Recently (late November), Adobe finally got around to releasing an update to Flash Player for OS X that comes with the long-awaited hardware-based rendering of H.264-encoded videos. However, for those of us that use Chrome, there is no way to updated to the latest 10.2 beta of Flash; Chrome uses its own copy of Flash that comes built-in and cannot be externally updated. These steps below will guide you through the process of using Flash Player 10.2 with Google Chrome on OS X:
- Step 1: Download and install Flash Player 10.2
- Step 2: Delete Chrome’s Existing Plugin
Shut down Chrome (which means, save a copy of this guide to the disk, first!), and open Finder. Browse to the Google Chrome application in the Applications folder, right-click it, and choose “Show Package Contents” Proceed to browse to
and then open the latest version number available. Continue to
Google Chrome Framework.framework/Internet Plug-Ins/
and delete “Flash Player Plugin for Chrome.plugin”
- Step 3: Install the Latest Flash Player Plugin
Open a new Finder window and browse to
then copy and paste “Flash Player.plugin” and “flashplayer.xpt” to the Desktop. On the desktop, rename “Flash Player.plugin” to “Flash Player Plugin for Chrome.plugin” and then move both of these files to the first Finder window you opened, which should still be at the “Internet Plug-Ins” subfolder of the Google Chrome package.
Turn on Chrome, and verify that everything works! Browse to chrome://plugins and verify that you see this there:
And that’s all there is to it!