What is and how to open a 3gp file on my PC? – Fast and easy

If you haven’t heard of the 3GP file, in this article we will explain everything you need to know. This is one of the types of formats that was initially created to convert and transmit audio and video on 3G-type mobiles, although it also includes simple texts with the ability to be reproduced with a text editor. Keep reading and you will discover what a 3GP file and how to open it on your computer or PC, Windows or Mac, quickly and easily.

What is the 3GP format?

The 3GP format is a container that serves to create multimedia files in 2G, 3G and 4G. The audio in this container is saved in formats such as: AACL-LC or AMR-NB and the video is stored in H.263 or MPEG-4. This type of file is a reduction or simplification of the MP4. The result is similar to that generated by QuickTime that Apple users enjoy.

Videos in 3GP format have two resolutions: the first is 176×144 pixels, which is usually used by mobiles that support 3G, and the second is 320×240 pixels, which is used in devices with WideScrren with the ability to play in MP4 format.

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There are several advantages or benefits that come from using the 3GP format. For example: The space occupied by videos is less than other formats, the data packages needed to transmit videos between devices are smaller and, being its content of low weight, it is widely used by mobile devices.

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However, it also has its negative points: The quality of the images is very low, there are very few programs or software with the ability to reproduce this type of file, and finally it is not as practical as the ¨.avi¨ format, which is the means of transmission that they bring by default computers or PC.

How to open 3GP on a computer or PC easy and fast

Next we will show you some details to take into account so that you can open 3GP on your PC, and enjoy the audio and videos in this format. Let’s start with the OS Windows.

Windows Media Player is the player that is installed by default in the existing versions of the Windows operating system, that is, if you need to see the files in 3GP, you can go to that program. To open the 3GP file extensions in any other program compatible with this operating system, carefully follow the following steps that we will indicate here:

  • Right click on the file.
  • Then click on the option to open with.
  • Windows will show you a software to open the file, where you will have default Windows Media Player. If you don’t want to use the programs on the list, click ¨Choose another application¨.
  • Click on more options to choose the player of your liking. The player must be downloaded beforehand.
  • Check the box below the software list to have the application always open 3GP files.
  • To finish press to accept where appropriate.

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You will be able to see how the icon of the file changes and, when you double click on it, the selected program with the 3GP extension will be executed. You can also open the file and, once inside the software, proceed as follows:

  • Choose to open from the menu at the top of the player.
  • Locate the file you want to read in the folder where it is saved.
  • Click on to accept and enjoy the playback.

That is how easy and fast it is to open files in 3GP format on a computer with Windows operating system. Now we will show you how you can do it on a computer or PC with Mac operating system. To open a 3GP file on Mac you must:

  • Open the player to be able to play files.
  • Click on the «File» option in the toolbar.
  • Choose «Open». It will show you all the available options of your equipment, search among them the one you need and select it.
  • Click the «OK» button.
  • You can check the option ¨Use this program as default¨ and so, from now on, all 3GP files will open in this software.

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