Reduce the weight of your files by compressing them on iPhone and iPad — 2022
If you have the need to send several files through Mail, surely you have a severe problem with the weight of documents or photographs. The smart thing to do in these cases is compress them so that they weigh much less and shipped much easier. On the iPhone or iPad we can make this operation relatively easy through the renewed Files application. In this article we tell you the steps you must follow
Importance of compressing files
On a day-to-day basis we may have to send documents that are very heavy. This can end up complicating the sending task, since different systems must be used, such as uploading them to the cloud to share a simple link or doing it through other file sending platforms. All of this can be bypassed simply by reducing the file size without losing its quality or content when compressed. This is a task that can be very simple on a computer by using different programs such as the mythical WinRAR.
The iPhone or iPad in this case can act as a computer and help you compress the files without having an application installed. This is what is achieved through the Files application which includes a native compressor. This is what we will discuss in this article, but we must always take into account different relevant aspects.
Files that can be compressed
This is one of the big questions that you are going to be able to ask yourself on a day-to-day basis when you are going to perform a compression: what are you going to be able to compress? In this case, Apple, like the rest of the operating systems, allows you to compress practically everything. And it is that this is a technique used by many people, especially programmers, to be able to reduce all the resources that need to be sent to another person.
It should be noted that you will be able to compress practically everything. Any file you have on your device will be able to see its size significantly thanks to these techniques. In this case you will be able to compress files such as PDF or editable documents such as Word. Added to this are also different multimedia files, such as videos or images. In this way, everything you have on your device will always have the possibility of freeing up internal space. The only condition that is imposed in this case is that it is inside the file manager and not that they are in the stored photo library. This is undoubtedly a limitation that is imposed that can become annoying.
Do they lose quality with compression?
This is another question that many people ask. Obviously, when something like an image is compressed, something has to be done to make it weigh less. No one believes that it can be a magical process to make a file weigh much less automatically without undergoing some kind of process within the file. Quality is one of the first things you think about, it's the quality of the file. When you want to have an image, you always want to look for the highest quality, of course. That is why it may not be interesting to have a compressed image or video to specifically avoid this problem.
But the truth is that the multimedia files are not going to have to suffer any type of quality loss. Algorithms are used that compress, as their name suggests, the data. But later, when decompressing the information, the same previous file is returned with the same weight and also with the same characteristics. That is why, a priori, you will not have to suffer any quality problem with compression on an iPhone or iPad.
The different forms of native compression
Keep in mind that natively there are different ways to do the compression. In this case, you can choose to do it individually with a file, be it an image or a document in general. But if you have many documents, you will also be able to jointly carry out
Compress a single file on iPhone or iPad
In Files we can compress a single document or image that has a high weight to make it much easier to share. Simply, we must go to the Files application on both iPhone or iPad and follow the following steps:
- Find the file or folder you want to compress.
- Make a long press on this file or folder.
- In the drop-down menu that emerges, we will click at the end where it says 'Compress'.
Once we have followed these steps, a compressed file will be generated that will be in the same location. This we believe can be something to improve, since we believe it would be quite nice if they ask for the location of the new zip file when it will be generated. This is something that we can have both in Windows or in macOS and we believe that it may be interesting to include them in future updates of iOS and iPadOS.
Compress multiple files
If, on the other hand, you need to compress several documents or images, you can also do it relatively easily. Simply, the following steps must be followed:
- Go into the Files app on your iPhone or iPad and locate the documents you want to compress.
- You will have to select all these documents previously touching in the upper right corner where it says 'select'. Once pressed we can select each of the files that we want to compress.
- Tap on the three ellipses that we find in the lower right corner.
- Click on the 'Compress' option .
As in the previous case, the new compressed file that is generated will be stored in the same location. In this way we can go to, for example, our email manager and when we want to choose a file we must move to Files and look in the same folder where we have done this compressing process. It is also important in this case to correctly name the .zip file. This is basically due to the fact that there is always a name that is quite generic and that groups together all the documents that have been compressed.
And you, what do you think about this method? Have you ever had to compress files to send them?