To unzip files on Android, we’ll need an app that provides such functionality. Not all file managers on Android do. This tutorial will use Files by Google, pre-installed on Android One devices, Android GO devices, and Google’s Pixel series. It’s also available as a free download from the Play Store.
A ZIP file is an archive of one or more files compressed together using a compression algorithm. ZIP is one of the many types of compressed file formats and one of the most common forms of compressed files you’ll see around. Other common compressed file formats include RAR, 7Z, and GZ.
Unlike normal files, which you can open directly with compatible applications, compressed files must be uncompressed before you can see what’s inside.
Before you extract a file, you’ll need to have sufficient space for this process to take place. Without adequate storage, you’ll receive a “memory full” error.
How to Unzip Files on Android
- Download and install Files by Google from the Play Store if it’s not available on your device already
- Open the app, then navigate to the folder containing your ZIP file (ZIP files have a ZIP file extension)
- Tap the ZIP file and select Extract from the pop-up to start the process
- Once extraction is finished, the app will display a preview list of all the extracted files.
- If you no longer need the ZIP file, select the Delete ZIP file checkbox and tap Finished.