How to Zip / Unzip Files on iPhone, iPad Running iOS 13 / iPadOS

Mar 9, 2020
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Here's how you can quickly zip or unzip files on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 13 or iPadOS, respectively. No third-party software required.

Learn to Zip or Unzip Files Straight from the iOS 13 / iPadOS Files App on Your iPhone or iPad, Skip Third-Party Apps Completely

Compressing or uncompressing files on an iPhone or iPad has been a nightmare until the Files app came along with some upgrades in iOS 13 / iPadOS. In fact, if you want to zip or unzip files, it's so easy that you can just forget about every third-party app out there and stick with Apple's native solution. How does it work? Just make sure you have iOS 13 or iPadOS installed on your iPhone or iPad, and follow the steps below:

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Compress / Zip Files on iPhone or iPad

Step 1. Launch the Files app from the home screen.

Step 2. Find the files or folder which you want to compress / zip.

Step 3. Tap and hold on the folder until you see a bunch of more options.

Step 4. Tap on Compress and the zip file will be saved immediately in the same target location which you can move around or email if you want to.

Compress / zip files on iPhone / iPad

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Uncompress / Unzip Files on iPhone or iPad

Step 1. Launch the Files app and source the file which you want to unzip.

Step 2. Either tap on the file once to unzip it or tap and hold on it and then select Uncompress. The end result is going to be the same.

Uncompress / unzip files on iPhone / iPad

If you have been a long time user of the iPhone or iPad then you already know that life went into a downward spiral when someone emailed you a compressed document. Not only you had to deal with third-party software to get the job done, but the lack of the Files app made things even worse, meaning you had to stick with the sandboxed environment of the zip / unzip app in order to manage your files. Thanks to iOS 13 / iPadOS, you can say goodbye to that altogether and be at complete peace when it comes to handling compressed documents and files.

If you found this tutorial useful then you will be delighted to learn that we have more on the way, so stay tuned.

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