The iPhone and other iOS-based devices such as iPad and iPod Touch are great for managing everything from music, data, contacts and application. But these devices fall short in certain fields. The most annoyance is seen in Apple users while dealing with .zip and .rar format files. This is because of the fact iOS-based devices don’t have many options for the management of such compressed files. But there are several third party applications to do the job for you. These applications are easily available on the app store; some are free, and some have their paid versions.
Let us go through some of the best apps for your iOS devices that can handle compressed files flawlessly.
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The default apps in your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, which can handle these compressed files are Mail and iMessage app. Both of these apps can handle the compressed files including the .zip and .rar file formats. Mail and iMessage app gives you the option to open and extract compressed files. But if you want to perform some extra tasks related to unzipping and zipping individual files, you might want to check our detailed list of third-party apps that are available on the app store.
The free version of this app is available on the app store. The only downside with the free version is that it is ad-supported. To remove the adverts you’ve to purchase the pro version of this app. Zip-RAR tool is an excellent and faster option for unzipping the compressed files. You’ve to extract the compressed files manually once the file has been imported into Zip-RAR tool. Files supported by this app are, .rar, .zip and .7z compression formats.
Zip Browser – Unrar files on iPhone / iPad/iPod
Zip browser is another app that can be downloaded through the app store. This app supports not only .zip, .rar, .7z but also, file formats like, tar, tar.gz, Z, bz2, jar, and gz files including the files that are password protected. This application is having a built-in document viewer so that you can edit the document and, later on, it can re-compress the folder. An in-app purchase will entitle you to avail the benefits of some other features like you’ll get the ability to search within the zip file.
This app claims to be the fastest app for unzipping any compressed file. Tough the file support is limited to .zip and .rar file formats, but the unzip process takes very fewer taps and time as compared to other popular apps available on the app store. It has a very simple and minimalistic interface, and once you select the file, it’ll directly unzip it to the desired location.
As indicated by its name, this app supports only the decompression of .zip and .rar file formats. The free version is supported by ads; you’ve to buy the paid version to get rid of those full-screen ads.
Winzip is a trusted and #1 file extracting utility since a very long time. You must’ve used Winzip on your PC before using WinRAR or 7zip. The app has both the paid and the free ad-supported versions. Most of the time, only the free version will fulfil the basic needs of unzipping, but sometimes the app lags a little bit. This app can also connect to the cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud and OneDrive.
iZip – UNZIP files on IOS
This app can both compress and decompress files and supports files such as .rar, .tar, .zip, and 7z. This app also gives you the advantage to protect your files using a password after you’ve compressed them.
You can add files for compression from your camera roll, which can include both photos and videos. You can then, send the compressed file over the cloud or via email. You can also preview PDF, photos, videos and Microsoft Office files. The free version of this app is available on the app store.
Filer is not a standalone unzipping and decompressing application but instead is an excellent file manager. This app not only manages the files on your iOS device but also have the ability to decompress certain file formats like, .zip, .rar, .tar and .gzip. The free version of this app or Filer-lite app is limited to save only seven files at a time, and three ongoing transfers are allowed. To remove this restriction and make decompressing hassle free, you’ve to buy its full version.
Like the previous application TOPDocs is not a standalone decompressing agent, but it have a built-in feature to compress and decompress the file and folders and enabling you for sharing them via email or any cloud-based service.
This app can be integrated with iCloud, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox. Other features of this app include, opening, editing, sharing and protecting a file or folder using a password. This file also supports Microsoft Office and OpenOffice file formats.
Now the app with multi-touch functionality. This app allows multi-touch gestures to be used to navigate through the iOS file system. Again, just like the two above mentioned apps, this is also not a standalone app for handling compressed files. But this app is developed to manage the files on you iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
In addition to its primary function, this app also enables you to compress and decompress files. Also, you can password protect those compressed files for sharing via cloud and email. .rar, .zip, .cbz, .cbr, .cb7, and .7z files are supported. This app can also handle split achieve files, and which can be later merged using File Manger only.
So, here is our list of top 10 apps for your iOS device by which you can manage not only the file system but also make the files and folders password protected.