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Can you send a fax from Gmail? Yes, here's how!
I know what you’re thinking. A fax machine? In 2022? Yes, believe it or not, people still send faxes to one another. Whether it’s the older generation still holding onto the old traditions, or government departments refusing to move into the 21st century, faxes are far from dead. But you don’t need a fax machine these days to send a fax. These days, you can send a fax from Gmail, of all places. So the next time a bureaucrat asks you to fax something in, here’s how to do it.
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To send a fax from Gmail, you first need a fax service add-on from the Google Marketplace. One that works quite well is Fax Plus. Sign up for an account on their website and give them access to your Gmail account. Enter the fax number as an email address and the documents as an attachment. The body of the email is the covering sheet.
How to send a fax from Gmail
When you install it, its icon will appear to the right of your Gmail screen. Click it to open it.
This will now open up the fax service in a sidebar to the right of your Gmail inbox. Type the recipient’s fax number on the line indicated (with a + followed by the international dialing code, followed by the rest of the number). Don’t put any spaces between the numbers. Then click New Fax.
A new Gmail email window will open upon clicking New Fax, with the fax number formatted as an email address. You can also add regular email addresses in the CC and BCC fields if you want to send the document to someone via email.
Within five minutes, you should get a confirmation email that the fax has gone through. In my case, it took only 34 seconds.
You can fax a total of ten pages on your Fax Plus plan for free. Then you have to pay. The pricing is very reasonable, and obviously, it all depends on how much faxing you plan to do every month. If you want to get a fax number to receive faxes, you will need to sign up for a paid plan.
Many other fax services are available for Gmail, but we can’t possibly test them all. But if you’re looking to send a one-off fax to someone, Fax Plus will get the job done for you. Keep it under ten pages, and you won’t have to pay a thing.
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Yes, but for that, you need your own fax number. Fax services charge for this feature.