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Adobe Flash Player’s Time is Coming to an End

Get Adobe Flash PlayerAfter a long reign as the king of interactive media for the web, Adobe Flash Player – usurped in recent years by open standards such as HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly – is coming to an end. After over a billion downloads, on December 31, 2020, the once standard for adding rich web content will step down from its throne for good.

Adobe announced in July 2017 that they would stop distributing and updating Flash Player after December 31, 2020 (“EOL Date”). This means Adobe will no longer issue Flash Player updates or important security patches after that date. We recommend that all users uninstall Flash Player before that time to protect their devices. Users will be automatically prompted by Adobe to uninstall Flash Player on their computers later this year and Flash-based content will be blocked from running in Adobe Flash Player after the EOL Date.

How to Uninstall Adobe Flash Player

If you don’t want to wait until December to remove the Flash Player from your computer, you can manually uninstall it at any time.

Uninstalling Flash Player

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  1. Download the uninstaller for Flash Player.
  2. Exit all browsers and other programs that use Flash.
  3. Run the uninstaller.
  4. Restart your computer and verify that uninstallation is complete by visiting the check the status of Flash Player page at

Please see the manual uninstall instructions for Windows and Mac users if you have any questions or contact the IT Help Desk.

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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist & Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT). For over 25 years, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through multiple roles with the Digital Commons, SMU STAR Program, and now OIT. Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family in his free time.