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How to open RAR files on Android to unload your packages

Are you looking for a way or figuring out how to open a RAR file on your Android phone? However, Android devices do not have a default way of opening RAR files.

Fret not, in this article, we will guide you in various ways to do that.

RAR files, as we know it, are compressed files in RAR format. Basically, file sizes are reduced and consolidated into a single file.

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How to Open RAR File in Android?

Basically, Android, as is, can’t open RAR files. You will need to download and install 3rd party apps for this specific purpose. A quick search on the Google Play store about “RAR” will provide you a list of various RAR opening apps. Our favorite one will be RAR RARLAB (published by win.rar GmbH). The creator of the most popular RAR opening software for PC.

The difficulty lies in handling split archives, various types of formats, and encryption and/or password protection. Here are some of the best apps you can use to open RAR files directly on your Android phone, and most offer built-in file management.

How to Extract RAR Files on Android

All the apps enumerated below generally follow the same steps in extracting/opening RAR files on your Android Phone. To use them, you must:

  1. Download and launch the app.
  2. Navigate to where your RAR file is saved.
  3. Tap on the folder or file that you want to extract.
  4. To extract individual files, select Open Archive > Extract File. To open all the contents of the RAR folder, select Extract All
  5. Open the files normally.
  6. If you want to create an archive, add files to existing archive, delete, rename, copy files to the clipboard, cut, start a new folder, long press on the file.

1. RAR App

RAR App
RAR App Logo

RAR app is quite comprehensive, allowing you to compress, archive, extract, explore, and manage your files. It can even help you repair damaged files.

RAR App User Interface
RAR App User Interface

Not only can it help you unpack RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, BZ2, XZ, 7z, ISO, and ARJ files, but it can also help you to create RAR and Zip files.

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2. Easy Unrar, Unzip, and Zip

Easy Unrar, Unzip & Zip
Easy Unrar, Unzip & Zip Logo

Easy Unrar, Unzip, and Zip is another popular app which lets you decompress and open archived/compressed RAR and Zip files directly on your Android device.  With over 5 million downloads, the app lets you open all types of RAR files. The app also supports multi-compression and single compression along with the ability to display files without decompressing it.

Easy Unrar, Unzip & Zip Logo User Interface
Easy Unrar, Unzip & Zip Logo User Interface

Additionally, Easy Unrar, Unzip, and Zip support archives protected by a password. It can also handle files that are fragmented. A 710 MB .rar movie file can be extracted using a 1.6 GHz processor in as little as one minute and fourteen seconds. Unfortunately2, it cannot overwrite existing files.

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3. AndroZip File Manager

AndroZip Logo
AndroZip Logo

With over 10 million downloads, AndroZip File Manager is another one of the best productivity apps currently available on the Google Play Store.

AndroiZip File Manager supports over six different compression formats including ZIP and RAR files. In addition to letting you open RAR files, AndroZip File Manager lets you unpack and send archive files directly via email.

AndroZip User Interface
AndroZip User Interface

AndroZip works with several different kinds of archive files such as ZIP, RAR, TAR, GZIP, BZIP2, and 7ZIP. This app will also allow the users to send the file to other users or other programs. It is a free all-in-one solution.

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4. B1 Archiver Zip RAR Unzip

B1 Archiver Logo
B1 Archiver Logo

B1 Archiver is a popular decompression app that can be used on various types of files, including .zip, .rar, .b1, and 34 other formats. B1s can be translated to 30-plus different languages. On the other hand, B1 Archiver will allow you to create your own password-protected .zip and .b1 archives.

The catch? It currently only offers up to 10 free unpacks. Afterward, you must buy more either on an individual basis or by purchasing the Pro Version.

B1 Archiver User Interface
B1 Archiver User Interface

The Pro Version will allow you to open password-protected archives, provided you have the password. A password is not necessary for the B1 Archiver app. If you are being prompted for a password, most likely the archive you are trying to access is protected and private. The author of the archive can share that password with you, often on the same page, you found the RAR.

