Earlier, we shared how to disable Flash completely in Google Chrome without using any Chrome extensions. Although it disabled flash completely but when you went to some online video website like YouTube, you can’t play videos anymore. That’s the main disadvantage of that method. If you follow this article you don’t have to worry about playback issues anymore. You don’t need to download any third-party Chrome extension or deal with userscripts. All you need to do is to use Chrome’s built-in feature “Click to Play”. Using

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 Configure Click To Play Chrome Feature?

  1. Open Google Chrome browser 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.


Quick Tip! You can skip steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 by directly opening Content Settings in a Tab. Simply, type chrome://settings/content in the omnibar. Next, follow from steps 5 to enable “Click to play” in Google Chrome.
  1. Scroll down until you find a link that says “Show advanced settings…” click on it.

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  1. Scroll down further until you find “Privacy”. Here, click on the button that says “Content Settings…”.

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  1. From the overlay window that appears before you, scroll down again to find the section for “Plug-ins”.
  2. Select the “Click to Play” option under “Plug-ins” section.


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  1. Everything is configured! Enjoy flash ads free browsing without installing any ad blockers. You can selectively enable flash for websites like YouTube when you need to.


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


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Update: Article updated with new screenshots and updated instructions.

SK Mezanul Haque is the founder of MyTechGuide.org (popularly known as My Technology Guide). Passionate about all things in tech. Let's meet: Google Plus.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

    • 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.

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

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

          Reply back if it doesn’t work…

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