Tip: How to convert Samsung Voice Recorder’s 3GA file to MP3 format

Posted on May 4 2012 - 4:58pm by Brian

I was recently recording some voice overs with my Galaxy S II and I was importing the files to my computer, I was slightly befuddled when I was greeted with this:

Now here I am with a time sensitive project and now I gotta go digging through the internet looking for a file converter for this strange format. Or did I? Well back in the day (circa 2006) I owned the good ‘ol T-809, a Samsung slider phone which recorded audio in the strange .3gp file format. I remembered that you could simply rename the extension to .mp3 and the files would play fine (conversely, you could also rename mp3s to .3gp and they could be used as ringtones).

I tried the same for these .3ga files and it worked! Drag and dropped those bad boys into Windows Live Movie Maker like it was nobody’s business. So remember kids, simply rename the file extension from .3ga to .mp3!

For more helpful tips, check out our Galaxy S II Tips Archive!

130 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Umomi June 16, 2016 at 12:41 am -

    beautiful. it worked like a magic

  2. Quoc May 5, 2016 at 4:26 pm -

    The next and previous tune selection buttons are hard to push. I feel like they would break. The recorded voice from my Samsung phone that I converted to mp3 sounds a little low.

  3. grownbetterwe April 13, 2016 at 12:24 am -

    I use iDealshare VideoGo to convert 3ga to mp3, wmav, wma, m4a, flac etc

  4. Jijo December 30, 2015 at 1:12 am -

    Gr8. Simple & effective Tips

  5. Elle December 10, 2015 at 11:28 pm -

    Thanks! This is so great! I tried a lot, but you’re the only real help! I love this so much! God bless!

  6. sam July 1, 2015 at 2:39 am -

    ya…..it worked!!!!!!!! thaxxxx

  7. Daisy June 17, 2015 at 5:17 pm -

    Really appreciate your Tip thanks for sharing your experience! But that method you shared can be used only in renaming the extension to .mp3. It can not be utilized in converting to other audio format.

    http://goo.gl/8CO0mf You can utilize this online application to convet your 3GA file to MP3(or other commen audio format) free. For the fact that the conversion has no quality loss with the help of the app.

  8. sheila May 27, 2015 at 6:22 am -

    thanks a lot..really helpful!!

  9. Jack May 9, 2015 at 1:51 am -


  10. Smrutirekha May 5, 2015 at 1:40 am -

    Thank you so much dear…I was trying to download and convert the extension from 2 hrs. ..It’s awesome..Thanks a lot

  11. Syl April 11, 2015 at 6:44 pm -

    Thanks a lot, Brian 🙂

  12. Juliet Swan April 6, 2015 at 10:12 pm -

    This topic seems to be a little bit out-dated. But I bet I need to add a free web-based application. This is a fantastic and awesome website which allows me to convert to files with different resolutions. http://www.apowersoft.com/free-online-video-converter

  13. musicaldoula March 25, 2015 at 8:45 pm -

    You also may have to go to “Computer” type “Default” into the search bar, and change what program opens the specific file extension you have. I selected iTunes to open my .3pgg and .mp4 and all those other uncommon file extensions, then I opened the songs. Once they played in iTunes, I simply made an mp3 version of the song. (You can convert in iTunes) . Took me a few hours to get to this point, but i hope it helps, because changing the file name wasn’t sufficient for changing the file type. Believe me, I tried…lol.

  14. naruto January 4, 2015 at 7:45 am -

    Thanx buddy u are just awesome !

  15. Kim Privler December 9, 2014 at 11:58 pm -


  16. Otto September 12, 2014 at 10:13 pm -

    Like someone said before: “OMG” it is so simple. Thank you very much for the tip – works perfectly!

  17. sanjeev sharma September 7, 2014 at 8:03 pm -

    Awesome bro……….it works smoothly ….simply changed the name and my mp3 player started detecting those files and playing as mp3 file….lots of thanks bro

  18. Carly August 1, 2014 at 11:46 am -


  19. Las Vegas Microwave Repair July 10, 2014 at 8:18 pm -

    What’s up, all is going well here and ofcourse every one is sharing facts, that’s really excellent, keep up

  20. farnaz March 24, 2014 at 9:49 am -

    thanks alot.i really need to know it:)

  21. Villacdtj March 7, 2014 at 7:29 pm -

    Try Faasoft Video Converter or Audio Converter. Works like a charm!

