My missus sent me a video e-mail (via. her USCC MMS e-mail address) from her Galaxy S and when I try to open it in Windows Live Hotmail via. Safari, I get a message stating “Download Failed – Safari cannot download this file.” So, how can I playing the 3GP video e-mail attachment on iPad?

The file extension “3GP (.3gp or .3g2)” is commonly used for cell phone camera videos, It is not a compatible video format with iPad. That’s to say, you are unable to directly open your 3GP mail attachments received on your new iPad. But this doesn’t mean that there’s no solution. There are some options for you to open these attachments in 3GP on iPad:

Part 1: Open 3GP directly via Mail App or via Safari
Part 2: Convert the attachments in 3GP to iPad compatible formats

Part 1: Open 3GP directly via Mail App or via Safari

Apple iPad is never told that it can recognize 3GP files. But when the 3GP file is attached in your mail message, you can open it directly via Mail App or via Safari. Here is how:

1. Open your mail box via Mail app and tap on the mail message to open it. You can also log in your mail box via the built-in browser –Safari on your iPad.
2. Continue to tap on the 3GP mail attachment to download it.
3. After the download, tap on the 3GP video and it will be opened on your iPad.

Part 2: Convert the attachments in 3GP to iPad compatible formats

However, some 3GP videos still are excluded from the compatible format list of iPad – I have tested several kinds of 3GP video attachments, and only phone video in 3GP is playable on iPad. So if the 3GP attachments are unplayable on your new iPad, you may have to convert 3GP to an iPad compatible format like MOV.

iFunia iPad Video Converter for Mac here is used to finish the conversion. It has ultra-fast conversion speed which enables you to quickly convert video among all hot file formats. Using the newest encoding and decoding technologies, the Mac program can keep your video quality after the conversions. Moreover, the software also providing some optimized presets for iPad which will definitely simplify your conversions and save your time a lot.

Download 3GP to iPad Video Converter for Mac

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Free Download iFunia 3GP to iPad Video Converter for Mac

To install it, simply mount the .dmg archive by double-clicking it, and copy the application to your applications folder (or wherever you want).

Step 1. Download the 3GP attachment on your Mac

Open the Mail app on your Mac with a web browser and log into your mail box, click the mail message and download the attachment in 3GP.

Step 2. Load the Source 3GP Videos/Attachments

Now Run the program via the desktop icon, Drag and drop the downloaded attachments to the 3GP to iPad Converter Mac. If you have some 3GP videos, you can also use the same way to load your 3GP videos. Or click “Add Files” button to load your 3GP video files.

iFunia Video Converter for Mac

Step 3. Choose an Output Format for iPad

Head to “Output Format” section, click the drop-down arrow to choose a proper output format. For example: if you have a wifi iPad, select the “iPad MPEG-4 Video (*.mp4)” setting. This will give you a great-looking video and take the least amount of conversion time.

output formats of iFunia Video Converter for Mac

Step 4. Start to convert your 3GP mail attachment

To start the conversion, the last thing you need to do is clicking the Start button at the top of the main interface. And the rest will be soon finished by the iPad Video Converter.

Step 5. Transfer the converted video to iPad

After the 3GP to iPad conversion, attach your iPad to your computer and open your iTunes, just choose where you want your new movie to go – on your iPad and iTunes will sync and put your new movie on your iPad