How to Get Flash Support for iPhone

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The Apple iPhone has a web browser that works identically to that on a PC or Mac computer, except it cannot show any file that is in the Flash file format. You can get Flash support for the iPhone by installing a computer remote control app. This will let you remotely control and watch on your iPhone the Flash video as it plays on your PC's or Mac’s Web browser. Using a remote control app is not illegal and in no way will harm your iPhone or the computer it is controlling.

  • Press the “Sleep/Wake” button at the top of the iPhone. Swipe the slider to the right on the screen to go to the Home menu screen. Tap the “App Store” icon. Enter “remote control” into the “Search” field after tapping “Search” at the bottom of the window that has appeared.

  • Select a computer remote control app from the list presented below the “Search field.” One possible selection is the LogMeIn app linked in Resources.

  • Tap the “Buy now” or “Install” button on the computer remote control app screen that appears. Enter your iTunes password in the column presented. Press “OK” to download the app and display it as an icon on the iPhone’s screen.

  • Go to the website of the company that makes the app. Click on the “Create an account” link. Follow the menu prompts to create an account on the website with a unique name and password. Return to the main page of the website once you have completed creating the account and have pressed the “Save” button.

  • Click on the appropriate button on the Web page to download the remote control software to the computer’s desktop. Double-click on the icon of the software once it has downloaded. Follow the prompts to install the software onto the computer’s hard drive. Restart the machine.

  • Run the software. Select the “Settings” icon on the software’s main screen. Enter the unique name and password you had entered for your account on the website into the appropriate text columns on the new screen that has appeared.

  • Click on the “Run software when computer is booted up” check box. Press the “Save” button to close the window. Leave the software running.

  • Run the Web browser. Go to a website where there is a Flash file on the page. Leave the Web page up on the web browser.

  • Press the “Sleep/Wake” button at the top of the iPhone. Swipe the slider to the right on the screen to go to the Home menu screen. Tap the computer remote control app to activate it. Tap on the “Settings” icon at the bottom of the screen if the “Settings” window doesn’t automatically appear.

  • Enter your email address and full name in the appropriate text columns on the screen. Tap the “Save” button on the screen to go to the computer selection screen.

  • Tap once on the icon of the computer that appears on the screen. Enter the name of your computer and your administrative password into the appropriate text columns on the screen that appears. Tap the “Save” button to go back to the “Settings” screen.

  • Enter the user name and the password you had created at the website into the appropriate text columns on the screen. Tap the “Save” button to return to the computer remote control app’s main screen.

  • Tap on the “log me in” button on the screen that appears. Tap on the name of the computer in the next screen that appears. Wait as the computer is connected to the remote control app running on the iPhone.

  • Use the mouse pointer on the screen of the remote control app to navigate to the computer’s Web browser that you can now see on the iPhone’s screen.

  • Place the mouse pointer over the “Play” button on the Flash video that is on the Web page. Tap once on the iPhone screen to activate the “Play” button. Watch the Flash video play on the iPhone screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rebooting the iPhone after installing a new app can help to keep the iPhone working at optimal efficiency.
  • Both the iPhone and the computer must be on the same wireless home network in order to work together.

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