An easy way to play 3GP files

Last update: 12 May 2013 | 410652 views

What is 3GP?

3GP is a file format specially developed for 3rd generation mobile devices and based on the MP4, the standard for delivery of video and audio over the Internet.

What you need to play 3GP files?

To play properly 3GP files in Windows Media Player, Media Player Classic or other DirectShow player install:

1. The latest version of FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder, with AMR enabled (scroll down):

FFDShow's Audio Decoder tab

and H263 enabled (scroll down a little):

FFDShow's Video Decoder tab

2. Or Haali Media Splitter: with the Enable MP4 support option checked.

Haali Media Splitter install wizard

• However, if you want to play the files in other format we suggest you to convert them using 3GP Converter - an easy-to-use Japanese tool.

See also How to play AMR files? to understand how to add support for AMR and even for 3GP files into Winamp player.

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on 10 Aug 2012, written by: Rene

I installed the whole thing, now how do i get winamp to understand that i have the codecs?

on 16 May 2012, written by: Derek Crosson

Awesome, no need to install any unwanted programs... This works from within WMP!

on 20 Mar 2012, written by: brko

great it works. now, i have a sound! :)

on 19 Feb 2012, written by: Bpashar

It works for me. Thank u guys. The snapshots shown above are bit different, so you need to explore by scrolling on the installation window ...

on 22 Dec 2011, written by: Steve

didn't work for me - options are already enabled and 3gp won't play in windows media player

on 24 Nov 2011, written by: Jamie

Very complex-- not for everyday PC users by any means (no, I'm not an idiot). And as Ian said, the screenshots are nothing like what you get. Needless to say it didn't work for me. Maybe it works, but you gotta simplify it so it's not a failure for everyday users.

on 04 Nov 2011, written by: HeliosFM

Thanks it worked from the first try :)

on 15 Oct 2011, written by: Ian

This is B*** those screenshots do not reflect anything that shows up during install of this software or after install and those settings shown are NOT available in FFDShow

on 19 Jul 2011, written by: Brian

The bomb. Now my WMP automatically plays video off my smartphone. Get a clue Microsoft.


Mobile 3GP Converter: is using 3GPtoRawAVI converter, to convert 3GP files (3rd Generation Partnership Project, *.3gp) to uncompressed AVI files (*.avi).

Mobile AMR Converter: uses Sony Ericsson AMR converter to convert AMR files (*.amr) to wave files (*.wav) and vice versa in a user friendly way.

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