There have been umpteen threads about this subject & as the question gets asked over & over again, here is the definitive thread The information can be applied to either the Asus Transformer or Asus MeMo range of tablets.
It seeks to answer the following common questions...
"How do you get the desktop version of sites?"
"The stock browser on my TF keeps crashing - what can I do?"
"How do you get Adobe Flash?"
"How do I "sideload" or install Adobe Flash Player?"
"What is the best browser on the transformer (or Android)?"
"What about the "user agent"? What's my browser?
How to get desktop sites
This is much easier than it once was
Now that all the Transformer series are running at least Android 4.0.3 ICS, in the stock browser all you have to do is this.
1. Open the browser
2. Tap the 3 vertically stacked squares in the upper right of your screen
3. Select Settings - Advanced - Always request desktop site... and tick (check) it.
Now every time you go to a website, you will (or should, anyway) be given the desktop version, rather than the mobile version.
If you are running another browser, there should be a similar option in the settings of that app, somewhere.
The stock browser on my TF keeps crashing - what can I do?
Here is what you can try...
* Go to settings, apps, all & find the browser
* Clear cache, clear data, force close (this will delete any bookmarks, so ensure you either back them up or import them into Dolphin browser first)
* Do a cold boot (process linked in the signature at the end of this guide)
* Install a better browser - I suggest you install Dolphin for general use & Boat Browser or Firefox for those odd times you might need to visit a Flash enabled website (they are all free & available from the Play Store & linked below)
How to get Adobe Flash Player
Adobe Flash Player is no longer in the Play Store since Adobe dropped Android support in August 2012. (If you are in the UK - & possibly the EU - it is worth checking the Play Store first, as the Flash Player may still be available to you.) However, in any case, Adobe still have the Flash Player available for download - the section below gives a step by step guide & includes a link to the Adobe site where the Flash Player can be safely obtained. However, if your Android device uses the Intel chipset, the Adobe Flash .apk cannot be installed on it. If that is the case with your device, please see the section below which offers a workaround.
Here is what to do...
* Go to:
Archived Flash Player versions
* Scroll down the page until you reach the Android section, specifically "Flash Player for Android 4.0 archives" choose Flash Player 11.1 for Android 4.0 (184.108.40.206). Download the newest version of the Flash Player listed, so if there is one with a number higher than 32 in the last two digits, select it to download. It will download on your tablet.
Note that even though Adobe list this section as for Android 4.0 - this is the version to use for Android versions from 4.0 and upwards, so it can be used for 4.1, 4.2 & so on.
Similarly, if you wish to update the installed version to the newest version that Adobe list, just download & then install (sideload) it. It will replace the older version. Please note, however, that even having the latest version of the Flash Player will not guarantee 100% success on every site that has Flash content. You can read through the A word about Adobe Flash & future versions of Android section below for further information on why this is. Mobile Flash is not the same as full Flash on your Windows PC.
You now have to install (sideload) it on your tablet. This is done by
1. Going to settings, security, and click to allow the installation of apps from unknown sources.
2. Open a File Manager and search for the Adobe Flash Player .apk file you just downloaded. It will have downloaded to wherever you have set your browser to download files. The standard location is "downloads". Click on Adobe Flash Player .apk when you find it. This will install the flash player on your tablet.
3. Go back to settings, security, and click to disallow the installation of apps from unknown sources. For system security reasons, you do not want your tablet to continue to allow apps from unknown sources.
4. Your tablet now has the Flash player installed and you will be able to use a Flash compatible browser to go to pages that require the Flash player plug-in.
5. When you open your Flash compatible browser next time - e.g. the stock browser - Flash objects will display automatically if you have selected "always on" & will require you to tap the flash object if you selected "on demand" in the browser settings (Plug-Ins).
If you are running another Flash compatible browser, there should be a similar option in the settings of that app, somewhere.
What to do about Android 4.4.x KitKat, Android 5.x Lollipop & devices with the Intel chipset
Google appear to have pretty much attempted to stop Adobe Flash player from working on KitKat onwards. So things are not as straightforward as on earlier versions of the OS. As I read things, either you can Google various workarounds (which appear to be changing quite fluidly) for either the Dolphin browser (probably with Jetpack enabled) or possibly a recent update to the Firefox browser with a couple of add ons. Or alternatively, you could try one of the options listed below from the Play Store - the list is not exhaustive... The browser apps that convert Flash content prior to delivery are also likely to be the only solution for owners with devices that use the Intel chipset.
FlashFox - Flash Browser (Note: FlashFox is not affiliated with Mozilla Firefox)
Claims to be the only browser with native support for Flash under 4.4.x KitKat
Puffin browser available in both a limited function free app and a fully enabled paid for version. This uses third party servers to convert Flash content prior to delivery.
* The data centers of Puffin Web Browser are in the US and the cloud servers can only access public web sites from US geolocations.
* For users outside the US, local contents, especially videos of local interest, may not be accessible from the US due to geo-restrictions in their home countries.
* Puffin is blocked in some countries (e.g., China, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and by some schools (e.g., in United States).
