How to Receive a Fax Online for Free

By Foye Robinson

Thanks to technology, you don’t need to own a physical fax machine to send and receive faxes. There are several online fax services that will deliver a fax to your email or save it on their web server. Using an online fax saves paper. You can simply view the fax online and save it to your files should you need it in the future. Unfortunately, it’s quite difficult to find a service that will let you receive free faxes online.

Step 1

Sign up for a free online trial with a fax service of your choice, such as eFax.com or Send2Fax.com. Be sure to read through the agreement terms on the payment and cancellation rules.

Step 2

Sign up to receive totally free faxing through http://www.K7.net. (Inactive accounts are terminated after 30 days, but you may sign up for another account.)

Step 3

Complete the online form for your free inbound fax. Include the email address where you’d like your fax delivered and a 4-digit security code.

Step 4

Indicate how you want to receive your faxes. You can store your faxes on the K7 web server, have faxes sent to your email only, or request both the email and web storage. (K7 stores up to 20 faxed messages on their server and deletes old messages after 14 days.)

Step 5

Choose a file format for K7 messages—GSM for smaller files or PCM for larger files.

Step 6

Pick your voicemail account preferences: fax and voicemail with personal greeting and default message; fax and voicemail with personal greeting (if available); or fax only. Then choose if you’d like the Washington state or nationwide plan.

Step 7

Type in the verification code and click on “Submit.” Jot down or save your fax number and security code. You will receive an email message with the information as well.

Step 8

Retrieve your online faxes by going to the K7 website and clicking on “my K7” link. Select the “Check for messages” link. Your fax will be in a .TIF format. If you’ve selected to receive faxes by email, you will get an email attachment of your fax.

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