3GPP File Extension

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3GPP Media Format
  • Developer
    Third Generation Partnership Project
  • Popularity
    2.7 (12 votes)

What is 3GPP file?

A .3GPP file is a multimedia file that is associated with 3rd Generation Partnership Project. The 3GPP file format is based on the MPEG-4 standard, and as the 3GPP file occupies less disk space, saves bandwidth and data usage, the file is used to transfer the multimedia file between the 3G mobile devices. The file is transferred between the mobile devices using the Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) and the Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (MBMS). The 3GPP file that is transferred to the mobile device can be opened on the device without using any special application. Also the file can be opened on a PC using QuickTime media player, VLC media player, the file opening program called the Open Freely program.   

Programs which support 3GPP file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open 3GPP files divided into 4 categories according to system platform supported. Files with 3GPP suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

How to open file with 3GPP extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening 3GPP files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with 3GPP files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Get the Microsoft Windows Video

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports 3GPP files installed on the system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Microsoft Windows Video or one to the listed programs: QuickTime Player, PowerDVD, Adobe Flash Professional. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading Microsoft Windows Video installed is by going to developer’s website () and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Check the version of Microsoft Windows Video and update if needed

If the problems with opening 3GPP files still occur even after installing Microsoft Windows Video, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Microsoft Windows Video is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why 3GPP files are not compatible with Microsoft Windows Video. The most recent version of Microsoft Windows Video is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open 3GPP files to Microsoft Windows Video

If you have the latest version of Microsoft Windows Video installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage 3GPP on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the 3GPP file
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Microsoft Windows Video installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open 3GPP files box and clicking OK button.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with 3GPP extension, select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select Microsoft Windows Video and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with 3GPP extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the 3GPP file is complete and free of errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the 3GPP file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. Check the 3GPP file for viruses or malware

If the 3GPP is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the 3GPP file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic 3GPP file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. It could happen the the download process of file with 3GPP extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle Microsoft Windows Video

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support 3GPP files. Close all running programs and try opening the 3GPP file.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with 3GPP Media Format file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle 3GPP files.

Conversion of a 3GPP file

File Conversions from 3GPP extension to a different format
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