How to Play 3GP 3G2 Files in Windows Media Player

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:

  1. FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder
  2. Haali Media Splitter

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.

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For the Haali Media Splitter program, just make sure that the Enable MP4 support box is checked.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Other media players that will work include QuickTime Player, MPlayer, and SMPlayer. Hopefully, this will get you up and running with your 3GP files, however you want to play them! Enjoy!

Comments [6]

  1. Thanks for this tutorial, but I wanted to know how to play MKV files in Windows Media Player? Is it even possible? Thanks!

  2. I have installed FFDShow but could not find where the screens are that you have shown above. Still looking for those screens. I could find H264 in config window.

  3. Thank you. This solved my problem.

    Happy New Year.

  4. Thank you. I'm very happy now.

    Thanks a lot. :)

    I learned something, and now I can make a video for Youtube. :)

  5. OK this is BS! I have tried both ffdshow and haali media splitter as described in this article and NEITHER makes Windows Media Player, play 3g2 videos.

  6. I tried to download and install the mobile media converter from the link on this page and the file downloaded was rejected by my anti-virus. I then followed your link to other free players/converters and followed link from there to mobile media converter, and through that link the file downloaded and installed without the anti-virus warning, and it DOES convert my .3GP phone files to .avi WITH SOUND!!!! Thank you so much, and you might want to check out that link on this page (looks like it goes to a webpage for the proper converter, with a download link), the link from the ‘list page’ went to an entirely different download page… Thanks again, now with my ‘free media player/converter collection’ (lol!) I think I can about convert anything to anything… :-D

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