How to Receive Pictures in Text Messages With the Apple iPhone

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How to Receive Pictures in Text Messages With the Apple iPhone
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A multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is a type of text message that can contain multimedia content, including pictures. The Apple iPhone is compatible with MMS messaging and can receive MMS messages that contain pictures through the built-in Messages application. To receive an MMS message on your iPhone, your cellular service provider has to offer MMS messaging. In the United States, the iPhone is sold exclusively for use on the AT&T Wireless network, which does offer MMS messaging to its customers.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Tap the "Messages" icon.

  2. 2

    Select the text message that contains a picture from the list of available text messages.

  3. 3

    Scroll-down to the bottom of the text message.

  4. 4

    Tap the icon that contains the picture file you want to open. Your iPhone will automatically open the picture.

Tips and warnings

  • Your cellular service provider may charge a fee for receiving an MMS message.

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