If you often need to send and receive large files from your iPhone, it is essential to know how to zip and unzip files on your device. The zipping process compresses multiple files into a smaller, manageable package. This makes it easy to transfer documents. You can use the Files app, Shortcuts, and third-party apps to zip and unzip files on your iPhone or iPad. Here we have explained all three methods.
- How to Zip Files on iPhone or iPad Using Files App
- How to Unzip Files on iPhone or iPad Using Files App
- How to Zip and Unzip Files Using Shortcuts
- How to Zip and Unzip Files on iPhone Using iZip App
How to Zip Files on iPhone or iPad Using Files App
- Open the Files app on your iPhone
- Now, head over to the folder you want to zip. Then, touch and hold over the folder
- Next, choose Compress in the popup menu that appears on the screen.
- If you want to zip many files or many folders (and not just one file or folder), tap on Select from the upper right to select the files. Next, tap on the three-dots icon from the bottom right and finally tap on Compress.
That’s it! All of your files will be compressed. The file name will be Archive.zip
Well, if you think that the zipping process is pretty simple, let me tell you that the method for unzipping isn’t complicated either.
How to Unzip Files on iPhone or iPad Using Files App
- Launch the Files app on your iPhone
- Now, go to the zip folder in question and tap on it. The file will be unzipped.
- You may also long-press on a zip file and select Uncompress in the popup menu that shows up on the screen.
How to Zip and Unzip Files Using Shortcuts
Besides the Files app, you can use the Shortcuts app to make zip files. Check out our detailed post on how to zip and unzip files using Shortcuts.
How to Zin and Unzip Files Using iZip App
Though the inbuilt Files app is perfect for unzipping and zipping files, your options are not limited. You can use one of the several third-party apps from the App Store.
1. Download iZip from the App Store.
2. After you open the app, you will see various options like Files, Photos, Audios, Document Browser, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and OneDrive.
- If the files you want to zip, or the file you want to unzip is in iCloud Drive or locally on your iPhone, tap on Document Browser
- In case you want to zip multiple pictures, tap on Photos
- If the files are in third-party cloud services, tap on the name (Dropbox, Drive, etc.), and sign in
In this guide, I am showing you how to zip many photos.
3. Tap on Photos and give the app permission to access your photo library. Enter an album.
4. Tap on Select from the upper right and touch on images to select them.
5. Tap on Zip from the bottom row. Next, choose if you would like to reduce photo quality or not.
6. The Zip file is created, and you can see it under Files inside the iZip app.
7. To share the Zip file you just created: Tap inside the small circle before the Zip file name to select it. Next, tap on Share from the bottom row and choose an option from the iOS Share Sheet.
8. To unzip a file: Simply locate the Zip file in one of the places and tap on it. A popup will appear, saying, ‘Would you like to unzip all files?’. Tap on OK.
That’s all, folks!
These are three ways to unzip and zip files on iOS devices effortlessly for free. I prefer the Files app method since it requires no additional download, and the steps are straightforward. Which method do you prefer? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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