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Conclusion

Knowing how to open a RAR file in Android is essential especially if you are using your phone to access work files. Out of all the apps mentioned, RARLAB is our favorite; closely followed by AndroZip. This is based on the speed of compression and decompression, the number of formats supported, and the handling of complicated tasks.

Remember, you can also use all these apps to compress files. They will also assist with many other types of files, including the ever-so-popular ZIP file. You can now enjoy your movies, music, and other files efficiently.

How often do RAR files appear on your email? Did you encounter any problems in extracting your RAR files on your Android phone while using these apps? Share it with us in the comments section below.

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44 Comments

  1. This is my first rar experience using android. I downloaded and used all of the apps you listed able plus other. Once extracted I can’t figure how to actually use/open the file that I need. Although my file has a lot of files/folders that come along with it, the main file as a whole is what I need to get into. Please help me as I am extremely lost. If it helps, my file is 12.? large in size.

    1. Hi There,
      Installing a game from a RAR file generally implies piracy, and I’m afraid we can’t help you with that here. Thanks for commenting and please let us if there is anything else we can help you with.

  2. Very helpful in helping my friend download a Yu-Gi-Oh! game lol. Thanks for sharing; Jesus Christ Bless! 😉

  3. I TRIED ALL APPS ABOVE BUT THE PROBLEM IS I CAN’T OPEN THE FILE/MOVIE (700MB).
    SOMETIMES IT SAYS THAT THE FILE IS CORRUPTED OR WRONG PASSWORD.

    CAN U PLEASE HELP ME.

    THANK U

        1. Hi mARGZ,
          If your RAR archives are corrupt then the only way to get rid of the issue is by repairing it with the use of a repair software. Watch this tutorial which has an explanation to your problem http://youtu.be/T5YbhglNnwg

          Hope this helps and thanks for commenting. =-)

  4. hi there can i Androidzip to extract rar files and install a software upgrade from my huawei y 530 jelly bean model to lollipop ???

    if possible please tell me a steps on how to!!
    Thanks!!!!!

  5. I am trying to extract my zip to SD but when I browse to SD card it said u have not enough space please help me my file size is 1.88GB ..I am doing it by Android RAR

    1. Hi Anargha,
      Have you checked to see if you truly don´t have enough space or if it says that when you do have enough? =-) If your memory is full, try deleting things you don´t need anymore or transferring content to PC (option) to free up some space. Hope this helps. =-)

    1. what is format of the ebook? it could have several formats compressed into a rar folder. is it a mobi file or something else that your phone can’t read inside the rar folder?

  6. I downloaded a cars 3 rar file but it didn’t open when I used 2 apps from ur list.when I tried to extract it it showed me 8 errors written on my phone. Plz hhelp me through it it is an 2.6GB FILE

  7. I am having trouble extracting a downloaded(I stopped the download 3 times) .rar file on my Android device. Each time I tried to extract it, it reads “Parameter error”. Can you please tell me how to fix it?

    P.S I am not using any of the listed apps. My phone comes with in-built app for that kinda work.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi, Anuj! What is the app you’re using called? Parameter errors typically happen because a .rar file did not download correctly or is too big, but if I know which app you’re using, I may be able to nail down a more specific solution.

  8. I am having trouble unraring avatar the last air bender game. I tried it with the 7zipper app but any time I try to open, it reads “parsing error ” .can you help me out?

    1. Hi! Make sure your settings allow for installing apps from unknown sources. If the problem persists, it’s most likely an issue with the file itself.

  9. I have been trying to open folders sent to me via email for 3 years and have had no success with any! I tried 7-zip, Winzip, Google, and a lot of others. Out of the 25 or so sites, never have I came across any set of directions or a site that even works!! They all say “click on what you want to untar, uncompress and unRAR but yet none tell a person how to get the info to be untarred inside the app.

  10. I’m trying to open the game but it doesn’t open and i have followed all steps of extracting.please can you help me

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