One of the more common types of files that we have to deal with are archived files. You’ve seen them before and they come in zip, rare, 7z, tar, and other file types which have tons of files inside of them and they are zipped up to take up less space. If you’ve got some of these files that you need to deal with, here are the best zip, rar, and unzip apps for Android!
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AndroZip is a free tool that zips and unzips various types of files. It claims to have support for zip, rar, tar, gzip, and bzip2, among others. There is also a built-in file manager if you need to move some stuff around or send your files to other parts of your device. It’s a simple app and isn’t much to look at, but it works well and does what it says it does. When creating zips, you also have options for encryption and setting passwords on your zip files.
[Price: Free / $3.97]
B1 Archiver is a popular tool for zipping and unzipping various types of archive files. It has support for the big ones like zip and rar, but also boasts compatibility for a total of 37 formats. That’s great if you’re used to working with unique or unusual archive file types that you don’t run into every day. It also has support for multi-part rar and b1 archives if you need that. It’s a solid app overall with a good design, but you’ll have to go pro if you want to deal with password protected archives which is a bit of a bummer.
[Price: Free / $2.19]
RAR is from RARLAB, the same developers who developed Winrar which makes this literally the Winrar for Android. As you’d expect, it comes with support for tons of file types, including the bigger ones like rar, zip, tar, 7z, and many others. There is also the usual array of encryption and password options. With this app you can also run your archives through benchmarks to see how they stack up and even run commands to repair damaged archive files (with varying degrees of success). It’s a powerful app and probably the one you should go for.
[Price: Free / $1.99]
Many people remember Winzip and the app has made its way onto Android as well. It carries with it the pedigree of its desktop counterpart which means it’s either going to work wonderfully for you or not work at all. If it does work for you, you’ll be treated to a decent experience and the app supports all the common and popular types of archive files. What makes this one unique is that it has support for Dropbox and Google Drive so you can deal with files from those services as well, which is nice.
ZArchiver is a totally free tool and one that has been around on Android for many years. It provides a decent user experience with generally easy controls and it comes with support for plenty of archive file types. There is also the usual options for encryption, password protection, and split archives if you need that as well. There really isn’t any razzle dazzle with this application, but it does just work which is definitely a plus for those looking for something simple.
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