2 Ways to Compress Files in iOS 17 on iPhone and iPad 

Apple Files app has improved by leaps and bounds to be a complete file manager. To me, what is Finder for macOS, Files App is for iOS and iPadOS in terms of the versatility and efficiency of managing files. One of the most notable features of the stock file manager app is the ability to easily zip files which comes in handy for managing storage smartly and also sharing large files. That said, let’s learn the 2 quick ways to compress files in iOS 17 on iPhone and iPad.

Compress/Uncompress Files in iOS 17 on iPhone and iPad 

The Files app allows you to zip or unzip both individual and several files at once. Hence, whether you want to manage a specific file or zip several files at one go, the stock file manager app has got you fully covered.

Compress Specific Files on iPhone and iPad 

Step 1. To get started, open the Files app and head over to the folder where you have stored your file.

Step 2. Now, long press on the file and choose Compress in the menu and you are good to go! The app will instantly zip the file and save it in the same folder where the original file exists.

Compress files on iPhone and iPad

Batch Compress Several Files At Once on iPhone and iPad 

Times when you are dealing with a number of files, batch compression comes into play.

Step 1. Launch the Files app on your iPhone and head over to the Folder in question.

Step 2. Note, tap on the triple dot icon at the top right corner of the screen.

Step 3. Next, tap on Select in the menu.

Choose Select in the menu

Step 4. Next up, you need to select all the files that you would like to zip.

Step 5. Up next, tap on the triple dot icon at the bottom right corner of the screen and choose Compress in the menu.

Unzip/Uncompress Specific Files on iPhone and iPad

Step 1. Open the Files app and then navigate to the file that you want to unzip.

Step 2. Now, touch and hold on to the file and choose the Uncompress option in the menu.

Unzip/Uncompress Specific Files on iPhone and iPad

Batch Uncompress/Unzip Several Files at Once on iPhone and iPad

Step 1. Launch the Files app on your device -> go to the folder where you have stored your files. Then, tap on the triple-dot icon and choose Select in the menu.

Choose Select in the menu

Step 2. Now, choose all the files that you want to unzip. Then, tap on the triple-dot icon at the bottom right corner of the menu and choose Uncompress in the menu.

That’s all there is to it!

Read more: How to Lock Notes with Passcode and Face ID in iOS 17 on iPhone and iPad 

Zip and Unzip Files with Ease on your iOS/iPadOS Device

So, that’s how you compress or uncompress files using Apple’s file manager app. Having taken this neat feature for an acid test, I have found it up to the mark without any blemish whatsoever. What about you? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Rajesh Mishra

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