.3GP File Extension

.3GP File Extension

File Type

3GPP Multimedia File

Developer Third Generation Partnership Project
3.8  |  467 Votes
Category Video Files
Format Binary

What is a 3GP file?

A 3GP file is a multimedia file saved in an audio and video container format developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). It stores video and audio streams that are transmitted between 3G mobile phones and over the Internet.

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Screenshot of a .3gp file in Apple QuickTime Player 10.5
3GP file open in Apple QuickTime Player 10.5

3GPP is a multimedia container format based on the ISO media file format. It stores video streams as H.263 or H.264. and audio streams as AMR-WB, AMR-WB+, AMR-NB, HE-AAC v1, AAC-LC, or Enhanced aacPlus.

3GP files are commonly used by 3G mobile phones that support video capture but may also be played on select 2G and 4G phones. While 3GP files are still used, they have decreased as more efficient video formats have replaced the 3GPP format.

NOTE: 3GP files may also be saved as .3GPP files.

How do I open a 3GP file?

You can open 3GP files on a computer with Microsoft Movies & TV (bundled with Windows), Microsoft Windows Media Player (bundled with Windows), and Apple QuickTime Player (bundled with macOS). You can also open the videos with VideoLAN VLC media player (multiplatform), MPlayer (multiplatform), olimsoft OPlayer (iOS), and PANDORA.TV KMPlayer (Android).

How do I convert a 3GP file?

You can convert a 3GP file to various formats in Windows, macOS, and Linux with VideoLAN VLC media player. To convert a 3GP file, select Media → Convert / Save..., select the 3GP file, and choose the format to which you want to convert the 3GP file. Options include .MP4, .OGG, and .ASF.

You can also convert a 3GP file to a .MOV file in macOS with QuickTime Player by selecting File → Export As.

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Updated May 3, 2021

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