How to open ZIP files on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

If you need to email a large file or create an archive, a ZIP file can help save space. Follow these steps to compress files, uncompress a ZIP file and more.

On iPhone or iPod touch

If you need to share a large file or multiple files, a compressed file takes up less storage space and can be sent faster because of its smaller file size. Learn how to compress or uncompress files on your iPhone or iPod touch. 

How to create a ZIP file on your iPhone or iPod touch

  1. Open the Files app, then choose a location like On My iPhone or iCloud Drive. 
  2. Tap the more button , then tap Select. Choose one or more files.
    The More button is selected in the Files app on an iPhone 12 Pro with options like Select and New Folder in the menu.
  3. Tap the more button  in the lower right, then tap Compress. 
    3 items are selected in the Files app on an iPhone 12 Pro with the More button showing options like Compress and New Folder with 3 Items in the menu.

If you selected one file, a ZIP file with the same filename saves to that folder. If you selected multiple files, a ZIP archive named Archive.zip saves to that folder. To change its name, touch and hold on the ZIP archive, then select Rename. 

How to open a ZIP file on your iPhone or iPod touch

  1. Open the Files app, then find the ZIP file or archive from which you want to extract.
  2. Tap the ZIP file or archive.
  3. A folder is created containing the files. To change its name, touch and hold on the folder, then tap Rename. 
  4. Tap to open the folder.

On iPad

If you need to share a large file or multiple files, a compressed file takes up less storage space and can be sent faster because of its smaller file size. Learn how to compress or uncompress files on your iPad. 

How to create a ZIP file on your iPad

  1. Open the Files app, then choose a location like On My iPhone or iCloud Drive. 
  2. Tap Select, then choose one or more files.
  3. Tap More, then tap Compress. 
  4. If you selected one file, a ZIP file with the same filename saves to that folder. If you selected multiple files, a ZIP archive named Archive.zip saves to that folder. To change its name, touch and hold on the ZIP archive, then select Rename. 

How to open a ZIP file on your iPad

  1. Open the Files app, then find the ZIP file or archive from which you want to extract.
  2. Tap the ZIP file or archive.
  3. A folder is created containing the files. To change its name, touch and hold on the folder, then tap Rename. 

Need more help?

  • You can uncompress .ar, .bz2, .cpio, .rar, .tar, .tgz or .zip files in the Files app.  
  • Learn other ways you can use the Files app
  • If a file is too large to send as a regular attachment, you can also try using Mail Drop.
  • Want to share multiple files with friends or colleagues? Try sharing a folder in iCloud Drive
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