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Best File Compression Apps

File compression is the practice of packaging a file or files to use less disk space. The File Compression category includes apps that will archive your files and extract archived files such as ZIP and RAR files. Many apps in this category let you manage files and protect them with encryption. 

Here are 10 best file compression apps for Zip, RAR, 7Z and other formats.

    Perhaps the most popular compression tool is WinZip. It currently has more than one billion active users. This tool is more than a simple compression tool as it also allows users to share, manage, protect, and backup their files. WinZip unzips all compression major formats, such as Zip, Zipx, RAR, 7z, TAR, GZIP, VHD, XZ and more. Other features include finding, opening, editing, moving, and sharing the files stored on PCs, networks, or cloud services. WinZip also encrypts files to secure information and data and can create read-only PDFs and add watermarks to deter copying. The tool is integrated with Dropbox, G-Suite, or OneDrive.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad

    Unzip Zip File Opener can handle both Zip and Rar files. The unzipping process is fast and works without needing to disable extensions or go into incognito mode. Its main draw, however, is its privacy policy.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad

    WinRAR is a powerful compression tool, with over 500 million users worldwide standing proof for the tool’s performance. It compresses files for efficient and secure file transfer, faster e-mail transmission, and organized data storage. The tool is also available in over 50 languages. WinRAR supports the following compression formats: RAR, ZIP, CAB, ARJ, LZH, ACE, TAR, GZip, UUE, ISO, BZIP2, Z, and 7-Zip. Users can also split archives into separate volumes, making it possible to save them on several disks. Its 256-bit password encryption and its authenticated signature technology ensure secured file transfers.

    Devices: Android

    Zip and RAR File Extractor  is a free file archiver utility that works with more than 180 archive formats. If you’re tired of ads, you’ll be glad to know that PeaZip doesn’t contain any ads. This tool also deploys a powerful and complete file manager, and strong security features, such as strong encryption, encrypted password manager, secure delete, and file hashing. The user interface is very friendly, with an intuitive design.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad

    7 Zip is a  compression tool that is 100% free and delivers a high compression ratio. It packs and unpacks the following file formats: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM, and can unpack more than 30 file formats.

    Devices: Windows