Zip, Unzip files on iPhone iPad

Want to send a bunch of files from your iPhone? Looking for an app to compress large number of file so as to save storage on your iOS device? Received a zip file and don’t know how to extract files from it? Since iOS 13, you can zip files using the Files app on your iPhone and iPad without need for a third-party app.

Compress files on iPhone

If the files you like to compress or decompress are saved elsewhere, go to save or copy them to the Files app first. Launch the Files app, find the file or folder you like to compress, long press it until you get the contextual menu. Scroll all the way down to the bottom, select Compress to create a ZIP archive on your iPhone or iPad.

compress files folders on iphone

Zip multiple files and documents on iPhone

You can also zip multiple files, documents and even folders into a single zip file. Tap the Select button at the top right corner, then choose the More button (three dots) at the bottom right corner to bring up the options at the lower section on your phone screen.

compress, zip, archive multiple files, documents, folders using files app on iphone

Choose Compress. A zip archive will be created and saved to the same folder as the original files or folders in Files app on your iPhone.

Unzip or decompress archive files on iPhone

To unarchive a compressed file, tap and hold to pop up the contextual menu, scroll down to the bottom and choose Uncompress from the menu to unarchive it.

extract, uncompressed zip files on iphone
extract, uncompressed zip files on iphone

The compressed or decompressed files will be saved in the same location as the original files in Files app.

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