One of the ways to store files on your phone or computer and take up the minimum amount of space is to compress files. The most popular formats of compressed files are zip and rar. In order to compress files in this format, you need to use special software tools which are designed for this purpose. In addition, in order to be able to read and open these types of files, you need to use the software tools appropriate for this purpose. Fortunately, our smart phones are equipped with the ability to open zip files. In this tutorial article, I will provide you with some information on how you can read zip files on your mobile device.
Open zip and rar files
In order to open zip or rar files or any other compressed file format, you need to use tools which are able to support these formats. For example, Windows computers are able to read and open zip files. Also, in order to open rar files on a Windows computer, you can use Winrar software which is a powerful software for opening files compressed with rar format.
Aside from the tools mentioned above, there are software tools and applications which support different formats of compressed files and all able to open them or decompress them. So, in order to open such compressed files on our mobile phones, we need to use special applications. In what follows, I will introduce some of the best apps for Android and iPhone to open zip files.
Open zip files on phone
Fortunately, the latest versions of Android OS is able to open and read the content of zip files. iOS mobile devices are also open zip files and you will not need to install a third-party app to read the content of a zip file on your mobile phone.
In order to open zip files on your mobile phone, all you need to download the file and save it on your phone. Then you have to use your Android file manager to go to the direction where the file is saved and tap on the file. A small pop up window will appear which prompts you to choose the app with which you would want to open the file with. If you do not have a special app to open zip files, you can choose Archive Viewer option to view the content of the file.
Also, in order to open a zip file on your iPhone, you first need to download the file to your Files app and then choose Open in files to view the content of the file.
Open rar files on phone
In order to open rar files on your mobile phone you will need to use some special application as your phone is not able to open such files by default. This means that you can use the file manager or files on your phone to open rar files.
In order to open rar files on your mobile phone, you can use apps such as WinZip, RAR for Andorid, or B1 Archiver. Also, most popular Android file manager apps such as ES File Explorer are able to open both zip and rar files.
And finally, to open rar files on iPhone, you can use apps such as unZip tool, iZip or Zip & Rar which are able to open compressed files on your iPhone.