Adobe Flash Player Background Updater for Mac now in Beta!

After releasing Adobe Flash Player Background Updater for Windows in Flash Player 11.2 just about a week ago, I’m happy to say that we just released a beta version of the same updating mechanism for Mac.

The feedback for this feature on Windows has been predominantly positive and we are excited about all the feedback we got from the community. If you have followed the comments in my previous post, you are aware that some aspects of the updater had potential for improvement. This feedback was great and will allow us to make the product even better in the future.

Ideally, we can get this type of feedback during the beta program. Therefore, I encourage everyone to try the Background Updater on Mac and provide us with as much feedback as possible.

Here is how you can test it out:

1. Go to our Labs website

2. Download the latest beta release build for Mac (version 11.3.300.214)

3. Leave your system connected to the internet for at least one hour after the installation.

4. After approximately one hour, go to and verify the version of Flash Player. It should now read 11.3.300.217.


If the version still displays 11.3.300.214, try restarting your browser. The browser can keep old versions of Flash Player in memory until it is closed. A restart will guarantee that it will load Flash Player from your hard drive.


Let us know if the update was successful. You can leave feedback in the comments or in the Adobe Flash Player beta forums.

I’m excited to hear what you have to say! Smile

10 Responses to Adobe Flash Player Background Updater for Mac now in Beta!

  1. Luke Bellandi says:

    Hi Stephen,

    This is an awesome feature. As a Mac-user, I’m really excited to see this in Beta! I just downloaded 11.3, and it looks like 11.3.300.250 was installed. It looks like it’s been updated since your original post. Has the Beta feedback window closed, or will you maybe be posting another version > 11.3.300.250 to test the update mechanism on Mac?

    Keep up the great work!

    – Luke

    • Stephen Pohl says:

      Hi Luke,

      You are correct that the latest beta for 11.3 was not made available for the Background Updater. However, we will update it in the future. Ultimately, you will also receive the final version of 11.3 delivered to you if you remain enrolled in the Background Updater for 11.3.

      We’re looking forward to your feedback and thanks for testing!


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  6. Rick says:

    Hi there,
    I must have received this update with my Mac OSX update for the Macbook running OSX 10.5 that I have just bought and installed the basic OS with the system discs on.

    When I was told I needed the latest update I let it download and run, and several hundred megabytes later I rebooted – suddenly my sweet, responsive Macbook was constipated and locked up solid with something called “Flash Updater”, taking 99% of my processor and 1.5 GB of my 2 GB of RAM.

    After 2 hours I couldn’t kill it – it kept popping up again every time I tried in Activity monitor.

    I eventually turned the Macbook off by holding the power button down, and left it 24 hours. Now Flash Updater is “idle” and “only” using just over 1/3 of my total RAM.

    Please tell me how to stop this running, permanently.
    I am happy to update Flash when necessary, Manually.

    • Stephen Pohl says:

      Hi Rick,

      It seems like you updated your system through Apple’s system update. Note that Flash Player isn’t delivered through this updating mechanism. There is no product developed by Adobe that will display as “Flash Updater” in Activity Monitor. If you believe that an update through Apple’s updating mechanism delivered this application, I would encourage you to reach out to Apple Support.

      I hope this helps.


  7. Lisa says:

    I am trying to update my flash player….I check for updates and your window comes up telling me I have 10.3.183 installed and that an 11.3.300 is available. When I go through the download centre it wants to down load 10.3 again. Whats going on? I run safari v5 on my Apple 10.5.