How To Open RAR Files On iPhone (The Quick Way!)

RAR files can be a headache for iPhone users who want to access their compressed contents on the go.

But fret not, fellow iPhone enthusiasts! You don't have to spend hours figuring out how to open these tricky files on your device.

In this article, we'll show you the quick and simple way to extract RAR files on your iPhone, no matter where you are.

 Video Instructions

Step-by-step video instructions showing how to open RAR files on the iPhone using your browser.

How To Open RAR Files in Safari

The easiest way to open RAR files on your iPhone, without the need to install any additional software, is by utilizing Safari! Yes, you read that right - Safari, the trusty built-in browser, can come to the rescue! We'll show you how to use Safari to unlock the contents of RAR files with the help of ezyZip.
  1. Navigate to the RAR extraction page on ezyZip
    Navigate to RAR extraction page
  2. Click on 'Select rar file to open'.
    Click on 'Select rar file to open'
  3. Click on 'Choose File'. It will bring up the iPhone file chooser dialog.
    Click on 'Select rar file to open'
  4. Select the RAR file you wish to extract.
    Select the rar file
  5. It will list the contents of the RAR archive. You now have the option to "Save" individual files or optionally "Preview" certain files inside the browser.
    Save or Preview extracted files

How to Open RAR Files with iZip

Whilst we might be a bit biased towards our own web based solutions here at ezyZip, we do recognize that it might not always be the best option. If you are dealing with RAR files frequently or with especially large files, then you're better off installing a native app. There's various options out there. We like the simplicity of iZip.
  1. Open the App Store and search for iZip. Tap on cloud icon to install iZip to your iPhone.
    Install iZip
  2. Open iZip and click on "Document Browser".
    Click on Document Browser
  3. Select the RAR file you wish to open. It will list out the contents of the RAR archive.
    Open Files
  4. Select the file you wish to extract and scroll down to the bottom and click "Unzip".
    Extract Files
  5. Save or share the extracted files.
    Save/Share Files

    Thats all there is to it!

Can I open RAR files on my iPhone without installing any apps?

Certainly! You can use your web browser to open and extract RAR Files.

In the section above, we have outlined step-by-step instructions on how to extract RAR files using Safari on iPhone.

However, if you will be dealing with numerous RAR files or very large archives, then it makes more sense to use a native RAR extractor app.

Is it safe to use ezyZip to extract RAR files on my iPhone?

Yes! All ezyZip code is run directly inside your browser. No file data leaves your iPhone.

You can switch off your wi-fi and it will still work.

Can I view the contents of RAR file without extracting them on my iPhone?

Depends on the file type.

If it's a file type that can be opened inside a browser (e.g. images, videos, text files) then yes. A blue "Preview" button will be enabled for the types of files you can open directly in the browser.

You will be able to see the entire file list without needing to extract the contents.

Are there any limitations or file size restrictions when using ezyZip on iPhone?

No, but since ezyZip is a browser based solution, everything needs to be executed in memory. This could potentially result in issues when dealing with very large files, as the browser may run out of memory, leading to performance concerns.

Can I extract password-protected RAR files using ezyZip on my iPhone?

Yes. A password prompt will appear for RAR files that are encrypted with a password.

Can I do the same on my iPad?

Sure. Check out our iPad RAR extraction guide for step-by-step instructions.