The owners of new iPads often hesitate whether it is possible to unzip files of different archive types on this Apple device. Imagine a situation: you purchased an iPad and opened a mail with a zipped file as an attachment. The device refuses to unzip this archive, and it may drive you mad or at least confuse.
In most situations, a user will go to Maczip attempting to download the file itself. Even if the error does not occur, the device may still send a message telling that the preferred browser like Safari could not open the archive.
The Truth Is…
The truth is iPads that run iOS 11 can cope with more complex assignments than ever, make multitasking way better, offer Drag-&-Drop support, etc. Also, managing compressed items has also become simpler than before.
In fact, three methods to deal with zipped files on iPad exist. Those are:
- Launching zip files in the Files applications.
- Zipping/Unzipping files with the help of Share Sheet extension.
- Using Drag-&-Drop option.
If you have iOS 11 as the preferred operating system, get one of the offered tools: Kpressor or Zipped.
.ZIP Files to Show up in the Files Application
Apple company came up with Files to replace the iCloud Drive app. It allows observing the files stored in iCloud Drive as well as via different third-party cloud platforms. Even though it is impossible to extract an archive entirely, a user may till observe and share separate items.
In order to do that, pick a .zip file of your interest in Files. Tap on this object. Go through a summary. It contains such details as the title, size, and a number of files. Tab Preview Content to see the first file in the archive. By tapping the list icon, you may see a full list of the individual files. See the markup icon to come up with modifications to a certain picture as well as the share icon to do you obviously know what.
At least, this free method allows viewing the content of zip files.
Share Sheet Extensions to Solve the Problem
Do you need something more than simply observing the contents? You may be interested in trying Kpressor or Zipped. Every extension has its advantages and disadvantages, but they both can zip or unzip files with the help of the Share Sheet extensions.
Long-hold on a zip file and tap on Share from the contextual menu. Go to Activities you can perform. Pick the icon of the corresponding extension to launch it.
After being placed into the archiver, the extension will extract the items offering various options. There is no need to do that from Files directly. Just tap the share icon to transfer it to other Apple devices.
Drag and Drop the Target Files
Pick a zip file in Files. Long-hold to see the icon lifting up. Drag it with a finger. Tab the Home option. Launch Zipped. It is time to extract and compress files!
What about a Third-Party Application?
Well, we lied when we said that only three options exist. One more thing you can do is download a third-party software designed to view, unzip, and compress personal zip files. It is better to apply Winzip, iZip Pro, and Zip viewer for such purposes. The good news is that a user will be able to open various types of the archive (e.g., ZIP and RAR) on other Apple devices like iPhone. Find special archival zip-unzip applications in the App Store or on the websites of official developers.