File Extension 3GP

  • Full name
    Multimedia Files For Wireless Networks
  • Developer
    Third Generation Partnership Project
  • Popularity
Have you encountered a problem with a 3GP file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a 3GP file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your 3GP file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


The extension 3GP marks video files that are mostly generated by or intended for mobile phones. This standard was developed by 3GPP for 3G UMTS phones.

Like avi or Quicktime, 3GP is a container format. It is based on the MP4 container, but was adapted to the special conditions of mobile phones. So mainly the resolutions 128 × 96, 176 × 144, 220 × 176, 320 × 240 pixels are supported.

The video and audio data may be encoded in various compression methods. Subtitles are also supported.

The videos can also be protected with a DRM-like system. Then you need the respective, possibly paid license to view the content.

3GP files can only contain audio. For example, some phones use this format for ringtones. The Playstation 3 also generates this format for audio.

The support of the format by hardware players, be it phones or other devices, varies in severity. Most 3G-capable phones, but also some 2G and 4G phones support the format. How much depends on the capabilities of the hardware (storage space, display and camera resolution, etc.).

Many phones bring their own software for processing.

Programs which can open a 3GP file

How to open a 3GP file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the 3GP file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a 3GP file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support 3GP files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a 3GP file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all 3GP files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with 3GP there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the 3GP file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the 3GP file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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