How to clear your Adobe Flash Player cache and History
NOTE: THIS TIP NO LONGER WORKS ON SOME VERSIONS OF WINDOWS 10. Flash support is being restricted in most major browsers as the web moves to HTML5. To adjust your settings when Control Panel method [below] does not work – Click here to see how to use the Web Method.
It’s really easy to clear your Flash Player cache and history. Here’s how you do it:
Open Control Panel – if you’re in category view switch to large or small icon view.
Click on Flash Player (32 bit) It doesn’t really matter if you have 64 bit or 32 bit Windows, it will say 32 bit in Control Panel
On the Flash Player dialog that opens, click the button that says “Delete All”
Here are some pictures to help you:
Above Control Panel Large icon view (Windows 7)
Below Control Panel Large icon view (Windows 10)
Other versions of Windows are similar.
Once you’ve clicked on Flash Player (32-bit) you’ll see the dialog below:
With the Storage Tab selected at the top. click “Delete All”.
That’s it. That’s all there is to it.
Web Method – For some versions of Windows 10
If the Control Panel method outlined above does not work for you, you can use online Adobe Flash Settings Manager to manage your Flash settings and cache. The method outlined in this article, shows you how to manage your Adobe Flash settings and clear the Flash history using the Adobe Settings Manager on the Web. You don’t have to jump to the page now, we’ll give you the Adobe Settings Manager, in the article and at the end of the article too.
First, ironically, you’ll need to have Flash enabled in your browser to use the Adobe Flash Manager Settings page. When you are on that page using a Flash-enabled browser, you’ll see what looks like an image. It’s not and image — it’s the Adobe Flash Settings Manager — what we call your Flash control panel. Using the Adobe Online Settings Manager you can delete the Flash cache, manage you Flash settings, Flash privacy and more.
Below: Flash Control Panel (Adobe Settings Manager) on the Web
In the Website Storage Setting Panel, you can choose to “Delete all sites”. Unfortunate term. You really don’t delete any sites (I could think of a few I’d delete if I could!), you are actually deleting the Flash history for websites that have stored flash history & flash data on your computer. So “Delete all sites” really means, delete all Flash history that has been stored on your computer by any sites you’ve visited that have stored Flash data/history on your PC.
Note: In the highlighted area in the screen shot above, you’ll see Adobe telling you that the “Settings Manager” (AKA Flash Control Panel) that you see on the Web page is NOT an image.
Other things you can do using this page and the “Flash Settings Manager”.
Above: Review and adjust your Flash privacy settings.
Below: Set the amount of your disk space you’ll allow each Flash-enabled Website you visit to use to store Flash history / data on your PC.
Set your Website Privacy settings (below):
If you don’t like Settings Manager (Control Panel) interface, in the left pane, on the Flash website, you’ll see the same settings are available from simple links listed under “Settings Manager”.
If you’re not sure what some of these are, there’s a help section available. How helpful it is, is up to you!
Here, again, is the page you need to visit to manage your Adobe Flash Player settings.