Creating zip files on iPhone is one way you can store your documents on your iOS device facing storage issues. With the release of iOS 11, Apple introduced Files app, which can store zipped files on iPhone and iPad. Moreover, it has now become way far easier to handle complex tasks, multitasking, drag and drop files and others. Compressing and extracting files is one of the glaring features of iOS 11; with this, users can easily unzip a zip file on iPhone or iPad. Check this complete guide on how to zip and unzip files in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad.
If you are new to ZIP, note that ZIP is an archive file format that supports lossless data compression. Any ZIP file can be packed with one or more files or directories that may have been compressed. You can open or unzip files on iPhone in iOS 11 without any third-party app support; however, to compress or zip files, you need some paid or unpaid third-party apps. With a third-party app, users can easily compress and extract files on iPhone and iPad, which can be sent to other persons via Mail app.
How to Zip and Unzip Files in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad
How to View and Share Zip Files in iOS 11
Step #1: Open Files app on your iOS device.
Step #2: Choose a .ZIP archive.
Step #3: Next, simply tap on it to see the summary view including name, size and the number of files it has.
Step #4: Now tap on Preview Content to see the first file in the archive.
Step #5: Tap on list icon (three horizontal lines) to view individual files.
Step #6: If you wish to edit the file (image or document), there is an upright pencil icon. To share the file, use Share icon next to pencil icon.
How to Zip or Unzip Files on iPhone Using Documents App
Documents is a third-party free app to manage files on your iOS device. Apart from managing your files, you can also use this app to download web pages, save them in Documents and read later. It goes without saying that you can zip or unzip files with Documents. This free app can be used on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 9 or later version.
Step #1: Download Documents by Readdle on your iOS device.
Step #2: Launch Documents on your device.
Step #3: Tap on Edit from the upper right corner of the screen.
Step #4: Next, you need to tap on the files you want to zip.
Step #5: Now tap on More from the bottom right corner.
Step #6: Two rows with some options will appear on your device screen.
Step #7: You need to tap on Zip from the upper row.
This will quickly zip your selected files and put it in the current folder. Then tap on Done from the upper right corner.
You can unzip any file in Documents. For this, tap on .zip file and it will extract everything into a folder named Archive.
How to Zip or Unzip Files on iPad Using Documents
Step #1: Download Documents app and open it on your device.
Step #2: Now tap on Select from the top right corner.
Step #3: Next, choose the files you want to zip, and then tap on Zip from the sidebar.
This will zip the files you have selected. To unzip a file, simply tap on it once.
The app will extract files into a folder and label it Archive. If you have unzipped more than one file, each one will be labeled in sequence like Archive 1, 2, 3, and so on.
How to Create Zip Files on iPad in iOS 11 Using Drag and Drop with Zipped App
Before you go ahead and follow steps, download Zipped app on your iPad.
Zipped App currently works with following file formats: .zip, .png, .jpg, .html, .pages, .docx, .pdf, .numbers, .xlsx, .pptx, .rtf, .txt, .mp4, .mov, .aiff, .mp3, .wav, .psd, .caf, .md, .csv, .json, .js
Step #1: Launch the Files app on your device and tap and hold a file; now use other fingers to add more files.
Step #2: Once you have selected all the files you want to zip with your fingers, drag your fingers to the Zipped app.
Step #3: When you are in a Zipped app, release your fingers; two options will appear: Save File and Share.
Step #4: You need to tap on Save File option. Next, document selection screen will appear, and this will allow you to choose any folder from any source that is added to the Files app.
Step #5: After selecting a folder, you need to tap on Add button.
Step #6: You can go back to Files app and open the folder; you can see the zipped file there.
How to Unzip Files Via Share Sheet-Extension Using Zipped
Step #1: Once you have installed a Zipped app on your iOS device, launch Files app.
Step #2: Next, simply touch and hold a zip file.
Step #3: A context menu will appear on the screen with some options; you need to tap on the Share button.
Step #4: Now tap on the Zipped icon to open the file in the app.
Step #5: This will extract the files. Here, you are supposed to tap on Select and pick the file you want to extract and tap on the Share button.
Step #6: Two options will appear on your device: Share or Save File.
Step #7: Tap on Save File and then select the desired location.
Step #8: In the last, tap on Add to finish.
How to Unzip Files on iPad in iOS 11 Using Zipped App with Drag and Drop
Step #1: Open the Zipped App on your iPad.
Step #2: Drag and Drop Zipped File to App from Files App.
Step #3: Choose the location where you want to unzip files in Files App.
You have done it!
How to Create Zip Files on iPhone in iOS 11
Download Zipped app on your iPhone as well.
Step #1: Launch Zipped app on your iPhone and tap on the box to select files.
Step #2: This action will launch Files app view inside the Zipped app (in other words, your Files app and Zipped app are connected).
Step #3: Find the folder from which you want to zip files.
Step #4: Tap on the Select button from the upper right corner of the device.
Step #5: Choose files you want to zip and then tap on Done.
Step #6: Two options will swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone: Share and Save File.
Step #7: Tap on Save File option.
Step #8: Now navigate to the folder you want to save the zipped file in, and then tap on Add.
That’s it! Your files are zipped.
Apart from Zipped and documents, you can also use Kpressor. Since Kpressor is a costlier option, we recommend users to use Zipped app on iPad and iPhone to zip and unzip files in iOS 11.
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