Frequently Asked Questions

LAST UPDATE: August 21st, 2017

Frequently Asked Fax QuestionsSending and Receiving

Sending a fax

Where can I send a fax?

How do I send a fax?

What does it mean when there is “no answer” to a fax?

Receiving a fax

How do I receive a fax without a fax machine or land-line phone?

Does someone have to answer a fax?

How do you answer a fax?

Computer Faxing


How do I fax from a computer?

Mobile & Wireless

How can I fax wirelessly?

How can I fax with a smartphone (or tablet)?


How do I fax from Windows XP?

How do I fax from Windows Vista?

How do I fax from Windows 7?

How do I fax from Windows 8 & 8.1?

How do I fax from a Windows phone or tablet?

Linux & Android

How do I fax from a Linux computer?

How do I fax from an Android phone (or tablet)?


How do I fax with an Apple OS X computer?

How do I fax from an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch)?


How can I fax from a Blackberry?

Online & Email faxing

How can I email a fax?

How can I fax to an email address?

How can I fax a PDF?

How can I fax from Google and Gmail?

How can I fax from Microsoft Office (including Outlook)?

Fax Numbers

How do I get a fax number?

How many digits are there in a fax number?

Fax Machines

How do I use a fax machine?

How do I clear a paper jam in a fax machine?

Do I put the paper in a fax machine face up or face down?

How does a fax machine work?

Why won’t my fax machine work with my VoIP phone line?

How do I fax double sided?

Can I share a line between a fax, phone, and modem?

Can I have voicemail and fax on the same line?

What is the difference between a phone number and a fax number?

How do I find my fax number?

How many pages can be faxed at once?

International Faxing

How do I dial an international fax?

History & Issues

Where can I find a history of fax?

Where can I find biographies of people who invented fax technology?

Why is faxing still used?

I’m receiving junk faxes – what should I do about them?

Who administers fax transmission standards?

Definitions and Terms

What is “fax” short for?

What is the past tense of “fax”?

What is the word for fax in different languages?