iOS 7 comes with built-in support for zip files

iOS 7 comes with over 200 new features and improvements including the all-new Control Center, improved Notification Center, smarter multitasking, all-new camera app with real-time filters, new Photos app, AirDrop for iOS, iTunes Radio and lots more.

But you probably didn’t know that it also allows you to open zip files.

reddit user evmax318 first spotted it. He reported:

In iMessage, I was sent a .zip file, and iOS let me open it and view its file structure and open files. Did anyone else know this?

It works in iMessage, and also in the Mail app. The feature has been available apparently since iOS 7 beta, but seems to have slipped everybody’s radar.

In iOS 6, you had to open the zip file using the “Open in” functionality, and using apps such as Winzip etc, which allow you to open zip files.

Here’s how it works in iOS 7:

When you tap on the attached zip file, it downloads the file, and automatically opens the first file in the archive (assuming it is supported by iOS). You can swipe from right to left to open the next file or tap on the folder icon at the bottom right corner to see the list of files in the archive.


You also get an option to share the file via AirDrop, iMessage, Mail or using the Open In feature, and also to print the file or document.


The good news is that thanks to the built-in support for zip files in iOS 7, you won’t need to buy third-party app to open them anymore, and more importantly it offers a more seamless experience.


It looks like it works if the files in the zip file are supported. If there are unsupported files in the zip file, it gets stuck at “loading..”. I have tested it on iPhone 5s and iPad 4.

Did you know about this feature? Let me know in the comments.

[via reddit]

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  • alfonso hall

    Wow, I’m very surprised. Nice addition

  • Steve

    Will the wonders if this Micky Mouse Os every all be seen!!!

  • Rool

    Just tried in mail. Didn’t work!

  • Xanthin

    I tried opening a zip file in mail and iMessage, didn’t work. I have an iPhone 4S, do you need newer hardware?

    • Gautam

      Seems to work if the files in the zip file are supported. It tried this on iPhone 5s, iPhone 5 and iPad 4.

  • Pacomacman

    Are you sure it isn’t another app in the OS that has registered the .zip file extension. I register many file formats in my apps and iOS simply calls me to handle these formats.

  • Allan

    Yeah! It work for me on iPhone 5 with iOS 7.0.2 . No third party zip apps installed on my iPhone 5. I’ve compressed a file in .zip format on computer and sent to my e-mail and it open it just by clicking on the attachment. Work fine for me.

  • Hanzo305

    Plz help ••• I’ve been having difficulties activating iMessage on the iOS 7.0.2 iPhone 5 device.
    Secondly, thank you guys very much for the upcoming jailbreak!! Two thumbs up

    • Kiwiholden

      lol they just report it they’re not the ones making it.

  • Hovaks

    For me it works if only one JPEG file in it, if more than one again loading only, does anyone also have this problem.?

  • alfonso hall

    Just discovered today you can also send and recieve PDF files via iMessage

  • iPad owner

    Doesn’t work in email attachments…
    iPAD 4

  • myname

    iphone sucks at this simple and common thinghs and tasks, a piece of shit. Buy an great Samsung with Android, not shits..