Technical Support Department
1. How do I change my username/password?
2. I forgot my username/password.
3. How do I update my credit card information?
4. How do I view my monthly invoices?
5. How do I send a fax by Internet via email?
6. How do I send a fax by Internet via the SmartFax Web site?
7. I sent a fax from my email, but it didn’t go through.
8. Someone sent me a fax but I didn’t receive it.
9. I am not receiving confirmation of faxes being sent from my account.
10. My account was suspended, and I need to reactivate it.
11. How do I set up my account once I have signed up to fax by Internet via the SmartFax service?
  1. Login to website
  2. Click the SmartFax link
  3. Inbound Settings tab
    1. Inbound File Format – Choose either PDF or TIF
    2. Inbound Fax Delivery: – If you want to receive faxes in your email, choose the Web Inbox AND Email option. You will see the email address you provided on the sign up form is listed as the Primary Address. If you would like to change the Primary Address, you will need to update the General Settings tab. You can also add a Secondary Address so when a fax comes in to your SmartFax fax number, it will be delivered online and sent to BOTH the Primary and Secondary email address. If you would like to retrieve the faxes on the website only, choose Web Inbox ONLY. If you choose the Web Inbox ONLY option, you can still receive an email that will notify you when a fax has been delivered to your Inbox. You can choose the frequency of these notifications by selecting the Inbound Fax Notification Frequency at the bottom of the page.
    3. Online Fax Storage – Any faxes left sitting online (weather in one of your folders or the Trash) for more than 30 days, will incur a fee of $0.05 per fax per month. To avoid these storage fees, you can choose to Automatically delete faxes by entering 30 days or less in the box
    4. Once all your Inbound Settings have been set, click the UPDATE INBOUND SETTINGS button at the bottom of the page
  4. Outbound Settings tab
    1. Email to fax security – If you would like to require that a password be provided when sending a fax by Internet via email, you will select Password protect with and enter your password in the blank space. If a password is entered here, when sending a fax via email this password (and only the password) should be entered in the subject line of the email. The system defaults to Do NOT password protect.
    2. Document Handling – When sending a fax by Internet via email, you can choose to Fax Email Attachments, Fax Email Body and you can choose the resolution of the fax (Fine will cause the fax to take longer to transmit to the fax recipient).
    3. Email Notifications – When sending a fax via email, we can provide 2 types of notifications: the 1st is an Acknowledgment, where we will let you know that we received your request, the 2nd is a Delivery Status, where we can let you know weather the fax was successful or not.
    4. Valid From Email Addresses – Here is where you will list all the authorized email addresses that you would like to give access to your service fax by Internet via email. Enter one email address at a time next to New and click Update.
    5. Once your settings have set, make sure to click Update Outbound Settings.


12. How much does the SmartFax service cost?

SmartFax Local & Toll Free
$8.99 Monthly Fee
250 free Inbound/Outbound pages
Overage rate: $0.08 per page
Note: Included pages only apply to faxes sent/received within the U.S. and Canada. International faxes are billed in 60-second increments according to SmartFax’s current International rates. Please contact us to get current international rates.

Storage fees: There are no storage fees for faxes stored less than 30 days in the web inbox. Any fax stored in the web inbox after 30 days will be charged a $.05 per fax, per month. To avoid storage fees, set your account preferences to automatically delete faxes after 30 days.

13. What file types may I fax by Internet via SmartFax?

SmartFax supports the following file types:

Adobe® Acrobat® PDF
Group 3 TIF Image
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
Plain Text
Rich Text Format (RTF)
Graphic Interchange Format (GIF)
Portable Network Graphic (PNG)
Access Snapshot (SNP)

14. I’m having problems viewing TIFF files from Windows XP (can't open file or only 1 page is visible). What should I do?

If you have problems viewing TIFF faxes from Windows XP, it is most like due to an incorrect file association in the Windows system. Common problems include not being able to view all pages of the fax or open the file at all.

To correct this error, Windows needs to know which software to use to open the file. Most computers come equipped with a built-in viewer called the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. Using this viewer, you will need to perform the following steps:

  1. Save the TIFF fax to your Desktop by right clicking the TIFF image on our website and selecting Save Target As or Save Link As (in Firefox).
  2. Right-click the TIFF file you just saved and go to Properties. On the window that appears, select the button marked Change.
  3. In the new window under Recommended Programs: select either Windows Picture and Fax Viewer or Microsoft Office Document Imaging (if you have Microsoft Office).
  4. Click OK twice and then restart your web browser.
  5. The file will open properly and you will be able to use the page-up or page-down keys on your keyboard to view the additional pages. There is also a drop-down box in the middle of the viewer screen that will allow you to jump to any page in the document.
15. I’m having a problem opening TIFF files with QuickTime.

The QuickTime player will try to open the .TIFF file which it can’t display properly. You should use another image viewer (see article above). Here are the instructions on how to disable QuickTime from opening .TIFF files:

  1. Click on Start then on Settings and the Control Panel
  2. Double-click on QuickTime (not on QuickTime 32 if you have older version)
  3. In the window that opens click on “Browser Plug-in” in the drop-down menu. Or, if you have Quicktime 7 or greater, click the tab that is labelled, “Browser”, then proceed to the next step.
  4. Click on MIME Settings… button
  5. Click on the + sign in front of Images to expand the selection
  6. Uncheck the box for TIFF image file
  7. Click on OK
  8. Close the QuickTime Settings window
  9. Restart all instances of your web browser. (VERY IMPORTANT)
16. How do I disable the coversheet?

Log in to your account via the SmartFax web interface with your username and password. Once you have logged in to your account, click the SmartFax link and then the Settings icon located at the top right-hand side of the screen. Click the General Settings tab and then un-check the box that says Include a cover page with each fax? to disable the cover page.

17. I forgot my username/password.
18. How do I cancel my SmartFax account.
19. How do I enable Sender Policy Framework (SPF) which is required to send faxes by E-Mail?
Note: The SPF requirement only affects sending faxes through E-Mail. You can still send faxes using the website or our fax apps regardless of SPF status.
If you:
  • Use an email service (domain) provider: Please have your domain provider confirm they have a valid SPF record in place to ensure you’re sending an SPF-enabled E-Mail.
  • Manage your own E-Mail DNS settings: Add an SPF record (i.e., one with IP addresses and/or hostnames authorized to send from your specified domain).
If you attempt to send faxes by E-Mail your faxes will fail if your email is not SPF enabled. Note: If you use the following email domain service providers, you should likely already be set up with SPF enabled.

The SPF requirement protects against someone spoofing your E-Mail address(es) It also adds another layer of security against phishing attacks and spam E-Mail.

Here’s a short video explaining how SPF works:

Why did we make this change?​

We are adopting this standard to protect against someone spoofing your email address(es) It also adds another layer of security against phishing attacks and spam email.
As a reminder this applies to sending faxes by email ONLY, all other forms of faxing have not changed. You can still send faxes via the website or mobile apps.

For more details on enabling SPF, see:

Note: As an alternative solution, you may also add a Gmail account to your list of eligible send email addresses.

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