How to zip and unzip files on iPhone or iPad

iOS 11 version comes with an aim at turning iPads into a full-fledged laptop replacement. The operating system can perform more tasks, improve multitasking, add Drag and Drop support, and many more. Furthermore, managing compressed files are now easier in iOS 11 as well.

Here are three different ways you can work with the zipped files on iOS 11. The first one is how to view zip files in the Files app, then the next ones are how to zip and unzip files using Share Sheet extensions or Drag and Drop.

How to view .zip files in the Files app

In iOS 11 version, Apple added the Files app to replace the iCloud Drive app previously. It allows you to view your files located in iCloud Drive, on your device, and other third-party cloud services. Although you are not able to fully extract a zipped archive, you can view, and share individual the files. To do so,

  • Choose a .zip archive in the Files app.
  • After tapping on it, there will be a summary view with the name, size, and quantity of files.
  • When you tap on Preview Content, you are directed to the first file in the archive.
  • Tap the list icon at the top left corner to view all the individual files.
  • On the right, there is the markup icon to make changes to a document, and the share icon.

If you want to get a specific file out, or view the contents of an archive, it’s free to do so.

How to zip and unzip files using Share Sheet extensions

Not just viewing contents, you will need the help of some third-party apps. Kpressor, and Zipped have their own pros and cons and both of them are feasible of zipping and unzipping files using the Share Sheet extensions.


  • After you have one of these apps installed, hold on a zip file, then choose Share from the contextual menu in the popup.
  • Take a look at the third row that houses Activities, you will see an icon of Kpressor or Zipped app. Tap on it to open in that application.
  • In your archive app, it will extract the files and provide different options, including the destination to save the file.
  • You won’t have to do it directly from the Files app. From now, any time you have a compressed file, simply tap on the share icon to send it to these apps.

Note: If you don’t see Zipped or Kpressor icons, tap on More to ensure to toggle them on.

Also see: 4 Impressive New iOS 11 Features That You Might Not Know

Drag/ Drop files to compress or extract zip files

If you don’t want to rely on the Share Sheet, you can use Drag and Drop for the same experience. You simply drag your file(s), open Zipped, and drop them into.

  • Find a zip file in the Files app.
  • Long hold until you see the icon lift up, and drag it with your finger. While you are dragging the file, you can still tap the Home button to open Zipped.
  • Now drop the file(s) and Zipped will start extracting or compressing them.

One thing you should note that the Drag and Drop feature is only supported by Zipped, and Kpressor does not.


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