How to Unzip a File

Like it or not, to work with the PC you absolutely have to understand how to unzip a file and extract all ZIP, RAR etc. archives. downloaded from the Internet or sent to you by e-mail. Yes, I know, you have barely learned how to turn on the computer and do not want to hear about too complicated procedures. Here is the reason why today I want to explain to you, in detail, how to proceed with this guide of mine.

In the following lines, in fact, I will go to show you how to perform the operation in question using the tools already included in Windows and macOS and how to do it using ad hoc third-party resources and completely free. I already anticipate that, contrary to what you may think, you will not have to do anything complex. You just need to figure out where to put the emani and then you will see that it will be a walk.

Computers aside, if you need to extract compressed archives on the go, I am happy to inform you that this is also feasible on Android and iOS, using apps specifically designed for this purpose. But now just chat and let's take action. I wish you, as usual, happy reading and I wish you the best of luck for everything.

How to Unzip a File on Windows

You own a PC Windows and would like to understand what tools you can avail for unzip a ZIP, RAR or any other compressed archive format? Then try now the ad hoc resources that you find reported below. I'm sure they will satisfy you.

Compressed Archives Manager

The first and most immediate tool you can use to decompress a file on a PC is the manager for compressed archives included in all versions of Windows. It allows you to modify files in ZIP format and is very easy to use. For completeness of information, I would like to point out that it also allows you to create ZIP files.

To use it, simply, very simply, double-click on the compressed archive you want to extract, press the button Extract everything located on the toolbar in the window File Explorer that opens, indicate the output position in the additional window that appears and click on the button Extract. If the ZIP file you want to extract is password protected, you will be prompted to enter the password before proceeding.

As an alternative to what I have just indicated, you can extract the compressed archives in ZIP format by right clicking on them, choosing the option Extract everything from the context menu that opens and, in the window that subsequently appears on the desktop, then pressing the button Extract.

If, on the other hand, you need to extract only a few files in the archive, you can do so by double clicking on it and dragging, from the window that opens to the output position of your choice, the icons of the elements of your interest that are located at inside.

7-Zip

If you need to work on RAR, 7z or other compressed archives, the standard Windows tool is not enough, as it does not support other formats besides ZIP. If you have a need of this type, you must therefore resort to the use of a third-party tool, as in the case of the excellent 7-Zip. It is one of the most popular and renowned free software in the category for Microsoft operating systems. It also allows you to intervene on password-protected and multi-volume archives and to create new compressed files.

To use it, visit the program's website and press the link Download at the top of the page, in correspondence with the Windows version you are using on your computer (64 bit or 32 bit). Once the download is complete, open the file .exe obtained and, in the window that appears on the screen, presses, in sequence, on the buttons Si, install e Close.

Once the installation is complete, you can finally start using 7-Zip to decompress your files. To do this, right click on the included archive to extract, select the item 7-Zip from the context menu that opens and then that apri.

In the window that you see appear on the screen at this point, press the button Extract, indicate the location on your computer where you want to save the extracted files and click the button OK. If the compressed archive is password protected, you will also be asked to enter the password to finalize the operation.

In addition to what I have just indicated, you can decompress a file with 7-Zip by right clicking on it, selecting the item 7-Zip from the context menu that opens and choosing the option Extract here (to extract the files to the current location) or Extract the files (to indicate an exact location on your computer to extract the files to).

Do you need to extract only some of the files present in the compressed archive? Then proceed as follows: right click on the archive, select the items 7-Zip> Open from the context menu, drag the files you want to extract out of the displayed window and drop them in the location you prefer. Et voila!

Finally, I point out that you can make 7-Zip the default compressed archive manager of Windows. To find out how to do this, read my guide on how to change the default program.

How to Unzip a File on MacOS

You have an Apple-branded computer and you don't know how to unzip a file on MacOS? Do not worry. Using the tools used for the purpose that I have reported below you will succeed in your intent in a flash. Let it bet?

Compression Utility

Even on macOS, as on Windows, there is a tool that allows you to manage compressed archives without having to resort to the use of third-party software. Is called Compression Utility, supports all the main compressed file formats (ZIP, TAR etc.) and allows you to create new files of this type, but only in ZIP format.

To use it, just right click on the compressed file you want to extract and select the option apri from the context menu that appears. Once this is done, the files in the archive will be extracted to the current location. Obviously, if the archive is protected by a password, you will be asked to type it in order to continue.

In addition to the way I have just indicated, you can decompress a file by double clicking on it. Then wait a few moments for the extraction procedure to be completed.

iZip Archiver

If you need to decompress a file into a format other than those supported by the Compression Utility, you can rely on iZip Archiver. It is a free and specific application for macOS that allows you to create and open compressed files in all popular formats (ZIP, RAR etc.) and which, unlike the standard utility, allows you to view the contents of archives without having to extract them.

