Is Flash Player the boogeyman it used to be on MacBooks?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mykidisgollum, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. mykidisgollum macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2011
    Just upgraded to a new MBA 2012 - very satisfied. I primarily browse in safari, but I have chrome installed for anytime I need an Adobe Flash required website.

    There was a time when Adobe Flash player seemed to be described as absolutely terrible on macs - maligned by even Steve Jobs.

    However, Adobe has updated a few times, and I'd be interested in hearing from folks using Mountain Lion - is flash player still the battery eating nightmare it was?

    I'm considering installing natively on my Macboook Air. Let me know your thoughts.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Flash is notorious for consuming system resources, raising temps and decreasing battery life. For Flash-related issues:
    • Find your Flash version and make sure it's the latest version available. Never install or update Flash from a pop-up on a website. Always go to Adobe's site to get Flash or updates.
    • Install ClickToFlash (Safari), Flashblock (Firefox) or FlashBlock (Chrome) to control which Flash content plays on websites.
    • Try using the YouTube HTML5 Video Player to watch YouTube videos, when available. (May impact fullscreen viewing. See link for details.) Some have reported better performance with HTML5, while some have reported worse. Try it and find out what works best for you.
  3. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    I have flash installed for safari but use click to flash as a safari extension to only enable when needed. This should control any crazy battery drainage.

Share This Page