My memory card of my work phone got stolen and i want to find out when was it stolen.

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Using the Android SDK. Connect your device (with USB-Debugging enabled) and, at a Terminal enter the following:

$ adb logcat -d > logcat.txt

The -d option tells adb to copy the entire File Log from the Android System. Because you seem to know how UNIX Systems work, I won't explain the rest of the command. A second option (if you are rooted, that is) is to install a Terminal Emulator on your Android device. Open the Terminal Emulator and enter the command:

$ logcat -d > /sdcard/my-log-file.txt

This will do the same as above (except you don't need a computer, and the file saves on your device/SDcard. Feel free to change the " /sdcard/my-log-file.txt " part to anything you like, but I strongly recommend you save it to either your external or internal storage - so in short: Save it to a location you can accsess without # (superuser) permission!

Answer courtesy of @Ankush

  • That only helps if it was removed quite recently, and the device not rebooted since: reboot would flush the log, and being a ring buffer, newer entries overwrite olders after a while. Further: what to look for in the log file to identify the removal of the card? Your post just describes how to dump the log.
    – Izzy
    Dec 12, 2017 at 23:11

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