How to Unzip in Android (Beginner Tutorial)

Android devices have become integral to our daily lives, serving as powerful tools for communication, productivity, and entertainment. One common task that Android users often encounter is the need to unzip files. Whether you've received a compressed archive through email or downloaded a zip file from the internet, knowing how to unzip files on your Android device is valuable. In this article, we'll explore various methods to unzip files, providing step-by-step instructions for different scenarios.

Method 1 Using File Manager Apps

Most Android devices come with a built-in file manager app, If your Android device doesn't have a built-in file manager or you want a different one, you can get apps like Google Files, Solid Explorer, or File Manager from the Google Play Store.

How to Unzip in Android (Beginner Tutorial): Figure 1 - Google Files app

Here's a general guide using the Google Files app:

  1. Open the Google Files app on your Android device.

    How to Unzip in Android (Beginner Tutorial): Figure 2 - Open the Google Files app on your android device.

  2. Navigate to the folder where the zip file is located.

    How to Unzip in Android (Beginner Tutorial): Figure 3 - Open the Google Files app and navigate to the folder where the zip file is located.

  3. Tap on the zip file to select it.
  4. Tap the "Extract" button, usually represented by an icon that looks like a file being unzipped.

    How to Unzip in Android (Beginner Tutorial): Figure 4 - Select the zip file and tap on the Extract button.

  5. Choose the destination folder where you want the extracted files to be stored.
  6. Tap "Extract" or "OK" to initiate the unzipping process.

    How to Unzip in Android (Beginner Tutorial): Figure 5 - You can also select the destination folder where you want the extracted files to be stored, before clicking on the Extract or OK button to start the unzip process.

Check on Delete zip file if you want to delete the zip file. Tap on the Done Button.

Method 2 Unzip Files from Email Attachments

If you receive a zip file as an email attachment, you can often unzip it directly from your email app. Here's a step-by-step guide using Gmail as an example:

  1. Open the Gmail app on your Android device.
  2. Open the email containing the zip file attachment.

    How to Unzip in Android (Beginner Tutorial): Figure 6 - Open the email containing the zip file in the Gmail app on your Android phone.

  3. Tap on the attachment to download it.
  4. Once the download is complete, tap on the downloaded zip file.

    How to Unzip in Android (Beginner Tutorial): Figure 7 - Tap on the attachment to download it. Once the download is complete, tap on the downloaded zip file.

  5. Select the option to extract or open the file with a file manager app.
  6. Follow the prompts to choose a destination folder for the extracted files. Press the Extract icon once navigating to the destination folder.

    How to Unzip in Android (Beginner Tutorial): Figure 8 - Open or extract the zip file using a File Manager app. Select the destination folder for the extracted files, then tap on the Extract icon.

  7. Files will start extracting as shown below.

    How to Unzip in Android (Beginner Tutorial): Figure 9 - File extraction process will begin.

Method 3 Using Dedicated Unzip Apps

There are several apps available on the Google Play Store specifically designed for unzipping files. One popular option is the "RAR" app. Here's how you can use it:

Download and install the "RAR" app from the Google Play Store.

How to Unzip in Android (Beginner Tutorial): Figure 10 - Download and install the RAR app from the Google Play Store.

Open the RAR app.

Navigate to the location of the zip file.

Tap on the zip file to select it. You can also choose multiple zip files.

Tap the "Extract" button, usually represented by an icon that looks like a file being unzipped.

How to Unzip in Android (Beginner Tutorial): Figure 11 - Open the RAR app, navigate to the zip file location and select the zip file. You can also select multiple zip files. Click on the Extract button

Choose the destination folder and tap "OK" to start the extraction process.

How to Unzip in Android (Beginner Tutorial): Figure 12 - Choose the destination path to store the extracted files, then tap on the OK button to start the extraction process.

You can also create zip files on an Android phone by using RAR Application.

Compressed files on Android devices using RAR

We can compress files and create zip files on our Android device using the "RAR" Application.

