How To Create A Zip File: Let’s Zip it. We can make a large file small and can put a bunch of different file formats into one file and send it.
Thou the word “Zip” says it all, think of a Zip file like a traveling box. Your traveling box might contain things ranging from your clothes, your cosmetics, your accessories, etc.
Prior to putting your clothes in your box, they were scattered on your bed or chair, hung on your hangers and in your laundry. The same applies to your accessories.
Now, you might want to send a bunch of files to someone, might be with your email, to a hard drive, blue tooth, etc Zipping a file can do a lot here.
In a case where you want to hide important files from prying eyes, zip files could help here.
This HowTo9ja DIY guide will show you how to create a zip file from your Windows, Mac OS, and your Mobile Device.
Note: To Zip file(s) is to compress, when you compress your file(s), you reduce the file size.
Note: They are programs for your PC that will grant you more privileges when handling zip files.
E.g 7 Zip, WinRar.
You could install these programs if you plan on doing more than just creating zip files.
How To Create A Zip File On Windows
Create a folder; From your windows explorer, create a folder. This folder will hold the files you want to zip, name the folder that you want the zip file to be called.
When the folder is ready, copy all the files you wish to zip into the new folder. You can still create a zip file without creating a folder.
What you’ll have to do here is use the Ctrl button and mouse button to select all the files you’ll want to Zip.
Right-click on the folder or one of the selected files, hover your cursor over the “Send To” option. A drop-down submenu opens, select the “Compressed(Zipped)/folder)” option.
If you selected the files via the Ctrl + Mouse button, the file you right-clicked on will be the name of the zip file.
Depending on how many files there is, it will take a moment for the files to Zip. A progress bar should appear to show the progress. The Zip file will appear in the folder you created it from.
How To Create A Zip File On Mac
Create a folder; From your files explorer, create a folder. This folder will hold the files you want to zip, name the folder that you want the zip file to be called. When the folder is ready, copy all the files you wish to zip into the new folder.
You can still create a zip file without creating a folder. What you’ll have to do here is use the Command ⌘ button and mouse button to select all the files you’ll want to Zip.
Right-click on the folder or on one of the files you selected, to right-click on Mac computers, you either tap the center of the trackpad with two fingers or hold down the CTRL button then click once.
Click on the “Compress” option. The folder or files will be zipped into one. The zip files Might be named “Archive.zip“.
How To Zip A File On Mobile Devices
This section covers ways to create a zip file on iPhone/iPad and Android devices. Gone are the days when creating a zip file was hard on mobile devices.
It is quite easy now. The goal can be achieved perfectly with third-party apps.
Create A Zip File With iPhone
Below are some apps that will do the work for you.
- Zip Browser
- Zip & RAR File Extractor
I’ll be working with Zipped, they other Applications will work but with a little different STEPS. Zipped is really good so is WinZip and iZip
How To Use Zipped To Zip Files On iOS
I presume you’ve purchased the Zipped application from your Apple store. Launch your Zipped app.
Tap on the “Main Box“, this option open the Files App. Here Mark all the files you wish to compress.
Tap on “Done” when you are done selecting.
From the Zip app, you can decide to share, send, or save the “.zip” file.
Create A Zip File With Android
Below are some apps that will help you create a zip file on your android device.
- Es File Explorer
- Rar( Recommended)
I’ll be working with the Rar app, it is free.
I presume you’ve downloaded the app from your play store. Launch the Rar App.
Often, Rar will ask you to grant it permission to access your files. Click on “Yes“.
From the Rar menu, locate the files you wish to Zip then mark them.
From the top menu, click on the Zip icon with a ➕.
You are presented with options to compress the file to a Zip or Rar format, you can also protect the Zip file from here. Rename the compressed file to a name of your choice.
Click on “Ok” to save the compressed file.