How to Fax Without a Landline

Updated: Feb 14, 2024 11:50 AM
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Many of the best printers are all-in-one designs that have faxing capabilities. However, some will still require a phone line to fax. So what are the various issues that impact the faxing component of the best all-in-one printers, and how can you fax without a dedicated phone line? Thankfully there are many ways to accomplish this. Keep reading to find out.

How to Send a Fax From an All-in-One Printer Without a Landline

Fax machines may not be as omnipresent as in decades past, but they are still important in some scenarios. Unfortunately, many fax machines rely on landlines, and many people no longer have landlines.

You can also learn how to scan from your printer to an iPhone.

Not having a landline can lead to fax machine issues, just as out-of-date software leads people to wonder why printers won’t scan. Luckily, there are workarounds to get over the landline issue.

Each printer is different in how it integrates fax machine technology, so these tips may only apply to some. Still, here are some fairly universal troubleshooting steps to fax without a landline.

All-in-One Printers with Fax Capabilities

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Not all multi-function printers require a landline to send faxes, as manufacturers understand that analog phone lines have become rarer with each passing year.

Shop around for an all-in-one model with a digital fax machine that uses the Internet to carry out its task. This is your quickest loophole out of this landline problem. Read the fine print before making a purchase and look for “no landline required” in the advertising materials.

Use an Online Fax Service

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If you can’t find a printer with digital fax capabilities, you can use one of the many third-party online services available to modern consumers. These services will usually charge a fee and provide you with a virtual fax number that allows you to send and receive faxes via email.

Use an App

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There are many apps that will allow you to fax from your smartphone or tablet. Just download the app to your smartphone or tablet, and follow the on-screen prompts. As a note, this will circumvent your printer entirely, though you may need the scanning function to put the document into a digital format.

Public Services

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Office supply stores, business centers, and public libraries usually offer a fax and printing service to the public. You will usually have to pay a fee, but if you don’t fax much, this is a good option.

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