Sending faxes online has revolutionized the way businesses and professionals operate. If you're using Apple's Mac desktop or MacBook and OS X, you might be curious about the compatibility of Gmail fax with your current operating system.
Whether you use a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, or Mac mini, you can send and receive faxes from your Mac OS X. Just ensure that your Mac device is connected to the internet, and let an online fax service take care of the rest.
In order to fax from a Mac just follow these steps:
- Sign up with an online fax service
- Go to your Gmail acount.
- Compose a new email message
- Type the number on the TO field like this: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Attach the document you want to fax.
- Press Send!
We have used eFax here, as it is a fax service we have tested extensively and recommend, but you can use any online fax provider out there like RingCentral or Fax.Plus, just make sure you replace "efaxsend.com" at the end of the email address with your provider's domain.
Sending a fax via email is a breeze, and it's completely compatible with Mac. This is thanks to web-based technology, making it independent of the operating system you're using. To delve deeper into setting up a Gmail fax, explore our helpful Gmail fax guide.
Let's take a look at alternative ways to fax from your Mac.
Using Your Online Fax Dashboard
With online fax services, you can do more than just fax through email – their member's dashboard provides another avenue for sending your documents. Within this interface, you can read and download received faxes, along with accessing advanced features like fax broadcasting and custom cover sheets.
To send a fax from your Mac using your fax dashboard, follow these steps:
- Sign up with an online fax service of your choice.
- Log into your member's area using your credentials.
- Go to Send Fax.
- Click on "Upload File" and add the document you want to fax.
- Fill in the recipient's details.
- Press Send
If you want to access incoming faxes, just head over to the Inbox section on your fax dashboard and easily find the fax you are looking for using one of the available sorting filters. You can read them online or download the fax as PDF.
Send Fax from Mac by Connecting a Multifunction Printer
If you have a multifunction printer that supports faxing, you can fax directly from many Mac applications by using the Print command.
First, you have to connect your printer to your Mac computer and install it. Once done, you open the document, and on the main menu click on File > Print.
From the Printer pop-up menu, select your multifunctional printer and fax. To input the fax details, locate the Fax information options within the Print dialog. Here, you'll find fields for the recipient's fax number, dialing prefix (if needed for your phone system), and options to include a cover page. If you choose to add a cover page, click "Use Cover Page" and enter a subject and message. Once everything is set, click the "Fax" button to initiate the faxing process.
Can I Use These Steps With a Macbook or Macbook Pro?
Certainly! These steps are compatible with Mac computers of all sizes an all OS X versions (El Capitan, Yosemite, Sierra, High Sierra). As long as you have internet access, you can easily send a fax. Moreover, incoming faxes will automatically arrive, even if you're not currently connected to the internet.
What Types of Files Can I fax?
Online fax services ensure compatibility with all the types of files that are used in the office which include: PDF, DOC, XLS, TXT along with different image file types like JPG, GIF or BMP. Mac fax providers have a list of compatible file types on their website, be sure to check them out if you plan to fax other types of files.