With the growing capacity and lowering prices of Cloud storage options, we see fewer and fewer zipped files nowadays, but if you’re still getting them (to your phone or tablet no less!) do not fret or panic - yes, you can open zipped files on Android. Of course, you can. Android is built like a mini-computer, so handling files was one of their best traits years before Apple figured out how to work computer files into iPhones.
Here are the easy 3 steps how to unzip any file:
You can reach your extracted files in the same parent folder as the compressed one. Meaning, if your zip folder was saved in “Downloads” the newly extracted folder will be saved into “Downloads” as well.
If you wish to create a zip file in order to send it over email / message, you can do it too. We urge you to look into a cloud solution, but if you're dealing with a third party who's not so willing to change their ways, no worries - Android can accommodate this need too.
You can also use a dedicated app for zipping files - try WinZip, iZip or Alzip. All three of them are great and do pretty much the same job, as long as you're not a heavy user, the functionality of each specific one will not make a big difference to you. If you are an avid use of compressed files, looks into Pro versions of those apps to explore additional features that might prove helpful for you.