The writing has been on the wall for a long time. Although Flash played a crucial role in the early days of the Internet — it used to be, for example, the standard way YouTube played its videos — it has become obsolete. Open web standards like HTML5 made it possible to embed content directly onto webpages.
That marked the beginning of the end. A year later, Adobe said it would no longer develop the software on mobile devices.
- Download an uninstaller application for Flash Player. (There is a different one for each operating system; and if you’re on Mac, pay attention to which OS version you’re using.)
- Run the uninstaller. (On Windows, you’ll first need to close out all browsers and programs that use Flash. On iOS, you’ll do that as part of the process.)
- Then, you can verify that the uninstallation was successful by restarting your computer and then checking the status of Flash Player on your computer from the Adobe website.
So long, Flash Player.