Learn: How Do You Open ZIP File on iPhone or iPad?


Martin Wilson

Aug 05, 2022


It's common knowledge that ZIP files are the best choice when looking to compress your data. Any modern device should be able to read these documents without any problems. If you've ever received or sent an archived ZIP file on your iPhone or iPad, you'll be happy to know that it can be opened without needing additional software. Zip files are great because they can store many files without too much room on your device. They also efficiently transfer large amounts of data from one device to another if you can open the file and remove all its components.

How Do You Open a ZIP Document on an iPhone and iPod Touch?

If you want to send a big file over the Internet, compressing it into a ZIP archive is a good idea. The compression of files not only saves space but also makes the process of transferring files quicker. When you're on the receiving end, it's helpful to know how to open commonly used compressed file types like ZIP, TAR, RAR, and others.

Launch the Files app and browse to where the compressed file is stored. Choose the compressed (or archived) ZIP file. A new folder with the files inside will be made. Folder renaming requires a long press followed by a tap on the Rename button. Look for a button to tap to open the file. Or:

Open up the Files app on your iOS device. To extract a ZIP file, navigate to the file you want to access. If you obtained it from the web, select the Downloads tab. To open your compressed file, click on its icon. After downloading the file, your iPhone will begin the unzipping process. A new folder with the same name as the ZIP archive will appear inside the same folder. Note that you can give the folder a new name if you choose. Keep pressing the folder's button. To rename it, click the menu option that appears. After entering the new name, hit the Done button to save your changes. If you want to see what's inside the archive, tap the freshly created folder.

How Do You Open a ZIP File on an iPad

Launch Files and navigate to the compressed file you want to open. Open the compressed folder by selecting the appropriate archive. There will be a new folder made with all the files inside. To rename a folder, tap the folder while holding down the shift key, and then tap the Rename button.

How Do You Open the Zip File Through the Mail App?

If you right-click on a file, it will have its menu. Click the Share toggle in the upper-right corner, and a menu will be displayed, in which you need to choose to Save to Files. The files will be stored in the Files program. Proceed as described, beginning with Step 3. Be aware that in iOS 14, viewing the contents of a zipped email attachment in either the Mail or Gmail app on an iPhone is possible without first unzipping the attachment. If you click on the file, a context menu will appear from which you can select the desired option.

You can view previews of the supported file types by selecting the Preview Content option. You can tell the interface of Gmail doesn't change whether you're using the web interface or the native Mail client. Within this preview menu, you can save a file to a custom location by selecting the Share option on the left. Utilize the zip file's Table of Contents in the lower left if you'd like to view individual files without having to open the archive.

iZip App

The App Store can be accessed directly from the iPhone's home screen by selecting the app's icon and then tapping the Search button. To find iZip:

  1. Enter it into the search bar and hit the "Search" and "Search" buttons.
  2. Choose "iZip," tap "Free," and then "Install."
  3. When prompted for it, enter your iTunes password to start the download.

The iPhone's mail client or browser will launch accordingly, whether you're accessing a ZIP file downloaded from the Internet or opening an email attachment. Launch iZip and select "Open in iZip" to view the ZIP archive. To unzip all files at once, click "OK," You can choose which files to unzip by clicking "Cancel." If you click Cancel, you'll be prompted to pick and choose which files you want to extract before viewing them. Just pick a file, and the iZip viewer will open it up for you. The program is compatible with any file format, including PDFs, images, and Microsoft Office documents. Files created in Apple's iLife software.


Good news: if you have had an iPad for the last couple of years, you can download Zip files and extract them without installing any additional software. Since you can't make a zip file on an iPad without installing additional software, you'll need to do so on a computer and then transfer the file to the iPad in question.


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