I've been trying to open a .zip file on my Android device, and whenever I try it tells me the same thing over and over again:

Extract exception, please check files

What does this mean?

I went through all my files, and then when I try to extract the .zip file again, it gives me an empty folder and says that same message.

Can someone please help? What am I doing wrong?

  • 2
    Did you check if you can extract the zip archive on a PC? Maybe it's just a damaged archive....
    – Flow
    Dec 1, 2012 at 14:43
  • As @Flow mentioned, did you try to extract files on a PC? Besides, what app / tool are you using to extract? What do you mean by "go through" all files? Still my guess is the ZIP file may be corrupt. Dec 1, 2012 at 15:26
  • Also be sure that its a zip file not a rar or tar. Also use ES Explorer or File Expert program to open the file.
    – avirk
    Dec 1, 2012 at 16:20
  • It means the author of the app you're using needs to hire someone who can write error messages.
    – Dan Hulme
    Sep 23, 2013 at 23:37

1 Answer 1


The most likely explanation is that the compressed file is corrupt. Are you trying to uncompress a rar file, or a standard zip file? rar extraction is only supported with certain processors.

The easiest way to tell, is to try and extract the same zip file on a computer, and see what it says.

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