The iPhone and Flash player are two worlds apart, and perhaps for good reasons. Apple’s claims about Flash being the technology of the past and vehement support for HTML5 as the future makes much sense to me, but let’s face it: most of the internet is dependent on Flash – at least for now. iPhone jailbreakers always have the option of using Frash, an open Flash solution for the iPhone that works fairly well. However, for Team Pure, this issue remains unanswered and Apple, too, doesn’t plan on making the iPhone and Flash player play nice.
Over the years, there have been solutions like SkyFire Browser’s decoding of Flash content on their own servers for playback on an iOS device, but they’ve never given the true Flash experience as Android would. This trick that I’ll describe today is going to enable playback of Flash videos on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad from DailyMotion, Flickr Video, MegaVideo, and Vimeo. The list of supported sites may grown in future.
Keep reading after the break for detailed instructions on how to enable Flash videos on iPhone without jailbreaking.
In order to make the iPhone and Flash player work together, we’re going to use a bookmarklet called iOSFlashVideo which will automatically convert Flash video and renders it within your iOS browser.
Now, launch Safari on your device and enter the following URL: http://www.iosflashvideo.fw.hu/
Click on the arrow button at the bottom of the screen (third button) and add this page as a bookmark.
Save the new bookmark, and launch the Bookmark Manager in Safari by tapping the appropriate icon.
Tap Edit, and then tap the iOSFlashVideo bookmark to edit it. You’re going to modify the URL, so place your cursor as shown in screenshot below:
Hit Done to save your editing, and that’s about it for the process of marrying the iPhone and Flash player.
Now, visit one of the supported sites and load a page with an embedded Flash video.
Launch the Bookmark Manager, and choose the modified iOSFlashVideo bookmarklet. The bookmarklet will automatically convert flash videos into a format recognisable by the iPhone. You’ll be able to play the video now without a hitch.
In a nutshell, all it takes to make the iPhone and Flash browser play nice together is a simple bookmarklet to convert Flash videos. Found this guide useful? Leave your feedback in comments.