How to Fax From Printer Canon?

Canon printers offer a convenient all-in-one solution for your home or office needs. Many models go beyond just printing, boasting fax functionality alongside copying and scanning. If you have a Canon printer with fax capabilities, sending and receiving faxes is easy. Let’s walk you through the process.

Before You Start

Before you can start faxing from your Canon printer, you’ll want to check that your printer actually supports faxing. 

Not all Canon printers have built-in fax capabilities, so take a quick peek at the model name, and if you see the letters “MF,” which stands for multi-function, your printer can fax. 

If your printer does not have a fax feature, don’t sweat it; simply download our Faxburner app on your iPhone or iPad and start faxing. 

Check Printer Connections

Before sending a fax from your Canon printer, you’ll want to make sure your printer is properly set up and connected. This ensures the fax will go through smoothly without any connection issues.

  • Make sure your Canon printer is powered on. Check the power button or indicator lights to confirm the printer is turned on.
  • Connect your Canon printer to your computer or network using the appropriate cable. For USB connections, plug your printer directly into your computer. For network (Ethernet or WiFi) connections, connect via a router or access point. Refer to your printer’s manual if unsure.
  • Install any required printer software and drivers for your operating system. This allows your computer to interface properly with the printer. 
  • Connect a telephone cable from a wall jack to the “LINE” port on the back of the printer, if not connected already. This telephone connection is required for sending and receiving faxes.

Once you’ve verified these basic connections, your Canon printer should be ready to start sending faxes. 

How to Send Fax From a Canon Printer

Faxing from a Canon printer is a straightforward process once you’re familiar with the setup and operation. Follow these steps to send a fax from your Canon printer:

Step 1: Ensure Printer Setup

Before attempting to send a fax, make sure your Canon printer is appropriately set up for faxing. This typically involves:

  • Connecting the printer to a phone line. Use the provided phone line cable to plug into the designated port on your printer.
  • Installing any necessary ink cartridges and loading paper into the paper tray.

Step 2: Activate Fax Mode

Go to the printer’s control panel. Look for a button labeled “Fax.” Pressing it should switch the printer into fax mode, as indicated by a change in the display or a light indicator.

Step 3: Document Preparation

If your Canon printer has an automatic document feeder (ADF), you can place multiple pages for faxing on top of the ADF.

For a single page or a document that needs to be scanned from the glass, lift the scanner lid and place the document face down on the scanner. Ensure all corners are flat and the document is positioned correctly. 

Then, gently close the lid until you hear a click (or see a confirmation message on the printer screen, if applicable) to ensure a proper scan. 

Step 4: Enter Recipient’s Fax Number

On the printer’s control panel, use the numeric keypad to enter the fax number of the recipient, including any area codes or extensions. 

Step 5: Adjust Fax Settings

Depending on the nature of your document (e.g., color or black and white, detail level), you might wish to adjust the fax settings. Look for a “Settings” button to customize resolution, contrast, and other parameters.

Step 6: Send the Fax

Once ready, look for the “Start” or “Send” button. Pressing this button will initiate the fax process. The printer will first scan the document and then dial the entered fax number to send the document.

Step 7: Confirmation

Wait for the fax to process. Many Canon printers will provide a confirmation message or print a report upon successful transmission. If the fax fails, you might receive an error message or code that can help troubleshoot the issue.

Receiving a Fax 

Receiving faxes is typically automatic, provided your printer is on and set to fax mode. You can customize settings like auto-printing of received faxes through your printer’s menu.

How to Fax Without Canon Printer

  • Create an Account: Download the Faxburner app from your device’s app store or visit their website to sign up. You can choose between a free or premium subscription based on your needs.
  • Receive Your Fax Number: Upon signing up, Faxburner will provide you with a personal fax number. For free accounts, this number may be temporary, while premium accounts offer a permanent number.
  • Prepare Your Document: Ensure the document you want to fax is in a digital format, such as PDF or DOCX. If you have a physical document, you can use your device’s camera to scan the document and convert it to a digital format directly within the Faxburner app.
  • Add Cover Letter: If you wish to include a fax cover sheetwith your fax, you can type it directly into the app. You have the option to choose from templates or a blank cover letter.
  • Send the Fax: Open the Faxburner app and select the option to send a fax. You’ll need to enter the recipient’s fax number, attach your document, and possibly add a cover sheet if desired. Once everything is set, hit the send button. Faxburner will then transmit your document to the recipient’s fax machine or electronic fax service. Or, simply use FaxBurner’s convenient email to fax option to send a fax with just an email.

Note that FaxBurner’s free plan allows you to send a total of 5 pages for the duration of your account and receive up to 25 pages per month.

If you find that you need to fax more pages or do so more regularly, it’s worth considering one of our paid subscriptions, which will increase your page limits and provide you with a permanent fax number for your faxing needs.

Wrapping Up

Faxing with your Canon printer works, but it can be a hassle. You have to figure out how to configure the fax settings and deal with paper jams, among other issues.

So do yourself a favor and download the FaxBurner app, which lets you fax directly from your phone, eliminating the need for a dedicated fax machine. 

Sign up today and experience faxing simplicity.