  22. Nesia February 4, 2014 at 8:15 am -

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!! Was real quick, easy and helpful…..much appreciated.

  23. Santosh December 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm -

    Fantastic…this is really cool and easy..

  24. Christopher December 6, 2013 at 7:02 am -

    AWESOME, thank you.

  25. Easton November 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm -

    Did not work at all.

  26. Denise October 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm -

    Fantastic. Thank you so much !!

  27. anna August 27, 2013 at 7:48 pm -

    Use iGooSoft 3ga to MP3 Converter, easy and useful

  28. aiko June 18, 2013 at 12:36 am -

    OMG! Really? Thank you so much!

  29. nelscottnelson June 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm -

    iDealshare VideoGo, the professional 3GA to MP3 Converter, can convert 3GA files whatever recorded from Android, Samsung Galaxy S1, S2, S3, S4, Nokia to MP3 format. Besides converting 3GA to MP3, it also can convert 3GA to WAV, M4A, WMA, AC3, AAC, FLAC, OGG, AIFF, RA, AU, DTS, MP2, APE and etc. It even supports to trim or split 3GA audio, merge several 3GA files into one, increase 3GA audio volume, batch convert 3GA files and etc.

    Furthermore, iDealshare VideoGo also can convert 3GP, 3GPP, AVI, WMV, MP4, MKV, MPG, RMVB, WTV, ASF, MOV, M4V, DV, MXF, FLV, F4V, Apple ProRes, QCP, SHN, AWB, AMR, VOC, FLAC, OGG, M4B, Apple Lossless ALAC, M4A, CAF, AIFF, APE, PCM, MPC, AU and etc.

  30. newwikstromkaren May 9, 2013 at 10:33 pm -

    Just google search Step by Step Guide on How to Convert Voice Recorder 3GA files to MP3, WAV, WMA

    You will find a simple solution

  31. Martin March 24, 2013 at 9:03 am -

    Guys you can also just use VLC media player. This can play almost every format out there. its great.

  32. Michshelly March 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm -

    Your a life saver – thanks so much :-))

  33. wilmy villar March 6, 2013 at 2:31 pm -

    very usefull, thanks.

  34. LM February 28, 2013 at 10:26 am -

    This may make them play but not make them into MP3 files! An easy converter (I just used it for some demos I recorded on my Galaxy SIII phone) is NCH Swift Sound File Converter. Works a treat and downloads any extra files it needs prior to conversion. I converted to MP3 and WAV with no problem!

  35. Rami February 28, 2013 at 9:10 am -

    It’s Great!! ^^

  36. Rami February 28, 2013 at 9:09 am -

    Thanxxxx you!!! It’s Great..worked smoothly…!!^^

  37. joe February 24, 2013 at 5:08 pm -

    Worked!! Plus the reverse for ringtones is handy too!!

  38. DigiDawg1 February 21, 2013 at 10:23 am -

    Changing extension to either .mp3 or .mp4 didn’t work in either windows media player, adobe soundbooth cs5, or windows movie maker live. This is from Galaxy s3 to PC notebook with Windows 7, 64 bit, if that matters. Wish it did work, would have been easy.

  39. khyati February 19, 2013 at 7:04 am -

    Brilliant! 20 minutes of aimless digging, and then I hit this pot of gold.
    So simple. so useful. kills it 😀

  40. Damitha February 10, 2013 at 9:12 am -

    Thanks Dude, this really worked

  41. Damitha February 10, 2013 at 9:12 am -

    Awesome, I tried everything & was really down & THIS WORKED!!!! Thanks Man!

  42. Palvargo February 9, 2013 at 4:42 am -

    It also worked for me on a Galaxy S3.

    It avoids all the fuzz with further software downloads. Well done!!

  43. Nana Fredua-Agyeman February 8, 2013 at 1:16 am -

    It worked perfectly well for me. Thanks

  44. Ray January 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm -

    Great advice ! I have a Samsung Galaxy SII LTE -Thank you very much ! It really works.

  45. Danielle January 26, 2013 at 8:25 pm -

    Works like a charm! Thanks alot.

  46. boardtc January 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm -

    Do not download the bigsoft audio converter as the trial only converts 5 minutes. Instead format factory is a good free solution.

