How to Zip Files on Android

Alicia Santos

Android, Tutorials

How to Zip Files on Android

Are you tired of dealing with large files on your Android device? Zipping files is a great way to reduce file size and make it easier to share or store them. In this tutorial, we will explore how to zip files on Android using simple steps.

Step 1: Install a File Manager App

Before we begin, you need to install a file manager app that supports zipping files. There are several options available in the Google Play Store such as ES File Explorer, Solid Explorer, and Astro File Manager. Choose the one that suits your needs and install it on your device.

Step 2: Open the File Manager App

Once you have installed the file manager app, open it from your app drawer. You’ll see a list of folders and files on your device.

Step 3: Select Files to Zip

To zip files on Android, you need to select the files you want to compress. Tap and hold on a file until it is selected. You can then tap on additional files to select them as well.

Note: Some file manager apps allow you to select multiple files at once by tapping on them individually or using checkboxes.

Step 4: Access Zip Options

After selecting the desired files, look for an option that allows you to perform actions on the selected items. This option is usually represented by three dots or an icon with vertical ellipsis. Tap on it to access additional options.

Option 1: Compress Files

  • If the file manager app has a dedicated zip feature, you may find an option like “Compress” or “Zip”. Tap on it to start the zipping process.
  • Choose a location on your device where you want to save the zip file.
  • Wait for the app to compress the selected files. The time taken will depend on the size and number of files.

Option 2: Share as Zip

  • In some file manager apps, you may find an option like “Share” or “Send”. Tap on it to access sharing options.
  • Select “Zip” from the sharing options. This will create a zip file containing the selected files.
  • Choose a sharing method such as email, messaging app, or cloud storage service to send the zip file.

Step 5: Accessing the Zip File

Once the zipping process is complete, you can access the created zip file using your file manager app. Navigate to the location where you saved the zip file and tap on it to open or share it as needed.

Tip: To extract files from a zip archive, simply tap on it and choose an extraction option provided by your file manager app.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to zip files on Android.

Zipping files can help you save storage space and make it more convenient to share multiple files at once. Remember to regularly organize and clean up your device by deleting unnecessary files and folders.

Note: The steps mentioned above may vary slightly depending on your Android device model and version of the file manager app you are using.

Enjoy zipping!

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