AT&T iPhone MMS Carrier Update Now Available via iTunes!

The AT&T Carrier Update (v5.5), required to enable MMS on the iPhone is now live and can be installed via iTunes. Just plug in your iPhone and if it doesn't pop up immediately, hit the check for updates button.

Note: You need to be running iPhone 3.1, so if you haven't updated your firmware yet, do that first.

Once loaded, reboot your iPhone and then head on over the Messages app and you should see the new (for the USA!) camera icon on the bottom left.

For more info, see Apple's support article on the matter, and TiPb's iPhone MMS Walkthrough from earlier today!

Then let us know how iPhone MMS on AT&T is working for you!

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352 Comments
  • It's working perfect here in Hawaii
  • So far working here in Ohio...at least it says they have sent!
  • So if we have a JailBroken iPhone with OS 3.0.1 we are pretty much left without MMS? This is BS!!! I have been waiting ALL morning
  • I guess I'm gonna have to give up my jailbreak, gosh darn.
  • Mine works great. Interesting - the hacked carrier fail (file) was 5.1, now I see ATT 5.5. At any rate, there doesn't seem to be a difference in processing and sending/receiving speed.
    It's cool! and finally here! Hopefully nothing will crash.
  • Still waiting.
  • Oh great. Someone just mooned me via MMS. I was wondering when some crazy crap like that would happen.
    Ah, friends.
  • ha, about a month ago i called att and had txt's blocked completely from my phone. i guess i will never see the elusive iphone mms
  • my wifes phone no issue but mine has an error anyone seen this error with update for MMS on iPhone? http://pic.gd/15d840
  • Updated carrier file but cannot send MMS here in SE Okla. Could be that i'm roaming.
  • Prince.....I have a jailbroken phone and was able to get the carrier update without getting 3.1...mms works great!
  • Crazy, How for two years we all wanted mms, and it took less than 30 secounds to get and installed what a joke ATT and Apple! But Im happy to finally have it.
  • Brian, do u see anything different in the carrier 5.1 than in the 5.5, i have 5.1
  • Works here in SoCal. Awesome!
  • After you update carrier file you have to reset your phone, at first my mms wasnt working, then i reset n now im good ...... Central , nj
  • @bmfan
    now why would you go and do a crazy thing like that?
  • I feel like my phone is complete.
    BURN IN HELL VIEWMYMESSAGE.COM!!! DIE A SLOW PAINFUL DEATH!!!
  • Not yet. I got the hacked file yesterday and today I updated again through itunes. I've not seen anything except when you look under settings>general>network the MMS settings aren't there anymore. BUT the MMS options are still there under settings>messages.
  • I can't recieve mms
  • Yea view my message almost cost my phone its life a good few times ... Lol
  • Apple, You piece of monkey sh!t. Just because I don't wont your crappy new firmware 3.1(the iPhone comas and poor battery life), does that give you the right to keep a carrier update from me. The rest of the world didn't need to upgrade to have this function. They have had it for months now! I will be supporting the DEV TEAM because Apple abviously doesn't care about us the way they do!!! Eff you @ssholes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • If you don't want to upgrade to 3.1 here is the Apple link to the carrier file 5.5: http://appldnld.apple.com.edgesuite.net/content.info.apple.com/iPhone/Ca...
  • But I can send it
  • MMS is working good in NYC.
  • In atl it installed fine but I lost all text and mail sending. Anyone else with this problem?
  • MMS in Medford or
  • @veronica
    the new carrier file can be used while your wifi is on, something that 5.1 didnt allow me to do.
  • Chris try resetting your phone.
  • Can or can't I get mms on 3.0.1??? Somebody please?!?
  • @Johan I keep getting that too!!!
  • okay maybe im just slow... but after the update i was goign through the settings on my 3gs and in the ipod settings it gave me an option to turn "tv out" on or off... since when can the iphone do tv out?
  • @BigMeat: You can't get it on 3.0.1 but I posted a link to the 5.5 carrier file from Apple. You will just to follow the walkthroughs available that let us update to the hacked 5.1 file.
  • Can you have mms for a iPhone 2g?