  1. Launch the "RAR" app on your Android device.
  2. Go to the location where the files you want to include in the compressed archive (ZIP or RAR) are stored.
  3. Tap on the files you want to include in the compressed archive to select them. You can also choose multiple files or an entire folder.

    How to Unzip in Android (Beginner Tutorial): Figure 13 - Open the RAR app on your Android device. Navigate to the location where the files you want to include in the compressed archive file (ZIP or RAR) are stored. Select one or multiple files. You can also select an entire folder.

  4. After selecting the files, click on the Add files to Archive icon on the top menu.

    How to Unzip in Android (Beginner Tutorial): Figure 14 - After selecting the files, click on the Add files to Archive icon on the top menu bar.

  5. You will be prompted to enter a name for the compressed archive (ZIP or RAR file) and choose the destination folder where the archive will be saved.

    How to Unzip in Android (Beginner Tutorial): Figure 15 - Enter a file name for the compressed archive (ZIP or RAR file) and choose the destination folder where the archive will be saved. Finally tap on OK or Create button to start the compression process.

  6. Tap "OK" or "Create" to initiate the compression process. The app will then create the compressed file.

Introducing IronZIP

IronZIP is a powerful C# ZIP archive library developed by Iron Software. It provides comprehensive functionality for creating, reading, and extracting ZIP archives within .NET applications. It offers support for ZIP files, TAR archives, GZIP, and BZIP2 formats. Its user-friendly API simplifies integration into projects across various .NET versions, ensuring compatibility with .NET 7, 6, 5, Core, Standard, and Framework. IronZIP enables developers to create ZIP archives, extract data from existing ZIP files, and handle other formats seamlessly with a focus on speed and accuracy.

Installing IronZIP in our .NET project

To install the IronZIP NuGet package using the Package Manager Console in Visual Studio, follow these steps:

  1. Open Visual Studio and load your project.
  2. In Visual Studio, go to "View" in the top menu and select "Other Windows" > "Package Manager Console" to open the Package Manager Console.
  3. In the Package Manager Console, make sure that the "Default Project" dropdown (located at the top of the Console window) is set to the project where you want to install the IronZIP NuGet package.
  4. Use the following command to install the IronZIP NuGet package:
Install-Package IronZip

This command will download and install the IronZIP package along with its dependencies into your project.

Write Code to Extract files from Zip File

The following code sample will unzip files using the IronZIP library in C#.

IronArchive.ExtractArchiveToDirectory("Lectures.zip", "Extracted Lectures");
IronArchive.ExtractArchiveToDirectory("Lectures.zip", "Extracted Lectures");
IronArchive.ExtractArchiveToDirectory("Lectures.zip", "Extracted Lectures")
VB   C#

The above code snippet IronArchive.ExtractArchiveToDirectory("Lectures.zip", "Extracted Lectures"); uses the IronArchive class from the IronZIP library to extract the contents of the "Lectures.zip" archive file to a directory named "Extracted Lectures." This single line of code encapsulates the functionality provided by IronZIP, allowing developers to efficiently decompress and organize the contents of a ZIP archive into a specified directory within their .NET projects.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the ubiquity of Android devices in our daily lives has made file management, including unzipping, an essential skill for users. This article explored various methods for unzipping files on Android, from utilizing built-in file manager apps to dedicated third-party applications and extracting files directly from email attachments.

Additionally, we introduced IronZIP, a powerful C# ZIP archive library developed by Iron Software, highlighting its comprehensive functionality, user-friendly API, and compatibility with various .NET versions. The step-by-step guide on installing IronZIP through the Package Manager Console in Visual Studio was provided, showcasing its ease of integration.

The inclusion of a code snippet demonstrated how effortlessly IronZIP can be used to extract files from a ZIP archive in a .NET project. With the multitude of extraction options available, users can choose the method that best fits their preferences and workflow for efficient file management on Android and .NET platforms.

IronZIP offers a free trial starting from $749, it has gained trust with over 33 million downloads, serving individual developers, start-ups, and NASA engineers in 95+ countries. The license includes one year of free support and updates, making IronZIP a valuable choice for efficient archive handling in .NET projects.