How to open compressed (ZIP, RAR, etc.) files on Android

How to open compressed (ZIP, RAR, etc.) files on Android
Have you recently downloaded a compressed file on your Android device, and weren't sure what to do to open it? Well, allow us to help you!

While Android doesn't offer native support for opening compressed files, you can use various third-party apps to extract them. In fact, most of these apps not only open compressed folders, but they also allow you to create your own compressed / archived files.

Here are some highly rated apps that let you open various types of compressed files (including the most popular ones: ZIP and RAR): AndroZip, RAR for Android, ZArchiver, B1 Archiver, or ES File Explorer. You can download all of them for free from Google Play - just check out the source links found at the end of this article.

Most apps that can open compressed files on Android work in the same way: they let you locate the files (either by directly searching them by name, or by browsing your device's folders via a file manager), and then simply tap on them for the decompression process to begin. For illustration purposes, we've used AndroZip in the slideshow below. Check it out:

download: AndroZip, RAR for Android, ZArchiver, B1 Archiver, ES File Explorer



1. orphant

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

"Download AndroZip."

2. Cicero

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I was a user of B1 until a month ago when they start with ads.

3. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

just use ES File Manager... it can also handle compressed files (aside being probably the most powerful file manager on Android).

7. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Yep that's best

4. andynaija

Posts: 1267; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Unrelated, but that home screen wallpaper looks really cool.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

ZArchiver is the one

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3186; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Next article on PA will be a how-to for setting an alarm.

8. srgonu

Posts: 568; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Please give some solutions to iPhone folks too. ;)

9. deathwhitch

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 2015

Buy an android

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