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Guidelines on Cell Phone Forensics



Wayne Jansen, Richard Ayers


[Superseded by SP 800-101 Rev. 1 (May 2014):] Forensic specialists periodically encounter unusual devices and new technologies outside of traditional computer forensics. Cell phones are an emerging area with such characteristics. The objective of this guide is twofold: to help organizations evolve appropriate policies and procedures for dealing with cell phones, and to prepare forensic specialists to contend with new circumstances involving cell phones, when they arise. This guide provides an in-depth look into cell phones and explains associated technologies and their effect on the procedures followed by forensic specialists. It also discusses procedures for the preservation, acquisition, examination, analysis, and reporting of digital information present on cell phones, as well as available forensic software tools that support those activities.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-101
Report Number


computer forensics, cell phones, digital evidence


Jansen, W. and Ayers, R. (2007), Guidelines on Cell Phone Forensics, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created May 29, 2007, Updated June 24, 2021