How to Unzip Lightroom Presets on Mobile Devices (iOS & Android)

How to Unzip Lightroom Presets on iPhone

How to Unzip Lightroom Presets on Mobile Devices

You will need to unzip your Lightroom preset files before you install them in Lightroom Mobile.  Unfortunately, unzipping a .zip file on a mobile device can sometimes be challenging and a bit confusing. 

But as more and more of our users are now editing their images and using presets in Lightroom Mobile, we thought we would share some tips and tricks for unzipping your files on your Android & iOS mobile devices to make your life a little easier!

Note: If you are a Creative Cloud Subscriber, follow these instructions to install your mobile presets.

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How to Unzip Presets on iOS Devices (iPhone & iPad)

The great news is that for users of current iOS devices, unzipping files has become seamless.  Just open your Files app.  Go to Locations and navigate to where you downloaded & saved your Pretty Presets download.   If you aren't sure where it went when you downloaded, try looking in your Downloads folder (see image below).

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Next, just tap on the zipped file and it will unzip.  You can also long-press on the zipped file and some options will open.  Choose "Uncompress" to unzip your file!

If you are still having difficulty, here is a link to more detailed instructions that may help.

How to Unzip Presets on Android Devices

Unzipping on Android devices continues to be a process that requires an app that you will have to download (if you dont already have one) to complete.  We recommend using WinZip in all of our install instructions as it has been around for a long time and has good ratings.

Files by Google is another great multi-use app that has the capability to unzip files.  To unzip using Files by Google, follow the steps below:

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  1.  On your Android device, open Files by Google.
  2.  On the bottom, tap Browse.
  3.  Navigate to the folder that contains the .zip file you want to unzip.
  4.  Select the .zip file.
  5.  A pop up appears showing the content of that file.
  6.  Tap "Extract".
  7.  You will be shown a preview of the extracted files.  If you want to delete the .zip file after extraction, click on the “Delete ZIP file” checkbox.
  8.  Tap "Done".
  9.  The extracted files will be saved in the same folder as the original .zip file.
  10.  If you need more help, read this tutorial.

There are MANY other apps you can use to unzip as well, but we will not cover those here.


We know unzipping files on a mobile device CAN can be challenging for non-tech users.  Our goal with this tutorial is to help you through the process and get you using your new Lightroom Presets as quickly as possible.

We hope this helps!

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