  • I sent mms to test it to a friend. I sent a pic with a subject and some text...nothing happened. One with text and the pic...again, nothing. just sent it as a picture with no text and he got it...anyone else having this problem? i haven't tried it with text again cause he busy.
  • It eliminates the old option that use to be in General > Networks. Now it's just MMS On/Off in General > Messaging. Workings flawlessly in Michigan. I've sent and received to a person on At&t and T-Mobile.
  • No issues yet
  • I can't send or get MMS! was able to update it tho!
  • @epphillps Whats the difference between 5.1 and 5.5, i have 5.1, should i get 5.5??
  • STOP STOP STOP with the "it works here" posts. Please.
    Post if it DOESN'T work.
  • Tennessee & working just fine :)
  • @epphllps: worked great! Thanks. I remain jailbroken with carrier 5.5! Shift-click "Update" to load the file...
  • @ Christine: I had the 5.1 and updated to the 5.5 on 3.0 and it takes away you ability to edit the APN settings(no longer need to of course) and other than it being the official carrier file, nothing I know of yet.
  • Guys, if your on 3.0 or 3.0.1. You might wanna hold off on trying to load a downloaded carrier file and load threw shift-restore method!! Apple is signing this also. Just like the ECID. It may not go as planned when you try to load it!! WAIT!!
  • I can send MMS but I am not receiving any. I had a friend try and send me a picture 3 times and I still haven't gotten it.
  • @russ, all ipods can do that...don't know if that setting was already there,
  • I'm in Pensacola, FL... iPhone 3G updated fine, but not working. Turned MMS on and rebooted my phone, but errors out when trying to send any form of MMS... gets the little red "!" icon. Also tried it on both WiFi and 3G. Same result. Hoping AT&T is just bogged down and it will fix itself soon.
  • @Johan, figures it out, I had to uninstall the custom carrier logo, if you have that installed get rid of it, it worked for me
  • LOL the ATT facebook site is getting flooded with people complaining about the 3.1 upgrade because they won't be able to tether or jailbreak. Someone needs to post that carrier file link on that page!
  • Got it...works...congratulations AT&T...now where's the tethering which is what I'd really rather have!
  • Updated to carrier to 5.5 but won't send pic messages only SMS
  • I'm gonna miss google voice but when I get home I'm updating to 3.1
  • It's working awesome!!! Already sent a lot of them already!
  • @Kevin Getting the same thing! If yours changes let me know how to fix it!
  • Is anyone else having problems receiving MMS? The person trying to send me the MMS is on Verizon if that makes a difference.
  • It's working good. Love it!
  • @Brian just reset and mail works but text seem to send but sill can't receive. Is this common?
  • @epphllps: where can I find the walkthrough for the hacked file. I downloaded the file & tried SHIFT & UPDATE but that doesnt work.
  • @jay. I can't anymore since I run the 3.1 on top of the old jailbreak. I probably have to do a full restore. My battery percentage is showing as well. Hmmm
  • @EricP:
    Is anyone else having problems receiving MMS? The person trying to send me the MMS is on Verizon if that makes a difference.
    It does make a difference. It can sometimes take as much as 12 hours for inter-carrier SMS/MMS. So test with another ATT user first.
  • In CT. Isntalled the file 5.5. When people sen dme MMS I get the viewmymessages.com thing and it i try to end i get a red !. WHat is going on?
  • So lets get the facts straighten out here... If you have 3.0 / 3.0.1 you can't get MMS regardless if you update the carrier file? Someone please confirm this.. I believe the cost benefit for MMS / Jailbreak is not worth it. :D
  • Why is that people think the iphone is behind by not doing MMS? When it's other phones that can do MMS. But are wwwaaaayyyyyy behind cause they cant do email!!!!! The first MMS was sent out in 2002. The first email in the mid 1960's!!!! Somebody please explain.
  • MMS iPhone live here in Jersey, but sending a pic is damn slow.
  • really dont use this, but still glad its finally here :)
    working here in Lee's Summit, MO
  • working great here in boston :)
  • @icebike hmmm the ones I sent to my friend on Verizon were received in about 5 minutes. I can't test sending to any friends with iPhones since I don't know anyone who had a chance to update yet.
