How to Repair 3GP Video Not Playing or Damaged

3GP videos are conveniently small in size but they can also become corrupted or damaged. You can easily fix them by reading what’s written right here in this post.

Dec 20,2019 • Filed to: Photo/Video/Audio Solutions • Proven solutions

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“While other people are running around downloading large-sized videos in MP4 or MKV, I’m happier with my tiny 3GP clips. Trouble is, they’re corrupt and I don’t know how to fix them. I need help, people.”

3GP is a multimedia format that’s regarded as one of the veterans; it’s been around for more than a decade, so you can imagine just how pervasive it must be now. Even though more advanced formats and options are available, 3GP still shines in areas they don’t. For one, its small size is a huge plus. Conversely, and because it has been around for so long, it inevitably suffers errors that corrupt it. On the bright side, fixing it is easy and takes little time. You just need the right tools of the trade, and you can find them right here.

Part 1: Why Are 3GP Videos Not Playing or What Corrupts Them?

The bad news here is that your 3GP videos can get corrupt through a multitude of ways; the good news? There’s equally a multitude of ways to fix them, so go over the list below and see what corrupts 3GP videos or why they don’t play.


Part 2: How to Repair 3GP Video Files?

If you’re an avid lover of online clips or funny skits, then you’re no stranger to 3GP videos. But as convenient as they are, all 3GP videos are susceptible to being corrupt. On the plus side, they can be repaired via a few yet effective methods.

Solution 1: Repair the 3GP Video with Recoverit Video Repair

Alright, this is the big one. The brains at Wondershare have been hard at work and the results of their effort is a brand-new product called Recoverit Video Repair. The software takes all the efficiency that other Wondershare products are known for and puts them in one utilitarian tool capable of fixing even severely damaged videos. Recoverit Video Repair is compatible with an impressive range of commonly-used video formats: MOV, MP4, M2TS, MKV, MTS, 3GP, AVI, FLV, and 3GP.

Using Recoverit is as easy as pie. It has 2 repair modes: “Quick” and “Advanced Repair”, and you choose either option according to the severity of the damage to the video in question. If your video gets corrupted when you’re recording a family holiday, when you’re transferring it to a second storage device or editing/converting a clip for YouTube, Recoverit Video Repair is the only tool you need to fix it.

All that’s fine and good, but more important is how to use the software, right? For Quick Repair, it only takes 3 steps and you’re all done.

Step 1: Add the Corrupt Video File

This is as easy as dragging and dropping the files to be repaired into the first page on Recoverit Video Repair.

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Step 2: Repair the Video

Click on the “Repair” button to the bottom-right and the software. You’ll see a progress bar for each video as it’s being repaired.

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Step 3: Preview and View Files

Click on the “OK” button once the repair process concludes. You can view the video and decide which location to save it, or just leave it in the default save location.

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For Advance Repair, do this:

Step 1: Add Sample Video

This option repairs the damaged video by using a sample video that was recorded with the same device as the damaged one. But how exactly does Recoverit Video Repair fix the corrupt video? It utilizes advanced technology to scan and analyze the file structure and data of the sample video, then use it to repair the corrupt one. Pretty innovative, don’t you agree? To begin, click on “Advance Repair” and then on “Add” to select the sample video.

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Step 2: Repair the Video

Once both the corrupt and sample video have been added to Recoverit Video Repair, click on “Save”, then on “Repair” in the next window and the software will initiate the repair process. Once done, just click on “OK” and you’re all done. You can view the repaired video if you wish.

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Solution 2: Convert the 3GP Videos Files to Other Formats

All you have to do is convert the 3GP file into a different format to fix it. If you’re looking to retain the original format, look to the other solutions discussed below. But if you don’t mind watching your videos in another format, download any credible video converter and let it handle the task for you; UniConverter is a great one!

So, download, install and launch UniConverter. Then highlight all the 3GP files to be converted and drag them to the software’s main interface. You then select the output format before finally clicking on the “Convert All” button to the bottom-right of the software.

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Solution 3: Make Sure You Have the Right Codec

This is often overlooked but, just like other video formats, a codec is necessary to play 3GP videos. If you attempt to play the video but it doesn’t work, chances are the player you’re using is missing the codec that makes the video compatible with it. Just download the codec through the player’s innate update tool. Simple.

Solution 4: Utilize an Efficient Media Player

There is a truckload of media players out there but not all of them are optimized to play all video formats. There are a few popular ones that are more than equipped for the task, though. Your best options? Media Player Classic, GOM Player or the ever-popular VLC Media Player. The latter in particular caters to a large library of video formats (3GP included).

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Solution 5: Hex Editor Works Wonders

Using hex editor is a little bit more complex, but it’s still something you can do. It works like this: Using the software, you make a comparison between the part of the 3GP file that’s damaged and the part that’s working fine, then edit the former. Can you see why using it might prove difficult? It’s recommended you seek the assistance of someone who knows his way about the software. But one sure fact is this: Hex editor works great!


Part 3: Bonus Tips on 3GP Video Files

If you want to make the most of using 3GP, it’s best if you consider a few significant tips. First off, what is a 3GP file? It’s a multimedia file initially developed by 3GPPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) to decrease storage requirements and lower bandwidth usage. 3GP is saved as both audio and video formats.

Okay, now you know what it is, but what will play a 3GP file? You have many great options here. It was already pointed out earlier that competent movie players like Pot player, MPC, GOM player and a host more can all play 3GP files properly and with little fuss. And yes, VLC media player can easily play 3GP files. The same goes for Windows Media Player. Both players have no trouble running 3GP files of all sizes.

One last question: What do you do if you lose your 3GP files via formatting or accidental deletion and want to recover them? The answer lies with Recoverit Advance Video Recovery. Have a read of the little tutorial - Deleted 3GP Video Recovery Guide.

Recoverit Video Repair is here to stay. Because of its efficiency in recovering even videos lost through the worst means, you never have to worry about losing your 3GP videos again. And it just takes 3 steps for the magic to happen: Scan, Preview and Recover!

Eleanor Reed

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