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Guidelines on Mobile Device Forensics



Richard Ayers, Sam Brothers, Wayne Jansen


Mobile device forensics is the science of recovering digital evidence from a mobile device under forensically sound conditions using accepted methods. Mobile device forensics is an evolving specialty in the field of digital forensics. This guide attempts to bridge the gap by providing an in-depth look into mobile devices and explaining technologies involved and their relationship to forensic procedures. This document covers mobile devices with features beyond simple voice communication and text messaging capabilities. This guide also discusses procedures for the validation, preservation, acquisition, examination, analysis, and reporting of digital information. [Supersedes SP 800-101 (March 2007):]
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-101 Rev 1
Report Number
800-101 Rev 1


cell phone forensics, forensic tools, mobile devices, mobile device forensics, mobile device tools, smart phones


Ayers, R. , Brothers, S. and Jansen, W. (2014), Guidelines on Mobile Device Forensics, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 17, 2024)
Created May 14, 2014, Updated June 24, 2021