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Play 3GP Files on iPhone

The 3GP video container format was developed with the intension to save on disk space, bandwidth and data usage, which is why they're often seen created from and transferred between mobile devices. The 3GP files can be played on many different 3G mobile phones without the need for special app. Although there may be some limitations, 2G and 4G mobile devices are also almost always able to natively play 3GP/3G2 files. However, you will be disappointed to find that your 3GP files are not supported on iPhone, whether your newly purchased iPhone XS Max/XS/XR or previously bought iPhone models.

Although iPhone has updated a lot recent years, however, the media playback capability of iPhone is still limited to just few digital file formats including HEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2 and Motion JPEG. It also means that iPhone offers no direct playback support for 3GP files.

Solution to get 3GP files viewed on iPhone

Play 3GP on iPhone with third-party players

If you are unwilling to play 3GP files on iPhone with a third-party video player apps, you can install OPlayer, which play all your videos directly without having to convert them! OPlayer supports almost every format for video/audio playback. It gives you the flexibility to be able to download your files to your device, or browse a SAMBA/FTP/UPnP/DLNA share over the network.

Supported formats by OPlayer

Video formats: mkv, wmv, avi, divx, xvid, rmvb, rm, flv, mp4, 4k, mov, 3gp, m4v, blu-ray, ts, m2ts, swf, asf, vob, h265 (hevc), webm
Audio formats: mp3, wma, wav, dts, ac3, eac3, aac, flac, ape, cue, amr, ogg vorbis, lossless music

Convert 3GP for iPhone playing

Installing a third-party video player app on your iPhone will be very battery and space consuming, for those people who insist on playing 3GP files on iPhone with its native video player app, then we highly recommend you to convert 3GP to iPhone playable digital file formats listed above.

Here, you can easily complete the job by downloading our best iPhone Video Converter - Pavtube Video Converter for Mac. The program has perfect importing support for both 3GP and 3G2 files, thanks for its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple 3GP files into the application for conversion at one time. With the application, you can easily convert 3GP to iPhone playable digital file formats listed above. To get the best playback capability, you can then flexiblity adjust output video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc.

Related article: Play MP4 on iPhone 8 Plus | Play 4K Video on iPhone | Play HEVC on iPhone 8

Apart from iPhone readable digital file formats, you can also transcode 3GP to other popular digital file formats such as AVI, WMV, MKV, MOV, M4V, MPEG-1/2, ASF, Divx/Xvid, etc according to your own needs.

For Windows users, please switch to download Pavtube Video Converter to perform the conversion on Windows 10/8/7/XP, etc.

Step by Step to Convert 3GP for iPhone Playing

Step 1: Load 3GP files.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click "File" menu and select "Add Video/Audio" or click the "Add Video" button on the top tool bar to import source video files into the program.

Load 3GP files

Step 2: Define the output format.

Click the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select one of iPhone playable file formats, here, to get the best quality, we highly recommend you to choose "H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)" under "HD Video" main category.

Choose output file format

Tips: Click "Settings" on the main interface to open "Profile Settings" window, here, you can flexibly choose or specify exactly the profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.

Step 3: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the "Convert" button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from 3GP to iPhone supported digital file formats.

When the conversion is finished, click "Open Output Folder" icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files.

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