How to open Zip files on iPhone

Have you ever run into a zip file on your iPhone? Do you agree that it makes trouble? So, in this article, we’ll learn you how to struggle with the problem! You will open for you the ways how to open zip files on the iPhone.

In the business world, documents are often compressed into ZIP files before being sent as email attachments to reduce the size of an email and to adhere to attachment file size limits that are commonplace in most work environments.

But, unfortunately, iPhone users have an issue with unzipping files on their devices, especially if the file includes something more than just a PDF.

Fortunately, we have found ways that will help you to extract zip files right on your iPhone. Here’s a bunch of them:

Opening Zip files in email/message

If you get a Zip file by Email, for instance, you can easily view each component file (text files, pdf, images, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets) using Mail (Quick Look feature) without leaving the app. But…

But…you can just VIEW Zip files here. If you need to extract a file and save it, you can’t do it right here. You will need to recourse to a third-party app. You should tap the button “Open in” and choose the app you want to use.

Opening Zip files through the additional tools

To unzip files on your Apple phone you can use one of these apps:


WinZip is the world’s number 1 app for unzipping files on iOS! The reviews of its users are unanimous! That’s why we put it in the first place.

Trying to open a Zip file? Have this handy tool installed! It will help you to receive a Zip file as an email attachment, or you can download and view A Zip file from the web. You should just click “Open with WinZip”. Also, it is possible to share files with other iPhone users using WinZip.

If you frequently use your iOS device to send and receive documents and large image files, you’ll find a friend in the new WinZip app for iPhones.

WinZip WinZip

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]

Zip Viewer

One more fast and efficient app for opening Zip files are Zip Viewer. It easily opens and extracts your Zip files and archives and store them inside the app.

Zip Viewer lets you open zip file attachments from your emails, Safari downloads or other applications that offer a “Share”/”Open in” feature. (Also password-protected zip files.)

Import zip files from iCloud Drive or other cloud providers such as Dropbox or Box (the app needs to be installed on the device) directly from Zip Viewer.

Zip files will be automatically extracted and stored in the application documents directory.

Zip Viewer supports the following formats: iWork documents, Microsoft Office documents (Office ‘97 and newer), Rich Text Format (RTF) documents, PDF files, Images, Public text files, Audio files (playback), Movie files (playback).

You can share decompressed files via email, Facebook or Twitter.

zip viewer

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]


One app that is worth to be mentioned is FastZip. It is the FAST manager for iPhones.

With FastZip you will able to do the following operations:

– View the contents of a ZIP file received as an e-mail attachment or from other apps.
– Create ZIPs from other app’s files.
– Send ZIPs via e-mail.
– Send ZIPs to other apps.

It supports the following formats:

– iWork documents
– Microsoft Office
– Rich Text Format
– Images
– iOS supported audio & video
– Text files
– comma-separated (CSV)


[Price: Free with in-app purchases]

Zip Browser

Zip Browser is a simple application that gained the trust of its users. It allows open Zip files. It is also possible to preview the documents here. It supports PDF files, images, text files, Word files and more.

Zip Browser

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]

Zip & RAR File Extractor

Zip & RAR File Extractor is a good app but it does not open zip files automatically. When you open a zip file in this app, it only imports it. You tap on the file within the app to extract the contents. It is also ad-supported and the full-screen ads are kind of annoying. The paid version gets rid of the ads.

zip rar file extractor

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]

The following paid apps also will help you for dealing with Zip files GoodReader. They are quite simple in use and helpful. If you don’t know how to unzip files on your phone you can try one of these apps too.

Also, Dropbox isn’t bad if you just want to host a zip file for someone else to download. (The app won’t unzip files, sadly.)

So, you can choose one of the aforementioned apps to open Zip files with ease. Below there is an instruction on how to download Zip files.

How to download a Zip file using one of these apps. Here are some steps:

Step 1  To download one of the listed apps you should open the App Store and find the app by its name or just use the links from the article.

Step 2 After installing the app enter your iTunes password to authorize the download.

Step 3 Open your iPhone email client or Web browser, depending on whether you are opening an email attachment or a ZIP file from the Internet.

Step 4 Tap the ZIP file and then tap the “Open in…” button. This will display the contents of the ZIP file.

Step 5 Tap a file to view it using the chosen app. Most of the apps support opening all Microsoft Office documents, images, PDFs and Apple iLife documents.

I hope you’ll find the given information useful!

Also Read: How to download photos from iPhone


iZip becomes a choice of million of iPhone users. It is also highly rated. iZip is simple and straightforward to use. Fast Zip utility is for business and professional users.

With the help of iZip, you will be able to compress files into Zip format, open and extract documents from Zip files, append files to a Zip file… and many other operations will be available with iZip.

iZip iZip

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]

*Some apps were deleted from the App Store


Daria Tolmacheva

Daria Tolmacheva

I've been reviewing apps for different platforms for a long time already. I love being helpful and finding only the best among such a mess!

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