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Forensic Techniques for Cell Phones



Shirley M. Radack


The data that is captured on mobile phones can be a source of valuable information to organizations that are investigating crimes, policy violations and other security incidents. The science of recovering digital evidence from mobile phones, using forensically sound conditions and accepted methods, is called mobile phone forensics. The forensic community faces special challenges when investigating crimes and incidents involving mobile phones. While cell phones are widely used for both personal and professional applications, the technology of cell phones is continually changing as new designs and improved techniques are introduced. As a result of the rapid pace of change, the established guides that provide advice on the application of computer forensics usually do not cover cell phones, especially those with advanced capabilities. This bulletin provides an overview of cell phone forensics and recommends practices for developing appropriate policies and procedures for dealing with the information on cell phones, and for preparing forensic specialists to adopt new techniques when cell phones are involved.
ITL Bulletin -


cell phones, digital forensics, forensics


Radack, S. (2007), Forensic Techniques for Cell Phones, ITL Bulletin, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created June 26, 2007, Updated June 24, 2021