To download iZip Archiver on your Mac, access the relevant section of the Mac App Store Online, click here See in the Mac App Store and, in the window of Mac App Store "Real" that appears on the desk, presses the button Ottieni / Installa. If necessary, authorize the download by typing your Apple account password or using Touch ID (if you have a Mac equipped with this component). Afterwards, launch iZip Archiver by clicking the button apri appeared on screen.

Proceed now going to close the application window to create a new compressed archive, press the button Open placed at the top of the other window left open, select the compressed archive on your Mac you want to decompress and click on the button Open located at the bottom right.

Subsequently, a new window will open on the desktop through which you can view the contents of the compressed archive. To extract the files, drag them out of the displayed window and drop them in the output location of your choice. If the compressed archive is password protected, in order to open it, you must first type the relative protection key in the appropriate field.

As well as as I have just indicated, you can decompress the archives compressed with iZip Archiver by right clicking on them, selecting the item apri from the context menu that opens and then that iZip Archiver. In this case, the files contained in the archive will be saved in the same location as the latter.

Finally, I would like to point out, if you are interested in this, that you can also make iZip Archiver the default compressed archive manager of macOS. To find out how to do this, read my guide on how to change the default program that I pointed out to you in the step dedicated to 7-Zip.

How to Unzip a File on Android

You are using a smartphone or tablet Android and want to find out which tools to use to decompress a file? Then go ahead and read. Find listed below what I believe to be the most interesting solutions in the category.

Google Files

If you need to decompress a compressed archive on Android, the best suggestion I can give you to perform the operation in question is to rely on the app Google files. In reality, it is a file manager which, among the many functions offered, also integrates a useful one for opening files in ZIP format. It's free, it's very easy to use and it's developed by the “big G”.

To use it, first of all download it from the relevant section of the Play Storepigging your pulse Install and on that Accept (if necessary). When the download is complete, start the app by tapping the button apri appeared on screen.

At this point, select the location on your device where the ZIP file you want to open is located using the appropriate items below, then tap on the compressed archive icon and, in the window that opens, press the button Extract.

When the extraction is complete, tap the button end (always placed at the bottom right). Later, you will be able to access the files contained in the archive from the same location in which it is located. If the file is password protected, you will be asked to type it before proceeding.

Then, once the files have been extracted, you want to delete the relative compressed archive, before pressing the button end check the box next to the item Elimina ZIP file (lower left).

Other Apps

As an alternative to the aforementioned app, you can rely on decompressing a file on Android by relying on one of the applications that I have listed below. I sincerely hope they can do for you.

  • ZArchiver - it is one of the best free apps for the management of compressed archives available on the market. It allows you to extract the archives in all the most popular formats, to view their content directly and to create new ones, complete with a password.
  • AndroZip by AVG - free application to decompress ZIP, RAR, TAR, GZIP and BZIP2 files on Android. It is actually a file manager but it is also useful for the purpose in question.
  • X-plore File Manager - another file manager for Android that supports the extraction of compressed archives (both with and without password). It's free and it's very easy to use.

How to Unzip a File on IOS

You own a device iOS, iPhone or iPad that is, and would you like to understand how to decompress a file in that case? Then follow the instructions on what to do below. Don't worry, it's child's play.

Fillet

From iOS 11, Apple has chosen to make the app available Fillet on iPhone and iPad. As the name implies, it is a fil manager through which you can open and manage the files in the device memory or on iCloud Drive. Among the various operations that it allows to perform, there is also the display and extraction of compressed archives in ZIP format. The only thing to be aware of is that unfortunately it does not support password protected archives.

To use it for the purpose in question, first start the app by tapping on the relevant icon (the one with the white background and the blue folder) present on the home screen. If you have removed the app, you can download it again at no cost from the relevant section on App Store.

Once the main File screen is displayed, go to the path where the archive you want to decompress resides by tapping on the various folders. When you find it, tap on it. A new app screen will then open showing all preliminary information about the compressed archive.

To view the content of the same, press on the item Content preview. To extract one or more files, instead, on the button for the sharing (the one with the sheet and the up arrow) located at the bottom left of the screen of each preview and, from the menu that opens, select the app with which you want to share the file, then follow the on-screen instructions to finalize the sharing.

If you want to save the extracted file in the internal memory of the device or on iCloud Drive, instead, press the icon Save to file and select the reference path. Finally, tap the button Add placed at the top.

Other Apps

Do you need to extract compressed archives in a format not supported by the iOS file manager or are you looking for an alternative to the latter and would like to understand which apps to use? I'll settle you immediately. In fact, below you will find the ones that I believe to be the most useful in this sense.

  • Zip - historical app for extracting (and creating) compressed archives on iOS. It's free, it also supports the use of cloud storage services, and it's super easy to use.
  • unzip tool - free app that allows you to decompress practically any kind of compressed archive on iPhone and iPad. It is very easy to use and even comes with a handy file manager. What more could you want?
  • Readdle documents - is another file manager for iOS that among its features also includes the complete management of compressed archives (even those protected by passwords). They can be taken from the internal memory of the device, from cloud services or from storage servers. It's free.