How to Play 3GP in Windows Media Player

by Alizarin Black

A 3GP file is a video format played on 3G mobile phones and other phones that support video recording. Windows Media Player is incompatible with the 3GP video format. You have to download an additional program to play 3GP files on Windows Media Player. After you download the program, you will be able to play 3GP files in the same manner you play Windows Media audio, video and MP3 files.

Haali Matroska Splitter

1

Download the Haali Matroska Splitter program.

2

Install Haali Matroska Splitter. Click "Next" three times to access the "Options" screen.

3

Check the "Enable MP4 support" box. Click "Install" to finish the installation process. Enabling MP4 support allows you to play 3GP files in Windows Media Player.

4

Run Windows Media Player.

5

Click "Organize," the tab at the top of Windows Media Player.

6

Click "Manage Libraries" and "Music" to access the music library dialog box.

7

Click "Add" and select the folder where the 3GP file is stored. Click "Include Folder" and "OK" to add the 3GP to the Windows Media Player library.

FFDShow

1

Download the FFDShow program.

2

Install FFDShow. Click "Next" until you get to the "Select Additional Tasks" section. Choose from the list of available video formats and audio formats.

3

Check the "H.263/AVC" box in the "Video formats" section. H.263 is part of the 3GP file.

4

Scroll down the "Select Additional Tasks" list until you reach the "Audio formats" section. Check the "AMR" box and click "Next." An AMR is used by 3G mobile phones for voice recordings.

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Click "Install" to install FFDShow.

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Click "Finish" to finish setting up FFDShow.

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Launch Windows Media Player on the computer.

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Click the "Organize" tab in the library.

9

Click "Manage Libraries." Click "Music" to open dialog box.

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Click "Add." Locate the folder where the 3GP file is stored. Click "Include Folder" and click "OK." The 3GP loads into your library, where you can play the file in Windows Media Player.

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About the Author

Alizarin Black has been a professional freelance writer since 2009. Black writes on various topics including computer hardware and software, video games and electronics. He has been published in "Clarksworld Magazine" for his science fiction. Black has a bachelor's degree in video-game design from the University of Phoenix.

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