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How To Open a TIF File on Android

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TIF files are primarily used in publication/graphics designing due to their lossless compression, allowing them to retain their original quality even when edited. Sadly, Android has no native way for you to open a TIF file. But alternative methods do, thankfully, exist.

Quick Answer

Here’s how you can open a TIF file on Android.

• Using Multi-TIFF Viewer.
• Using File Viewer For Android.
• Converting a TIF file to JPEG/PNG using an online converter.
• Using an offline converter to convert a TIF file to a JPEG/PNG.

In this article, we will go over all the different ways you can open a TIF file on Android and the risks of converting a TIF file from one format to another. So, read on! 

Method #1: Using Multi-TIFF Viewer

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The Multi-TIFF Viewer is a free, lightweight application designed to view TIF/TIFF files. We recommend this application for most as it runs on low-end Android devices reasonably well and is intuitive and easy to use. Here’s how you can view a TIF file on Android using it.

  1. Download and install Multi-TIFF Viewer Free.
  2. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  3. Allow File & Media Access to the application.
  4. Browse and select the TIFF/TIF file you wish to open. Your image will open up like any other image.

Method #2: Using File Viewer for Android

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File Viewer For Android has a lot more ads and consumes more storage space than Multi-TIFF Viewer. But it also lets you view multiple other file formats and extensions, such as PDF, DOCX, and PNG

So, if you want to view multiple extensions and not just TIFF, File Viewer For Android makes a whole lot more sense. Here’s how you can use it to open a TIF file on Android.

  1. Download and install File Viewer for Android.
  2. Tap on the “Continue” button and then head to “Continue with Ads”.
  3. Allow File & Media Access to the application.
  4. Browse and select the file (TIF/TIFF) you want to open.
  5. Tap on it, and the file should open up normally.

One advantage of using File Viewer is the versatility you get. From our testing, File Viewer was able to view TIFF files (which contain metadata) at much larger file sizes compared to Multi-TIFF Viewer. But, for the average Joe, the latter should also operate just fine. 

Method #3: Using an Online Converter

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A TIFF file is a lossless file format that contains metadata. Sometimes, you might not need all that information and would just like an image that opens up on your gallery application. In these cases, a converter is where you should head to.

Here’s how you can use a converter and open a TIF/TIFF file on your Android phone.

  1. Head to the online converter.
  2. Upload the TIFF/TIF file you wish to convert.
  3. Download the converted JPEG file, and you should be good to go.
Keep in Mind

Converting your file format from one to the other can lead to a massive decline in overall quality and usability. So, whenever you opt for the option, ensure that you don’t delete or alter the original file until you are completely satisfied with the end product.

Method #4: Using an Offline Converter

Suppose you can’t stay constantly connected to the internet or want to convert a bulk number of TIFF/TIF files and open them up on your Android phone, an offline converter is a great option. This particular one that we recommend, Tiff Viewer – Tiff Converter, also doubles down as a viewer in case you want to take a look at the image before eventually converting it.

Here’s how you can use the application to view and convert TIF files on Android.

  1. Download and install Tiff Viewer – Tiff Converter.
  2. Allow for File & Media Access.
  3. Head to the TIF/TIFF file you wish to open/convert.
  4. Tap on the file to open it; you should now also be able to convert the file to PNG/JPEG.

If you convert the file, you’ll now also be able to open it as a normal image. However, conversion carries the same aforementioned risks, including a noticeable loss in quality and removing all metadata/location tagging that the original file may have had. 

Conclusion

It’s quite inconvenient that Android doesn’t support opening TIF/TIFF files right out of the get-go. However, with the methods we’ve mentioned above, you should be able to view your images in absolutely no time. 

One point to note, though, is that these files are generally sized above 200-300 MBs since they are lossless. So, even your flagship phone might take some time to open and especially convert these files to a more generic format. 

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