Flash content will be disabled by January 12, 2021 in Flash Player, Adobe strongly advises that Flash Player be uninstalled to better secure its networks.
How to Disable Flash on Windows, Mac, Debian, Chrome
Since Flash will be disabled shortly, it is best to uninstall it as early as possible. For Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chrome, here’s how to disable Flash.
How to uninstall Flash on Windows
Three Flash player plug-ins are officially eligible for Windows: the NPAPI plug-in for Firefox, the ActiveX plug-in for Internet Explorer and the PPAPI plug-in for Chromium and Opera. To disable Flash, go to the Control Panel and open a list of programs you have mounted. Look for some plug-ins for Flash and delete anything that starts with “Adobe Flash Player.”
How to Disable Flash on Mac OS X from Windows
For Mac OS X, there are two Flash plug-ins: the PPAPI plug-in for Chrome and Opera, and the NPAPI plug-in for Firefox and Safari. Go to the Adobe website to remove these plug-ins and download the Plug-in Uninstaller. Run the uninstaller and this will delete the Flash program.
How to Uninstall Flash in Windows on Linux
Uninstalling Flash for Linux relies on how the device is installed. You will disable it for anyone using Linux Mint, Debiann, or Ubuntu by executing the following commands.
Concerning NPAPI or Firefox:
Sudo apt-get flashplugin delete-installer
With regards to PPAPI or Chromium:
Updating sudo-pepperflashplugin-nonfree —uninstall
On Chrome’s Flash Player
Chrome’s packaged plug-ins include Flash Player. This plug-in can be disabled in Chrome setups. Type in “chrome:/plugins/” in Chrome’s position bar and click Enter. Click on ‘Disable’ under the Adobe Flash Player plug-in.