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How to create ZIP files natively on iPhone and iPad

The act of creatingZIP files(that is, compressing different documents into a single .ZIP file) is something that on the computer has always been quite trivial, but on the iPhone I needed extra tools to make it work.

It was even possible to open compressed files on iOS doing a trick with the Notes app, but this has always been far from what we call a ?serious? way for a system to act.

Fortunately, iOS 13 brought us this native function and now it is possible to both compress and unzip ZIP files on iPhone and iPad without the need to install any extra applications.

See in this article how zip one or more files on iOS.



There are several reasons why you need to compress several files into one. When you want to send a group of photos or documents by email to someone, compression helps to reduce the file size for sending. In addition, if there are documents that you want to keep in iCloud, but you don't use them so regularly, compressing them in ZIP helps to save space in the cloud, something so necessary nowadays.

The native application Files (Files) gained some powers on iOS 13, and he who will allow us to compress and unzip files natively on iOS.

Compressing a single document or folder

The compaction procedure is very simple:

Step 1 Open the application Files and select the document or folder you want to compress.

Step 2 Search for the document or folder you want to compress, and when you find it, touch the icon for 2 seconds, until a contextual menu opens. Choose the option ?Compress?.

Ready! Your file (or folder) is compressed in ZIP, in the same place where they were originally. You can then send it to another application or change the folder within the manager.

Compressing multiple documents

To compress multiple files, the process is a little different. It will be useful for you to keep everyone in the same place. So the first thing is to move them to the same folder in the app Files. That done, let's go to the steps:

Step 1 When you find the place where the files are, tap the ?Select?At the top of the screen.

Step 2 Touch all the files you want to include in the compression to select them.

Step 3 With the files selected, tap the button with three dots at the bottom of the screen.

Step 4 Touch the option ?Compress?.


A ZIP file will be created with the obvious name of ?.Zip file?, In the same folder where you were. The original files are not deleted, so you will have to do this manually if you want to free up space.

Then just rename the zipped file (by touching it for two seconds) and move it to where you want it.

As you?ve seen, iOS 13 made it very simple to createZIP files on iPhone.


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