- You can send a fax from your iPhone using a third-party app.
- Most fax apps are free, but you need to pay a subscription fee to send or receive faxes within the app.
- To send a fax, you’ll need to know the fax number and then write, scan, or attach the document.
Like VHS and floppy disks, you might think of fax machines as relics of long-obsolete technology. And you would be largely correct — few people have fax machines anymore — it’s not a sure thing that the multifunction printer in your office can send or receive faxes.
Even so, there are still times when you might need to send a fax, even if that’s only once a year. If you need to send a fax, there’s no need to get a standalone fax machine or to pay a visit to the local print shop. With the right app, you can fax from your iPhone.
How to fax from an iPhone
There are a number of iPhone apps which have the ability to send a fax, but beware: Even if the app is free, there is generally a fee required to send a fax with the app you choose. Some apps may offer a free limited trial, but after the introductory fax or time period, you’ll need to pay for a subscription.
If you know you’ll need to send more than one fax, you might want to wait until you can send them all in a fairly short time period to avoid long-term charges.
iFax is a good choice to fax from your iPhone because the app includes a seven-day free trial (after which the service is $24.99 per month). Here is how to send a fax with iFax:
1. Install iFax from the App Store.
2. If this is your first time using the app, you’ll be asked to sign up for the iFax service. Tap Continue and then confirm the Basic Monthly subscription.
Like most fax apps, iFax is free but requires a subscription to send faxes.
3. You don’t need your own fax number to send faxes, so skip the offer to get a number.
4. Connect to an existing account or enter your email address and tap Continue.
You’ll need to sign into iFax using your email or another online service.
5. On the iFax home page, tap Create a Fax.
6. Enter details for the recipient, including the fax number you’re sending the fax to, recipient’s name, and fax subject.
7. Tap Scan or Add Document.
To send a fax, just enter the recipient’s info and select the document you want to attach.
8. Choose the option you prefer:
- Scan Document: Use the phone’s camera to capture the document.
- Write Text: Type the message you want to fax.
- Email: Follow the instructions to find the email message you want to fax, then use the email app’s Share button to share the email’s attachment with the iFax app.
- Gallery: Select a photo from your phone’s camera gallery to send as a fax.
- Google Drive or Dropbox: Download a file stored on a cloud service and send it as a fax.
9. When you return to the Fax page, you can tap Scan or Add Document again and continue adding pages to the fax. Each attachment can be a different kind of document. For example, you can scan a document using the camera and also write a page of text.
10. When you’re done, tap Send.
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