The good news: It is possible to send a fax from a phone or tablet — Apple product, Android, or otherwise. The two most popular applications are free to download.
The bad news: There isn’t really a third-party faxing phone app that will send faxes reliably for free, no matter the promotional claims.
Figuring out how to fax from a cell phone is as simple as installing a free app and then purchasing a subscription service or “credits” within the app to send pages. The two most popular internet faxing services, MyFax and eFax, both have applications available in the Apple Store and Google Play (Android).
What to Know About Faxing From a Phone
- You must have a smartphone that has data or Wi-Fi access.
- Faxes arrive as common PDF documents which can then be saved to a cloud, printed, downloaded, or deleted.
- Using a faxing app is optional.
Subscription or Credits?
If you already have a monthly subscription to one of the two services, then the app will simply connect to your account. A monthly subscription is best for home offices, digital nomads, and anyone else who needs frequent location-independent, internet faxing.
The credit system allows people to purchase credits through the app in advance, then use those credits for faxing. Sending a fax to different countries may cost different amounts of credits. Although you’ll have to worry about the number of pages consuming too many credits.
Both eFax and MyFax claim to offer 30 days of free faxing after you install the phone app (U.S. and Canada only).
Other Ways to Fax From Phone
Technically, even if you subscribe to the eFax or MyFax service, you don’t have to install the application. You’ll still be able to use your regular email account to send and receive faxes online per the usual way (as an attachment to a special email address). You can use a browser or the email application you normally use — avoiding the need to install and keep updated another phone app.
Although installing a faxing app is optional, one benefit of using an application to send a fax from a cell phone is that they have built-in organizational tools that allow you to view old faxes, see fax history, and resend past faxes with the touch of a button. You’ll also be able to sign faxes electronically (a very useful feature) before sending them.