  47. Olivia January 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm -

    Sorry, does NOT work. First, I get the “Warning! Renaming the file might cause it to become unstable..” etc., so I renamed it anyhow. I opened Windows Moviemaker, dragged and dropped, and it said it could not be opened.
    Is there a TRUE format converter somewhere to BUY that will not be rampant with adware, etc?
    I am so frustrated with this stupid .3ga crap I’m about to toss my Galaxy Note2 just for that reason alone! (Otherwise, I love it!)

  48. Anon January 19, 2013 at 9:33 am -

    Well, the renaming would work mainly on PC/laptop. On my car MP3 player, renaming doesnt work. If the MP3 player cannot support .3ga format, any amount of renaming will not help. Format conversion is the solution. However, if the audio player does support .3ga format but somehow cannot understand it then renaming will help.

  49. Guest January 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm -

    Simple yet brilliant

  50. Bob January 16, 2013 at 9:43 am -

    You can open .3ga them with media player (on windows 8 btw)

  51. Lauren January 12, 2013 at 9:59 pm -

    OMG!!!!!! You Rock!!!!!! It totally worked on my GS3!!! 🙂

  52. venni January 11, 2013 at 9:52 am -

    Doesn’t work for only the name changes not the format :/

  53. Peter White January 4, 2013 at 7:27 pm -

    If your media player doesn’t contain direct support for 3GA audio files, but supports 3GP multimedia files, rename .3ga to .3gp or .mp3, then you can play the renamed 3GA files in most situations.

    If your media player does not natively support 3GP and 3GA, a recommended solution is to convert 3GA to other popular format like MP3, WMA, WAV, M4A and etc. Bigasoft Audio Converter is just the right 3GA Converter which can convert 3GA to WMA, WAV, MP3, M4A, AC3, OGG, FLAC, RA, AU, AIFF, MP3 and etc. Aside from converting 3GA recorded voice files, Bigasoft Audio Converter also can convert QCP, AMR, AWB, FLAC, OGG, SHN, TTA, MPC, PCM, APE, VOC, VOX, AIFF, Apple Lossless and etc to MP3, WAV, and WMA and etc. In addition, it can extract audio from all kinds of video formats and save as MP3, WAV, FLAC, WMA, AC3, and so on.

  54. NancySJ January 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm -

    Just used your tip with a 29MB audio file on my Galaxy Note II. Works like a charm. THANK YOU for posting such an easy and fantastic tip. What a great help!

  55. UNNIKRISHNAN December 27, 2012 at 11:54 pm -

    itz not working yaar..im using Samsung Galaxy Y GT

  56. Yenny December 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm -

    Thank you so much! Helped me a lot!!! >_<

  57. cszsiga December 16, 2012 at 2:53 am -

    Don’t work as mp3… BUT if I renamed to mp4 all the players can play it (e.g. Winamp)
    It’s crazy 😀

  58. ajharmsworth December 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm -

    Thanks so much for this simple effective advice!

  59. ajharmsworth December 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm -

    A relief to have such simple, useful advice after downloading two file converters that refused to work with .3ga, thanks very much!

  60. Tim December 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm -

    You just don’t know how much I appreciate this information. You made it so simple when several links I googled try to make it so complex!

  61. jason December 11, 2012 at 11:04 am -

    thank you soo much for this.. id surf d internet for 2 hours and this gonna find so simple just to change, and rename thanks a lot its help me a lot.

  62. Adrienne December 10, 2012 at 11:58 am -

    OMG, if I was still making babies, I’d name my next one after you! Thanks for the tip! And, btw, my birthday is May 24, so DOUBLE bonus!

  63. Kieran December 10, 2012 at 3:45 am -

    Brilliant! Thanks a million! :o)
    – Kieran.

  64. el8gantbeauty December 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm -

    OMGeee thank you so much…I’m so in shock that the answer was that simple though…kinda embarrassed. LOL BUT THANK YOU!

  65. elham December 7, 2012 at 5:52 am -

    thanks a lot

  66. The Bride December 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm -

    Just wanted to say thanks, this worked for me. Since I’m completely technology-clueless, I had to use these instructions (http://www.mediacollege.com/microsoft/windows/xp/extension-change.html) given by Brian above to figure out how to rename the file. Big thanks!

  67. avi November 30, 2012 at 3:39 am -

    Thanks it works

  68. Stuart November 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm -

    Just what I needed in a hurry. Brilliant!

