Other than Adobe and the few folks who make a living creating Flash game, Flash advertisements, and videos that require Flash, who likes Flash? Apparently, no one at Apple because Flash hasn’t shipped on a new Mac in a few years.
If you’re one of those unlucky folks who still has Flash installed on your Mac and it gives you grief from time to time by sucking up battery power and CPU power, here are a few tricks to kill Flash on your Mac.
My first method is tried and true and works wonderfully. I use Safari for most of my website browsing, but don’t install Flash. When there’s a need to use Flash I’ll run Google’s Chrome browser which has an embedded version of Flash (one that seems to cause far fewer headaches than the browser plugin for Safari and Firefox).
The second method is called ClickToFlash, which itself is a plugin for Safari but it blocks Flash from running automatically. Instead, Flash does not load up on a website until you click to view the Flash video or animation. One click. That’s it. It also lets YouTube videos play in QuickTime instead of Flash.
What’s the benefit of not using Flash as a browser plugin?
There’s an old saying among Mac folk. “Any crash is probably Flash.” Use ClickToFlash and Flash crashes less frequently, doesn’t hog the Mac’s CPU when you visit a website with a few Flash-based ads, and less CPU usage also means greater battery life.
If you have 99-cents to spare, you can install FlashFrozen which kinda sorta mostly does much the same thing. Flash videos are stopped. Period. FlashFrozen lives in the Mac’s Menubar so when you encounter a Flash video or ad that needs to be killed, simply select the Kill Flash Plugin to do the deed (or, set it on AutoKill Flash Plugin).
Your Mac will run faster, cooler, longer without Flash. To give you an idea of Apple’s official position on Flash and why Flash doesn’t live on iPhone or iPad, read the Thoughts on Flash, penned by Steve Jobs back in 2010. That missive marked the end of the reign of Flash.