How to Compress and Extract Files on Android using ZArchiver

Compress And Extract Files On Android With Zarchiver

Android devices don’t always allow you to open every file type you might be emailed or download. The same goes for compressing a file or group of files. Depending on what the file is, this may be a big inconvenience. Some file managers let you compress or decompress zip files, but what happens if there is a rar or 7z file you need to open? ZArchiver lets you compress and extract files on Android, even if your file manager won’t.

Compressing a File on Android

The process of making a compressed folder is pretty easy actually. Install and open ZArchiver. Tap the menu in the top-right corner of the window. This menu lists all of the settings to create compressed folders in Android.

Compress And Extract Files On Android With Zarchiver Create

Click Create to choose whether to create a new folder or archive. You’ll have the chance to choose exactly what compression format you want next.

Compress And Extract Files On Android With Zarchiver New

Like many desktop apps, you can choose the settings of the archive. You can add a password, choose the level of compression and even split the archive into multiple volumes.

Compress And Extract Files On Android With Zarchiver Options

Once you have all of the settings ready and the archive named, you are ready to add the files. It is a good idea to make sure you are in the correct folder or subfolder so you can easily add the files at this step. You can create a new folder and move all of the files there if needed. Tap the files to highlight them and press the down arrow icon to create the compressed archive.

You can also tap and hold any created folder to compress it. Select how you want to compress the file, and you’re done.

Compress And Extract Files On Android With Zarchiver Folder

Extract Files on Android

The decompress process is just as simple when you want to extract files on Android. When there is a file emailed to you or otherwise downloaded to your Android device, you have a few different options. The first option is to view the contents of the compressed archive.

Open ZArchiver and use the file manager to find the archive. Click the archive when you find it. You should be presented with a few options, one of which will be View. You will be able to see the folders and files in the compressed archive. If needed, you can extract a single file.


If you want to extract all of them, there are other options. You can Extract here, which will empty the contents into the main folder. You can Extract to “./<Archive name>/” This will create a new folder and extract all of the files into it. This is usually a great option.

File Types

This is a list showing all of the compatible file types you can compress, view and decompress. If you notice, there are many not-so-commonly-accessible files on an Android.

Create archive: 7z (7zip), zip, bzip2 (bz2), gzip (gz), XZ, tar

Decompress archive types: 7z (7zip), zip, rar, bzip2, gzip, XZ, iso, tar, arj, cab, lzh, lha, lzma, xar, tgz, tbz, Z, deb, rpm, zipx, mtz

View contents: 7z (7zip), zip, rar, bzip2, gzip, XZ, iso, tar, arj, cab, lzh, lha, lzma, xar, tgz, tbz, Z, deb, rpm, zipx, mtz

Final Words

ZArchiver is a must-have tool if you’re working with files and folders often on your Android device. You can both compress and extract files on Android. It’s a great way to go from games and social media to making your device more productive.

If ZArchiver isn’t right for you, try out RAR instead. If you’re dealing with large audio files, one of these tools may work better.

Crystal Crowder Crystal Crowder

Crystal Crowder has spent over 15 years working in the tech industry, first as an IT technician and then as a writer. She works to help teach others how to get the most from their devices, systems, and apps. She stays on top of the latest trends and is always finding solutions to common tech problems.

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