  69. rose November 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm -

    Oh my gosh! I can’t believe it could be done that easily. Thanks!

  70. Mansa November 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm -

    Hey buddy thanks a lot.. it was simply brilliant:)

  71. ivanpooh November 27, 2012 at 10:40 pm -

    The humor i love it!!!

  72. Danila November 23, 2012 at 7:14 am -

    Hi! It’s easy! You can do it on your mobile. I have got Galaxy s2. To convet 3ga to mp3 you must instal Androzip and Mediaconverter it’s free.

    1.Instal Androzip and Mediaconverter.
    2.Open Androzip,find your 3ga file and rename it to 3gp. (Mediaconverter can’t convert 3ga)
    3.Open Mediaconverter(it asks you to download some files, so download it) than choose your file example: voice001.3gp and choose convert to mp3. It’ll takes few minutes.
    4. You have done! 🙂
    I’m sorry for my bad english.

  73. Abigail November 21, 2012 at 8:28 am -

    Thank you so much 🙂

  74. Keri November 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm -

    Damn! So easy! Thanks!

  75. f November 18, 2012 at 5:31 am -

    Didn’t work for me.

  76. Karen November 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm -

    Thank you! It definitely works!

  77. gigi buze November 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm -

    thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you ………….

  78. Geethu Anish November 12, 2012 at 7:27 pm -

    by simply renaming,the format will get changed but it may not works good in some mp3 players(but works in pc/lap).so use the software FORMATFACTORY…it really works n dis s for sure…… 🙂

  79. xavi November 10, 2012 at 6:42 am -

    Tanks a lot!!! it works!!!
    ps: 1d10t – you’re an asshhhhooole 😉

  80. 1d10t November 9, 2012 at 3:03 am -

    it does NOT become mp3 file just by renaming the file.
    After renaming it,it only opens up in Windows Media player cause it supports 3ga format and by renaming the file,it gets associated with it.
    Gawd, you’re stupid.
    Don’t give people false information..

  81. Lucy November 3, 2012 at 12:46 am -

    im stuck! how do i convert it to mp3 because the computer wont let me rename it. btw i have a samsung galaxy s3. please help me!

  82. jon pap October 27, 2012 at 1:12 am -

    thanks man works on s3

  83. pete October 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm -

    Great tip, thanks

  84. Eran October 25, 2012 at 8:05 am -

    Hii, TNX its work!!!

  85. rechilda October 21, 2012 at 12:44 am -

    thank you so much for the tip……

  86. sumit saini October 15, 2012 at 9:08 pm -

    thanks dr…
    it works greatly even u want to convert it into mp4 so it is also possible just by renaming it to mp4….

  87. priyanka October 14, 2012 at 11:53 pm -

    HI…….. THank u so…………. much it help me alot 🙂

  88. Azmi October 14, 2012 at 2:43 am -

    Ok, thanks for sharing your experience!

  89. Sus October 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm -

    Thank you soooooooooooo much! Amazingly it worked! 🙂

  90. Sean Gabb October 12, 2012 at 3:45 am -

    I’m deeply impressed. Many thanks.

  91. Ajay October 11, 2012 at 2:00 am -

    Thanks dude….

  92. Emil October 11, 2012 at 12:47 am -

    you’re a genius!

  93. Charlotte October 8, 2012 at 7:17 am -

    one question; how can you rename a file (the extension) ’cause I can only rename the ‘normal’ name.

  94. Vernon Smith October 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm -

    It did not work for me and I received the message:

    The file you are attempting to play has an extension that does not match the file format. Playing the file may result in unexpected behavior…..

    I renamed with MP3 and WAV extensions, but still had the same result. Thanks for any help.

  95. Suzanna October 4, 2012 at 4:02 am -

    Thanks for the tip!!

  96. Ian October 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm -

    thank you, so much it worked perfec tly.

  97. av18 October 2, 2012 at 4:27 am -

    Wow. Of all the complicated explanations out there about what and how to download this one was so simple and so clear. Thank you!!!!

  98. spacer September 29, 2012 at 1:55 pm -

    Thank you!!! 🙂

  99. Arwa Al-Moghrabi September 29, 2012 at 9:20 am -

    Well thanx for the tip it kinda worked however
    it plays the first part of the recording quite well but then it starts to have little breaks in between the recording every 10 seconds or so?

