The Files app on iPhone and iPad devices received a slew of new and useful features with iOS 13. iOS has always been able to open zip files. Here’s how to zip and unzip files on the iPhone without the need for any third-party apps.
You may now attach an external drive, connect to an SMB server, create folders, scan documents, and even zip and decompress compressed files.
We’ll show you how to compress and uncompress files on your iPhone without using any third-party apps from the App Store in this post. Open the “Files” app on your iPhone to get started.
How to Zip and Unzip Files on the iPhone Without Using an App
On your iPhone, go to the folder where you saved the zip file. It will be saved to the “Downloads” folder in iCloud Drive if you downloaded it via Safari. If you just downloaded the file, you should be able to find it under the “Recents” tab.
- Zip files are easily identifiable on the iPhone since they have a distinct symbol that reads “ZIP.”
- Simply press the file once to unzip it. Your iPhone will automatically create a folder with the same name as the ZIP file and extract all of the ZIP file’s contents to it.
- You can also uncompress a ZIP file using the Quick Actions option. Simply touch and hold the ZIP file, then pick “Uncompress” from the Quick Actions option at the bottom.
How to ZIP Files on iPhone
Using the Files app on your iPhone, you may compress numerous files or a whole folder into a single ZIP file.
Compressing a folder
- To compress a folder, tap and hold its icon in the Files app, then pick “Compress” from the Quick Actions menu at the bottom. If necessary, scroll through the quick actions menu.
This will build a ZIP file of the entire folder, which will be saved in the same location as the folder.
Compressing multiple files and folders
- To compress numerous files and folders into a single ZIP file, navigate to the directory that contains all of the files and folders you want to compress. Tap “Select” in the top right corner of the screen, then tap on each file and folder you want to ZIP.
- Tap the “three-dot” blue button in the bottom right corner of the screen and pick “Compress” from the pop-up menu once you’ve selected the files and folders to be compressed.
- All selected files and folders will be compressed into an “Archive.zip” file and saved in the same directory.
- To rename the zip file, pick “Rename” from the fast actions menu after touching and holding the freshly formed “Archive.zip” file. If necessary, scroll through the quick actions menu.
- Backspace the previous name, then type a new one in the top right corner of the screen and hit “Done” to save the file with a new name.
If you need to share the ZIP file, simply touch and hold it and choose “Share” from the Quick Actions menu. Then, from the iOS share sheet, choose the app you want to use to share the zip file.
That is all there is to it. Please leave a comment below if you require additional assistance with zipping and unzipping files on your iPhone.