Unzip, Read And Edit Files on iOS Devices With FileApp

When receiving zipped files on your iOS device, users who jailbreak their devices will use iFile to open the files within. Not only can it unzip files, but you can view files on iFile too. But, if you are one of the few who didn’t jailbreak your device and want an app that does what iFile does, check out FileApp.


FileApp is a file management app for iOS devices. It simply allows you to unzip, read and edit files and folders on your iOS devices without you needing to jailbreak your device.

Unzip, Read And Edit Files With FileApp

FileApp is available for download here.

Unzip ZIP File

When you have downloaded a ZIP file on Safari or Mail, choose to open the downloaded file with FileApp. Just tap on the ZIP files to unzip it. A new folder which contains all the files from the ZIP file earlier will be created.

How to unzip file

Read & edit Files

With FileApp you don’t have to use another app to read the files as FileApp supports:

  • PDF – PDF
  • iWork – Pages, Numbers, Keys
  • Open Document – ODT, ODF, ODP
  • Plain Text and RTF – TXT, RTF, LOG, TEXT, M, C, CPP, MM, H
  • Audio – MP3, AAC, M4A, AIF, AIFFF, WAV
  • Video – MOV, MPEG, M4V, MP4
  • Web archives – WEBARCHIVE
  • Comic Book Archives – CBZ

types of files

FileApp can be used to edit files such as PDF, Text and HTML too.

For image editing, you need to upgrade to FileApp Pro to be able to use, edit then save the edited images. The image editor comes with features such as cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast, filters and much more.

photo editing feature

You can’t edit Office documents on FileApp, but it allows you to open the document in another app which can edit Office documents e.g. DocsToGo.

edit office file

FileApp can read image files up to 20MB in size, and has no size limitations for audio and video. As for documents, it depends on your iOS device’s current free memory.

Extra Features

FileApp can also be used to compress folders into ZIP files as well as upload files directly to cloud storages such as Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive.

zip and share to dropbox

Connect FileApp to Desktop

For better file management, you can connect FileApp to a computer in two ways:

1. By using DiskAid

Download the tool and install it to manage the files that are available in FileApp. With this desktop tool, you can drag and drop files from desktop into your iOS device.

desktop tool diskaid

2. Via Wi-Fi

This will only work on private local networks. By connecting your iOS device and computer on the same network you can access and manage files on FileApp like how you use DiskAid. For more info on how to connect, find it here.

connect via wifi


FileApp is a great free file management tool for non-jailbreak iOS devices. It allows you to create text documents, create ZIP files, read, edit manage files. As mentioned earlier, for the photo editing feature you need to upgrade FileApp to FileApp Pro which costs $6.99.

By upgrading to the paid version you will get plenty more desirable features such as:

  • Enchanced security with iOS Data Protection
  • PDF to MSOffice, OpenOffice, iWork, HTML and Text converter
  • RTF to PDF converter
  • Photo editing feature
  • Built-in custom sound recorder


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