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Sending a JPEG Image as a Fax

Faxing images is one of the safest ways to send JPEGs to your recipients. The next time you have to send a picture of your ID or passport for a job, you can use eFax to send it as an encrypted fax. Your recipients can trust that the attachment doesn’t contain a virus or spam.

Can Faxing a JPEG File Lead to a Loss of Image Quality?

Before online services and other fax options, you used a fax machine to send documents and images. Fax machines could only send standard letter-sized paper, so any image had to be scanned and printed on paper before transmission.

Faxing was an arduous method in which the machine scanned and encrypted the message for transmission over a telephone line. The fax machine at the receiving end would decode the transmission and print the information. This scanning, encryption, and decoding process often was rarely efficient, and the recipient ended up with a copy of a copy.

Additionally, traditional fax machines are usually set to a low resolution to ease transmission over phone lines. As a result, your recipient ends up with a photo that has been stripped of its original quality. Faxed photos often appear grainy or blurry and distorted. To resolve this issue, you might consider emailing a photo instead. The problem with sending JPEGs by email is that most providers have size limits on messages, meaning you have to compress images to meet the threshold.

Compressing an image strips out some of the quality to lower the file size. Doing this multiple times can especially distort the image. Although the recipient might not see the difference when they open an email on their computer, they will notice it later. When they want to print the photo or add it to a print-ready document, it will appear blurry or pixelated.

That inefficiency is a thing of the past. Online services like eFax are as simple as emailing, yet more effective. Your images will arrive visible and ready for anything.

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If you need to send someone an image, you might try to use email or fax it with a fax machine. The problem with those options is email can force you to compress large images, and faxing with a machine strips the image of quality. Both of these issues can be frustrating and time-consuming.

With eFax, you can easily upload photos directly from your phone, cloud storage like Google Drive or Dropbox, or browse files on your computer. Then, attach the images to your fax and send it right away to businesses or personal recipients from your mobile device or computer.

If you’re in a profession that’s often on the go, being able to fax an image is crucial. Imagine you’re a real estate inspector, and you need to send pictures of a potential issue to your client for sign-off. Email often imposes file size limits, and since you’re on the go, you can’t get back to the office right away. You can use eFax from your phone to quickly and safely send images to your client. They can review, sign off, and send the faxed image back to you.

The size of your image can affect the transmission time and image quality. Modern cameras are able to take extremely high-quality photos, so you should check the file size before you fax it. Here are our recommendations for image file size:

  • Standard quality JPEGs should be 1 MB minimum. If it is any smaller, you’re likely compromising image quality.
  • Generally, JPEGs range from 2 MB to 10 MB for standard quality.
  • High-resolution files average around 55 MB.
  • Large files increase transmission times and could incur overage charges.

eFax offers the flexibility of a file-sharing service combined with the privacy and encryption of a fax machine. JPEG files are just the tip of the iceberg! Our online fax service (via eFax App or eFax Messenger) supports more than 170 standard file formats. Your images are in good hands when you attach them to your fax with eFax.

What’s an Appropriate File Size Range for a JPEG?

The size of a JPEG ranges from 540 KB to well over 100 MB. Generally, standard quality JPEGs range from 2 MB to 10 MB, with higher resolution files averaging around 55 MB. Depending on the JPEG’s use, stick with files over 1 MB. Any lower and you’re likely compromising image quality. When faxing an image, keep the image as small as possible without sacrificing quality. Large files increase transmission times and could incur overage charges.

There are exceptions, of course. Images for websites and other digital use are often smaller because using large files slows down the website. Opt for smaller file sizes if you’re working on a website and faxing images to your designer.

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eFax offers all the flexibility of a file-sharing service with the security of a fax machine. Our online fax service supports more than 170 standard file formats. JPEGs are just the tip of the iceberg. With eFax, you can be sure the recipient receives a high-quality image. Use our mobile app to send JPEGs and other image files directly from your phone. We offer a variety of plans for individual and corporate use. Contact us to learn more and start sharing your images today.

Related FAQs

Yes! With eFax, you can compose a fax and attach an image (or multiple images)! eFax has a convenient mobile app and a desktop application, so you can fax images anytime, anywhere.

Faxing an image is simple with eFax! Just sign up for an eFax subscription, download and open the eFax Messenger or App, and compose a fax. Attach your images and hit send. Your image will arrive at your destination in no time. You’ll even receive a delivery confirmation, and your recipient will get a notification when the image arrives.

Fax machines are designed to receive and send documents, not text messages. However, with eFax’s online fax service, you can send and receive images to your smartphone or computer. eFax makes it easy to send pictures as quickly as sending a text message. Download a free trial of eFax and try sending JPEG images to your friends or business quorum.