Recover 3GP Files from Memory Card

“Recently I recorded videos on my mobile phone, which have .3gp file extension. But, while going through these 3GP video files, I unintentionally selected “Delete All” option and removed all 3GP files from cell phone’s memory card. Even, I did not backup memory card data since two months. I know deleted files from mobile phone memory card cannot be recovered by any manual method. Can anyone suggest me any way to recover 3GP files from memory card?”

This kind of situation can fret mobile phone users about lost or deleted 3GP files. 3GP (or 3GPP –Third Generation Partnership Project), is video file format introduced for 3G mobile phone and even for few 2G and 4G cellular phones to play recorded video files. This video file can be played on various media players like VLC media player, Real Player, Windows Media Player, etc. However, 3GP files stored in memory card may get removed or lost in any instant as discussed in above paragraph and in other situations as listed below:

  • Formatting Memory Card: There are certain times, where users unintentionally format memory card on mobile phone or when it is attached to system for transferring files. Logical errors with memory card such as ‘card need to be formatted’, ‘memory card not found’, etc makes you to forcefully format memory card, which causes loss of plenty of files including 3GP video files
  • Memory Card Corruption: Memory card might get corrupt due to virus intrusion, abrupt ejection of card from host device, using same memory card on different devices, saving new data when its storage space is full and other issues that data saved on memory card including 3GP videos inaccessible to users
  • Interrupted File Transfer: Interruptions such as sudden system shutdown due to power surge or removal of memory card while moving 3GP video files from memory card to PC may results in loss of 3GP files that were getting transferred

If memory card is not used further to store new files after encountering loss or deletion 3GP files, then recovering 3GP videos from memory card is possible by employing an appropriate media file recovery tool.

3GP file recovery software:

Yodot Photo Recovery Yodot Photo Recovery is the best tool to restore 3GP video files from memory cards after they are lost, missing or deleted in any circumstance. This application is well organized to get back 3GP as well as MP4, M4V, AVI, MOV, MPEG, XVID and other video files from memory card. This software can recover videos from SDHC card and other memory card types such as SD, SDXC, MicroSD, CF, MMC, XD, etc. Along with video files, you can even retrieve pictures, audios, RAW images and other file types from memory card with extreme ease. Including this, media files can be restored from other storage components like system hard drive, external hard drive, pen drive, iPod and so on. Additionally, one can easily employ this tool on Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Server 2008 OS based computers.

Simple procedure for recovery of 3GP files from memory card:

  • Download Yodot Photo Recovery utility on Windows system
  • Connect your memory card to that Windows PC through card reader
  • Install the software and launch it by following given instructions
  • In main screen, you will find two options, which are “Deleted Photo Recovery” and “Lost Photo Recovery”
  • Click on any of the option based on 3GP file loss scenario on memory card
  • In next screen, all drives or partitions on system will be displayed along with memory card
  • Select the drive that symbolize memory card from which 3GP files have to be restored
  • Later, this application performs a quick scan of selected memory card
  • After completion of scanning process, program will show recoverable 3GP video files under “Data view” and “File Type view”
  • Mark desired 3GP files and view its file description by clicking on “Preview” option
  • Now, specify new destination location to save rescued 3GP files on system


  • Backup your favorite 3GP video files on system or any external storage devices
  • Avoid wrong usage of memory card while using it on computer or digital gadgets
  • Protect your memory card from suspicious virus or malware attacks by not using it on various device or virus infected computers

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