How To Open SWF Files on Android

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Do you have SWF media files stored on your Android device but don’t know how to open them? Don’t fret; the whole process is pretty straightforward.

Quick Answer

To open SWF files on your Android, open Google Play Store, search for “SWF Player”, and tap “Install”. Launch the app and give the required permissions. Navigate to the destination with the SWF file in your local files. Tap the file to open it.

To simplify things, we took the time to write an extensive step-by-step guide on how to open an SWF file on Android with easy instructions.

What Are SWF Files?

SWF, or Shockwave Flash, is a file extension created by Adobe for vector graphics. Its main goal was to produce compact files showing entertaining animations, usually consisting of interactive texts and graphics. SWF files have generally been used in online games over the years.  

In 2021, most web browsers stopped supporting SWF files, making it difficult to play those games again. However, you can still open and play SWF files on your Android again with the help of some apps.

Opening SWF Files on Android

If you don’t know how to open an SWF file on your Android device, our following 2 step-by-step methods will help you go through this princess without much difficulty.

Method #1: Opening SWF Files Locally

To quickly open an SWF file on your Android, you can download and use a third-party app called SWF Player with the following steps.

  1. Open Play Store.
  2. Type SWF Player in the search field, search, and tap “Install”.
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  3. Launch the app and assign the required permissions.
  4. Navigate through your local files to locate the SWF file.
  5. Tap the file to open and play it.

Method #2: Opening SWF Files Online

If you want to open SWF files online on your Android, you can do so with the help of Puffin Web Browser using the steps given below.

  1. Open Play Store.
  2. Type Puffin Web Browserin the search field, search, and tap “Install”.
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  3. Tap “Open” once downloaded.
  4. Tap “Next” and “Get started” on the features intro pages.
  5. In this address bar, search for the website with the SWF file.
  6. Tap the website, and the file will be opened instantly.
Keep in Mind

Puffin allows free web browsing for one hour each day, after which you must pay for the service.

Converting SWF Files for Android Compatibility

As many apps and websites do not support the SWF format, you might want to convert the file for your convenience with our 2 easy step-by-step methods.

Method #1: Using VLC Player

With the help of the VLC player, you can easily convert your SWF file to mp4 and open it on your Android with the following steps.

  1. Download VLC Player and install it on your PC.
  2. Open the application, then select “Media”.
  3. Click “Convert/Save”, choose the SWF file, and click “Convert/Save” again.
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  4. Choose mp4 as the file format.
  5. Choose the location where you wish to save the file.
  6. Click “Start” to start converting.
Quick Tip

You can transfer the mp4 file into your Android via a USB cable and open it.

Method #2: Using Third-Party Video Converters

With these steps, you can also use a third-party video converter to convert your SWF file to mp4 on Windows and open it on Android.

  1. Open a web browser and download a video converter on your computer.
  2. Install and launch the video converter.
  3. Select “Add Media” and “Add Video”.
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  4. Select the SWF file that you need to convert.
  5. Click “Video” and select “MP4”.
  6. Click “Save to” and choose the destination where you want to save the converted file.
All Done!

Click “Convert” to start the process. In just a few minutes, you’ll be able to transfer the file to your Android.


This guide has discussed different ways to open SWF files on Android. We have also discussed converting these files to mp4 using VLC Player and video converter.

Hopefully, your issue is resolved, and you can play nostalgic games again on your device.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a way to use Flash in 2022?

The secret to getting Flash Player to function in browsers in 2022 and later is to pair an outdated (non-updating) version of Flash Player with either an earlier version of one of the popular browsers or an indie, independent browser that doesn’t block the usage of Flash.  

Why was Flash discontinued?

Modern web standards, which make some of Flash’s use cases possible without the requirement of third-party plugins, have contributed to a decline in its popularity.

Due to this, Adobe ultimately decided to deprecate the platform. The download link for Flash Player was taken down two days after it formally ended on December 31, 2020.

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