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. Probably, a really old mobile phone too.

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.

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    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 one of several free online conversion tools. The ones I recommend are ZamZar, Online-Convert, or Convertio.

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    Note that if you need to convert from 3GP to AVI, you can use the same sites, just choose AVI as the target format for conversion.

    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 GOMPlayer and SMPlayer. Hopefully, this will get you up and running with your 3GP files, however you want to play them! Enjoy!