Recently I had to change an .mpga to a .mp3 file in order to edit the music before using it as my ringtone on my android phone.

As an mpga audio file is technically a mp3 file there is no conversion needed.

Simply change the extension of the file from .mpga to .mp3 and the file should work fine.


On Windows

Follow the following steps to ‘convert’ the file.

  1. Locate the MPGA file using Windows Explorer
  2. Press alt to bring up the explorer options menu (in Windows 7). Then press tools > folder options.
  3. Temporarily uncheck “hide extensions for known file types”
  4. Right click on mpga file which should be visable as filename.mpga
  5. Rename file to filename.mp3

On Mac

  1. Select mpga file and press the command key + i  (command + i)
  2. In the ”Name & Extension” box, delete the .mpga extension and replace it with .mp3
  3. Click the “X” in the top left corner of window to apply changes.


Thats it! The file is now a mp3 file.


Extra tip: If your on an Android phone lookup file managers on the Android Market as these allow you to change file extensions.

Good luck!


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Comments (34)

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    jamie7 (October 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm)

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  • Master Ryken
    Master Ryken (November 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm)

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  • Sunil
    Sunil (January 16, 2013 at 10:57 pm)

    thanks a lot!! i really been able to convert my mpga files to mp3

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    i had so much trouble because my file was in mpga. this really helped alot! thanks ! =D

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  • Happy Virus
    Happy Virus (April 29, 2013 at 7:03 am)

    It really did!! Wow, thanks a lot! I wasted my time so much for searching software or file manager to convert it until I read this article. I I felt dumbfounded because this is so simple and easy. It really helped me a lot!! :D

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    Pointed Dog (May 8, 2013 at 8:31 pm)

    Boy, do I feel dumb. It was an mp3 file all along. Many thanks and blessings to you, my friend.

  • Mohammad
    Mohammad (May 9, 2013 at 10:30 am) Staff Member

    Yeah it is a simple conversion! Glad it helped!

  • Naresh
    Naresh (May 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm)

    Thanks Bro. It is really helpful to me.

  • Aquarius
    Aquarius (May 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm)

    My god, Google Drive is annoying on Android: No download feature, and when you use it via browser, it downloads a file, clearly labeled as a .mp3, as a .mp3. Then, if you look in your files, it’s a .mpga. I changed it to see if it worked, then ended up finding this place while trying to figure out what .mpga is. This is handy to know; I may code games with this as the file type just to screw with people.

  • Mohammad
    Mohammad (May 29, 2013 at 4:23 pm) Staff Member


    Haha go for it! Yeah it is actually quite annoying. Would be a one-liner fix for the andriod music player you would think, just play the .mpga as .mpa.

    Oh well!

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    it keeps going back to mpga…even when i type in mp3. Am I missing something HELP! windows 7

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    It says if you change a file extension name it may be unusable do you still want to change. When i click yes or no it goes right on back to MPGA. Help me!!!

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