How to Send an Internet Fax

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Learning how to send an internet fax is fairly straightforward. If you can send an email, you can send a fax online using one of the major services!

Each fax-to-email service operates slightly differently, so please refer to the instructions on their sites or apps.

Sending a Fax with eFax

eFax is one of the leading online fax services. They allow you to attach your fax as a document (PDF, TXT, etc) to a specially composed email.


You begin by attaching a document to a regular email message. This can be a Microsoft Word file, a graphic, a drawing, GIF, PDF, TIFF, or anything you want to fax. PDF is probably the safest bet for ensuring compatibility and readability.

Send your email just as you normally would, but you addresses the message to the recipient’s fax number at the fax service – (for example: * This is just an example. The phone number in your email will be very different!

Your recipient will receive the fax on their traditional fax machine just as they normally would. Unless you tell them, they will never know that it was a fax sent over the internet!

How to Receive an Internet Fax From Someone

Your online fax service will provide you with an actual landline phone number to use and give out appropriately.

The sender sends a fax to this number just as they normally would from their machine. Nothing changes on their end.

Your online faxing service then transparently converts their transmission into an image file and sends it to your regular email account. Just as with any email attachment, you can print the file or just store it on your computer. Unlike when receiving on a traditional fax machine, your incoming faxes are automatically saved, backed up, can be printed multiple times, forwarded to other recipients, etc.

It’s that easy!

Faxing Online Is Cheaper

Per AT&T’s estimates, the cost per minute to fax from the United States to a landline in China is over US $3.50 per minute (2017 prices without any special international calling plan). Keep in mind that your fax may take several minutes to connect and go through. Also, sometimes international connections aren’t good, so you may have to redial several times.

For the cost of the phone call to send that single fax, you could sign up for an online internet faxing service and use it as long as you need it.

Two of the leaders for quick, electronic faxing are eFax and iFax. These services allow you to send domestic or international faxes quickly online. Doing so is often cheaper than a single long-distance phone call.

The web interface for iFax is especially easy to use. You can type the content of your fax or attach an existing document. Sign up using code GREG15 for an extra 15 percent off the cost of sending your fax online.