How to Convert Fax to Email

by Aksana Nikolai; Updated September 26, 2017

Many people still use faxing as a means of communication, particularly in business settings. Electronic faxing can reduce the costs associated with fax machine maintenance and supplies. You can receive faxes on the go, so you don't have to be near a fax machine to receive a document. Electronic fax services let you send and receive documents and convert hard-copy documents into an electronic format that can be sent by email.

Items you will need

  • Electronic fax account
  • Credit card
  • Recipient's electronic fax account number
Step 1

Create an electronic fax account that will be tied to your email such as RapidFAX or MyFax. Access the service's website and sign up for an account. Indicate your state and city; that will determine the toll-free fax number that will be generated. Agree to any terms of service and select the “Sign up” option once you have entered all the required information.

Step 2

Let friends and business associates know your fax number. Documents sent to your electronic fax number from a traditional fax machine will be converted to the electronic format--usually Tagged Image File Format (TIFF)--and routed to the email inbox linked to your electronic fax number.

Step 3

Log in to your electronic fax account to retrieve your faxes. Save a received fax the same you way you would other email attachments.

Step 4

Obtain the recipient’s electronic fax number if you wish to send a fax to his email inbox. Use a traditional fax machine to fax the document as you would ordinarily, entering the recipient’s electronic fax number.

Tips

  • If you already have a fax line and wish to continue using this number, speak to your phone company about forwarding the number linked to the fax line to the number associated with your electronic fax account.

About the Author

Aksana Nikolai is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in language studies and international affairs. Nikolai is currently working in online marketing and communications. She has been writing since 2008, specializing in made-for-Web content and maintaining her fashion and beauty blog.