Can I use my Google Voice number to send and receive faxes? The short answer is YES.
To enable faxing functionality to your Google Voice number and be able to fax from Google Voice, you first need to unlock your number and then port it to FAX.PLUS. Once the porting is done, You can benefit from all FAX.PLUS features while keeping your current Google Voice number.
Important note: Once you port your Google Voice number to FAX.PLUS, it only functions as an inbound and outbound fax number and you can not receive voice calls anymore.
To enable the Google Voice fax feature and be able to receive and send fax from Google Voice:
- Unblock your Google Voice number
- Port your number to FAX.PLUS
- Use your Google Voice number to send and receive faxes securely.
Step 1 – Unlock your number (Google Voice number)
To be able to receive fax on Google Voice, you first need to transfer your number out of Google Voice. To do so, you should unlock your number by following these steps on your Google Voice account:
- Go to the Google Voice unlock page on your computer
- Select the Google Voice number you wish to port out to the FAX.PLUS
- Click Unlock my number followed by Continue
- Now, you need to pay $3 to Google to start unlocking your Google Voice number
- Once the number is unlocked, you get to move to Step 2 and request porting to FAX.PLUS to send and receive fax on Google Voice.
Step 2 – Port your unlocked Google Voice number to FAX.PLUS
To start the porting process of your Google Voice to FAX.PLUS and enable Google Voice faxing, you need to first fill out our Porting Request Form.
Once we receive your request and can confirm that the number is portable, we will ask for some additional information and request that you upgrade your subscription to a paid plan (Premium, Business, or Enterprise). When we receive all your documents and are notified of your plan upgrade, we will initiate the porting process and notify you accordingly of the progress.
Learn more about number porting on FAX.PLUS
What are the advantages of the Google Voice fax feature?
Here are some of the advantages of porting out your Google Voice number to FAX.PLUS and fax from google voice:
You get to keep your own number: You no longer need to worry about letting others know about your new fax number. You will use your own Google Voice number to receive and send fax from Google Voice, and your clients and customers won’t feel any difference.
No need for a landline or fax machine: With your FAX.PLUS account you can send and receive fax without the need to have a landline or fax machine. A mobile phone or a desktop computer connected to the internet will do the job for you. You can also utilize the email to fax feature to fax from Google Voice number right from your email account.
Always available: Regardless of your internet connection status, your fax number is always active and ready to receive faxes. You’ll be notified via email and push notification as soon as there is a new fax in your inbox, and you can easily check your fax archives using FAX.PLUS application on different platforms (See where to download the FAX.PLUS application)
Send and receive fax from Google applications: Thanks to the FAX.PLUS Google fax feature, not only you use your Google Voice for faxing, you can also send fax from Google Docs, Google Sheets and even from your Gmail account. Learn how to send fax from Google applications.
Store faxes in an encrypted archive: FAX.PLUS is a HIPAA compliant fax service and fax files at rest are encrypted using 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Learn more about FAX.PLUS security features.
To summarize, to enable the Google Voice fax feature and be able to fax from Google Voice, go to your Google Voice account, unlock your number, and then send a request to port your number to FAX.PLUS. Porting to FAX.PLUS is completely free and you will have access to all FAX.PLUS features, as the best online fax service, including Google Integration feature while keeping your Google Voice number.
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