Ask Guru: How to View Videos Without Flash


When you are surfing online, the majority of websites on the internet these days makes use of HTML video players which work through your web browser. However, some websites force you to install Flash in order to watch something.force you to install Flash in order to watch something.

However, there are ways to work around this problem. To be able to always get the HTML5 video option, you may have to make the web servers believe that you are using an iPad or an Android tablet. In this guide, we will tell you how to do just that.

How to impersonate an iPad or Android tablet

How to view videos without Flash

It is a good idea to have specific browser extensions installed, such as Chrome or Firefox User Agent Switcher, which would make things easier and faster for you. They will show you a list of regularly visited pages and will automatically switch to the specific player you have assigned for that web page.

Safari offers you another option: you can install a shortcut on your keyboard if you want to change players for specific pages. In the System Preferences menu, pick Keyboard, and then Shortcuts. Add a new shortcut and select the Safari application you want to use and enter the exact wording and title of the menu option you need.

This method does not always work properly; it really depends on the browser you are using at the time. Chrome and Safari may work better than Firefox because their mobile browsers are similar to iOS and Android, so if things don’t work out how you expected after making the necessary changes in your Firefox browser, try it again in Chrome.

Using dedicated apps


There are also pages that will not allow you to watch videos in a web browser and ask you to install a mobile app. This could also be a viable option.

For example, if you are using Windows 10, 8.1, or 8 and want to watch Hulu without Flash, you can download the Hulu app from the Windows Store, and it will work perfectly. These tricks do not always work, but they do most of the time, so it is worth it to try them out.

Flash games are another story though, they simply will not work and are extremely difficult to port into HMTL5 websites.

As you can see, there are ways to avoid Flash and still get the content you were looking for. The process is fairly simple, and can be done by anyone who truly wishes to access a particular page or a video. And with more and more websites leaving Flash for good, you will probably stop worrying about this particular problem soon.

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