How to Unzip Files on Mobile Device

Updated: Jun 1, 2019

After purchasing a digital product in my store you will need to unpack the ZIP folder to view and use the files. Its easy when you are on PC (right click - open with .. ) Whats about when you are on smartphone? Lets see


On iPhone or iPad

Download iZip from the App Store. This is a free app that allows you to extract the files from a zip archive, which makes the contents available for editing and sharing

Open the Files app. It’s the blue folder icon typically found on the home screen.

Go to the folder that contains the Zip file. The free version of iZip will only unzip files that are saved to your iPhone or iPad—if you try to unzip a file on a cloud server like Dropbox, you’ll be prompted to upgrade to the paid version. 

Tap and hold the Zip file. A black menu strip will appear.

Tap Share. This opens the sharing menu. Tap Save to Files. Several locations will appear.

Tap the arrow next to “On My iPhone.” This displays the iZip folder. If you already see the iZip folder, there’s no need to tap the arrow.

Select the iZip folder. This highlights the folder. 

Tap Add. It’s at the top-right corner of the screen. Now the file will be available in iZip.

Return to the home screen and open iZip. It’s the icon with a yellow folder that has a zipper.

Tap Files. It’s at the top of the screen. This displays a list of files saved to iZip.

Tap the Zip file you want to extract. A pop-up message will appear. Tap OK. The files inside the Zip are now extracted to the current folder.

Tap a file to open it. You’ll be prompted to choose what you want to do with it, such as open it in a specific app or share it with others.

On Android smart phones and tabs:

Download Files by Goodle from Google Play Store. This is free app  that allows you to extract the files from a zip archive, which makes the contents available for editing and sharing

Open Files by Google and locate the ZIP file you want to unzip.

Tap the file you want to unzip. The list of files in the compressed ZIP folder appears.

Tap Extract to unzip the file. After the files are extracted, a list of the unzipped files displays.

Tap  Done.

 All of the extracted files are copied to the same location as the original ZIP file

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