Perform the complete forensic acquisition of user data stored in iPhone/iPad/iPod devices. Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit allows imaging devices’ file systems, extracting device secrets (passcodes, passwords, and encryption keys) and accessing locked devices via lockdown records.
See Compatible Devices and Platforms for details.
Physical acquisition is the only acquisition method to extract full application data, protected keychain items, downloaded messages and location history. Physical acquisition returns more information compared to logical acquisition due to direct low-level access to data.
Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit supports jailbroken 64-bit devices (iPhone 5s and newer) running most versions of iOS 7 through 12.
iOS Forensic Toolkit supports logical acquisition, a simpler and safer acquisition method compared to physical. Logical acquisition produces a standard iTunes-style backup of information stored in the device, pulls media and shared files and extracts system crash logs. While logical acquisition returns less information than physical, experts are recommended to create a logical backup of the device before attempting more invasive acquisition techniques.
We always recommend using logical acquisition in combination with physical for safely extracting all possible types of evidence.
Quickly extract media files such as Camera Roll, books, voice recordings, and iTunes media library. As opposed to creating a local backup, which could be a potentially lengthy operation, media extraction works quickly on all supported devices. Extraction from locked devices is possible by using a pairing record (lockdown file).
In addition to media files, iOS Forensic Toolkit can extract stored files of multiple apps, extracting crucial evidence without a jailbreak. Extract Adobe Reader and Microsoft Office locally stored documents, MiniKeePass password database, and a lot more. The extraction requires an unlocked device or a non-expired lockdown record.
iOS Forensic Toolkit implements physical acquisition support for jailbroken devices from iPhone 5s through iPhone X/Xs/Xr. Logical acquisition is available for devices without a jailbreak.
The following compatibility matrix applies:
Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit is the only third-party tool on the market to extract information from Apple Watch devices. While experts may attempt creating an iTunes-style backup of the user’s iPhone paired with their Apple Watch, a local backup may not be available if the iPhone is securely locked. Extracting information directly from the Watch allows accessing information even if the iPhone is locked or unavailable. While Apple Watch does not offer standalone iTunes-style backups, experts can still access crash logs and media files including EXIF and location data. A third-party IBUS adapter is required to connect the Watch.
Apple TV devices have no support for iTune-style backups, but may contain a local copy of the user’s entire iCloud Photo Library if the user enabled iCloud Photos in their iCloud account. Since Apple TV does not feature passcode protection, the extraction is possible even if the user’s iPhone is locked down and the iCloud password is unknown. Requires wired connection for Apple TV 4, wireless connection through Xcode for Apple TV 4K.
Logical acquisition is available for all devices regardless or hardware generation and jailbreak status. The device must be unlocked at least once after cold boot; otherwise, the device backup service cannot be started.
Experts will need to unlock the device with passcode or Touch ID, or use a non-expired lockdown file extracted from the user’s computer.
If the device is configured to produce password-protected backups, experts must use Elcomsoft Phone Breaker to recover the password and remove encryption. Elcomsoft Phone Breaker is also required to view keychain records. If no backup password is set, the tool will automatically configure the system with a temporary password (“123”) in order to be able to decrypt keychain items (password will be reset after the acquisition).
Using a lockdown (pairing) record, information can be extracted from locked iOS devices even after power-off or reboot. The following matrix applies to devices running iOS 8 through iOS 12.x:
|Basic device info||Advanced device info||App list||Media||iTunes-style backup|
|Device locked, no lockdown record||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Device never unlocked after reboot, lockdown exists||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Device unlocked after reboot, lockdown exists||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit can extract keychain items including those protected with ThisDeviceOnly attribute, opening investigators access to highly sensitive data such as login/password information to Web sites and other resources (and, in many cases, to Apple ID).
The device must remain unlocked during the entire keychain acquisition process. iOS Forensic Toolkit implements a tool to disable automatic screen lock.
iOS Forensic Toolkit for Mac requires an Intel-based Mac computer running macOS from 10.6 (Snow Leopard) to 10.12 (Sierra) with iTunes 10.6 or later installed.
The Toolkit for Microsoft Windows requires a computer running Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10 with iTunes 10.6 or later installed.
Other versions of Mac OS X, Windows and iTunes might also work but have not been tested.
Logical acquisition includes:
Perform physical and logical acquisition of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. Image device file system, extract device secrets (passwords, encryption keys and protected data) and decrypt the file system image.
Logical acquisition works even with locked devices with unknown passcode if a valid pairing record is available.