iPhone Tips & Tricks: Send and receive MMS on your iPhone

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You might already know it but when I read this trick over at iPhone Central @ MacWorld, I thought of sharing it you. One of the features missing in the iPhone is it’s lack of integrated support for MMS. If you were used to using MMS in your previous mobile phone then it can be that much more painful. However, there is some good news for you.

You can make use iPhone’s built-in support for email to work around this lack of functionality to send and receive picture messages and importantly without the need of some nerdy iPhone hack.

So how does it work? You must be aware that all wireless providers assign their subscribers an email address. So there is the secret of this iPhone trick, if you send an email to that email address which is based on your phone number, the email will get delivered as a text message. Similarly sending a picture to that email address using iPhone’s built in "Email Photo" functionality will result in it getting delivered as a picture message (MMS).

The important part of the trick is also knowing the address of the contact you want to send a picture message to. Below is the list of common providers thanks to folks at Uneasy Silence, however do get it confirmed with your friend:

(All you will need to do is enter the recipients 10 digit number into the appropriate carrier field.)

    Alltel = xxxxxxxxxx@message.alltel.com
    AT&T = xxxxxxxxxx@mms.att.net
    Boost Mobile = xxxxxxxxxx@myboostmobile.com
    Cingular (AT&T) = xxxxxxxxxx@mms.mycingular.com
    Einstein PCS = xxxxxxxxxx@einsteinmms.com
    Sprint = xxxxxxxxxx@messaging.sprintpcs.com
    T-Mobile = xxxxxxxxxx@tmomail.net
    US Cellular = xxxxxxxxxx@mms.uscc.net
    Verizon Wireless = xxxxxxxxxx@vzwpix.com
    Virgin Mobile = xxxxxxxxxx@vmobl.com

The same principle works while receiving picture messages thanks to the built-in email client. All your friend needs to do is send the picture as an email to the email account that has been setup on your iPhone for you to receive a picture message.

Though we now have a workaround to the MMS limitation on your iPhone, you will agree that its not the ideal (Apple) solution, lets hope Steve Jobs is listening and enables true MMS support in future firmware updates.

[via iPhoneCentral]

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  • Matt

    Now I can send MMS messages but what about receiving them? Does anyone know the POP3 information for doing so?

  • lizzah

    I have tried numerous times to send a picture through email on my iPhone, and it doesn't work. The receiving phone (a Motorola Razr), gets the text and the subject of the message but no picture. This is very aggravating, as I send a lot of pictures and it's not working!!!

  • eric

    this did not work for me. my friend has verizon and i got a failure notice sent back to my iphone.

  • ryan

    worked, i send one to my other att cell and its worked.

  • Cory

    Is there any trick to send a text message to an email address? This function sure would be nice. My last couple phones did this no prob.

  • Useless

    Why do people keep posting these useless "hints" EMAIL is NOT MMS.

  • Danny

    This works great, but one downfall is that it doesn't count as "in network" messaging for your friends when they send you picture messages. Pretty lame Apple/AT&T

  • Heidi

    I still cannot send or recieve pictures!!! I keep getting the message that the connection to outgoing server "imap.emailsrvr.com" failed? What does that mean and how do I fix it? I am amazed that with all the technolgy this phone has, that it can't simply send or get pics????

  • Sabra Bartlett

    It worked for me!…iPhone to Razr, Razr to iPhone.
    Perfect!!

    • the_abomination

      sending the picture came out succesful but i cant recieve pictures.PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO DO IT!!

  • http://www.ziphone.com Gary Davies

    well all this talk of mms there has been an application developed called swirlymms which will allow you to sed out mms messages the recive funcation has yet to be desined hoped this helps.

    Jailbroken iphone need to run this app

  • Adel H

    I have a much better idea. If you guys have Installer, install the application "Swirl MMS" you can send pics as long as there is Wireless Internet. Just recently i started receiving Picture Messages, however; I have not figured out to which file or folder the pics go to. Thanks to Adel Hallak for this info!

  • Adel H

    I have a much better idea. If you guys have Installer, install the application "Swirl MMS" you can send pics as long as there is Wireless Internet. Just recently i started receiving Picture Messages, however; I have not figured out to which file or folder the pics go to. Thanks to Adel Hallak for this info!

  • AnaLee

    Emailing totally works for me. I send my boyfriend pics all of the time, he has Verizon and it always works. We still haven't figured out how to get it to work for him sending me pics though.

