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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 videos. 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. And after Adobe dumped Flash for Mobile, it's safe to say we won't ever see Flash support on the iPad.

Luckily, there are a few alternative web browsers for the iPad that support Flash.

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.

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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