How do I open .zip files?

To open .zip files, make sure to use a computer and not a mobile device (iPhone, iPad, etc).  If you only have a mobile device you should be able to open zip files without any third party apps, but you can also find an unzipping app in the app store. 

On a PC (Windows 7,8,10)

  1. Locate the zipped folder that you want to unzip (extract) files or folders from.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To unzip a single file or folder, open the zipped folder, then drag the file or folder from the zipped folder to a new location.
    • To unzip all the contents of the zipped folder, press and hold (or right-click) the folder, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions.

On a Mac

  1. Uncompress (expand) an item: Double-click the .zip file.

Why do we use .zip files?

  • Compressed files take up less disk space than uncompressed files, so compressing is useful for making backup copies of your data or for sending information over the Internet.

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