3GP File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a 3GP file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .3GP files.

What is a 3GP file?

A .3GP file is a 3GPP multimedia audio/video file. 3GP stands for 3rd Generation Partnership Project. The 3GP file format is a multimedia container format that is often used for 3G-enabled cellular phones. The 3GP file format is a mobile-friendly version of the "bulkier" MP4 files that are popular for use with desktop and laptop computers. The 3GP format was developed to make file sizes smaller so that they would use less bandwidth, making it easier to stream video and music onto mobile phones.

It is important to note that you do not need a 3G phone to view files with the .3gp extension. Files that are in 3GP format can also be viewed on a personal computer, although the quality of the same file in an MP4 format may be better.

How to open 3GP files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension 3GP for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different 3GP openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension 3GP

While we know of one file format using the .3GP file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .3GP file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of 3GP files. Remember, different programs may use 3GP files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
Free File ConverterFree File ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with 3GP-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with 3GP-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!