Disable Flash Ads (Content) in Google Chrome by Enabling Click To Play [How To]

Earlier, we have shown you how to disable Flash completely in Google Chrome without using any plugin. But that method had a disadvantage. What if you want to have flash enabled for certain pages or websites like YouTube?

For this reason, we have come up with another useful tip for you. This method again doesn’t need you to download any third-party extension for Google Chrome. Instead it will show you how to use in-built Chrome feature intelligently to disable flash in your browser.

We will use Google Chrome’s in-built Click to Play feature for this tutorial. Using this method, you will be able to block flash contents including flash ads, while having the freedom to enable flash with just a click on the flash content.

How to enable “Click to Play” feature in Google Chrome to disable Flash?

  1. First, open Google Chrome window if you haven’t done so yet.
  2. Next, open Settings (see screenshot below). You can also directly open settings by typing chrome://chrome/settings/ in the Omnibar and pressing Enter.

    Open-Chrome-Settings

  3. Scroll down until you find a link that says “Show advanced settings…. Click on it.”

    Show-advanced-settings-in-chrome

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  4. Scroll down further now to find Privacy. Here, click on the button that says “Content Settings…“.

    Open-content-settings-in-chrome

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  5. From the overlay window that appears before you, scroll down again to find “Plug-ins” heading.
  6. Select the Click to Play option under Plug-ins.

    enable-click-to-play-plugins-in-chrome

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  7. Everything is configured now! Enjoy flash free browsing and only enable flash when you need to.

    click-to-run-flash

  8. To enable flash for a particular content, simply click on it. You can also white-list a websites like YouTube by clicking on the blocked Flash icon and selecting “Always allow plugins on…”.

    whitelist-websites-in-chrome

Quick Tip! You can skip steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 by directly opening Content Settings in a Tab. Simply, type chrome://chrome/settings/content in the omnibar. Now, follow from steps 5 to enable “Click to play” in Google Chrome.

Do you have any good tips to share about Google Chrome? Share them below, we will love to know about them. We may also include them in one of our next article, including your name. :)

Update: Article updated with new screenshots and updated instructions.

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  • Arseniy

    Thanks for the heads up, it’s exactly what i was looking for.

  • Rooter

    Cool, but it should allow for whitelisting sites. I don’t want to have to click to play on every single YouTube page that I open. I should only have to do it once.

  • Bob

    My primary use of Chrome is for reading the paper. I open all the links I want to read in separate tabs and close them as I read them. I disabled two things, flash and shockwave using the plug-ins page and boy did it improve Chrome. The speed at which the pages now load is incredible and it seems to be using about 50% less RAM. Do I have to go back and enable them to use the Click to Play feature? Great site. Thank you.

    • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

      Yes, you’ve to enable Flash back to use “Click to Play” feature. :)

  • George

    I can`t find “Click to Play.” in the about:flags page.. where is it?? please help me….

    • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

      In the latest version of Chrome, open Settings > at the end of the screen, you will find a link that says “Show advanced settings”. Click on it. It will reveal some more hidden settings. Now, under Privacy heading, click on the “Content settings…” button. An overlay will come up. Scroll down to Plugins and select “Click to play”.

      Don’t know why Google made this so complicated in the latest version of Chrome?

      P.S. I am updating the article with new screenshots and updated instructions too.

      • George

        Sorry Mezanul, I tried but it does not work…. I selected “Click to play” then OK, but nothing changed…. What I did wrong??

        • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

          Restart Chrome and open any website that has flash. It should work. :-)

          Reply back if it doesn’t work…

    • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

      Article is updated! Please follow the new instructions. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Oxboffice Oxboffice

    Great! Thanks so much

  • Richelle

    You rock.

  • S@CHIN

    THANXX…..

  • hilerns

    Thanks very much I was very good information