How to Unzip Files on iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Unzipping files on your iPhone can be a convenient way to access and manage compressed files. Whether you’ve received a zip file via email or downloaded one from the internet, this tutorial will guide you through the process of unzipping files on your iPhone.

What is a Zip file?

A Zip file is a compressed archive that contains one or more files in a smaller and more manageable format. It’s commonly used for reducing file size and bundling multiple files together for easier sharing and storage.

Step 1: Downloading a File Manager App

To unzip files on your iPhone, you’ll need to download a file manager app from the App Store. There are several options available, but two popular choices are iZip and WinZip. Once you’ve chosen an app, download and install it on your iPhone.

Step 2: Locating the Zip File

After installing the file manager app, locate the zip file you want to unzip. It might be saved in your email attachments or downloads folder. If you downloaded it from a website, check your browser’s default download location.

Step 3: Opening the File Manager App

Open the file manager app that you installed in step 1. The app will display various options to manage your files.


If you’re using iZip, tap on the “Files” tab at the bottom of the screen. If you’re using WinZip, tap on “Browse” or “Files” depending on the version.

Step 4: Importing the Zip File

In the file manager app, look for an option to import or open files. Tap on this option and navigate to the location where you saved the zip file. Once you find it, tap on it to import it into the file manager app.

Step 5: Extracting the Files

After importing the zip file, locate it within the file manager app. Tap on the zip file to open its contents. You should see a list of files or folders that were compressed into the zip archive.


If you’re using iZip, tap on the zip file and then select “Extract All Files” from the menu that appears. If you’re using WinZip, tap on the zip file and then select “Unzip” or “Extract All” depending on the version.

Step 6: Choosing a Destination

After selecting to extract all files, choose a destination for the extracted files. This could be a specific folder within your file manager app or any other location that suits your preference.


If you’re using iZip, tap on “Choose Location” and select a folder within iZip or another app where you want to extract the files. If you’re using WinZip, choose a location within WinZip’s interface or select “Save to Files” to save it in your iPhone’s default Files app.

Step 7: Extracting and Accessing Files

Once you’ve chosen a destination, tap on “Extract” or “Done” depending on your file manager app. The app will begin extracting all of the files from the zip archive and save them in your chosen location.

  • If you’re using iZip:
    • You can now access and manage the extracted files within iZip or any other app that supports the file type.
  • If you’re using WinZip:
    • To access the extracted files, open the Files app on your iPhone and navigate to the folder where you saved them.


Unzipping files on your iPhone is a straightforward process with the help of a file manager app. By following these steps, you can easily unzip files and gain access to their contents.

Remember to choose a reliable file manager app from the App Store and ensure that it supports the file types you commonly work with. Happy unzipping!

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