There was a time when everyone had a fax machine, it was the new cool. Today not everyone can afford to purchase a cumbersome and sometimes expensive machine. This is where the best fax apps for Android can lend a hand. These apps are lifesavers when it comes to convenience and ease of use. Imagine sending faxes with just a smartphone and an active internet connection.
All the fax apps for Android either are paid services or require in-app purchases. To be honest I was surprised to find one or two apps that allow you to send a sample fax before purchasing. Anyways the performance of the apps I tested is not up to the mark.
Even the best of the 20 or so apps I tested were hit or miss. I recommend that you use these apps only as the last resort and send important faxes the traditional way.
Note: The apps were tested on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. An active internet connection is required at all times especially during fax transmission.
1. FaxFile – Free with In-app Purchases
Fax the Files
FaxFile is the simplest app among the best fax apps for Android list. The app has a clean and straight forward interface which allows you to send files with ease. Sending documents which thankfully include PDF files is very well managed.
The app has full support for the United States and Canada while many European countries are also included on the list. Some Asian and African countries are yet to be officially supported. I recommend that you check the availability of your receiver country before purchasing any credit from the app.
In-app Purchases: $2.49 – $49.99 per item
- Supports multitude of formats.
- Can send JPG and PNG images.
- Faxes transfer in the background.
FaxFile is a polite app and notifies you if a fax doesn’t go through. This feature thankfully also doesn’t cost you anything and the app will try again after a while. A good practice is to call the number and verify that the receiver machine is actually turned on or not.
2. PC-FAX – Free with In-app Purchases
One Free One Day
PC-FAX is an app which is the only remotely free app and still it only allows a free fax per day. While this may not be much for other apps on the Play Store, it is certainly a big deal in a genre where every app wants your money first.
This neat little feature can’t be great for those who fax regularly but it will prove priceless for those who want a test drive before full commitment. The interface is good and there are a lot of options available for usage extension.
In-app Purchases: $1.31 – $30.15 per item
- Can convert photo into PDF document.
- Support of 50 countries worldwide.
- Take a picture and send it as a fax.
3. Genius Fax – Free with In-app Purchases
Do you value a good interface which is easy to understand and amazing for daily use? Then get Genius Fax as it provides it all. The app is designed really well with fast faxes in mind. Tap the “+” button and you are ready to send a fax.
Selecting a document from anywhere on your Android device and sending it as a fax is done with ease. Just don’t forget to add the recipient fax number and you are ready to roll. One of the best things about the app is that while it charges credits for each page, the cover page is always free.
In-app Purchases:$0.99 – $21.51 per item
- Sending any type of document.
- You can also receive faces.
- The history is also available.
You can purchase a receiving number from the app too. It costs around $3.49 and you will be able to receive faxes too.
4. ScanWritr – Free and $3.99
The Complete Package
4.A Free Version
This is not a dedicated fax app but it is still one of the best fax apps for Android around. This app can scan documents, let you edit them and even sign them. If you work in an office, you will be all too familiar with this kind of process. Boss needs to sign a deal which needs to be faxed etc.
In-app Purchases: $1.99 – $3.99 per item
- Scan, import and even edit documents.
- Comes with a signature tool.
- Can print documents.
The app is able to open almost any type of document. Signing PDF files was never t this easy.
4.B Paid Version
The free version of the app limits the exports to 5 pages only. I would have tolerated that but those 5 pages come with watermarks effectively making them utterly useless in a professional scenario. The limitations can be removed via in-app purchases on the free app or you can spring money for the paid version.
5. Fax Pro – Free with In-app Purchases
Fax Pro is an aesthetically pleasing app which does the job with reliability. The app aims to turn your smartphone into a portable fax station at a very affordable cost.
Fax Pro is able to get documents from almost any source; either it’s from a USB attached with an On the Go cable or a popular cloud storage service the app can make it a fax. Even if you are in another app, simply selecting the share with Fax Pro option will allow you to make that document a fax ready one.
In-app Purchases: $0.99 – $200.00 per item
- Guaranteed fax delivery is reassuring.
- Can extract PDF documents from emails.
- You can create a new text file and send as fax.
The app has the ability to send very large files as well. This means you don’t have to worry about the length of the fax spree.
While the best fax apps for Android are not exactly the best way to send a fax. I believe when in need, these apps will help you in a tight spot. Once again I recommend using an actual fax machine (I know they are hard to find) before using one of these apps.
Try out some of the most productive apps to make yourself an Android augmented professional. Once again, if you have any queries or questions, feel free to ask.