How to Watch Flash Videos on Your iPad

by Ross McKillop on December 23, 2010

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This tutorial will show you how to view Adobe Flash content on your iPad.

Using Skyfire Web Browser for iPad (iTunes link), you can finally watch Flash vidoes on your iPad. Follow the brief instructions outlined below and you’ll be watching all your favorite videos in no time.

Note: Skyfire Web Browser for iPad is not free – it currently costs $4.99 USD.

  1. Once you’ve downloaded and installed Skyfire, launch it from your iPad Dashboard.
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  3. Initially you’ll be presented with an ‘introduction’ screen. Tap continue > in the bottom right corner.

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  5. Now the http://my.skyfire.com home page will launch. This is the default home page for Skyfire, but can be changed in the Preferences.

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  7. Now locate a web page with a Flash video you wish to watch. When you see the dreaded Get ADOBE FLASH PLAYER button on the page…

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  9. … tap the video button in the very bottom left corner of Skyfire.
  10. You’ll be prompted with a message saying that the video was found, and then give you a rough time as to how long it will take for the video to be ready (generally, very quick – but it can depend on the size of the video and the speed of your Internet connection).
  11. Tap the ‘Play’ button when you’re ready to watch the video.
  12. A new window will appear and the video will start playing. You can tap the ‘enlarge’ button…

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  14. … to make the video size larger.

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  16. One thing to note. Skyfire does not allow you to view all Flash content on the web. In the example screenshot below, a page that is predominately Flash does not render (display) correctly. When you click the video button…

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  18. … nothing changes. Skyfire is terrific for allowing you to watch Flash videos on the web, but not always very helpful when you want to view a web page made entirely (or mostly) in Flash.

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