Until relatively recently, a compressed file in .zip format on our iPhone or iPad was impossible to open if we did not go to an app of a third party. Fortunately, Today compressed files in this format can be handled without problem on our devices, either to open them or compress them from the Files app, although also from the download managers of our browsers. This tutorial is about how to open and compress files in .zip format on our iPhone and iPad using the native tools that iOS and iPadOS 13 have.
Unfortunately, to work with compressed .rar files it is still not possible to do it without using an external app from the App Store. In any case, apps like iZip will allow us to manage these files without problems.
How to open .zip files downloaded from the internet
To start, in Safari, click on the link of the file you want to download. A pop-up window will appear and ask if you want to download the file it links to, we will press on “Download”.
In the case that we are working with Chrome, when we click on the link we will see a pop-up window in which we will select “Open in…”, and then, in the list that appears we will descend to the bottom to select “Save in Records". In Chrome in this step you can decide where you want it to be saved, in Safari it will be automatically saved in the “Downloads” folder of “Files”.
When the download is complete we must access the app "Files", and as previously indicated to the folder "Downloads" in the case that we use Safari or the destination folder that we have selected if we have downloaded the file using Chrome.
Once we have our localized downloaded zip file we just have to press on it, and it will automatically decompress. The resulting files will appear in a new folder with the same name as the original .zip file. When opening it we will have all the contents of the archive compressed there.
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How to open a .zip file that we received by mail
Although the file we want to unzip is an email attachment (this is common enough to send several items as a single file via email) the process we are going to follow is very similar.
Once we have opened the mail and have the file attached, we will click on it to display a compressed folder icon in full screen and we will click on “Preview content”.
Automatically You can preview the screen by sliding the content to the right and left that was inside that file and that the device can view, and pclicking on the "Share" button you can save the one that interests you. On the other hand if you prefer to see the content as a list you can change the view to this by clicking on the "Table of Contents" button, Bottom right.
How to create a compressed folder in .zip on iOS and iPadOS
To start with this It is important to know that we need to have all the files that we want to compress in the same location within the app "Files", so they must all be in the same folder to continue. Once you have this prepared the steps that follow it are really simple.
Located in the folder containing the files to be compressed we will click on “Select” In the upper right corner, this will change the mode to the selection. Now we will press selecting all the files that we want to include in the compressed folder, or in the case that they are going to be all those who are in that location, click on "Select all" in the upper left corner. Once with all the files to compress selected we will click on the "More options" button, which is a button in the lower right corner that is represented as a circle with three points inside. Pressing will open a drop-down that will say "Copy" or "Compress", we will select “Compress”. A new folder will automatically appear in this location with the name "File" that will contain all the elements that we have selected to be compressed in .zip. Now if we wish we should only change the name of our choice and we will have our compressed folder.
This function of being able to compress files is really useful when it comes to sharing them by whatever means, since it allows us to gather different types of files into one and transfer them as a block as a whole.