Elcomsoft Phone Viewer: A Fully Featured iPhone Backup Viewer

In the world of mobile forensics, there is no lack of analytic tools. Ranging from free and unusable to fully featured, comprehensive all-in-one packages, these mobile forensic tools can do everything from imaging smartphone data to building comprehensive connections charts across devices and users.

There is nothing wrong with using one of those packages. However, fully realizing their potential requires investing significant time and resources to learn properly using them. This might be fine if you work for a dedicated mobile forensic lab, but for those one-off investigations, the investment is not worth the while.

This is why we employed a very different approach. Instead of packing complex analytic features that only a few chosen ones will ever use, we built a tool that deliberately goes back to basics.

Elcomsoft Phone Viewer https://www.elcomsoft.com/epv.html is a simple and lightweight iPhone backup viewer tool offering the ability to explore smartphone data extracted from a wide range of devices. The tool supports all essential features including browsing, searching and filtering, and comes with a built-in media gallery to view images and video clips extracted from mobile devices. Embedded geolocation tags are supported, allowing Elcomsoft Phone Viewer to plot the user’s location history on a map.

The tool supports all types of local and cloud backups produced by iOS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 10 Mobile devices that can be extracted with other ElcomSoft tools. In a sense, Elcomsoft Phone Viewer is a perfect companion for Elcomsoft Phone Breaker, an iPhone backup extractor tool that acquires and decrypts smartphone backups.

What exactly can Elcomsoft Phone Viewer display? Elcomsoft Phone Viewer shows everything that’s typically stored in phone backups. It displays address books and individual contacts, text messages and iMessages, call logs, tasks, notes and calendars. We’ve already mentioned photos and videos along with geolocation tags. In addition, it shows device data such as IMEI, serial number, account info (Apple ID, Microsoft Account and such), email accounts and so on. A small but useful feature is the ability to display deleted text messages (SMS) and iMessages from iOS backups.

When performing an investigation, information about the suspect’s whereabouts during a given time period is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle. Location information is stored in EXIF tags that accompany every image captured with the smartphone (if the option to save location information was enabled). Elcomsoft Phone Viewer automatically identifies and extracts location tags, plotting the suspect’s location history on a map. These historic location charts are extremely handy for investigations.

Elcomsoft Phone Viewer comes with a downloadable evaluation version. Get Elcomsoft Phone Viewer at https://www.elcomsoft.com/epv.html

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