How to Compress and Extract a File on Android

How to Compress and Extract a File on Android

Compressing and extracting files helps keep things organized on PCs. It’s an easy way to transfer multiple files or really large files. But unfortunately, Android often has trouble opening compressed files.

Today, I’m going to show you how easy it is to compress and extract files on Android.

Compressing files on Android


This one’s easy:

Step 1) Download an app called ZArchiver for free from the Google Play Store

Step 2) Go to your Android file manager

Step 3) Look at the icons in the top right corner of the file explorer menu and tap the one on the far right

How to Compress and Extract a File on Android

Step 4) Click Create

Step 5) Tap archive and choose which compression format you want – 7z, .zip, or TAR (7z and .zip tend to be the more popular compression formats)

Step 6) At this point, you can also choose whether or not you want to add a password to the .zip folder. You can also split the archive into multiple volumes.

How to Compress and Extract a File on Android

Step 7) Tap the files that you want to add to the compressed folder and then tap the down arrow to create a compressed archive

Extracting files on Android

If someone has emailed you a compressed file, then here’s some good news: extracting files on Android is even easier.

Step 1) Open ZArchiver and find the archived folder using the file manager

Step 2) Tap on the archive at which point you can choose to View the contents of the file, Extract a single file, or Extract all the files.

Compatible compression file types on Android

Not sure if your compression or extraction adventure will work on Android? Here’s a list of all compatible file types:


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