Unarchive files on iPhone

Have you downloaded or received some zip or rar files on iPhone? The iOS should come with native support to compressed files like the Mac OS. Unfortunately you can’t decompress archived files without a third party app on iOS device currently. To open zip files or unarchive files on iPhone or iPad, we recommend the free Documents app which can work with archive files.

Decompress files on iPhone using Documents app

Search and install the Documents app by Readdle from App Store. Copy or move the compressed files, RAR, ZIP, to the app. To unzip a file, simply tap on the file, the documents app will extract content from the zipped archive and save it in a new folder in the same location.

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Zip files on iPhone using Documents

Note that to zip a file or folder using Documents app on iPhone. Tap on the action menu (ellipsis), then choose Zip from the action list to create a compressed zip file and save it in the same location as the original files.

More apps to unrachive files on iPhone

We also find other file explorers or managers for iOS that can archive and unarchive files on iPhone iPad. Check out this guide to zip and unzip files on iPhone using FileExplorer. For a free and simple unarchive utility, follow this quick guide to unzip files on iPhone.

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