How to extract zip files in iOS and Android

There isn’t a built-in tool in iOS and Android devices that can open a zip file or folder directly. So, to extract a .zip file in your phone or tab, you need to install an app. Let’s explore the process of extracting zip files in iOS and Android devices.

How to extract zip files in iPhone and iPad

You can use ‘iZip,’ a free app.  Here is how to install and use the iZip app.

Steps for downloading:

1.    Open ‘App Store’.

2.    Tap on the ‘Search’ tab.

3.    Enter ‘izip’ in the top search bar.

4.    Tap ‘Search’.

5.    Open the ‘iZip’ detail page.

6.    Tap ‘Get’ button.

7.    Allow permission to install.

Steps for adding zip file to the iZip app:

iZip doesn’t have the ability to access the data stored in your device storage. So, you’ll need to add them manually. Here’s how.

1.    Go back to your iPhone’s home screen.

2.    Open the ‘File storage’ app.

3.    Locate to the zip file you want to extract.

4.    Find the file or folder and tap on it for 1 second.

5.    Select ‘Copy’ from the menu.

6.    Tap on the ‘Browse’ option to go the iZip folder.

7.    Then tap ‘On My iPhone.’

8.    Tap ‘iZip’.

9.    Tap on the black space for a second.

10.    Select ‘Paste’.

Zip files have been successfully added to the iZip folder, and now you can finally unzip them.

Steps to unzip files:

1.    Go back to your iPhone’s home screen.

2.    Open the ‘iZip’ app.

3.    Open ‘Files’ from the top.

4.    Tap the zip file you want to open.

5.    Tap on ‘OK’ to begin extracting process.

6.    Allow the process to get complete.

Once the file extracted, it will save as the normal folder. Now, you can open the folder to view the unzipped files.

How to extract zip files in Android tablet or Smartphone

Install ‘ES File Explorer’ app in your android device to open the zip files. The app is free and has various advanced features. Visit ‘PlayStore’ in your Android device, search for ‘EX File Explorer’ and install the app. After that, follow these steps to unzip your zip files.

1.    Open ‘ES File Explorer.’

2.    Follow the screen prompt to start the app.

3.    Locate to the zip file you want to extract.

4.    Find the file or folder and tap on it for some seconds.

5.    Tap ‘More’ at the bottom.

6.    Select ‘Extract to.’

7.    Tap ‘OK.’

Once the file extracted, it will save as the normal folder. Now, you can open the folder to view the unzipped files.

Olivia Jones is a self-professed security expert; she has been making the people aware of the security threats.Her passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at norton.com/setup.

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