What is a .BMP File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .bmp extension, but you have never seen this extension before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .bmp file extension and how to open it.

What is a .BMP file?

The .BMP file extension stands for Bitmap Image File. It was developed by Microsoft. The file has the binary format, and it is a raster related file.

What to know

There are currently 9 software that can open the .bmp file on 5 platforms.

How to open a .BMP file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .BMP file on various operating systems.

How to open a .BMP file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .bmp file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Corel PaintShop Pro, Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer and Microsoft Paint software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .BMP file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .BMP file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .bmp file on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the Apple Preview, Apple Photos, ACD Systems ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac and MacPhun ColorStrokes software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .BMP file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Apple Preview software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .BMP file on Android

There is easy way to open the .bmp file on Android.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .BMP file in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the Google Drive software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. You could also download the Google Drive software. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .BMP file on iOS

There is easy way to open the .bmp file on iOS.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

To open the file, you will need to download the Google Drive software. Please search for it in the iOS App Store and install it. The other software that opens the .bmp file on iOS is Google Drive. That’s all, now you have open your file on iOS.

How to open a .BMP file in the Browser

The currently known web apps that can open this file are: Google Drive. Just right click on the file and choose “Open With” on your OS.

Still cannot open the .BMP file?

If you are still unable to open the .BMP file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .BMP file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .bmq – Acclaim Entertainment, .bms – Konami, .bms – Nation Technologies, .bmv – Teeny Weeny Games, .bmx – Siemens. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .BMP file with the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Corel PaintShop Pro, Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer, Microsoft Paint programs on Windows, Apple Preview, Apple Photos, ACD Systems ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac, MacPhun ColorStrokes programs on Mac, Google Drive software on Android, Google Drive software on iOS and Google Drive program in the Browser.