  • i'm lovingggggggggg it
  • I can't wait to get home today to get my mms .
  • Tried the 5.5 carrier file on a jailbroken 3.0 3GS. Same thing as before.. red exclamation.. grrr.
  • I have it and it works. (NYC) What do we #@@#@# about next? No tethering??
  • Anyone getting this to work while still running their 3gs at 3.0?
  • I have 3.1 on my iPhone, I just rebotted and still have 5.1. Am I spossed to reload something off of iTunes? Help please, anyone, I'm crying hear, I want to join in the fun.
  • Works here in the Lawrence,KS/Kansas City Area yeah :)
  • @NEA Arkansas Boy download the carrier update from iTunes then reboot iphone.
  • 3.1 can be hacked FYI
    Just be smart and get a mac !
  • I'm not jailbroken anymore but I am running benm's tethering hack.. any chance this could be screwing with the update? anyone else that my be using this hack confirm this?
  • Works iPhone to iPhone but cannot receive pic messages from VZW users. WTF?!?!?
  • I got MMS on Jailbreak 3.0.1 working fine.
    Now, I'll never use it. :lol:
  • I'm in San Diego and my pics did get delivered just fine after I updated the carrier file. By the way my iPhone is not jailbroken. I'm using the latest iTunes and 3.1. Thanks iPhone Blog. You are far more informative than AT&T. I was waiting on the text from AT&T giving me the green light. It hasn't came yet and who knows how long I would've waited. Thanks for the info Rene Ritchie! Very much appreciated!
  • Great. Now what about tethering?....
  • also if someone has updated and you still can't text pics audio videos etc.. turn ur phone off and restart it.. worked for me
  • Here's how to install the update WITHOUT installing 3.1 (for you naughty jailbreakers)http://brandongoodman.posterous.com/updating-iphone-atandt-carrier-setti...
  • Thanks a bunch freiteez!
  • Not working here in CO.
  • "I sent mms to test it to a friend. I sent a pic with a subject and some text…nothing happened. One with text and the pic…again, nothing. just sent it as a picture with no text and he got it…anyone else having this problem? i haven’t tried it with text again cause he busy."
    im having the same problem.. i knew it was going to be a flaw some more
  • Quick question.. has anyone here recieved a MMS from a non iphone user as of yet?
  • @daje, is your friend with AT&T?
  • @Omar, nope. I've had several try to send me a pic message from other carriers and they aren't coming thru. SUCKS!
  • i can't send a pic msg to my cousin who has att but not an iphone and i can't receive them from her either yet. my friend just sent me a pic msg from her verizon phone and i got it.
  • @Pholey22.. thank for the reply.. this totally SUCKS!!! its like 1 way fun
  • QUICK QUESTION, IM ON AT&T PREPAID GOPHONE WIT IPHONE 3G ON 3.0.1 WILL THIS WORK FOR ME ?
  • @Omar, I know what gives?!? Maybe they are having overload problems....as we expected. Sometime next week I'll have 15 pic messages finally come thru.
  • I got pics from verizon phones, AT&T phones, and tmobile mines works
  • @Pholey22, lol your prob right.
  • @Bre bre, yur lucky!! Not able to receive pic message from anyone who doesn't have an iPhone. Tried two different VZW phones and notta.
  • OK so does anyone else have the option for tethering under the network setting
  • a big Thank yo. For the people that have provided links for people trying to upgrade their mms without losin. 3.0/3.01 jailbreak!
    I'm on 3.0 and there is no way I'm upgrading to 3.1 and give up everything I have for something that should of came on the original 2g phone back in 2007.
    I will try this and update the forum when I get home from work.
    Long live JAILBREAK!!!
  • A big thank you****
  • I have sent and received picture messages. BUT, I had my g/f send me a mms from her verizon phone and it still hasnt come thru (about 1 hour later) so I am not quiet sure why that pic message is slow but the other ones are coming thru? Any suggestions?
  • @Brandon Goodman thanks for the link! I got to the shift updates part in iTunes but can't get it to let me browse for the new profile. Just keeps telling me currect v. of itunes is up to date & then tries to get me to update to 3.1. Any help on this?
