How to Retrieve a Picture Sent to a T-Mobile No Picture Phone

by Robert Schrader
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Short message service, or SMS, messages contain text only, while multimedia messaging service, or MMS, messages consist of pictures and videos. Although the majority of cellular phones can now accept text messages, this is not necessarily the case when it comes to pictures and videos. To combat this, mobile carriers have established means by which users with non-compatible devices can retrieve pictures others send to them. In the case of T-Mobile, this entails an external website.

Step 1

Register your account online with T-Mobile if you have not already done so. Go to the T-Mobile website, enter your 10-digit phone number and click "Send Me a Password." Open the text message T-Mobile sends you, enter your password into the field and click "Change Password" to select a permanent password and register your account.

Step 2

Point your web browser to, the location where T-Mobile stores pictures sent in messages for users whose phones can't accept picture messages. Login to your T-Mobile account using your 10-digit phone number and password.

Browse through the images in the gallery. Although T-Mobile generally notifies you if someone attempts to send you a picture, this doesn't always happen. You might find pictures in your gallery you never knew someone had attempted to send to you.


  • If you have a phone that is capable of receiving picture messages and you are receiving links instead of messages, send someone else a picture message immediately. In order to receive picture messages on T-Mobile, you must set up -- or "provision" -- your SIM card on the dedicated picture messaging network. Sending a picture message takes care of this for you.


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About the Author

Robert Schrader is a writer, photographer, world traveler and creator of the award-winning blog Leave Your Daily Hell. When he's not out globetrotting, you can find him in beautiful Austin, TX, where he lives with his partner.

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