Create Zip Files on iPhone and iPad

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Zipping or compressing files and folders on your iPhone or iPad is an easy and efficient method of organization that minimizes storage usage. Often, when you have a folder housing several files (hundreds or even thousands), archiving them into a single zip file significantly reduces potential errors when transferring. Zip files are incredibly convenient for businesses that share a lot of data, both internally and externally.

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Zip files can be easily extracted by various desktop compressions applications, such as WinRar and 7Zip, and typically reduce file size. Although there is no shortage of third-party mobile apps for creating and managing zip files, iOS users have the option of using the built-in compression/decompression tool via the Files app.

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In the following Visi article, we're going to show how to compress and uncompress single or multiple files on an iPhone or iPad.

For this guide, we used an iPhone 7 running iOS 13.4.

Create Zip Files on iPhone and iPad Using the Files App

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    Tap the Files shortcut.
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    Navigate to the file, then tap+hold it until you see the menu appear.
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    Use the search function near the top if you're unsure of the location of your files.
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    Tap Compress.
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    Once your file is archived, a Zip file will appear with the same name as the original file.
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    To rename your zip file, tap+hold it, then tap Rename.
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    To extract your zip file, tap it once.
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    You can also extract the contents of your archive file by long-pressing the zip file, then tapping Uncompress.
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    To archive multiple files into one zip, you first have to add/copy the files to a specific folder
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    Once in the Files app, tap Select.
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    Select each file you wish to archive, then tap the folder icon in the bottom center of your screen.
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    Select either iCloud Drive or On My iPhone, then tap the new folder icon in the top right corner.
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    Name your folder, then tap Done when you're ready.
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    Tap the folder you just created, then tap Copy in the top right corner.
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    Once your items are zipped, tap+hold the folder, then select Uncompress.
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    Once uncompressed, your folder will appear.
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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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