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There are many ways to transmit a fax, including sending a fax from a printer. Luckily, you no longer need to use a standalone fax machine. If you have a PC, a laptop, a smartphone, or a tablet, you can send and receive a fax using your printer without a fax machine.

The iFax web and mobile app both allow you to send a fax online using your printer. There are several ways to do it, depending on the type of printer you have. For this guide, we will look at two solutions: faxing from a printer with a built-in fax capability and faxing from a printer without a built-in fax feature.

How To Send a Fax From a Printer With a Fax Feature

Most modern printers are designed to multi-task and will include photocopying, scanning, and faxing capabilities. To send a fax from this type of printer, all you need to do is connect it to your computer and your phone line. Here’s how it’s done.

Step 1

Ensure that you have connected all the machines necessary for this task to succeed, such as your computer, phone line, and printer. Your printer’s manual should have the instructions on doing this.

Step 2

Install the printer driver on your PC by either downloading it from the manufacturer’s website or running the CD that came with the machine.

Step 3

Open the document you want to fax, click “File” in the upper left corner, and select “Print.” You can also type CTRL+P on your keyboard.

Step 4

Select “Fax” as your printer driver from the window that pops up.

Step 5

Enter the necessary details in the given fields, such as your recipient’s fax number, your recipient’s name, your name, and other fields that might apply. Review the entries, then click the “Send” button when you’re done.

Step 6

The printer will automatically dial the receiver’s number to transmit your fax and will send you a confirmation after it is delivered. The printer might also print a confirmation page, depending on your settings.

Receive a Fax via a Printer with Fax Features

To receive a fax through a printer with fax capabilities, ensure that it is on 24/7 and is connected to your phone line. You can also schedule when you can receive faxes so you can turn your machine on only at this time. Whenever you receive a fax, your printer will automatically print a sheet. If your paper tray runs out of sheets, don’t worry. Your printer’s memory should be able to keep the information and print on command when paper is available.

If you think that’s fairly straightforward, you’d be happy to know that there’s an even simpler solution that does not require too much hardware and connections. Let’s take a look at how you can send a fax from a printer via an online app.

How to Send a Fax Using an Online Fax Solution

Learning how to send a fax through your printer is easy. You can choose to print the transmittals you receive now or save them in the cloud for later viewing and secure storage. With the iFax web app and mobile solution, you can send and receive a fax online in real-time and be confident that everything is encrypted and kept away from unauthorized eyes.

Here’s how to fax something from a printer online.

Step 1

Sign up for a free account at www.ifaxapp.com on the web or download the iFax app on Android, iOS, Mac, or Windows.

Step 2

For desktop users: Go to the “Products” menu and select “Receive Faxes.” This will lead you to the iFax web platform where you will find a window that lets you choose your new fax number. If this window doesn’t appear, you can head over to “Get a fax number” on the left side of your screen.

For mobile users: After downloading the iFax faxing app, tap on the icon. A screen will appear asking you to “Get a fax number now.”

Step 3

Select your area code and country, then fill in your account details with the email address that you will use to send and receive your fax transmittals. When this is done, you’re ready to start sending and receiving faxes using the app.

Receiving a Fax Without a Printer Using iFax

Using the iFax faxing tool will not require you to print everything that you receive, unlike a traditional fax machine. You have the option to store all your documents in a secure cloud folder within the iFax network that’s set up for your exclusive use.

In today’s fast-paced environment, printing documents out can be a nuisance and counterproductive, not to mention wasteful. By choosing to view your documents online instead, you can move more efficiently without paperwork weighing you down.

Should you need to print out a specific document later, you can simply email it to a computer that’s connected to a printer or connect your device to a wireless printer for on-demand printing.

Fax With or Without a Printer Easily With iFax

The iFax app is designed to simplify faxing whether or not you have a printer. It doesn’t matter if you’re an occasional user or need a regular business solution to handle all your outgoing and incoming fax transmittals. You can rely on the iFax online faxing tool to ensure that your documents are delivered securely and in real-time.

iFax handles millions of faxes through email and is the go-to online faxing solution for individuals, professionals, entrepreneurs, and large companies that want to securely send and receive faxes without depending on a fax machine or a printer. Check out our free version or browse through our affordable pricing plans to find the best package that meets your needs.