Opening RAR files on iPhone is not possible natively, but there are plenty of third-party apps that can make it happen. Here’s a rundown of the best ones.
iZip – iZip is a free file management application that makes it easy to open a variety of archive files, including RAR. It’s a great app for iOS users because it’s free and allows access to cloud storage. While it’s not as user-friendly as Apple’s own Files app, iZip’s capabilities are impressive.
FileMaster – FileMaster is a powerful tool that’s free to download from the App Store. It allows you to open RAR files from a variety of sources, such as an email attachment or an email sent from your contacts. Plus, it’s easy to use. You can select a folder to add a ZIP or RAR file, copy the contents of a ZIP or RAR file to your clipboard, and send the extracted contents of a ZIP or RAR file via email.
Readdle Documents – Documents by Readdle is a handy app that can open and manage RAR files on iPhone. Besides being easy to use, it’s also useful because it has a built-in file browser, which can be helpful if you have a large collection of files to sort through. The built-in file browser features shortcuts to your SD card, Favorites, and your downloads folder. As a bonus, it can extract a bunch of different file types, including RAR, ZIP, and TAR.
Unarchiver – If you’re looking to open RAR files on your iPhone, then the Unarchiver app is the way to go. You’ll need to find a RAR file on your iPhone first. Once you do, tap the Unarchiver icon in your Downloads folder. This free app will open the RAR file and create a folder that matches the file’s name.
RAR and ZIP files are great for saving space. They are compressed to make the file smaller. These file formats are often split into multiple parts, which is why you see them in a number of email and messaging apps. So, it’s no wonder many people want to know how to open RAR and ZIP files on iPhone.
However, RAR and ZIP files aren’t exactly natively compatible with iPhone. Instead, you need to install a special app to extract and view these files. Luckily, there are a few options, and most are free. Some of them can be found on the App Store, while others require a quick Google search.
Thankfully, Apple made it as easy as possible to open RAR and ZIP files on iPhone with the release of iOS 13. Previously, you needed a third-party app to do this, but with the latest update, you’ll be able to do it in no time at all. And the coolest part is that you can now view a preview of the contents of the RAR or ZIP file before unzipping it. With the new app, you can even rename and skip duplicate files.
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