When you want to save storage space or send files through the internet you may want to zip files. If you need to view a zipped file, you have to unzip it first. Today, we will show you how to compress and decompress files on iPhone iPad using the free file manager Documents app.
Copy files to Documents
Find the files you want to zip in Files or other app where they are saved. Select them, tap on the Action menu, choose Save to Files, select Documents folder, then tap on Add button to copy the files to the Documents app.
If you want to save an email attachment from Apple Mail to Documents app, follow these steps:
- Open the Mail app, find and open the email;
- Tap and hold on the attachment and select Copy to Documents;
- A copy of the file will be saved in Documents and opened for preview.
Zip files on iPhone iPad
Run Documents app, open the iTunes Files folder, you should find all the files you have just copied from Files or other app.
If you need to compress only one file, tap the three dots at the bottom right corner of the file to bring up the action menu, then choose Zip to compress the select file to zip format. The zipped file will be saved in the same directory as the source file.
If you have multiple files to zip, tap Edit, tap on the checkboxes to select all the files you want to compress, then tap on More(three dots) menu at the bottom right corner to bring up the menu and choose Zip from there. An Archive file will be created and saved to the same folder as the source files.
Unzip files on iPhone iPad
To decompress a file using the free app on iPhone iPad is extremely easy. Simply tap on the zip file, all files included in the zip file will be extracted and save to the same folder as the zip file.
iPhone iPad file zipping alternatives
- Zipping files on iPhone using FileMaster – free file manager with secure data protection, powerful file transfer through Wi-fi, Bluetooth and many other features.
- Zip and unzip files on iPhone using FileExplorer – a powerful file manager app on your iPhone and iPad. It can access not only local files, but also files on your computer, NAS and cloud storages.