In order to save up disk space you can group a similar set of files together and compress them in an archive format. The resulting compressed file occupies a relatively low space on your device. ZIP and RAR are two of the most popular file compression formats. While the native ‘Files’ app on your iPhone can easily uncompress ZIP files, it isn’t equipped to deal with the RAR format. Luckily, there are a few apps you can use to read the RAR files on your iPhone. In this article, we bring you the top 4 ways to open RAR files on an iPhone.
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Use the Documents app
The native Files app on your iPhone may not recognise the RAR format but several third-party apps do. ‘Documents’ is a very popular third-party file viewer that you may already use on your iPhone. If not, download the app from the App Store and follow the steps mentioned below.
Step 1: Install and launch the Documents app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Go to the My Files tab and select Files to locate the RAR file you want to open.
Step 3: Select the RAR file.
Step 4: Select the destination folder for RAR file extraction.
Step 5: Tap on ‘Extract’ at the top left corner of the screen.
You can now access the destination folder from the Documents app or the native Files app to view the contents of the RAR file.
iZip is a great third-party tool you can download from the App Store to unzip or ‘unrar’ compressed files. Here’s how you can use it.
Step 1: Install and launch iZip on your iPhone.
Step 2: Select ‘Document browser’ and locate the RAR file.
Step 3: Tap on the RAR file. This will take you back to the iZip app.
Step 4: Select ‘Yes’ in the popup box to open the file.
Step 5: Tap on ‘Yes’ in the following popup box. This will unzip all the contents of the file.
You will now be able to view the RAR file in the iZip app. Similarly, you can also select the RAR file from the native Files app and open it in iZip to extract it.
Use the Unzip app
Unzip is another great tool you can use to extract RAR files. Here’s how you can use it.
Step 1: Download and install Unzip from the App Store.
Step 2: Locate the RAR file in the native Files app.
Step 3: Long press the file and select ‘Share’.
Step 4: Scroll past the list of apps and select Unzip.
Step 5: The RAR file will open in the Unzip app. Create a folder to extract its contents.
Use the Mail app
If the RAR file was mailed to you, you can view its content using the Mail app itself, without needing to download a third-party tool. Here’s how.
Step 1: Open the Mail app and select the email containing the RAR file attachment.
Step 2: Tap on the ‘Preview Content’ option below the attachment.
The contents of the RAR file will open up on your iPhone.
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These are the top 4 ways to open a RAR file on your iPhone. While opening a RAR file may require a third-party tool, the native Files app on your iPhone is equipped to extract ZIP files. All you need to do is long-press the ZIP file and select ‘Uncompress’ from the list of options.
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