Fax to Email Allows You to Send and Receive Faxes with Ease

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you fax through email? 

It is possible to fax through email with a new form of digital faxing known as ‘online faxing’. Online faxing (sometimes called ‘internet faxing’) transmits faxes via the internet from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

If you want to fax through email, you will need to sign up for online fax with a service provider like eFax. Once you’ve done that, follow these steps to send a fax through email.

  1. Open your email and press ‘compose message’. 

  2. Type your recipient’s fax number into the ‘recipients’ bar, including their country and area codes (i.e. “612” for Sydney). Complete the number with “@efaxsend.com”, giving you an address in this format: “faxnumber@efaxsend.com”.

  3. Fill in the body of the email (this will become your cover page).

  4. Attach your faxes using the ‘attach files’ button. You can select up to 10 documents per fax. 

  5. Click ‘send’. You will receive a confirmation email once your fax has been sent.

With online faxing, you can also receive faxes through your email inbox. When you receive a fax, they will carry the subject line “fax received from (fax number)” from the address “message@inbound.efax.com”.

Can I email a document to a fax number?

Anyone who uses an online faxing service can email a document to a fax number. Online faxing services allow people to send, receive and store faxes via the internet. You can send online faxes through a Windows/ Mac app, your web browser, a smartphone app or your email.

Once you have signed up for online faxing with a service provider like eFax, you can email a document to a fax number by following these steps. 

  1. Open your email and click ‘compose message’. 

  2. Type in the full fax number of your recipient, including their country and area codes (i.e. “613” for Hobart). Add “@efaxsend.com” after the fax number, with no spaces (i.e. “faxnumber@efaxsend.com”).

  3. Type in the body of the email (this will become your cover page). 

  4. Click ‘attach files’ and select up to ten files per fax. 

  5. Click ‘send’. Once your fax has transmitted, you will receive a confirmation email.

To receive a document from a fax number through email, navigate to your inbox and look for faxes from the address “message@inbound.efax.com” with the subject line “fax received from (fax number)”.

How to send an email to a fax machine for free?

You can send an email to a fax machine for free by starting a free 30-day trial to eFax’s online faxing service. An eFax free trial allows you to send and receive up to 400 free faxes through your computer, smartphone and tablet.

To send a fax for free with eFax, follow these steps. 

  1. Start your free trial by clicking here. Select and activate your fax number. 

  2. Open your inbox and click ‘compose message’. 

  3. Type in your recipient’s fax number using the format “faxnumber@efaxsend.com”. Don’t forget to include the recipient's country and area codes (i.e. ‘617’ for Brisbane). 

  4. Type a message in the body of the email (this will become your cover page). 

  5. Click ‘attach files’ to attach documents. You can select up to 10 per fax. 

  6. Click ‘send’. You will receive a confirmation email once your fax has transmitted.

eFax automatically saves every fax you send. To find these faxes, press the menu and click the ‘sent’ folder.

Is it safe to fax or email personal information?

As online fax and email are both very secure forms of digital communication, it is safe to fax or email personal information.

When you send an email or fax, your service providers don’t simply send your information from A to B. Instead, they encrypt your message, transmit it through a secure communication channel and de-encrypt your message at the other end. The encryption process swaps your messages’ contents for characters, meaning anyone who intercepts your message would need a key to read it.

If you are looking to send personal information through a document, however, you may prefer to transmit your document via fax. While malicious software, trojans and viruses can alter email attachments, online faxing systems use extra security measures to transmit confidential documents securely. For example, eFax uses advanced technology like TLS (Transport Layer Security) and 128 Bit AES encryption to prevent anyone from tampering with your message or forging its contents.
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