How to Unzip and Zip Files in iOS

The lack of having some type of filing system in iOS causes us to miss some of the things we normally use on a Mac or even on Windows. One of them is the ability to not just unzip, but also zip files. There are different file utility apps that allow you to unzip files, but zipping them is another situation altogether.

iZip solves that by easily allowing you to unzip and zip files. Additionally, it allows you to have several options for what to do with the files and/or zips that are downloaded and created. Depending on how it’s utilized, it could become a great file utility


The most common situation for needing to unzip files is through email. You can click on the file to download it, but there’s nowhere for the files to download to. Once it’s downloaded, if you click on the Share button in the upper right, it gives you a listing of whatever apps you have on your iOS device that will handle a zip file. In this case, I’m choosing to have iZip handle the file.


After choosing to have iZip handle the file in email, it automatically inserts the zip file into iZip, allowing you to decide what to do with the file and its contents. Files will stay here until you delete them. The app confirms that you want to unzip the file.


Tapping on a row that contains a file gives you a preview of what it looks like. Tapping on the images toggles back and forth between showing the full image, and giving you a toolbar to either open the file in another app or print it. In the menu on the other side, there are also options to email the file or add it to your Dropbox.


Zipping files is just as easy unzipping them. Most likely on an iPad or iPhone, you would be zipping photos. If you click on the Photos icon, you will see all the photos on your device. Check the ones you want included in the zip, then click the Zip icon. It will ask you if you want to reduce the size of them as well, or just collect them into a zipped file. That zip file then appears in the file area of the app where you again have the options to email or add to your Dropbox.


There are other options for your photos, other than creating a zip file. If you highlight the row with the photo, it will display the photo and give you a toolbar with additional options. You can play all your photos in a Slideshow or flip through through them one at a time. Additionally, you can opt to open a photo in a different application, print it, or even send it to Facebook, complete with caption.


I’m a Mac person from way back, and for this reason, my first thought is to create a Stuffit file, and not a zip, and I always used to use apps that would give me an option to do one or the other. But Stuffits never really caught on, and zip files seemed to be the preferred compression method, so I’m willing to forego that and just go with zips. This app seems to be the one to do it. You can download the free version or the Pro version for $2.99, and I downloaded both, but could not find any additional functions of the paid version, despite the constant reminders on the free version that I should download the paid version. I think downloading the free version is the best choice.

Image credit: Ggirl Zipping Suitcase by Big Stock Photo.

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