I use my Samsung Galaxy S3 as an audio recorder in order to record short voice files. Anyhow I had the problem that I could not edit the recorded 3GA files like I normally do with the mp3 files. Therefore I would like to share how I convert the recorded 3GA file into a mp3 file :

1. Step: Voice record

Voice recorder Samsung Galaxy S3

Voice recorder Samsung Galaxy S3

2. Step:  Connect Samsung Galaxy S3 with your PC

You can use the provided USB cable to connect your SGS3 with a PC. The voice records are in the folder Phone/Sounds:

Samsung Galaxy S3 voice records 3GA file

Samsung Galaxy S3 voice records 3GA file

3. Step: Convert 3GA voice record file into mp3 file

I searched a converter programm and found a lot of expensive and malware programms. At the end I found the simple 3GP to MP3 Converter programm. It does the converting excellent and is free.

You will find it here: free download 3GP to MP3 Converter

3GP - 3GA to mp3 converter

3GP – 3GA to mp3 converter

The only thing I have to do with the files from my samsung galaxy S2 is to change the file ending / extensions from *.3ga into *.3gp. After this change the 3GP to MP3 converter opens the file and converts into an mp3 file.

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How to change the file extensions:

  1. First start the windwos explorer. Click on the button Organize and select the “Folger and seach options” entry.
  2. Switch to the tab “View” and search the check box “Hide extensions for known file types”. Uncheck the check box.
  3. Now you are able to change the file extension with the windows explorer.
    Hide extensions of known file types

    Hide extensions of known file types

Alternative converter – “Full Video Converter”

An advanced tool that supports all popular video and audio formats is “Full Video Converter”. For those who want to convert their files easily with just 2 clicks I really can recommend this tool. The first step is to select your 3GA file for converting:


The second step is to select the “Audio” button within the configuration of the conversion settings. You now can select your preferred audio codec. I selected MP3 and the default bitrate. Afterwards just press “Convert now” and your 3GA file will be successfully converted.

Download “Convert Genius” and start the converting now:


I think this converter is one of the most easiest tools to convert all popular formats like 3GA, MTS, 3GP, AVI, MP4, MPEG, WMV, H.264, DivX, MOV, RMVB, VOB, etc. It is very user-friendly and easy to use even for computer newbies :-)Download link: Full Video Converter


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