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Trying to figure out how to open a zip file on an iPhone or iPad? Follow these easy step-by-step instructions to walk you through the process! 

how to download zip files on an ipad and iphone

One of the most frequently asked questions that we receive is “How do I download your zip file to my iPad? How do I make it work?” or, even more often, “Why won’t this file work on my iPhone?” 

In this step-by-step tutorial, we will walk you through the process of how to download a zip file from our website, saving the zip file to your iPhone or iPad, and extracting the individual files from the zipped file.

Note that these instructions vary slightly depending upon which version of the Apple operating system you are running on your device. To check which version you are running, go to your device settings panel >> General >>About and make a note of the number that appears in the “Software Version” at the top of the page. 

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  1. IPad OS is now 14.0.1. Click on the download, look for the up arrow in the upper right corner, choose Save To Files. Tap on any zip file and it will automatically open in a folder.