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Posted on Nov 15, 2012 1:55:25 PM PST
C. Hehir says:
Hi everyone, I am trying to watch tv shows on my kindle fire and have enabled the flash, done the hard reset as well as turned the flash in and off, nothing is working-any other suggestions before I call customer support? Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 2:04:00 PM PST
C. Hehir - You say you have flash enabled, is it a 1st gen Kindle Fire? I would suggest installing a different browser and update Flash and see if that helps.

Do the following on the Fire itself:

Settings > More > Device > Allow Installation of Applications from Unknown Sources.

Install ES File Explorer: ES File Explorer

Download and install the Dolphin HD and Flash Player apk files from this link:

Once both files are downloaded to your Fire, open ES File Explorer and look in the "Downloads" folder. You should see both files there. Install Dolphin HD *first* by tapping on the icon. Then Install Flash.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 3:02:14 PM PST
C. Hehir says:
Ok, did all that and when I go to open the flash player file it says

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 3:05:21 PM PST
C. Hehir says:
Sorry, it says Parse error there was an error parsing the package..

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 10:18:43 AM PST
Since Adobe Flash is not going to be allowed on mobile devices, is there going to be another way to view the flash videos etc on mobile devices? It seems that everywhere I go on the Internet I get the message that I need adobe flash! Very Frustrated!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 10:37:46 AM PST
Beverly - Websites will need to make the transition from Flash video to HTML5. Until they do the only work around to enable Flash is to follow the steps I gave in my post above. I was able to get Flash up and running in 10 minutes using this method.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 10:39:48 AM PST
C. Hehir - Did you install Dolphin HD first? Are you trying to open the Flash APK file on your computer? If you are getting this message on your Fire. Try deleting and re-downloading it. Also, did you update your device settings (on the Fire) to allow installation of applications from unknown sources?

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 11:18:35 AM PST
Okay, apparently ES File Explorer is no longer in the Amazon Appstore. You can download it from here:

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 11:36:12 AM PST
CyMac says:
Thanks so much for your step-by-step directions, I was able to install the dolphin browser in a matter of minutes. However, I'm still having problems accessing the site I think I needed it for, hoping you can help me further.
Up until last week, I was able to go to and listen to whatever radio show was broadcasting. Today, I kept getting the message you need Adode Flash. Found this thread and installed Dolphin, the instructions were great. But, I'm still unable to listen to the programming. It will load the page, the playbox will remain blank for a few seconds, and then I get booted back to the Fire Carousel (1st gen Fire, btw.) I've tried doing a hard reset, thinking maybe the installation needed to 'gel'. Same reaction: load, then boot. Am I doing something wrong?
Thanks again for your time and help. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 11:37:44 AM PST
Did you install Flash as well? Or Just Dolphin HD? You will need to install Flash as well, and then try accessing the website using Dolphin HD as your web browser.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 11:44:52 AM PST
CyMac says:
Yes, I followed your instructions step by step. I already had File Explorer, so after downloading the two files from dropbox, I found the dolphin icon first in downloads, and then the file that said install flash. I'm pretty sure they're installed, because I access Espn through the dolphin icon, and I'm no longer getting the message you need Adobe Flash. It's just that once I'm there, it won't play.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 6:39:05 AM PST
my kindle fire hd doesnt have flash option under settings.....? where do i get it?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 6:40:02 AM PST
my kindle fire hd doesnt have the flash option under settings. how do i get it?

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 3:52:22 PM PST
Amazon can not upgrade flash high enough for most site. Its an inferior product that no one should buy because Amazon does not care enough to pay for its upgrades. This will be my last amazon product. I will be only buying Apple products and using itunes from now on. I suggest you follow my lead if you want a company that actually cares about their User's experiences. Extreemly disappointed and frustrated.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 4:22:47 PM PST
@Chelsey: My post was done back in April, and it was accurate for the Fire Gen 1, not to the latest models. The Fire HD does not have Flash. Read the instructions on how to get it in the 2nd post from the top of this page.

Please check the date of the post before responding to it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 4:26:05 PM PST
@Michael: A couple of things:

1. Apple does not support Flash at all, so buying an iDevice won't help you get Flash - ever.

2. Adobe withdrew support for Flash on mobile devices in August 2012 - it has nothing to do with Amazon. The 2nd post from the top of this page tells you very clearly how to install Flash on your Fire HD.

