The other type of device to deal with that is burn in nature is the smartphone device. These devices can range in operating system support, but the most popular is the Android OS. These devices can be processed in forensics rather successfully with a few changes in strategy.
First you need to make sure the device is enabled for connection to a PC through the debugging protocols in the device. These are typically found under development settings. Depending on the age of the device you might have to bring out the development settings by activating an Easter egg on the device.
Here is a great YouTube video that demonstrates this:
After that is activated on the device typically Windows will be able to see the device. However, that doesn’t mean that you always have it that easy. A lot of times the plan provider will have modified drivers for their burn phones. So for example a Samsung Phone from a primary telecom provider will not work with the same drivers as a Samsung phone for a burn phone provider. You cannot have both drivers installed at the same time so you will need to uninstall the default primary drivers. Then go to the burn phone provider’s site and download the specific drivers for your device. In our lab we maintain a separate machine to only work on burn phones that we do not do the default driver installs so the machine is only getting the specific ones from the burn providers.
Once drivers are in place you are good to go in processing the device like any other Android OS phone.