Photon Flash Player & Browser
Free to install, but offers in-app purchases. The cloud based SWF and FLV player is powered by third party cloud servers.
- ADVISORY WARNINGS
- Android is a target for malware and Flash, in general, can be an open door to malware. Side loading a hacked version of Abobe Flash Player is an extremely unwise and risky thing to do.
- Google appear to be working to remove links to hacked versions of the Adobe Flash player app - presumably for security & copyright reasons
- Adobe Flash is a copyrighted product, protected by intellectual property laws around the world and should not be "reverse engineered" in this way.
What is the best browser to use?
Well, of course, this comes down to personal choice & you will read many comments from posters preferring one browser over another. Here is a list - it isn't exhaustive, so feel free to add your personal favourite to the thread.
1. Stock browser - much improved but still has issues
2. ICS Browser+ - based on the stock browser, but with enhancements
3. Dolphin HD - many people's favourite which, with version 10 onwards, has reinstated Flash support under Jelly Bean.
4. Opera Mobile - sometimes, with demanding sites, only this browser will work
5. Firefox - now with tablet support & it supports Flash.
6. Chrome - perhaps the fastest browser on Android - but it does not support Flash.
Boat, which also supports Flash,
There will also be other browsers that members will mention further in the thread. The choice is a completely personal one.
Forum member Madmick has posted a very interesting thread on this subject, here...
A word about Chrome
At Google I/O 2012, Google announced that Chrome was out of its beta phase. It is now a very fast, clean browser.
Forum member RajunRajun discovered the following helpful setting...
If you use Chrome on your Windows PC, then you may wish to sync those bookmarks with the stock browser on your TF. This thread tells you just how to do that - http://www.transformerforums.com/for...k-browser.htmlYou can clear browser history, cache, cookies and all that good stuff.
Tap the settings icon (three dots in upper right corner of browser)>advanced>privacy
Then at the upper right next to the settings icon you will see "clear browser history" press that, and the menu will come up.
It defaults to the mobile version of sites & has to be switched to "desktop" manually for each tab. It does not support Flash. Many of the features you may be used to on a desktop version of Chrome are sadly not present in the Android mobile version of the browser.
A word about Adobe Flash & future versions of Android
Since the announcement of Jelly Bean, Adobe has come forward reiterating that Flash Player will eventually not be supported on mobile devices. In fact, they just posted in their blog and made it clear that Flash Player is not supported at all on Google's new OS Android 4.1/Jelly Bean. Of course, older devices, or devices that come pre-loaded with Flash and have been certified by Adobe will still function with Flash. In the past, all you had to do was grab a copy of flash player from the Google Play Store and it would probably work with your uncertified device.
Unfortunately, Adobe confirmed that with the release of Android 4.1, they will not certify any device with that OS. Additionally, Adobe indicated that on August 15th 2012, it will configure Flash Player currently in the Play Store to only update devices that already have Flash installed. If the device does not have it installed, then it will not be authorized to download it from the Google Play Store. Additionally, Adobe shared that any device that is upgraded from Android 4.0 to 4.1 will still have Flash Player, they recommend uninstalling it because it will be buggy. It's possible this is mostly a scare tactic, and it may still be mostly functional. Of course when we get to that point in the road it will probably be possible to find the APK online.
If you are looking for Adobe Flash Player - you can download it directly from Adobe.
Although the only versions that are available are stated as for Android 4.0 (ICS), those versions are the ones to use if you are installing on Jelly Bean 4.1.x or 4.2.x. The best version to use will be the newest - ie the version with the highest number in the last 2 digits. If you do install on a Jelly Bean device, you should also read the advisory note from Adobe reproduced below.
Adobe Direct Download
Scroll down the page until you reach the Android section, specifically, this part... "Flash Player for Android 4.0 archives" The download you want is... Flash Player 11.1.for Android 4.0 (220.127.116.11) If there is a newer version, ie with a higher than 27 number in the last two digits, go for that one.
The official Adobe position on Flash & the Asus Transformer
FLASH PLAYER IS NO LONGER BEING UPDATED FOR NEW DEVICE CONFIGURATIONS. FLASH PLAYER WILL NOT BE SUPPORTED ON ANY ANDROID VERSION BEYOND ANDROID 4.0.x
While Flash Player remains on Google Play for installation on Android devices that are certified by the manufacturer, installing Flash Player on an uncertified device may result in unexpected behavior and can potentially destabilize your device. A list of certified devices can be found at Adobe Developer Connection - Flash Player Certified Devices. Flash Player WILL NOT be supported on any device shipped with or upgraded to an Android version beyond Android 4.0.x
Asus Transformer devices appearing on the certified list are...
Eee Pad TF101
Eee Pad TF201
Installing Adobe Flash Player on any other Transformer, particularly when running Jelly Bean "may result in unexpected behavior and can potentially destabilize your device". Adobes' words, not mine.
Adobe Developer Connection - Flash Player Certified Devices
Thanks to flhthemi for finding the Adobe direct link for the Flash download.
A word about the mysterious "User Agent" - or, when is a tablet a desktop or an iPhone?
There you have it Happy browsing