Can I use my number in Google Voice for fax purposes? The short answer is YES.
For using your Google Voice number to send and receive fax, you need to first unlock your number and then port it to an online fax service that supports porting. FAX.PLUS is one of these online fax services that supports porting. Once the porting is done, users get to use the FAX.PLUS services while keeping their current numbers.
To use your Google Voice for faxing simply follow these steps:
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 the 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
Now, it’s time to let the FAX.PLUS team, your online fax provider, know about your porting request. Simply send your porting request via email to [email protected] and wait for the porting process to get started. Once the porting is done, you get to send and receive fax on your FAX.PLUS panel using your Google Voice number. (learn more about number porting on FAX.PLUS)
Note that, 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.
What are the advantages of using your Google Voice number for faxing?
Here are some of the advantages of porting out your Google Voice number to FAX.PLUS and send and receive fax using 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 send and receive fax online, 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.
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 integration 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.
So, Go to your Google Voice account, unlock your number, and request to port out to the FAX.PLUS. Porting to FAX.PLUS is completely free and you will have access to the all great features of FAX.PLUS, including Google integration feature while keeping your Google Voice number.