A ZIP file is an archive file in which other files can be stored. Such archives are used in order to reduce the volume of source files, split a large file into smaller parts, or in order to combine a large number of files into one. These features are very useful when transferring files over the Internet. Therefore, very often, downloading documents or other files from the Internet, you may find that they are archived in a ZIP archive.
But, not everyone knows how to open ZIP files and work with archives, especially when it comes to working on mobile devices such as iPhone or iPad. This is the question we will consider in this article, here you will learn two ways at once how to open ZIP files on iPhone or iPad.
Opening a ZIP file using the Files application
One of the standard iOS apps is the Files app. This application is available on both iPhone and iPad, and it can be used to open ZIP files.
Suppose that when surfing the web you came across the ZIP file that you need. In this case, you should click on the link that leads to this ZIP file, and then click on the “Download” button. The screenshot below shows how it looks in the Google Chrome browser.
After downloading the ZIP file, the “Open to.” button will appear on the screen. Click it to select a program with which you will continue to work.
The next step is to choose a program. If you want to open the archive using the “Files” application, then you need to select the option “Save to Files”.
Then a pop-up window will open in which you need to choose a place to save the ZIP file. For example, let’s choose iCloud Drive cloud storage. Although this is not important, you can choose any of the available options.
After that, you need to open the “Files” application and click on the “Places” button there.
As a result, a list of places available for storing files opens. Here you need to choose the place where you saved the ZIP file in the previous step. In our case, this is iCloud Drive cloud storage.
After choosing a file storage location, you will see a list of available files. Find the downloaded ZIP file here and click on it to open.
After that, a screen appears with the name of the ZIP file and the “View Content” button.
Click on this button and you can see the contents of your ZIP archive.
Opening a ZIP file with third-party applications
As an example, we will show how you can open a ZIP file using the ZIP Viewer application. To use this application, go to the App Store, find the ZIP Viewer there and install it on your iPhone or iPad. Next, download the ZIP file and click on the “Open in.” button. After that, a pop-up window will open with a list of programs that can be used to work with the downloaded file. In this window, select the option “Copy to ZIP Viewer”.
As a result, the ZIP file will be copied to the ZIP Viewer and the interface of this application will open in front of you. Here you need to go to the “ZIP Archives” menu.
Next, select the ZIP file that you want to open.
After that, you will see what is in the ZIP archive of your choice.
By clicking on any of the files, you can open it and view its contents.