  • Around 2pm EST, I checked for an update and was able to load 5.5 After the reboot, MMS functionality is present. NE PA.
    Tested sending picture and text to Verizon phone. Arrives almost immediately.
    Tested receiving picture and text to Verizon phone. Huge delay. (over 10 minutes or more)
    Tested sending to picture and text to AT&T non-iPhone. So far not recieved.
    Tested sending video to AT&T non-iPhone. Only audio is received.
  • Download the carrier file from another website, hold alt and click update in iTunes, load carrier file. Won't require upgrade to 3.1 if you're jailbroken. If you have a 3G then 3.1 has already been jailbroken. Just google around people these answers exist and writing something in all caps on a swamped message board will do you no good. Use your brain if you have one.
  • 3Gs. 3.1 Carrier 5.5 in Northeastern PA.
  • I have 3.0 os (not jailbroken) and did the 5.5 carrier file update and everything works great, MMS out and in to all carriers....
  • For anyone that wants to remain on 3.0, or 3.01 but still install the carrier update:
    -Download the ipcc from here: http://appldnld.apple.com.edgesuite.net/content.info.apple.com/iPhone/Ca...
    -Install it with option/shift update. I'm still on 3.0 (3GS) and it worked fine.
  • i already send 60 mms pic's lol att
  • Yep Guys it does work on 3.0 on a 3G S!!
    http://brandongoodman.posterous.com/updating-iphone-atandt-carrier-setti...
  • Works in south Georgia. Finally after 2 years I can get mms!!!
  • Can send pics and r recieved but video is sent but no body recieved it. Not on AT&T or other networks. I can recieve video but no one recieved it from me. Have most current update no jailbreak or hack on phone 3gs 32g
  • Here is how to get it working without using 3.1
    http://www.techjawa.com/2009/09/25/guide-get-mms-on-att-iphone-3g3gs-os-...
  • Brandon Goodman & Jesh are correct...Thank You!! the install of carrier 5.5 while being able to stay JB on 3.0.1 is PRICELESS!! i can keep my iPhone working as it was and not have to lose my JB just to get MMS. S W E E T!!
  • I have a JB 3G with 3.0. I did the 5.5 update using the update and I'm working and good to go. Tried and succeeded with Verizon and Sprint. Everything works fine. Took a little longer to send, but I'm on Edge in the northwoods of MN.
  • So I updated to 5.5 from 5.1, and now my music is gone. It says I have 0 songs, but the amount of space they take up on my phone is still there. When I plug my iPhone into iTunes, the songs show up under "music". Any suggestions outside of a full restore? Please email me at Elijahpr@gmail.com if you have a suggestion. Thanks!
  • I'm jailbroken and have had MMS for over a month now. I'm on an iPhone 3g running 3.0.1
    just go to mms.iphoneaero.us and follow his tutorial. All you need is a ATT non-iPhone and to be able to access your ATT account online.....
    KEEP YOUR JAILBREAK!
  • Doesn't work in Maine
  • Video is confirmed sent but other phones do not get it. Sent to 2 tmoble 3 AT&T 1 sprint 1 boost nobody got the videos tried 4 different videos and 1 animation. Nothing
  • Cannot receive pic message from VZW when on Edge. Came thru on 3G. Checking to see if wifi is blocking it too. Had to turn it off to get my first non-iPhone pic message.
  • MMS had been working for me just fine since wednesday. 3.0 firmware, jailbroken, carrier file 5.2. As of today, it has stopped working. I've updated to the carrier file 5.5 and it's still not working. AT&T can die
  • hey i got an iphone 3gs 32gb factory and legally unlocked that i bought in hong kong which i'm using for tmobile. i have the 3.1 firmware on my iphone, once i sync.......would it let me upgrade for the mms or do you think itunes has predetermined that my carrier is not at&t and wouldn't receive the upgrade?........... thanks
  • Wifi not blocking. Just tested...
  • Been getting lots of time-outs sending pic MMS's in Detroit area... red explanation marks... if I keep retrying they eventually go through.
