The best way to compress large files for sending as attachments in emails or uploading on a website, is via the use of WinZip, 7Zip and similar software. If you’re looking for a way to send those high resolution pictures to a friend and don’t want to burden him and yourself with large file size, then you should definitely use a compressor. WinZip has released a new app which will let you open zip files on iPhone, iPad or any other compatible iOS device.
WinZip for iDevices is not as much as an app as an extension, because it only lets you open .zip attachments in emails or on web pages. iOS devices have always lacked support for .zip files, while there have been many apps for viewing other formats such as PDF, DOC etc. So, the ability to view and open zip files is not native in iOS. That and many other formats can now be viewed with the help of WinZip iPhone app. When you normally try to open a zip attachment in the Email app or on any webpage, it gives an error and says the attachment cannot be opened.
How to Open Zip Files on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
With the WinZip iPhone app, things get a lot easier. You can not only open a zip attachment, but also view various different file formats within it. Here’s the complete list of file formats that you can view with the WinZip iPhone app:
- Word documents (.doc, .docx)
- Excel spreadsheets (.xls, .xlsx)
- PowerPoint presentations (.ppt, .pptx)
- PDF files (.pdf)
- Photos and images (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .bmp, .gif, .tif, .tiff)
- Text files (.txt)
- Rich Text Format (.rtf)
- Keynote (.key)
- Numbers (.numbers)
- Web files (.htm, .html, .jsp)
- Pages (.pages)
That’s a lot of formats for one app right? And you can just directly open the attachment from the email app or a web page and view it’s content on the WinZip app.
When opening an email attachment that’s in the zip format, it’ll give you the Open In option. Select Winzip when prompted and the app will be launched automatically. There’s no other way to view zip files in WinZip currently, as you cannot add files directly from the app. You can download it from the App Store for free and it’s definitely a worth download. Something that everyone who wants to open zip files on iOS devices should have. Give it a shot and tell us how you like it.
Download WinZip for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (iTunes Link)
Do let us know if you are using any other trick to open zip files on iPhone or any other app you would like to recommend?