How to Zip and Unzip in Android and Windows 10

In this post, we'll see how to zip and unzip in Android and Windows 10. Also, we'll see how to open the zip file in both these devices. Let's get started.

How to Zip in Android using Default File Manager

Keep in mind that not all the phone's default file manager have the option to do this task.

If your device doesn't have the option to do this task, then go ahead with the third-party file manager (see ES File Explorer section in this article).

With that said, let's see how to do this task with a default file manager.

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    ​Open the file manager.
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    Go to the location which has the contents you want to zip. Remember that all the contents you want to zip should be in the same place.
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    Select the contents. Once you have done that, tap on Overflow Menu (three vertical dots). Tap the "Compress" option.
Compress option
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    ​In the "Compress" popup, enter the file name, choose the location, and select "Set a password" option and then enter the password if you want the password protected zip file.
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    Once you set everything as per your preference, tap "OK."
Compress popup
  • Save

That's it. The zip file is created successfully.

Open a Zip File using Default File Manager

Tap on the zip file to view the contents of the zip file.

Keep in mind that if the zip file is a password protected one, then you need to enter the password while trying to open a file within it. 

Unzip a Zip File using Default File Manager

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    ​Select the zip file you want to unzip.
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    Now, tap on Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) > UnZip.
UnZip option
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    ​In the "UnZip" popup, choose the location where you want to extract.
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    Tap "OK." Enter the password if the zip file is password protected.

That's all. The zip file is extracted successfully.

The above steps extract the entire zip file. If you want to extract selectively, then here are the steps:

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    ​Tap the zip file. Now, you can see its contents.
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    Select the item(s) that you want to extract.
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    Tap Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) > UnZip.
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    In the "UnZip" popup, choose the location you prefer to extract and then tap "OK." Enter the password if the zip file is password protected.

​That's it. The item(s) you chose is successfully extracted.

How to Zip in Android using ES File Explorer

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    ​Install and open "ES File Explorer File Manager" app.
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    Go to the location which contains the files and folders that you want to zip. Keep in mind that all the contents that you want to zip should be in the same place.
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    Now, select the contents. Tap Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) at the bottom which is beside "Rename."
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    Tap "Compress."
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    Now, you can see "ES Zip Viewer" popup in which you can provide a name for the zip file, choose between "zip" or "7z," set compress level, and set a password for the zip file to make it password protected. Set all the options as per your wish.
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    Tap "OK" in the popup.
ES Zip Viewer popup
  • Save

That's all. The zip file is created successfully.

Open Zip File using ES File Explorer

Find and tap the zip file.

Now, you can see "Select" popup. Tap on "ES Zip Viewer" within it.

Select popup
  • Save

Now, you can see zip file contents. If the zip is a password protected one, then you need to enter the password while trying to open the file within it.

Unzip Zip File using ES File Explorer

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    ​Find and select the zip file you want to unzip.
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    Tap Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) at the bottom.
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    Tap "Extract to" option.
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    In the popup, you can see three options:

The zip file name/ - This option creates a folder with the zip file name in the place where the zip file resides and then extract all the contents of the zip file into it.

Current path - This option extracts all the contents of the zip file in the place where the zip file resides.

Choose path - As the name indicates, you can use this option to choose the path you prefer to extract.

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    ​In this instance, I am using "Choose path" option.
Extract selected files to popup
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    Tap "OK" in the popup. Enter the password if the zip file is password protected.

That's it. The zip file is unzipped successfully.

The above steps unzip a zip file entirely. If you want to extract selectively (for instance: a folder from the zip file), here are the steps:

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    ​Open the zip file. Now, you can see the zip file contents.
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    Select the item(s) that you want to extract.
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    You can see the "Extract" option at the bottom. Tap on it.
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    Now, you can see "Extract selected files to" popup in which you can choose the option you prefer. Tap "OK." Provide the password if the zip file is password protected.

That's all. The item(s) you chose is successfully extracted.

How to Create a Zip File in Windows 10

You can do this task in three different ways. You can pick the one you prefer. Let's see what they are.

Method #1

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    Select the file(s) and/or folder(s) you wish to zip.
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    Right-click on it. Hover the mouse over "Send to." Now, you can see "Compressed (zipped) folder" option.
Compressed (zipped) folder option
  • Save
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    Click on it.
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    Now, you can see a new zip file which asks you to change or confirm the suggested file name.
Zip file asking you to change or confirm the suggested name
  • Save
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    If you wish to keep the suggested file name, press "Enter." Otherwise, provide a new name and then press "Enter."
Changed the name of the zip file
  • Save

That's all. You have created the zip file successfully.

Method #2

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    Select the file(s) and/or folder(s) and then click on the "Share" tab in the File Explorer Ribbon.
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    Now, you can see "Zip" option.
Zip option
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    Click on it.
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    It asks you to change or confirm the suggested file name. Do the one you want.

Method #3

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    Right-click on the location where the file(s) and/or folder(s) you wish to zip is located and then hover your mouse over "New."
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    Now, click on "Compressed (zipped) Folder."
Compressed (zipped) folder option showing after hovering mouse over New
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    Like the previous methods, it asks you to change or confirm the name it suggests. Change it or keep it.
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    Select all the file(s) and/or folder(s) you want to zip. Now, drag and drop all those into the zip file you have created.

That's it. The zip file is successfully created with the file(s) and/or folder(s) you want.

Note:

You can add content(s) to a zip file at any time you want, and here's how you can do that:

Drag and drop the content(s) into the zip file, and that's all.

How to Open a Zip File in Windows 10

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    Locate the zip file and then double-click on it.
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    Now, you may see a popup which prompts you to choose which app you wish to use for opening the zip file.
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    Select the "File Explorer."
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    Check "Always use this app to open .zip files" option if you wish to always open zip files using File Explorer.
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    Click on the "OK" button in the popup.
File Explorer is selected to open the zip file
  • Save

Now, you can see the content(s) of the zip file.

Zip file contents
  • Save

How to Unzip in Windows 10

You can unzip the entire zip file or its content selectively. Let's see how to do both of these tasks.

Unzip Selective Content from a Zip File

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    Locate the zip file and then open it.
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    Now, select the content(s) and then cut it.
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    Go to the location you want and paste the content(s) you copied there.

Unzip Enitre Zip File

You can unzip the entire zip file in two ways and here are they:

Method #1

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    Locate and right-click the zip file.
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    Select "Extract All" option.
Extract All option
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    In the popup, choose the location where you want to unzip. Unselect "Show extracted files when complete" if you do not want to see the content(s) of the zip file after unzipping.
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    Click on the "Extract" button.
Extract Compressed (Zipped) Folders popup
  • Save

Method #2

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    Locate and select the zip file.
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    Click on the "Extract" tab in the Ribbon.
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    Click on "Extract all" option.
Extract All option in the Extract tab in Ribbon
  • Save
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    Now, you can see the popup where you can choose where you want to unzip and after unzipping you want the content(s) of the zip file to be shown or not.
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    Click "Extract" button.
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    That's all. All is done.

Note: After the unzip, you can delete zip file if you wish.

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