How to open Temp files(.tmp, .temp) on Android and PC?

How to open Temp files on Android

We find a file with an extension like .tmp, or .temp while surfing files and folders on file manager. But what kind of files are? We'll look at it later.

But, you can't open this file easily. You'll need a specific file manager or temp file opener app on android OS.

Don't worry we'll see each and every steps and method to open the Temporary files on android and windows. So, Let's get started with this tutorial!

    What is the Temporary file?

    Temporary files are the files that are used to store information about a specific application. These are used by Programs or applications as temporary data storage while performing any task.

    Mostly it is created by the application programs which are made to do heavy tasks like web browsing, video editing, gaming, etc.

    The lifespan of Temporary files can be 24 hours, 1 week, or 1 month. It depends on how the program or application is using it.

    How to open Temp files on android?

    There are many types of temporary files, here in this guide, we're only opening 2 types.

    I. Normal temp files - These files are general temporary files that are created to support any application program. They are used while performing any task of the program.

    You can open and edit them by using a simple text viewer or notepad. Just Rename the file with extension .txt, that's it!

    II. Corrupted Temp files - As we've seen that temporary files are created by Programs, but sometimes android OS creates/converts/corrupts general files like JPG, PNG, or MP4 into temp files.

    Those files are not actual temporary files, these files are just corrupted files by the android system.

    You can open them easily according to their original file type. Rename the file with it's original file extension like .jpeg, .png, .mp3, .mkv, ,mp4, etc.

    For this task, you'll need a File manager. Open the corrupted file with any advanced file manager like X-plore, FX File manager, ES Filer manager, etc.

    Else, you can try 3rd party temp file opener apps available on the Google Play store. Download it and open the file with that app. It also works like charm!

    How to open the .tmp file in excel?

    When we try to open the .tmp file in Microsoft Excel and it doesn't get open in excel. Then you can try this method, which we're going to share with you.

    First, Right-click on the file and select "Open with" Excel. Check whether it is accessible with Excel. Sometimes it throws an error message like "it is corrupted, located on a server which is not responding".

    Excel error message - Temp file on Excel

    Leave it. Rename it with any excel supported file extension i.e. remove the file extension .tmp and add .xls.

    Now, try to open it. Still facing the issue in the opening, then it means the Temp file is not supported for Excel. You can't open it with Excel. You can try to open it with Word with the same method.

    How to delete or clear temp files in Android mobile?

    You can delete the temporary files on android easily. You just need to follow simple steps to clear cache and temp files.

    I. Clear temporary files using Files - Primary and simple way to clear temporary files is using the 'Files - File manager by Google'. 

    Open the Files app and head towards the Clean tab. Tap Clear ad all temp files and cache files will get clear from your android device.


    II. Clear temporary files using 3rd party apps - Go to Google play store and search for any  Temp file cleaner or cache cleaner. It will find and clear all the temporary files from your android device with just a single tap.

    Install the Cleaner app with the Highest rating Greater than 4.0.

    III. Clear temporary files manually - This is the last method if you've tried everything. You'll need to find temp files in the android system.

    How to find or locate the temp files on android? Actually, it's a bit difficult task to do.

    How to Convert the .tmp file to .mp4 android?

    As I said earlier, these temporary files are modified by the android system. You can easily convert it into mp3 or mp4 according to its original file type.

    • Install any multipurpose File manager, and locate the file on the file manager.
    • Now, navigate to that file and rename the file with its real file extension.
    • That means If the original file extension is MP4 then remove the .temp or .tmp and add '.mp4'.

    It will rename the file and convert the file into its original file type i.e. mp4. This is how you can convert the .tmp file to .mp4 on your android device.

    How to play a .tmp video file on android?

    As explained earlier, first convert the .tmps file into a video file format like MP4, AVI, MOV, MKV, or WMV as per the original file type of the file. 

    If you don't know the original file type of the video file, then try each and every file type mentioned. It will work!

    .tmp file recovery - How to recover the .tmp file?

    How do I recover temporary files on Android? Yes, you can recover the .tmp file on android and windows systems. Just you need to know the purpose of the file which means, why the file is created?

    If it is created by a program or application, then it is created to store data and you can do anything with this file.

    If the file is generated from other files like photos and media files, then it's not an actual temporary file. It is corrupted by your operating system due to some misfunctioning or any other reason and you can recover those files easily.

    Read the previous method to recover the .tmp file from .mp4. You'll get an idea about how to recover the temporary files.

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