How to Open Zip Files on iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

Do you often receive zip files on your iPhone and wonder how to open them? Zip files are compressed archives that can contain multiple files and folders.

Opening them on your iPhone is quick and easy. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step.

Method 1: Using Files App

If you have iOS 11 or later, you can use the built-in Files app to open zip files on your iPhone.

Step 1: Download the Zip File

First, download the zip file to your iPhone. You can do this by tapping on the link or opening it from an email attachment.

Step 2: Open the Files App

Locate and tap on the Files app icon on your home screen. The Files app allows you to organize, view, and manage all your files in one place.

Step 3: Navigate to the Zip File

In the Files app, navigate to the location where you saved the downloaded zip file. It could be in iCloud Drive, On My iPhone, or any other location that you have access to.

Step 4: Tap on the Zip File

Tap on the zip file to select it. The file will be highlighted with a blue color when selected.

Step 5: Extract the Zip File

To extract the contents of the zip file, tap on “Preview Content” or “Open in ‘Files'” option that appears at the bottom of your screen. The Files app will automatically unzip and display all the files and folders contained within.

Method 2: Using a Third-Party App

If you prefer using a dedicated app for managing zip files, there are several options available on the App Store. One popular app is “WinZip”. Here’s how you can open a zip file using WinZip:

Step 1: Install WinZip

Download and install the WinZip app from the App Store.

Step 2: Launch WinZip

Tap on the WinZip icon on your home screen to launch the app.

Step 3: Import the Zip File

In WinZip, tap on the “+” button to import a zip file. You can import the file from various sources such as iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, or even from email attachments.

Step 4: View and Extract the Zip File

Once imported, you will see all the files and folders contained within the zip file. Tap on any file to preview it or tap on “Extract” to extract all the files to a specific location.

Tips for Opening Zip Files on iPhone

  • Check Supported File Formats: Make sure that the zip file contains compatible file formats that can be opened on your iPhone.
  • Password-Protected Zip Files: If you receive a password-protected zip file, you will need to enter the password to unlock it. Some third-party apps like WinZip support password-protected files.

In conclusion, opening zip files on your iPhone is straightforward using either the built-in Files app or a third-party app like WinZip. Choose whichever method suits your preference and start exploring those compressed archives with ease!

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