The archives lead among us for several decades. In the beginning, they served so that large files could fit on hard drives and other storage systems of the time, which over time have been increasing their capacity until they become practically unnecessary.
But ZIP, RAR and other formats have many utilities. In addition to saving space, they are used to password protect access to important documents or simply to share or save a large number of files in one and thus not lose them.
And although they are associated with computers, on Android devices we can also download, open or create ZIP files and the like with applications such as those reviewed below.
If you have been or are a Windows user, WinZip should sound yes or yes, as it is one of the classic and iconic names of the compressed files.
This version for Android allows you to open ZIP, ZIPX, 7Z RAR and LHA files, create compressed ZIP and ZIP files, encrypt them with a password and also integrate with Google Drive and Dropbox.
WinZip is designed both to handle compressed files and to organize your files, local or in the cloud since it allows filtering by type of content or place where they are located.
The RAR format is the second most popular behind ZIP, as it offers higher compression rates. RAR is the Android app of the creators of RAR and its version for Windows WinRAR, very popular in its time.
With RAR you can compress files in RAR and ZIP format and open compressed files in RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, BZ2, XZ, 7z, ISO and ARJ formats. There is nothing. In addition, it allows to protect the compressed files with password, and in general, the process is very simple and transparent.
Looking similar to RAR, ZArchiver is designed to create compressed files in 7Z, ZIP, BZ2, GZ, XZ and TAR formats. And as for the formats that allow to open and decompress, there are 7Z, ZIP, RAR, BZ2, GZ, XZ, ISO, TAR, ARJ, CAB, LZH, LHA, LZMA, XAR, TGZ, DEB, RPM, ZIPX, DMG, ARC and many more. In short, with ZArchiver you don’t need a computer to manage files.
Otherwise, the app is very comfortable to move through the memory of your Android and the SD card, see the contents of a file before extracting it, check that it is in good condition or choose the level of compression.
If you are looking for a simple app but compatible with the usual compression formats, ALZip will meet your requirements. Compatible with ZIP, EGG and ALZ to create new files, allows you to view and extract the contents of ZIP, RAR, 7Z, EGG, ALZ, TAR, TBZ, TGZ, LZH, JAR, GZ, BZ, etc. files.
ALZip will also allow you to browse the folders and subfolders of your Android device, as well as view the images of the compressed files even before extracting them.
Another practical app to find compressed files on your Android and manage them at pleasure. Unzip Tool is compatible with ZIP and RAR and allows you to create and extract its content.
An interesting feature it offers is that, if you’re impatient, Unzip Tool can extract the contents of several compressed files at once, instead of one by one.