The best zip, rar, and unzip apps for Android
Finding an app to zip and unzip various archives is a problem most people don’t deal with until they actually have an archive they need to unpack. It’s not always a zip file either. Sometimes we need to dig into a tar, tar.gz, rar, and various other archives to get what’s inside. So here is a list of the best zip and unzip apps for Android. As usual if you’d rather watch than read, the video is at the bottom.
08 Easy Unrar, Unzip & Zip
First on our list today is easy unrar, unzip, and zip. This is the most simple app on the list and it’s literally only good for three things. That is viewing archives, unzipping archives, and creating archives. So if that’s all you need, this is it.
The design is a little amateurish but it works as advertised and it really isn’t all that bad. There are a few features that require the premium version like archive encryption. Like most on this list, it supports a variety of file types like rar, zip, tar, and others. To check it out, hit the button below.
Next up is AndroZip and it is another one of those Android relic apps because it’s been around forever. So long, in fact, that it still carries an outdated Gingerbread interface but that’s okay because it doesn’t affect the functionality of AndroZip.
Like many others on this list, AndroZip can do more than just create and extract packages. It has a task manager, a root explorer should you need one, and a few other assorted tools. Like most on this list, it can handle more package types, including zip, rar, tar, and 7zip. If this is for you, use the button below.
Number 6 on the list is called 7zipper. This powerful zipper and unzipper program may look a little outdated, but it actually works fairly well. Among its features, you can drag and drop files, it has a special interface for unpacking things, and it even works pretty quickly.
It also has a plethora of other features. It’s a task manager, FTP client, and it can even back up applications. There is a root manager for our rooted friends if you need one of those as well. It does what it says it does and it does it well. To try it, click the button below.
05 Solid Explorer
Solid explorer is not just an archive app but actually a full file explorer. As it turns out, unzipping archives is one of its many functions so if you’re looking for something that’s more feature filled, here’s a good place for you to start. Like the others, it supports many file types.
It’s definitely one of the better designed apps on the list. There are little animations that make things look nice and smooth functionality. In terms of zipping things up, you can do it in a tar or a zip only, but it can decompress more than that. Use the Google Play button below to pick it up.
04 ES File Explorer
Number 4 on our list is ES File Explorer and as a file explorer, it’s really good. It has a lot of features, a really nice look, and is usually really enjoyable to use. As luck would have it, it can deal with compressed files too if need be.
It can only compress into zip format, but it can deal with a lot more than that. Like most of these file explorers, you have to browse the menu a bit but it works as advertised. So if you need an all in one solution, here is another good one for you. Click the button below to grab it.
03 B1 Free Archiver
The first in our top 3 is B1 Free Archiver. This nifty little free app gives you a full compression and decompression solution free of charge and all you have to deal with is some subpar design elements. It’s not terrible but also nothing to write home about.
It unzips just about everything and if you need something compressed, it will do it in both zip and b1 format. It’s simple, it’s quick, it’s easy to use, and it’s free. There really isn’t much to complain about with this app except the design.
Number 2 is ZArchiver and if you want things compressed or decompressed, this has earned its spot as one of the best on the list. It unzips pretty much anything you can think of and it’s usually the archiver app people use in tutorials for other processes, like removing ecm encryption.
It’s not much to look at but it at least has some theming options. Also, it can only compress to 7zip, zip, and tar so if you need something different you’re out of luck. It’s quick, reliable, and there is a free version. All you gotta do is get over the Gingerbread style design elements.
01 Root Explorer
And here it is, number 1 on our list and it’s root explorer. This app has been featured on our top 10 lists before for productivity and it makes it here again. The app is easy to use, root user friendly, and it can decompress pretty much everything. There isn’t much more you can ask it to do.
It also functions as an all-in-one file explorer if you need something to that extent. It also has a pretty nifty design that looks slick. If you’re not rooted, you can’t enjoy all of the features, but for compressing and decompressing files, it should do just fine.
If you take a look at our leaderboard you can see how all these apps stack up. As usual we didn’t rate these ourselves, you guys did. We put them in list form and put up this snazzy video to help you out. If you wanna give them a shot, the links are in the video description.
We wanted the maximum possible choices on this list. There are simple zip and unzip apps and full featured file explorers. There are free and paid options. So whatever you’re looking for, you should be able to find it somewhere on this list. As usual, if there’s a good one we missed, leave a comment below and let us know.