  • Travis

    to MATT you say your friend recieves the TEXT but not the pic… the address has to be **********@mms.att.net
    not
    **********@txt.att.net

  • Adel Hallak

    Hey guys,
    Follow my instructions and thank me later…here you go:

    First you need the Application Swirly MMS- add this from
    Swirly's source – swirlyspace.com/SwirlySpace.xml and add version 0.3.2.
    Install the package named "SwirlyMMS from Swirlyspace", ver 0.3.1. Follow the installation instructions (which means you must restart your phone when installation has finsihed)

    Then go to Settings and fill out this info:
    you can find settings for other carriers on other blogs.

    T-Mobile (USA)
    MMSC: 216.155.174.84/servlets/mms
    Proxy: 216.155.165.50:8080
    MMS-APN: wap.voicestream.com
    User: empty
    Pass: empty

    A screen will display that you need to install Mobile finder/Mobile Viewer to be able to see pictures. Go ahead and go to installer, all packages, scroll all the way down to Mobile Finder, install it, then go back and install Mobile Viewer.
    Now you are done! Have someone send you an mms. It should show under Swirly MMS. Open it then click fetch. It will download then display this message:

    "all fetched mms-files are stored in/var/mobile/media/mmsfiles"

    Click the menu button. Now you are on your home screen. Scroll to see the icon “Preview” and click it. Click “Open” . you will then have 5 folders displayed:

    1. …
    2. Bin
    3. Lib
    4. Library
    5. Media

    Double click on the folder “…” then click on folder “mobile” then folder “media” then folder “MMSfiles” then BINGO! All your received pictures are there!!! Good Luck… Big Thanks to Adel Hallak.

  • Marlene Gerosa

    Hi, I have a friend in Indonesia and I want to send and recieve text messages and pictures his cell phones to my iphone. Can this be done?
    marlene

  • http://www.myspace.com/mrgroovyman Ben

    Swirly MMS is looking great, but I can't find mobile viewer in installer, how do I get it in there?
    Also, if I put applications in the install 'queue' how do I access the cue when I want to install them?

    Thanks!
    B

  • sara

    i dont have internet on my mobile phone its on a pay as you go sim,how do i get around sending my partner a picture msg

  • j

    how to get mms on 2.0 iphone,,,

  • I

    Does anyone know what e-mail to use to send MMS to networks outside of the US?

    Vodafone ES
    Movistar ES
    Orange ES
    Yoigo ES

    Are the ones i'm interested in… thanks :D

  • Adel Hallak

    FYI- you do not need Mibile Finder or Mobile Viewer if you have the New Swirly…i think most ppl have that now!

  • Michael T Kerrrr

    do u have to pay for the new Swirly? how can i have it for free?

  • eric

    on the new version of swirly do you have to know your carrier's mms settings? also do you have to have an active mms plan with your carrier?

  • Sarah

    I tried to send an MMS to an alltel phone e-mail (phone#@message.alltel.com) and all she got was text that said picture.jpg the picture didn't show up

  • Goodole1

    I'm trying to locate the address after the @ for metropc, does anyone have a clue?

    Thanks

  • Gwen

    does it cost like a text message to send a pix message through email but have it appear a a pix message on the other phone?

  • tommy

    does anyone have att and atleast now the correct working settings if u do please please let me know for swirly

  • dno

    Do not get swirly if you are on AT&T. This trick is using what's called an SMS gateway. Wiki it and you will get all the info you need including a comprehensive list of international carrier gateway addresses. Keep in mind that some carriers have two addresses, one for SMS and one for MMS.

    Sending a text to an email address is as easy as putting in an email address instead of a phone number.

    Hope this helps. Cheers.

  • louisa

    i want to be able to send and recieve pictures but i don't know what
    service provider to use for
    sony ericson and nokia and motorola?
    does anyone know please help

  • Jacob R

    Hey Adel just tell ur friend to send it to your email not this special thing just ur persanal email and then go to ur mail inbox, im pretty sure this will work scence email is global ,good luck :)

  • stu

    I get how to we d but how do u change the email account to type it in I trytochange it but only let's me pick my email accounts please help.

