How to open (unzip) a ZIP file on an Android phone or tablet

This tutorial will show you step by step how to open (unzip) a ZIP file on an Android phone or tablet (e.g., Samsung, Motorola, OnePlus, Nokia, Google, Sony, LG).

Another method: How to open a ZIP file on a Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet.

How to open a ZIP file on Android using “Files by Google”

Files by Google is a free file management app developed by Google.

Note: If you're using an Android device like the Google Pixel, this app might already be pre-installed on your device. If that's the case, you can skip the first three steps of this tutorial and continue with step 4.

1. Open Play Store on your device.

Open the Play Store

2. Search for files by google.

Search for the Files by Google app

3. Tap on the Install button next to Files by Google to install the app on your device or tap on Files by Google and then tap on the Install button.

Install the Files by Google app Install the Files by Google app - second method

The Play Store will now install the app on your smartphone or tablet.

4. Once the installation is complete, you open the app.

Open the Files by Google app Open the Files by Google app

5. When you open the app for the first time, it will ask for your permission to access all files on your Android device.

Give the Files by Google app access to all files on your Android phone

6. Find the ZIP file you want to extract.

Tip: If you cannot find the file in the categories, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap on Internal Storage. Now you will see all folders that are on your Android device.

Internal Storage

7. Tap on the ZIP file.

ZIP file on an Android phone

8. Tap on Extract.

Extract a ZIP file on Android

Files by Google will now unzip the ZIP file.

When the extraction is complete, you will see a message that says “FileName.zip” extracted.

9. You will have the option to delete the ZIP file. To do so, check (tick) the check box next to Delete ZIP file.

10. Tap on Done.

Delete ZIP file option and the Done button

How to open a ZIP file on Android using “RAR”

RAR is a free file archiver app developed by RARLAB, which also developed WINRAR, a well-known file archiver for Windows.

1. Open Play Store on your device.

Open the Play Store

2. Search for rar.

Search for the RAR app

3. Tap on the Install button next to RAR to install the app on your device or tap on RAR and then tap on the Install button.

Install the RAR app Install the RAR app - second method

The Play Store will now install the app on your smartphone or tablet.

4. Once the installation is complete, you open the app.

Open the RAR app Open the RAR app

5. When you open the app for the first time, it will ask for your permission to access all files on your Android device.

Give the RAR app access to all files Give the RAR app access to all files

6. Find the ZIP file you want to extract.

7. Check (tick) the check box next to the ZIP file or tap on the ZIP file.

8. Tap on the archive file with arrow icon at the top of the screen.

The extract files button in the RAR app

9. Tap on OK at the bottom of the screen.

Extract a ZIP file on Android using the RAR app

RAR will now extract the ZIP file.

When the extraction is complete, it will open the folder with the extracted files.



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