How to Zip/Unzip Files in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

How do you zip and unzip files on your iPhone and iPad running iOS 11? It's become quite simple now!

The introduction of a native Files app has made the process of managing files a more straightforward task. Case in point, you can now zip or unzip files on your iPhone/iPad running iOS 11 with ease.

For those unfamiliar, ZIP is an archive file format, which has the support of lossless data compression. A .ZIP file may consist of one or more files or directories. To view any zipped files, you don’t need any third-party apps. However, if you want to do more, you will need an efficient app.

How to Zip-UnZip Files on iPhone and iPad

We have found Zipped and Readdle’s Documents pretty neat and reliable. In this tutorial, we are going to try Zipped first. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod running iOS 11 or later. Currently, it has the support of following file types such as, .zip, .png, .jpg, .html, .pages, .docx, .pdf, .numbers, .xlsx, .pptx, .rtf, .txt, .mp4, .mov, .aiff, .mp3, .wav, .psd, .caf, .md, .csv, .json, .js etc. It’s available for $0.99.

How to View and Share Zip Files in iOS 11

Step #1. Launch Files app on your iOS device.

Open Files App on iPad running iOS 11

Step #2. Select a .zip archive.

Tap on Zip File in iOS 11 Files App

Step #3. Now, just tap on it to view the summary view along with name, size as well as the number of files it contains.

Tapping Preview Content, shows the first file in the archive.

Preview Zip File Content in Files App on iPhone

When you tap on the list icon in the top left hand corner, you will see the individual files.

View Zipped Files on iPad in List View

Check out the markup icon to edit an image or document. Use the share icon to share the file.

Share and Use Markup in Zip Files in iOS 11 on iPad

As mentioned above, you can view and share your zipped files without the help of a third-party app. However, if you wish to do more, you will need a compatible app.

How to Zip or Unzip Files Using Drag and Drop in iOS 11

Drag and Drop make it a lot easier to zip and unzip files.

Step #1. Launch Files app on your device → Now, head over to the file.

Step #2. Next, you need to touch and hold it. You can use your another finger to select more files. Then, you have to drag them with your finger. While still dragging the file, you need to use your other finger to tap on the Home button and then open Zipped. Here is the complete guide to use Drag and Drop in iOS 11.

Select Multiple Files to Zip on iPad or iPhone

Note: If you have added the app to your Dock, just swipe up and then select it.

Step #3. Up next, you have to drop the file(s) in the Zipped app. It will extract or compress them.

Zip Files on iPhone and iPad using Zipped AppStep #4. Then, you will get two options: Save File and Share it. You have to tap on the Save File option. Now, File’s document picker will come up. Select any folder from any source, which is added to the Files app.

Save Zip File on iPad or iPhone in iOS 11

Step #5. When you have found the folder, simply tap on the Add button.

Add Zip File to Folder on iPad or iPhone

That’s done! Now, you can access the file from your Files app.

Note: You can also use Split View to make this process even easier. To do so, open Files and Zipped at once and then drag files between these two apps.

How to Unzip Files Via Share Sheet Extension Using Zipped

Step #1. After you have installed Zipped on your device, open Files app.

Step #2. Now, you need to touch and hold zip file.

Step #3. Next, you have to tap on Share from the contextual menu that pops up.

Tap on Share in Zipped File on iPhone or iPad

Step #4. Next up, tap on the Zipped icon to open the file in the app.

Unzip Files on iPhone or iPad

Step #5. Now, it will extract the files. Then, you need to tap on Select and choose the file you want to extract and then tap on the Share button. Next, you have two options: Share or Save File. Tap on Save File and then select the desired location.

Save Unzipped Files on iPad or iPhone in iOS 11

Finally, tap on Add to finish.

So, that was pretty much about iPad. Can you zip files on iPhone? Yes, you can get it done on your iPhone as well. Read on to know that…

How to Zip or Unzip Files on iPhone using Zipped App

Zipped also works on iPhone reliably. If you have used this app on your iPad, you will be able to easily go through it on your iPhone.

Step #1. Launch Zipped app on your device.

Step #2. Now, tap on the box button. Now, Files app will open.

Open Zipped App on iPhone in iOS 11

Step #3. Next, you need to navigate to the folder in question → Tap on the Select button at the top and then you need to select the files you wish to zip., now, tap on Open.

Select Files You Want to Zip on iPhone using Zipped App

Step #4. A popup will appear, asking you whether you want to Save the file or Share it. Tap on Save → Then, you have to locate the folder where you wish to save it and then tap on Add.

Save Unzip Files on iPhone

How to Zip or Unzip Files on iPhone Using Documents

Documents is a famous file manager for iOS. You can use it to not just take complete control of your files but also download web pages to read them later, annotate PDF, zip/unzip files and more. It’s free and compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod running iOS 9 or later.

Step #1. Open Documents on your device.

Step #2. Now, you need to tap Edit at the top right.

Tap on Edit in Documents App on iPhone

Step #3. Tap on the files you want to zip → Next up, tap on More at the bottom right corner.

Select Files You Want to Zip using Documents App on iPhone

Step #4. Select Zip in the menu.

Select Zip in Documents App on iPhone

Now, it will instantly zip up the file and deposit it in a current folder. Tap on Done at the top right.

To unzip a file in Documents, simply tap the .zip file once. That’s it! Now, it will unpack everything into a folder named Archive.

How to Zip or Unzip Files on iPad Using Documents

Step #1. Open Documents app and then tap on Select at the top right.

Select Files To Zip on iPad in Documents App

Step #2. Now, select the file you want to zip. Then, tap on Zip in the side bar.

Zip Files on iPad Using Docuemts App

To unzip the file, just tap on it once.

The app will unpack it into a folder and name it Archive. In case you unzip more than one files, it will be named as Archive 1, 2, 3, etc.

That’s done!

Your turn

Zipping is a nice way to shrink a bunch of files for smooth-sailing transfer. You can also use it to avoid attachment limits in email apps.

Files app is a welcome addition to the iOS 11 as it has made it a bit simple to keep documents organized. Haven’t yet used all of its features? Head over to this complete guide to giving it a full run.

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