Forensic Analysis of the Snapchat iOS App with Spectacles-Synced Artifacts

Logan VanPutte, Gokila Dorai, Andrew Clark IV, Rayna Mock, Josh Brunty

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The Spectacles wearable smart glasses device from Snapchat records snaps and videos for the Snapchat service. A Spectacles device can sync data with a paired smartphone and upload recorded content to a user’s online account. However, extracting and analyzing data from a Snapchat app is challenging due to the disappearing nature of the media. Very few commercial tools are available to obtain data from Snapchat apps. This chapter focuses on the extraction and analysis of artifacts from Snapchat and, specifically, Spectacles devices paired with Apple iPhones. A methodology is presented for forensically imaging Apple iPhones before and after critical points in the Spectacles and Snapchat pairing and syncing processes. The forensic images are examined to reveal the effects of each step of the pairing process. Several photos, videos, thumbnails and metadata files originating from Spectacles devices were obtained and tied to specific times, devices and locations. The research provides interesting insights into evidence collection from Spectacles devices paired with Apple iPhones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Digital Forensics XVIII- 18th IFIP WG 11.9 International Conference, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsGilbert Peterson, Sujeet Shenoi
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783031100772
StatePublished - 2022
Event18th IFIP WG 11.9 International Conference on Digital Forensics, 2022 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jan 3 2022Jan 4 2022

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume653 IFIP
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X


Conference18th IFIP WG 11.9 International Conference on Digital Forensics, 2022
CityVirtual, Online


  • evidence
  • iOS apps
  • iPhones
  • Snapchat
  • Spectacles
  • Wearable devices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management


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