  100. Cherish September 28, 2012 at 1:53 am -


  101. Rasta September 27, 2012 at 4:36 am -

    Thanx, it worked

  102. wanja September 24, 2012 at 6:26 am -

    as simple as that?? seriously it was disturbed my mind for a long time…hoh! thank god i found your explanation…thanks… =)

  103. Sukumar Rangachari September 23, 2012 at 9:09 am -

    Thanks a lot. It worked.

  104. pLasma September 21, 2012 at 10:00 am -

    If you follow this method, the file can be played back by mp3 players, but will fail to open in any audio editing software.

  105. Chris Si September 12, 2012 at 12:56 am -

    You are my hero 🙂 Thanks so much! Lots of love from Germany!

  106. Wayne September 11, 2012 at 7:02 am -

    Thanks so much! Recorded quite a few song ideas but couldn’t open them with paid for converters!! Life saver….

  107. Bruno September 9, 2012 at 6:30 am -

    You absolute KING !!!!
    Works a dream on SIII files also…
    Luv you man 🙂 Thank you.

  108. Johnson Victor August 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm -

    Wau! this is wonderful. Thank you.

  109. marc August 26, 2012 at 6:19 am -

    wow! THANK YOU! very helpful >:D<

  110. Rich August 24, 2012 at 10:10 am -

    I can not believe it was that simple. I use to upload it to an online converter. Thanks so much for the tip 🙂

  111. Tatevik August 23, 2012 at 6:38 am -

    Thanksssssssssssssssssssssssss… :)))))))

  112. matt August 21, 2012 at 11:43 am -

    outstanding.so simple.worked a treat on this laptop.thanks.

  113. matt August 21, 2012 at 11:41 am -

    outstanding. so simple. nice 1 .works a treat on this laptop.thanks

  114. John-Michael August 20, 2012 at 9:27 am -

    You are my hero of the day!

  115. noswal@visteon.com August 18, 2012 at 5:07 am -

    I Want to convert 3ga files recorded from my Galaxy Y to mp3 format.
    How i can do that

  116. Michael August 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm -

    Unfortunately, I found this does not really work. Changing the file extension somehow allows the file to be playable by MP3 players, but the format of the file is not a valid MP3. The problem I ran into was I wanted to set the Artist, Album, Title, and Year metadata values for the file but was not able to because the file was not recognized as a valid MP3 format. Also, if you try to open the file in an audio editor application like Audacity, it won’t open because, again, it’s not a valid MP3.

    I found 2 solutions.

    The 1st is an iTunes solution. I started iTunes and went “File > Add File to Library…” and then selected the 3GA file. It appeared in the iTunes library. I then right-clicked on the file and selected “Create MP3 Version”. iTunes did it’s thing and I then had 2 copies of the file in the iTunes library. I deleted the 3GA one and kept the MP3 one. I was then able to change the metadata values on the MP3.

    The 2nd solution came about because when I tried the 1st iTunes solution it did not work. iTunes created the MP3 but it was just white noise. So the 2nd solution is to download and install Xilisoft Audio Converter. The trial version has some limitations, but it was sufficient for my needs.

  117. aditi August 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm -

    yeh its working its gr8…….

  118. Marc August 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm -


    Works great!

  119. Brian July 24, 2012 at 10:03 am -

    There might be a way to do it on your phone, but it might be too much trouble. Simply transfer the files to your computer and uncheck “hide extensions for known file types”
    instructions here: http://www.mediacollege.com/microsoft/windows/extension-change.html afterwards, right click and hit rename

  120. mel July 24, 2012 at 1:57 am -

    May i know how and where did you rename the files from .3ga / .3gp to .mp3?
    On the phone itself or only workable on computer?
    If changing it on computer, we should rename in “Properties”? But i’m unable to rename it there either. Anyway to help me with this?

  121. Brian July 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm -

    Glad to have helped!

  122. Amudhan July 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm -

    Thanks. renaming to mp3 worked.

  123. kate July 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm -

    didn’t work for me 🙁

  124. Linda July 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm -

    Really appreciate your Tip thanks for sharing your experience! Cheers

  125. Rap July 12, 2012 at 11:41 am -

    Thanks :))

  126. Pro June 17, 2012 at 5:11 am -

    Thank u very much…

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