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Open ZIP files on iPhone and iPad with WinZip App [Review]

open zip files on iPhoneThe 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.

WinZip open In

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?

WinZip ZipSend and ZipShare: Share Large Files via Email or Facebook

There are one or two options that you can think of whenever there’a big file that you want to share on the internet. Certain services like Dropbox, Box.net and others help you do that, but all of them come with a minimum file size limit. Usually it’s not more than 250 – 500mb. There are other services that allow you to upload larger files, but only some of them are free. However, most people don’t use these services and prefer getting their data via email or a flash drive.

WinZip is one of our favorite tools when it comes to compressing data, including images, videos etc and they bring to us the all new ZipSend and ZipShare services that once again make sharing large files simpler. Whereas ZipSend can be used to send files and attachments via email up to the size of 2 GB, ZipShare helps you share large files with your friends on Facebook. Both of these can and are really very useful in our day to day lives.


To send large files up to 2 GB via email, you’ll have to first sign up with ZipSend and then download an application called WinZip Courier. There is a catch, as always, which says that only Pro members are allowed to send files as large as 2GB, but a normal user can send files as big as 50MB. You’ll have to shell $9.99 every month for a Pro account, so unless you send tonnes of email with attachments of 500MB – 2GB, then you don’t really need a Pro account.

ZipShare is another such web app started by Winzip, this being more interesting. Using ZipShare, one can upload and share large compressed files with their friends on Facebook. All you have to do is visit ZipShare, Login with your Facebook account and upload the files that you want to share. The maximum limit for a file is 20MB, and that’s not bad at all. You’ll be given a download link for the file that you uploaded, search for your Friend on the webapp and hit the Post button. But, there is a catch here too. Anyone can view and download the file that you uploaded, unless you send it just to your friend using Facebook messages.

Good applications don’t you think? Do give them a try and tell us what you think!