Daily Tip: How to watch Flash video on your iPad and iPhone

Daily Tip: How to watch Flash video on your iPad and iPhone

Curious how to watch Flash video on your iPad, iPod touch and iPhone? Sure Apple doesn't and probably won't even support Adobe's Flash plugin but guess what -- there are a couple of apps for that! You won't get Flash games or Flash apps, but thanks to some server-side Flash-to-H.264 transcoding, you can get a lot of the video you want on the device you have. And we'll show you how after the break!

If you desperately want to watch Flash video on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad there are a couple of web browser apps you'll want to check out.


SkyFire is now on version 3.0 and its support for Flash has gotten better with every release. They now boast smoother video playback and because they proxy the content it could save you time and bandwidth (important for those of you with low 3G data caps.) It's not a universal app so you'll have to buy it twice if you want it on both iPhone/iPod touch and the optimized version for iPad, but it also provides other features like social integration and private browsing mode.


iSwifter is iPad only but they claim incredible speed and wide ranging support for Flash content. The download itself is free but you'll be prompted to "buy" the app for $2.99 if you want to support them. Other games are available inside the app for $0.99 in-app purchases as well.

  • iSwifter for iPad - Free with in-app purchase - iTunes link

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Daily Tip: How to watch Flash video on your iPad and iPhone


There's also iMobileCinema if you're jailbroken, which I've had some luck with, but it only works on perhaps a third of videos.

There is another browser in the Appstore called Puffin, that does the exact same thing as skyfire, only it is less expensive and seems to work for more international sites.. Should be added to this How To List

What "popular" sites don't have iPhone friendly videos that these would be necessary? I never seem to not be able to play a video on websites.

One of the biggest complaints about the iPhone and iPod touch since their inception has been their inability to play Flash videos.but now every one can watch vedio on iPhone, iPad & iPodTouch .

Apple doesn’t and probably won’t even support Adobe’s Flash plugin because Apple charges that Flash uses up computing and battery resources too quickly and that it’s unstable, which leads it to cause computer crashes which Apple doesn’t want as a part of the iPhone experience.

I use skyfire. Most things that I need to see, aren't that important if they're not iPhone friendly. Usually if something is in flash, I just move along and forget, but I'll use skyfire if I'm desperate.

I agree with jimi. Just about every site I go to is optimized to play video on all iOS devices. All the sports sites work NHL.com, NBA.com, NFL.com and MLB.com. All the news sites have video. Most of the tech sites etc etc. The only reason why people want flash is to play flash games. which I thought most of the games had an app by now.

Quite an assumption on your part. I have never viewed porn on the internet but I often incounter a
video that I want to view but can't because it requires flash. The latest one was last night on Zillow.

Dear mac fanboy,
Some people live outside the US and need to watch other sites.
I am one of those iPad users frustrated with the inability of iPad to do anything useful not even play a video

Whats the app for the BBC? Don't say iplayer as this is catch up, the flash videos on the web site can't be viewed on an iPad.

Thanks so much for this tip! I'm new to the iPad and have already missed not having Flash. I can't wait to try this!

Puffin is way better than Skyfire. And you purchase one .99 cent app that works for both iPhone and iPad. Unlike Skyfire.

Puffin is way better than Skyfire. And you purchase one .99 cent app that works for both iPhone and iPad. Unlike Skyfire.

Puffin is way better than Skyfire. And you purchase one .99 cent app that works for both iPhone and iPad. Unlike Skyfire.

Puffin is way better than Skyfire. And you purchase one .99 cent app that works for both iPhone and iPad. Unlike Skyfire.

Puffin is way better than Skyfire. And you purchase one .99 cent app that works for both iPhone and iPad. Unlike Skyfire.

Puffin is way better than Skyfire. And you purchase one .99 cent app that works for both iPhone and iPad. Unlike Skyfire.

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Downloaded Puffin App last night and finally I've found the solution to watching Flash on New Zealand TV sites among many others overseas too! Great article thanks for all the help.

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