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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.