It is surely a good habit to back up your iPhone to your computer through iTunes and created an iTunes backup file. However, the iTunes backup file is not readable and it does not allow direct access to certain data like messages, contacts, notes or photos. Unless you restore your iPhone from the iTunes backup, there is no possibility for reading iPhone text messages.
Fortunately, there is a piece of iPhone data recovery software named iFonebox which is professional and fast at extracting all the text messages from your iTunes backup file selectively. No need to restore your iPhone, no need to worry about data overwriting. Just a couple of clicks, you will be able to access the text messages saved in the iTunes backup file on computer.
> Install and run the iFonebox on your computer.
Note: iFonebox is available for both Windows and Mac, please choose the right version to download and install.
> Connect your iPhone to your computer.
> Click “Start” after your iPhone is recognized by iFonebox.
Note: If your iPhone is not recognized by iFonebox, please make sure you have trusted this computer on your iPhone.
> Choose Messages to scan and export selectively by clicking on the icon of Messages app from the interface listing all the supported data categories.
> The data scanning and analyzing process may take quite a while if you have a large stock of messages on your iPhone.
> After the scanning process is completed, all the messages will be exported and presented in a list. Please select the items you want and transfer to your computer by clicking on the button of “Recover to Computer”.