How to Fax from Yahoo Email

yahoo fax guide

Yahoo! Mail is definitely among the top free email services in the World. By creating a new email address with them, you can communicate instantly, sharing not only text but all types of files. Email technology has completely changed the way we interact with each other, but despite all the conveniences of email, it still can’t replace faxing.

If your company relies on faxing, or if you just need to fax a few documents, you’ll benefit from learning how to fax from Yahoo! Mail. By learning a few steps we present you in this tutorial, you’ll be able to throw away your fax machine (or the idea of buying one!). If you are accustomed to using your email, then you’ll find that the steps to send a fax are very similar to sending a simple email.

​Sending Fax ​Via Yahoo Mail ​With an Online Fax Service

Before starting out, you’ll need two things:

  • An account with an online fax service.  These services are what let you fax over a virtual line, letting you not only send, but also receive faxes through your email.  To follow these steps below, you won’t need a paid account though.  It’s a better idea to sign up for a free trial account and test for a full month how these services work and how well they integrate with your Yahoo! email address.
  • A Yahoo! Mail address.  Luckily, you can create one of these for free.  If you don’t have one right now, you can ​create one at ​https://overview.mail.yahoo.com.  I suggest you create a new address for the purpose of sending and receiving faxes.  This will help keep messages in order and minimize the appearance of spam on your dashboard.

​Now that you are ready, here are the steps to fax from Yahoo:

  • 1
    ​Access Yahoo! Mail and create a new message by clicking on the blue Compose button. This will prompt the message composing window to appear.  Next, we need to fill out the details of your fax.
compose new email fax in yahoo
  • 2
    ​On the To field, enter the recipient’s number and then add @provider.com. (The exact domain used for faxing will be provided by your chosen fax service) By doing this you are sending the email to powerful fax servers that will convert your digital file into a fax format and then will send it to the number in the first part of the email address.
  • 3
    ​Enter on Subject or the Body fields the text you want to appear on the cover page.  The contents will be added on a page preceding the actual fax. This page is usually used to add instructions related to the fax, to classify them, or to add notes.  Depending on the service you choose, you can download cover sheet templates to include in your emails.
  • 4
    Click on the paperclip icon on the bottom bar of the Compose screen.  You’ll see a new window where you can select a file from your computer.  Currently, fax services are able to convert to fax a wide array of file formats including text documents, spreadsheets and digital images.  It’s a good idea to check their list of compatible file types if you are planning to use uncommon ones.
compose yahoo fax
  • 5
    Click Send!

​After completing these 5 steps your Yahoo Mail fax will be converted and forwarded to its destination.  This process takes place externally, you just have to wait between 1-2 minutes until you receive a fax confirmation message on Yahoo! Mail.  If you want to access the faxes you have sent or received, you can do this by searching your email messages or by logging into your online fax account.

Busy lines are not a problem for email to fax services.  If they encounter one, they will try to re-send the fax several times until they are successful.

​Receiving Faxes On Your Inbox

You don’t have to do anything to start receiving faxes on your inbox.  At the moment of creating an account with a fax service provider, you’ll be granted a Yahoo email to fax number, a digital number that redirects incoming faxes to your computer.  First this number “grabs” the incoming fax transmission and then sends it to your provider’s fax servers, where faxes are converted into a PDF file.  This PDF is then forwarded to your email. This whole process takes about a minute to complete, and people sending you faxes won’t notice anything strange with your number.

To check for incoming faxes, just login to your Yahoo! account and check for new messages.  There are more convenient ways to stay up to date with current faxes though, like enabling mobile notifications, push notifications via a Chrome or Firefox plugin, or my favorite, using your service’s iPhone or Android fax app.

​Yahoo-​Compatible Services We Recommend

Choosing a good service will make a big difference in the way you fax.  Good providers not only integrate easily with Yahoo! email addresses, they will also make faxing easier and faster thanks to additional features like mobile faxing, fax scheduling, fax number porting, among others.  If you don’t know where to start, here are our recommendations.​

  • eFax.  This is a huge company in the field of email faxing.  We’ve been using it for years with Yahoo! and we’ve never encountered problems along the way.  Compared to other companies it has a slightly higher price, but they make up for it with their excellent service and wide array of useful features.  their mobile app is currently the best one on the market.  They offer fax numbers in dozens of countries around the World.
  • MyFax. This online fax provider offers accounts in different countries as well.  Compared side-by-side with eFax, MyFax has less powerful features, but it comes with a more affordable price.  What sets this service apart from others is its ability to quickly convert dozens of different file formats, including obscure ones that are still used by some industries.  Setting up an account is very easy, it only takes up a couple of minutes.

​Is ​It ​A Good Email Provider for Faxing?

We’ve had the chance of trying out email faxing in different platforms including Yahoo! Mail, Outlook.com and Gmail, as well as using our own domain addresses.

In terms of speed of faxing all of them fare equally because the speed you have depends on the service you are using. If you are using a top rated fax service you can expect to send and receive fax in about a minute from the time the transmission begins until it ends. This includes several pages, unlike traditional faxing which transmits page by page.

​In Summary

Yahoo fax is no different from sending a common email.  Although Yahoo itself doesn’t have a proprietary service, you can add fax functionalities with the help of a third-party ​service.  If you are accustomed to using Yahoo! Mail for all your communications, it makes sense to keep using it for faxing. ​

Faxing online is a great way to reduce expenses in the office, because you don’t need a phone line or a fax machine. At the same time you’ll be helping the environment by drastically reducing your paper consumption.

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