  • jason

    this is ridiculous!! seriously we know we can already email a photo!! if i wanted to e-mail a photo i would just do that to begin with!! and the same on their end!! if they ( the person you are receiving a picture text from) was able to e-mail you a pic off of their phone they would just send you an e-mail!! this is a waist of time!! i don't need help sending an e-mail

  • paulie

    Another waste of time.
    It doesn't work (period)

    It's amazing how gullible we are… Slick expensive iphone that does lots of useless things, but can't take vid or send MMS.

    zzz

  • Yves

    What about if you want to send pictures to a person who has MetroPCS? I tried having them send a text from their phone to an email account to view their cell number email address and tried it that way but it didn't work =/

  • Yves

    My thoughts exactly!

  • Brian

    I am wondering something similar. I know that you can have them send it to an e-mail address, gmail, yahoo, etc. But I have 2 questions. 1) is there a way to somehow link your e-mail (not xxxxxxxxxx@my.att.com)to your phone? Ex. If a friend sends an MMS to my phone number, can i set it up to automatically route to my e-mail address?? 2) Instead of going through the e-mail crap, if a friend sends me an MMS, can I just take that message and forward it to my e-mail and open the attachment that way? Instead of having them send it directly to my email?

  • Brian

    CORRECTION: not xxxxxxxxxx@mms.att.net

  • Brian

    I am wondering something similar. I know that you can have them send it to an e-mail address, gmail, yahoo, etc. But I have 2 questions. 1) is there a way to somehow link your e-mail (not xxxxxxxxxx@mms.att.net
    )to your phone? Ex. If a friend sends an MMS to my phone number, can i set it up to automatically route to my e-mail address?? 2) Instead of going through the e-mail crap, if a friend sends me an MMS, can I just take that message and forward it to my e-mail and open the attachment that way? Instead of having them send it directly to my email?

  • Simon

    Simon,

    Im english i have a Iphone on 02 network and i can receieve picture message from any other network but have to log on to the website with a special code….its still really Shocking that something so advanced as the iphone doesnt have the simple technology to recieve or send stuff via MMS OR BLUETOOTH FOR THAT MATTER! Huge Downfall In my opinion….but i guess we shall see for Summer 09 Awaits the 4g Iphone! To Rival Sony's PSP….They want it to be a PSP with Phone Capabilitys…

    Could It be Too Much in one Package We shall See!!!

  • Ralph

    The MMS features at cingular and ATT have been restricted. I get the message that the email has failed due to this. What am I doing wrong. This is lame in 2009. MMS should be an inbred feature of all phones that take pictures.

  • mapobean

    i see that and tried but can't seem to get it to work for att carrier do you know what it would be for att they think i have a LG VU

  • http://www.techs-on-the-side.mysite.com Ray

    That's where Send MMS from ifind2 comes in; it's not my app and I'm not spamming or promoting it but liked this app so much that I had to tell everyone about it since AT&T and Apple can't seem to get there act together. This app sends to all service providers including Cricket which is Metro. Check it out at http://MMS.ifind2.com

  • http://www.inkatechnology.co.uk iphone companies

    great post always wanted to find out to scroll top many thanks.

  • idiots

    It only doesn't work, for those of you having problems, because you don't know what you are doing. I've done it multiple times and have seen it being done.
    Stop calling things a waist of time and saying things are stupid because you don't know how to work your own phones.

  • Person

    yeah, that's not the right extension for verizon. for verizon it's: **********@VTEXT.COM

    hope this helped. :)

  • David n memphis

    I can send and revive pix , Tex & e-mail on my iPhone ever since I first bought my 3 G , can't wait till the iPhone 4 comes out I'll give them six months to work out the kinks out then buy one !!!

  • David n memphis

    I know that's right !

  • David n memphis

    Your smart phone is smarter than you

  • David n memphis

    You have to be smarter than the machine to use it !!!

  • Shotzie

    Wow so I updated to the new 4.0 big mistake for me. If I knew you couldn't send and recieve picture messages I would have never updated. What a load of crap this is.

  • Shotzie

    Obviously you have nit updated your firmware to the new 4.0. I have the 3GS and the firmware it comes with is what your probably thinking of works fine for sending and receiving picture messages. I updated and so did these people on here to the new 4.0 and you can not send and receive picture messages. It has nothing to do with people not knowing how to work their phones. So your just ranting and calling people idiots when your the one talking about something you know nothing about which is completely ignorant.

  • the_abomination

    I CAN SEND THE PICTURES BUT I CANT RECIEVE THEM, TELL ME HOW PLEASE

  • Joseph

    I can’t receive pictures on my iPhone

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