3. **No** mobile devices can have Flash pre-installed on them now.

Pleas check your facts before posting. Did you read the earlier posts about Flash on the Fire HD before posting?

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 4:51:28 PM PST
@John fact or no facts apple and microsoft products WORK with those sites. Second FACT Amazon customer help told me that there is nothing being done to upgrade the system to work with these site. Esentially they agreed with me. THIRD FACT a kindle is an inferior product to apple and mictosoft products. And I did read the earlier posts... called customer serves who could not help me because this product kind of sucks
. FORTH fact I will never buy an Amazon product again.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 12:32:59 AM PST
epb says:
@Micheal: surely you're joking about point one? I've had an Apple iPad since launch and there's not a day that goes by on any iPad forums without some newbie posting in the same outraged snit as you about Apple's iOS not supporting Adobe Flash, and they haven't done so from the very beginning. The MS Surface might, as that's basically running full-on Windows, but currently there are no mobile OSs that officially support Flash Player. Apple refused to, and now Android has been abandoned by Adobe.

I get that you have, as PG Wodehouse would say, stubbed your toe on the brick of fate, but that's no excuse for spreading misinformation.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 12:45:21 AM PST
Old Rocker says:
The full Surface with Flash support will start at $899. Its a slate, rather than a tablet, per se.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 4:41:37 AM PST
I have just read the above- twice and still do not have a clue what it means! I have been told several times by Apple that Flash technology is antiquated and is being replaced...But every time I go to a site that little box flashes stating I mush have adobe flash to view whatever I am looking for! What is supposedly taking the place of Flash and when will it avaliable? It Seems fishy that sooo many sites are still using Flash if it is outdated technology if there is nothing in place to take its place. I am needing to purchase a new device as my iPad 1 battery is dead and Apple can't fix it they just rebuild a new version 1 for the Fee of $200! Why would I purchase OLD technology for $200 when I can get much better technology for under that price? I would be happy to get a $200 discount on a new product as that makes sense! What happens with the Fire's 8" device when the battery runs out?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 10:40:24 AM PST
epb says:
As I vaguely understand it, HTML5 is the next revision of the web's Hypertext Markup Language, which will reportedly incorporate video delivery standards and make Adobe Flashplayer obsolete. However, Apple is being disingenuous. Even if it were adopted TODAY, it would be years before it trickled its way across the whole internet, since there's nothing forcing everyone to update. After all, they've been saying this since iOS launched, and it's in its SIXTH version now. Not including it in iOS because it will eventually be replaced is like selling a car with no tires because you've heard they'll all levitate in the future. By the time Flash sites are eliminated, the devices Apple didn't include it on won't be in use anymore anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012 6:59:15 AM PST
Carole says:
Enable Flash is not a menu item in my settings . Any suggestions?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012 7:03:40 AM PST
If you have a 2nd Gen Fire, Laura Dean has instructions on page 3 of this thread.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 7:17:41 AM PST
jsh1120 says:
In these never ending threads about Flash, perhaps it's worth making inserting some facts (once again.)

Adobe ceased supporting Flash for MOBILE devices in August 2012. No tablet (with the qualified exception of the Microsoft Surface which runs a DESKTOP operating system) supports Flash if the device was sold after that time. This is not an Amazon decision. It is an Adobe decision. Amazon has no option to include Flash support in its browser. The first generation Kindle Fire includes an option for Flash in the Silk web browser because it was on sale PRIOR to August 2012.

Apple ceased supporting Flash in iOS (their MOBILE device operating system) long before Adobe gave up on it.

Some websites provide alternate versions of their websites that utilize HTML5 in place of Flash to display video content. These sites are usually designated as "m." prefixes such as,, etc. Pointing the Silk browser (or alternate browsers) at those "mobile" sites allows video content to be played. Some dedicated apps (e.g. TubeMate, CNN, etc.) automatically point their builtin browsers at the mobile sites.

If you must have access to a non-mobile site, follow the directions Laura Dean has provided earlier in the thread to sideload the (now out of date) version of the Dolphin Browser HD (8.5.1) and the accompanying Flash Player.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 7:12:56 PM PST
K. Coynor says:
flash isn't an option in my web settings menu, is there anywhere else to look?
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