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How to Play Flash on the iPad

A List of Flash-Enabled Web Browsers for the iPad


One of the many quirks about the iPad is its inability to play Flash, which include both streaming video and playing games made with Flash. In a white paper on the subject, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs wrote that Flash wasn't supported because it lacked full support for touch screens, it created security and performance issues, it ate into battery life and it created an extra layer between the developer and the operating system.  Now that Adobe has dumped Flash for Mobile, it's safe to say we won't ever see official Flash support on the iPad, but that doesn't mean you can't get Flash to work.  We'll look at a few ways to play Flash on the iPad.

One common feature of these Flash-enabled web browsers is the way they stream content from a server.  This allows them to interpret the Flash on this server and stream it to the app as video, which can sometimes make interacting with Flash games or apps a little more difficult.  

Photon Browser

Photon Browser

The Photon Browser is easily the best solution for playing Flash videos and games on the iPad. Photon is a full-fledged browser with all of the added features one would expect in a web browser, including tabbed web pages, full screen browsing, private browsing, anonymous browsing, bookmarks and the ability to print.

The Photon Browser also optimizes certain features for Flash, such as the ability to split the screen for Flash video playback and an easy rotation lock for playing Flash games.

How to Use the Photon Browser to View Flash

Skyfire Browser


Skyfire has long been one of the top mobile web browsers. In addition to watching Flash videos, the browser integrates many different social media features. Unfortunately, Skyfire does not support playing Flash games. It also does not provide a way to turn off the social media features, which can become quite annoying for those that don't spend a lot of time on Twitter or Facebook.

iSwifter Browser

iSwifter Browser

While Skyfire's Flash integration is aimed at watching Flash videos, iSwifter is aimed squarely at playing Flash games. The browser supports a large number of Flash-based games, including many popular Facebook games. It also comes with a 7-day free trial, so you can try it out and see how well it works with your favorite games.

One drawback to iSwifter is the requirement to use a Wi-Fi connection.

Cloud Browse

Cloud Browse

While Cloud Browse supports Flash content, it is not recommended as an iPad Flash browser alternative.

Cloud Browse uses a remote Firefox browser to enable Flash support on your iPad, it is a paid app that is more of a demo than a true app and requires a very expensive subscription to use it in unlimited mode.

Simply put: Pass on Cloud Browse and choose one of the other browsers listed.

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