Steps to Repair Corrupt 3GP Files

Manisha Rawat
Manisha Rawat linkedin | Updated On - March 27, 2023 |

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Summary: Videos are a great source of entertainment and knowledge, and any issue in them makes it difficult to play them. This blog is going to guide you on how you can fix a corrupt 3GP file with the easiest ways possible.

3GP is one of the most popular file formats for the Third Generation Partnership Project. It is a multimedia container format for multimedia services. Sometimes while recording or playing a video, you may face some related errors like your phone runs out of space while recording or it shows error notification that ‘File cannot be displayed or played.’ Such unpredictable errors may give you nightmares about losing your precious data. 3GP files may get corrupt or damaged due to several reasons like hardware issues, corrupted SD card, browsing unreliable sources, issues in a mobile phone, excess storage on the phone, etc.

We all know that how important a 3GP file could be for the users and how it is susceptible to damage. So, let’s discuss how we can fix this problem and save the precious data.

Methods to Repair a Damaged 3GP file

Let’s discuss a few manual methods with the help of which you can repair the damaged 3GP.

  • Try Changing the Video Format
  • There can be a couple of reasons why a particular video is not playing in your phone, one of them is the unsupported video format. If the 3GP video format is not getting played in your system, then try converting it into some other video formats which are supported by your device.

    Note: If changing the video format doesn’t work for you, maybe you can try converting the video to some other format. Converting the video file to some other format. If you don’t know how to convert a video’s file format, then you can try very easy Kernel Video Converter for the same purpose. Learn here how to convert 3GP Video File to MP4 Without Losing Quality.

  • Right Codec can make a Difference
  • If you are unable to play a video even after changing its format, then you might need to check the codec. If your phone doesn’t have the right codec, then you won’t be able to play the video. So, take help from an expert and get the right codec for your software.

  • Try VLC Media Player
  • VLC is a popular media player among users, and it serves as a source for many platforms like Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, etc. This lets VLC to play video among a large range of formats which means your video might play. VLC also has an option to convert your video format to another format, so it may also help you to play the supported format
    after conversion.

  • Try Hex Editor
  • A hex editor is no doubt a complicated program and is only recommended if you are an expert at this and understand the whole process completely or if you are under the guidance of an expert. So, if you have decided to deal with the program, then you can start with comparing the first part of the damaged file with the non-corrupt part and proceed with editing the damaged part as per the requirement.

  • Try Repairing the Video
  • If the video is still not getting played, then there might be an issue with the video, that means your video is corrupt most probably. To deal with the corrupt video, you will need a reputed third-party tool, just like Kernel Video Repair. Let’s see how this software works with the help of steps of the recovery process.

  1. After installing, run the software and add the 3GP file by clicking on the plus icon on the welcome screen or dragging, then dropping that file to the same placeadd the 3GP file
  2. After adding the file, click on the Repair Files button.Click on repair file
  3. In the next step, provide a destination path to your file.provide a destination path
  4. The repair of corrupt 3GP will be startedRepair process
  5. Hence, your video file is repaired and file is repaired and saved


In this blog, we have discussed that how you can repair a damaged or corrupted video manually and with the automated method. And as we can see that none of the manual methods assure the positive outcome, and only one of them can fix the corruption. While the automated version can fix the corruption issue in few easy steps. The software comes with a trial version which lets you analyze the software closely and repair file upto 30 seconds, but you can save the file only with the full version.

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