How to Fax with Google Docs and Google Drive

Friday, April 22, 2022

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If you Google “Can you fax with Google Drive?” you’ll receive the answer, “No, Google Drive does not support faxing.” So, what happens when some of the more than 800 million daily Google Drive users need to know how to fax with Google Docs?

Modern electronic faxing solutions allow you to send information online in just a few minutes securely. These solutions are quick and simple—even when you are on the go.

Google Docs doesn't offer faxing services itself, but you can quickly and easily send a fax using your eFax account. With eFax, you won't need expensive and bulky equipment to send your G Suite documents as a fax. 

Don't let your information get lost in the shuffle. Faxing offers a direct line of contact between you and the recipient to ensure your document is delivered.

Why Fax a Google Drive Document?

In 2020, Google's G Suite surpassed 2 billion users. It is a popular platform for individuals and businesses who want to manage documents online without the hassle or cost associated with some other tools. 

For Google users, many documents are passed around in sharing or edit mode for other employees or stakeholders to see. But what should you do if you have a confidential Google document or needs an official receipt of delivery?

Faxing a document you've created on Google may be necessary if you need a signature upon arrival. You can send an electronic fax in just minutes—much quicker than sending a letter via post or delivery service.

Unlike email, faxes don't get lost, marked as spam or rely on internet stability.

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3 Easy Ways to Fax a Google Drive or Google Docs with eFax

No matter where you are or when you need to send a fax, eFax is here to help! We have three methods for faxing your Google Docs or Sheets content quickly and easily using the power of eFax.

We've tried to cut out the hassle, so you have a convenient solution for sharing important documents, invoices, receipts, contracts and more. All you need is an eFax account to get started.

Use eFax Messenger to Fax a Google Doc

While Google Docs won't allow you to fax through its platform, you can use eFax Messenger to fax quickly from your Google Doc. First, you will need an eFax account. Then, you will need to download our free eFax Messenger software that enables convenient faxing directly on your desktop.

Once you have eFax Messenger set up, you can use the "Print to Fax" option to send your document.

How to Print to Fax a Google Doc

  • Open your Google document of choice
  • Choose "File" menu and click the "Print" option
  • Set the eFax Messenger as your printer
  • Click "Okay to Print" with the eFax Messenger chosen to launch the software
  • Fill out the fax form in Messenger and click "Send" to submit your fax

Just a few quick minutes, and you can send off a digitized fax straight from Google Docs on your desktop! eFax Messenger makes it easy to continually send faxes from your work computer whenever the need arises.

Send a Fax with Gmail

Email offers a great option if you need to send a one-time fax from a computer or device you don't typically fax from. Rather than take the time to download our desktop or mobile app, you can send your Google Doc directly through your email as a fax. If you have an eFax account, you can fax your Google documents on any computer or device where you can access Gmail.

How to Send a Fax Through Gmail

  • Open a new email message in your Gmail account
  • Enter the recipient's fax number followed by @efaxsend.com (for example: [email protected])
  • Attach up to 10 files using the Google Drive icon
  • Any text you want on a cover page can be added to the body of the email
  • Click "Send" to complete your Google Docs fax

Yes, it really is that easy to send your Google files as a fax using your email account.

Fax Your Google Doc by Mobile App

Our mobile app makes it easy to send your fax from anywhere at any time. For an on-the-go faxing solution, simply download our free eFax mobile app to use with your eFax account.

Our app makes it easy to send files from your mobile device storage or straight from the cloud. You can even take a picture of a printed document for your fax—absolutely no need to scan anything! Modern faxing makes it easier than ever to send important documents and files securely.

How to Send a Google Docs Fax from Your Phone

  1. Open your eFax app and log into your eFax account
  2. Hit "Compose Fax" in the menu
  3. Enter the recipient's fax number or select the receiver from your contact list on the send form
  4. You will have the option to include a cover page if desired
  5. Add your Google file attachment to the fax from your Google Drive
  6. Hit send once you've added all your attachments

Send your Google Doc while out and about with eFax mobile. No need to search for a nearby fax machine. No reason to risk low-security messages and inconsistent delivery rates. eFax mobile makes sure your document is delivered quickly and accurately.

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Benefits of Online Faxing

There are many reasons our clients love eFax. Here are some of the top benefits of our electronic fax solution.

Easy-to-Use Interface to Streamline Your Fax Process

Fax is becoming a timeless part of the workforce. What started as a rudimentary way to send documents has now morphed into a tech-savvy method for securely sending your document to the right place. One of the most significant benefits of eFax is that it won't lock you into a box by requiring a physical fax machine. We have created our platform to be as intuitive and user-friendly as possible to save you even more time and hassle. You can fax anywhere, anytime with eFax.

Environmentally-Friendly Document Creation, Editing and Sharing Tool

One of the reasons many businesses like Google Docs and the G Suite is because it doesn't require individualized copies of each file, complex sharing or printed documents. With eFax, you don't need paper or ink to send your faxes. Online faxing allows you to send your digital documents quickly and securely.

Quick Set-Up and Grows with Your Business

With eFax, we keep things simple and cost-effective and offer a strategy to scale with your business. It doesn't matter if you are a small startup or enterprise, we have an eFax plan that's right for you.

We offer options that support the number of faxes, locations and employee accounts you need today and let you scale as you grow. Our interface is perfect for teams who already know how to use Google Docs. There's a minimal learning curve, so you won't experience long ramp-up times and can maximize efficiency quickly.

Electronic Fax offers a Reliable Way to Send Important Files

With a traditional fax machine, you won't receive faxes unless your machine is turned on. That's true whether you purposely shut your machine down when your business is closed or if an unexpected power outage occurs. As a result, you can miss essential incoming communications—and that could lead to missed opportunities.

You can eliminate that problem with an electronic faxing solution like eFax. Even when the internet connection is lost or the network is down, your electronic faxes can keep coming through. With every fax, you get a confirmation email to show a receipt of delivery—so you'll know precisely when each fax arrived.

Electronic Faxes Are Cost-Effective and Don't Require Special Equipment

You don't need to purchase a fax machine, ink or any special equipment to send, receive, edit and store faxes! With eFax, we eliminate the need for bulky and pricy fax equipment that traditionally takes up space in your office or home. You can use our platform to send electronic faxes, enjoying the benefits without the additional expenses.

eFax Improves the Efficiency and Productivity of Your Team

New tech makes it easier than ever for your team to send digitalized documents in just minutes to anyone with a fax account. Using eFax, you can set your electronic signature, choose a local phone number, sign up for lifetime storage and more!

Choose eFax for a Modern Faxing Solution

Your sensitive data should be secure and protected while in transit. It's important to keep your files private and get them delivered on time. Our solutions offer clear receipts and careful delivery you can rely on.

  • Don't waste time or money on traditional equipment
  • Discover fast and reliable on-the-go faxing solutions
  • Enjoy digital solutions that don't require printing or scanning

When you need to fax important Google files—like contracts, executive memos, intellectual property, business plans and more—you want an efficient, secure solution that gets the job done. eFax empowers you to fax directly from Google Drive so that you can feel confident that your files will reach the intended party in minutes.

Send and receive faxes in minutes.

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