Did you know you can send a fax through Gmail?

Fax technology, while less common today, remains a vital means of securely transmitting documents to specific businesses and government agencies while adhering to compliance standards. Fax services have adapted over time, eliminating the need for bulky fax machines. In the contemporary landscape, you can effortlessly send faxes through various platforms, such as Windows and Mac computers, Chromebooks, and Android smartphones, using online fax services integrated into some of the finest Android apps.

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Moreover, you have the option to send faxes directly from your email account, including popular services like Gmail. Dispelling the need for traditional fax machines and landline numbers, you can seamlessly transmit faxes using your email account. Below, we outline the simple steps to send a fax from Gmail.

It’s important to note that Gmail itself lacks an integrated faxing feature, meaning you will rely on a third-party fax service. These services provide a dedicated fax number and enable you to send and receive faxes through your Gmail account.

For this guide, we’ll showcase the widely used FAX.PLUS faxing service, available through the Google Workspace Marketplace. However, it’s worth mentioning that several similar alternatives offer comparable functionality.

  1. Open Gmail and click the + button in the right sidebar.
  2. Click Google Workspace Marketplace and search for FAX.PLUS.
  3. Click the FAX.PLUS service and click Install.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to install and set up the FAX.PLUS add-on.
  5. Once the add-on is installed, click the FAX.PLUS icon in the right sidebar.
  6. Enter the recipient’s fax number, starting with a + symbol followed by the country code, area code, and local fax number.
  7. Click the New Fax button.
  8. Attach the files you want to send as a fax to the compose window.
  9. If you want to add a cover page, type the content in the message body of the email.
  10. Click the Send button to send the fax.

After the service sends the fax, you’ll receive a confirmation email stating that your fax has been sent. You can send faxes in several formats, including Microsoft Word and Excel documents, TXT, PDF, JPG, and TIFF.