Many times you come across files you download from the internet compressed in rar, zip & other file formats and you often wonder how to open these compressed files in android smartphones. When you download these files, you need some tools to open and extract those files.
Here’s how to open zip files on Android.
What Is a ZIP File?
A ZIP file is an archive of files compressed using a compression algorithm. .ZIP is one of the many types of compressed files and one of the most forms of compressed files you’ll see around. Other common compressed file formats include RAR, 7Z, and GZ.
Unlike normal files, which you can open directly compatible applications, compressed files are uncompressed before you can see what’s inside.
How to Unzip Files on Android
To unzip files on Android, we’ll need an app that provides such functionality. Not all file managers on Android do. This tutorial will use Files by Google, pre-installed on Android One devices, Android GO devices, and Google’s Pixel series. It’s also available as a free download from the Play Store.
RAR App for Android
RAR is an advanced compression and extraction program and basic file explorer on Android. The app features the creation of RAR and ZIP files. You can also unpack or extract RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, BZ2, XZ, 7z, ISO, ARJ archives. It also features a repair command for ZIP and RAR files.
How To Open Zip Files Using RAR Android App
To open a ZIP file in RAR, tap and hold the archive, select either Extract files to…, Extract files… or Extract here. Select Extract files to… to choose your preferred location.