Uninstall Flash Player Mac

You can Uninstall Flash Player on Mac OS X by following the simple steps in this up-to-date guide for uninstalling Flash Player Mac.

Flash is known to cause numerous issues, it is a battery drain, slows down your Mac, uses lots of memory, and eats up lots of CPU time.

If you’re fed up of it, you can completely remove it using the below guide.

Uninstall Flash Player Mac Guide

Remove Adobe Flash Player on Mac OS X 10.6 and later

Download the Adobe Flash Player uninstaller:
Mac OS X, version 10.6 and later: 
uninstall_flash_player_osx.dmg (Adobe hosted file)

Remove Adobe Flash Player on Mac OS X 10.5 and earlier

Mac OS X, version 10.4 and 10.5: uninstall_flash_player_osx.dmg (Adobe hosted file)

Open the downloaded .dmg file, and open the Uninstaller app. You will see this screen:

Uninstall Flash Mac

Click Uninstall. Make sure all your browsers are closed. Quit your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari).

On completion, you can quit the Uninstaller.

After the uninstall, also carry out these steps:

Remove these folders manually:

~/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash\ Player
~/Library/Caches/Adobe/Flash\ Player

These folders are both within your Home folder ~ you can access directly or use Go To Folder by pressing Command+Shift+G.

It is also recommended that you reboot your Mac after the uninstall to clear any remaining caches and fully complete the removal.

Why You Should Uninstall Flash from your Mac

2015 is the year you should be removing Flash from your Mac. It’s now disabled by default in Firefox, one of the most popular web browsers. This is mainly because of security concerns. Adobe is quite slow to release security fixes, making Flash one of the biggest security holes on a lot of computers.

Since Flash is still very popular and used on a lot of websites, it is a hard decision to completely remove it. But here’s why you should:

  • Flash uses a ton of CPU and memory resources, taking this away from your other apps.
  • Ever noticed how your Mac runs extra hot when running Flash content? That’s because it’s very CPU/GPU intensive when compared to HTML5 video.
  • Removing Flash will improve the security of your Mac.
  • Many sites now use HTML5 video instead of Flash, so they don’t even use Flash at all.
  • Some large sites and large companies are starting to abandon Flash in 2015. Amazon is moving away from Flash for their advertising.