How To Play Flash Videos On Your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

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Playing Flash on iOSWhile every day more and more websites support other technologies besides Flash (like HTML 5 for example), many still rely on Flash exclusively, especially for movies. Naturally, if you own an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and you are used to watching Flash movies online, you surely have noticed the lack of Flash support on iOS devices and are probably looking for ways to implement it on your own.

That is why here we’ll show you one simple, yet effective way to watch Flash videos for free on your iOS devices. Even better, you won’t even need to jailbreak your iPhone to do it.

Play Flash Videos on Your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

To view Flash videos on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, go to the App Store and download the Puffin Web Browser Free application.

Puffin Web Browser Free App Store

As its name clearly says, this is an alternative web browser whose main feature is the ability to display Flash videos. It doesn’t display it natively on the device, but that doesn’t affect its performance at all. In fact, what Puffin Web Browser Free does is to play Flash remotely on the company’s servers and stream it to your iOS device. In their own words:

“The Puffin Browser encapsulates remote Flash technology to enlighten the mobile users to watch Flash videos, play Flash games, and tap into an endless sea of Flash content; all by running Flash on our servers.”

The approach is not only smart (making it completely legal for them to be in the App Store,) it is also consumer friendly, since it will not drain your iPhone’s or iPad’s battery nearly as much as playing native Flash video would.

Testing Puffin Web Browser

To put the app to the test, I used both Safari and Puffin Web Browser Free to load Watch32, a website where you can watch movies and TV series for free and that displays them all using Flash.

Watch 32 website  TV Series Chosen

On Safari, I tapped on a TV series to see if it would play. As you can see from the screenshot below, it wouldn’t even show where the series is supposed to be playing.

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Safari Not Playing Flash

Then I did the same on Puffin Web Browser Free. To my surprise, not only did it recognize the content as Flash, but it started playing the series almost immediately. It suffered from a bit of slowdown during the first few seconds, but it quickly started running smoothly.

Puffin Showing Flash  Puffin Playing Flash

As you see, the Puffin Web Browser Free app not only allows you to play Flash videos on your iPhone or other iOS device, it also gives you some nice additional options, like the choice of watching Flash video in full screen or watch it play right on the page as you can see below.

Puffin Playing On Screen

Puffin Full Screen

Now, one last thing to note before we conclude: While Puffin Web Browser Free comes at no cost, it limits its Flash support to 2 weeks. If you really watch a lot of Flash movies, then the $2.99 for the Pro version of the application (which is universal by the way) will be a small and completely worthy investment.

If you would like to keep the app’s Flash support for free though (who wouldn’t you?), Puffin’s developers have come up with a quite original system: You are given free referral codes that you can share with up to 12 friends for them to download Puffin Web Browser Free. Once they do, you will have four extra weeks of free Flash support for each of them.

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Do you know of other ways to play Flash videos smoothly on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch? Share them in the comments below and keep checking this post. We’ll be updating it as better alternatives become available.

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  • IreneLinda

    Hi and thanks for the article! Would this app work to demo an online learning product that has some Flash components but is not 100% Flash? We currently demo on our laptop, but would love to be able to use our iPhones to avoid setup delays.

  • IrishDude

    It says infinite trial time now on the free version and the full version cant be found.

    • http://www.guidingtech.com/ Alvaro Bernedo

      The developer might have changed the app, you can try shooting him an email to see what’s going on. Hope that helps.

  • Patrick

    You just copied everything from famous video on youtube and paste it with your name. You even used the same web site with almsot same description from the guy from video who uploaded before you.

    Guys watch the video and judge.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB9Xr7y-9Qc

    • Charles Agius

      you noticed that too lol

  • http://twitter.com/GlowingOrganics Loretta Mitchell

    Been trying to do my online course via iphone for a long time with no joy. Puffin works perfect. Keep up the good work and thanks.

  • Aimdoll

    I created a site for my portfolio as a student that is completely scripted with ActionScript. The site features animated graphics, links and and embedded Flash video. The site worked seamlessly on my iPhone 4s. This is my first experience with the Puffin browser app or with trying to view Flash content on my Apple device. I must say I was impressed. Hats off to the creative team that developed the Puffin App!! I love creating with Flash/ActionScript and covet the opportunity to continue to create with it. Thanks Puffin developers ;-)

  • Kike

    This works great! But when I connect my iPhone to my tv I g get NO image only sound

  • Lysh

    Does this browser work for running games that require Flash such as those on Facebook? Thanks

    • Emma Kirk

      It does work on FarmVille and Deal or No Deal

  • Donald Blood

    How to play it anywhere else: press the play button! :D

  • Al

    Thanks, this works for me!

  • Larry

    Works for a few downloads then the free trial ends and you have to pay

  • xxx

    it is bullshit browser,nothing else

  • Sijo

    There are lost of apps are giving flash player capability to iOS. None of them 100% compatible. This list shows diffrent flash player and their compatibiity to the flash content like flash game, flash movie etc.

    http://mashtips.com/flash-player-ios/

  • GOku

    I THANK YOU FOR USING DRAGON BALL Z AS AN EXAMPLE I LOVE YOU

  • Bob Jones

    For youtube videos with flash, I use a site called swigview and click mobile friendly

  • orbweavez

    sorry, but this info doesn’t help me. i’m from australia and can’t watch tv shows from the channel 7 website. i’ve tried all the browser apps and even the paid ones. i’m wondering if these apps only work for americans. i have to use my windows pc to watch my tv shows