6 January 2017

How to Create & Extract Zip Compressed Files on Android

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Most of the large size files you download from Internet and other sources are compressed in a zip file. (.zip) file extension is popularly used for compressed files. Apart from compressing data and reduce the overall size, they can also be used to protect your files from unauthorized access by enabling password protection.

Create or extract zip files on Android

It's very easy to create a zip file in Windows as there are many software tools available, especially WinRAR and 7-Zip which we all have used at least once. But do you ever wondered how to create or extract a zip compressed file in your Android phone? Let's show you how to do this.

How to compress or zip files in Android

There are so many apps available on Google Play Store but the one I recommend you to use is ES File Explorer. Though it is a file manager app but you can also use it to create zip files in your Android phone. Once after installing this app, follow this step-by-step guide -
  1. Launch the ES File Explorer app and open the folder where all files are saved.
  2. Now select the file(s) you want to compress and then click "More" option from the bottom menu.

    Select items to compress

  3. After this, click "Compress" option from the list.
  4. Now a pop up box will appear. Here rename the file, choose compress level and type password.

    Compress file

  5. Finally tap "OK" button to continue.
Once your zip file is ready, it will be saved in the same folder or directory where the original files are saved. You can open it with any file manager app or other tools you use to manage zip files in your phone. Also compare the size to see how much space you have saved.

How to unzip or extract a zip file in Android

With few clicks, you can easily extract or decompress a zip file in your Android phone with this app. Here's a step-by-step guide -
  1. Again open ES File Explorer and go to the folder where zip file is saved.
  2. Now select the file and click "More" option from the bottom menu.
  3. After this, click "Extract to" option from the list.
  4. Now select the path where you want to extract files and click OK button.

    Choose extract location

  5. If the zip file is password protected, you have to enter the password to continue. That's it.

    Input the password
If ES File Explorer app is not the one you like, you can use other alternative apps for Android like WinRar and ZArchiver which provide more additional features. Please do share you views in the comment box.

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