Looking for a way to play 3GP or 3G2 files on your computer? If so, there are a couple of ways you can do this. First of all, 3GP files are usually movies that are taken from a mobile phone.
If you want to play these on your computer, you can either install a codec or download third-party software to play these files. In this article, I will try to mention all the different ways to play 3GP and 3G2 files.
Method 1 – Install Video Codec
Firstly, if you want to play 3GP files in Windows Media Player, you have to install one of the two following programs:
However, during the installation, you also have to select a specific configuration in order for it to work properly.
For FFDShow, you need to make sure that AMR is enabled on the Audio Decoder screen and H263(+) is enabled on the Video Decoder screen.
For the Haali Media Splitter program, just make sure that the Enable MP4 support box is checked.
Method 2 – Convert File
The second way you can play these videos is to simply convert them. This might be a better way so that you can play these videos on anyone’s computer or stream them to devices like the XBox, etc.
You can convert a 3GP file to MP4 or AVI format using a program called Mobile Media Converter. You can also use it to convert from MP3/MP4 into mobile format.
If you’re looking for other freeware apps to convert 3GP to AVI, check out this link which has a whole list of apps to do this:
Method 3 – Use Different Media Player
Lastly, you can simply download a different media player that can play 3GP files by default without having to install codecs or convert files.
VLC Media Player
You can play 3GP files using VLC Media Player, which is a great media player that has codecs for just about every kind of video and audio format.
Another media player that supports 3GP format files is RealPlayer. It also supports a wide range of other formats, so it’s a good choice alternative to Winamp and Windows Media Player.