  • Do half of you actually read the posts before you type or ask a question? I just read through every comment and most of your answers are a few posts prior. READ PEOPLE!!!
  • i have to recant my last statement. my JB 3.0.1 3GS is NOT working. i see the options in Message settings for MMS, but when trying to send pic i get the red exclamation. F**K! i guess i'll just wait. i'm not willing to lose the functionality of my JB iPhone just to send a pic. i'll email the pic or post it on my blog. until then...
  • MMS's clogged up here in New Orleans, LA
  • I can send pics but if any sends me a pic it says One or more of the message components have been deleted by MMS Adaptation. Either the message was too large or the components were unsuitable for your terminal.
    anyone getting this error message?
  • @EAPR To fix the music not showing up problem, add, delete, or rename a song in itunes and then resync.
  • Just upgraded, not getting any mms's. my hacked carrier file worked just fine this morning and now the real one wont work great
  • MMS working in S.Cali awesome!!!!!!
  • i cant update my carrier settings..ikeep getting an error!!! someone help!
  • Sent pics to Sprint,verizon and tmobile. took less then 10 seconds to send.
    I am jailbroken on 3.0.1 with carrier 5.5
  • Got the update in NC on my prepaid. I get the red exclamation mark to resend everytime and I don't recieve MMS sent to me!!! Anyone else?
  • in eastern PA btw
  • i got the red exclamation with the first pic i tried to send. I retried to send it two minutes later and it worked
  • This may sound strange but the 5.5 carrier file update has fixed my battery life issues, I have had the update installed now for several hours on a full charged battery and my battery is still on 99% after sending MMS messages and browsing the web, before the update I could literally watch my battery drain, now that's better news than the MMS to me...
  • Working here in Delaware with no issues :)
  • Not working in Detroit, I can send them but the other party don't get it and when they send one to me I don't get it, I really can't beleive the network is down allready!!! BS
  • I just got an MMS that a friend sent 9:30 last night.
  • got it, installed, rebooted, but it isn't working. I goes to send, then hangs up at about 80% for a long while, then I get the red exclamatin points. Full 3G signal. In SoCal.
  • I had 5.1 for a couple weeks now, worked great
    When I added one more than 1 person to a text it turned into a GROUP MMS, kind of like a chatroom between more than 3 or more people...Names showed up in smaller letters and you were able to send texts between a bunch of people in the same box. Now that i updated to 5.5, the option is gone
  • Same thing as Jeremy above......just hangs around 80-90% then rejects couple minutes later
  • Got the carrier 5.5 files.
    I was getting the red exclamation each time I tried to send. The sending bar would nearly complete then the mms would fail. Now it's working. Looks like there are some issues.
  • cant update carrier settings as well pls help!!!
  • i'm getting the same thing as Jeremy and Pete. i have tried to send a message to ppl on att, verizon, and sprint and they all did the same thing...
  • Oklahoma City, 3:35 pm Central time. Downloaded the update, rebooted phone, tried to send picture, failed with red exclamation point. Many retries, still failure.
  • @mark082 @Jeremy @ Pete same here in CT
  • Reset your network settings then try again.
  • I downloaded and updated and restarted my phone but I still can't send pic messages. There is an error every time. I can receive them but they won't send.
    HELP!!
  • Works perfectly for me!!! About time!... Pictures, videos, voice memos, and contacts have been sent and recieved all morning since I got the update, and it has worked flawlessly. The first time I used it messages came through kinda slow. Since then they have been very fast.
  • The 1st time mine hung up at 80% too, but I did tried a 2nd time and it went through, The only dif is that I did not have any txt, I did have a subject.
  • Keep getting timeouts (red explanation marks) sending pics... I hate AT&T. They either need to fix their sh.it or put a hault to new customers. It is obvious they are overloaded and cannot handle any more customers. I want a refund. This should be illegal.
  • There is a workaround for this if you are on 3.0.1 You can install the 5.5 Updated Carrier file manually. Working fine here with Itunes 9.
  • Gettin nothing in Dover, Delaware yet... Raged! LOL
  • Same as 139, 141, & 146. I sent a couple right when I got it at noon and it worked fine.
    Minneapolis, MN.
    Serv