Open Zip Files on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Your iOS device has a bunch of functionality inside. From replacing your point and shoot camera and even your home computer. But, there is one thing your iOS device cannot do natively. That is open zip files. Here is how to Open zip files on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Open Zip Files on the iPhone and the iPad with iZip

To begin you will need to make sure you have iZip installed on your iOS device. You can get a copy of it here for free on the Apple App Store. After you downloaded and installed iZip you will have a new icon on your iOS device. Now this is were the unzipping begins.

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Open Zip files from Mobile Safari on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

To start open up Safari on your iOS device and browse to a zip file. You will get the Open in screen when you try to download the zip file like before. Instead you will see Open in iZip in the right hand corner. Press Open in iZip to launch your zip file in iZip.

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When iZip launches you will be prompted if you want to unzip the file. Press OK to continue. After the unzip finishes you will see the files that were stored in the zip file. Press a file to see its information.

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The iZip application can handle different file types but can’t handle them all. The above file is one that iZip cannot handle so you will get a error. So just make sure the files are readable before you try.

Open Zip files in Mail App on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Besides downloading the occasional zip file from Safari I personally get more zip files through my email. If you are like me you will probably need iZip to open your zip files. To start find an email that has a zip attached to it. You will want to press the zip file to launch the menu. When the menu opens you will see the iZip icon with the words Open in iZip underneath. Press the iZip icon to unzip your zip file.

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After pressing the iZip icon you will be taken to iZip. Just like before with mobile Safari, you will be prompted to extract your zip files. Press OK to continue.

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Next you will see a list of all the files contained in your zip file. Simply press on of the files to view it.

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You will see the information stored in the file after pressing it. Just remember to be careful about the file types.

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Open Zip Files on iOS with WinZip

Just like iZip, WinZip application lets you open Zip and RAR files on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. With WinZip, you can browse and view the contents of your Zip or RAR files and extract them. You can even open encrypted Zip files. WinZip works a lot like iZip. So pick your favorite.

Open Zip Files on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch with WinZip

That is how to unzip zip files on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.If you have another way to do this, share it below in the comments.

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