Fix iTunes Error 3194 during Restore

With iOS 7.1  released, thousands of people are trying to update their iPhone’s or iPad’s though iTunes.  One of the most irritating things that can happen, whether updating or trying to restore your device through iTunes is an error code popping up.  The most notorious one is iTunes Error 3194. This error can be fixed but there are several different solutions to the problem. The only way round it is to work through each solution in turn to try to find one that works for you.

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Apple doesn’t give a great deal of help on their support page for iTunes errors, partly because they do not want you to downgrade your firmware and that is where many of the errors pop up.  In fact, even with your SHSH blobs save, if you do upgrade to iOS 7.1, you cannot downgrade and, for those of you that have jailbroken on iOS 7-7.0.6, iOS 7.1 patches the exploits used in the untethered jailbreak.

How to fix iTunes Error 3194

If you are attempting to restore your iPhone or updating through iTunes and this error keep cropping up, most of the time it is easily fixable through the hosts file:

  1. If you use Windows 8, open C:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc/ windows system 32 itunes error 3194
  2. Look for a file called “hosts”  windows system 32
  3. If you use a Mac you will find the file in /etc/
  4. Open up the Hosts file in a text editing software such as Notepad – Windows users may have to right click on Notepad and select Run as Administrator run as admin
  5. You should see this command line at the bottom of the file:
  6. Either remove it completely or type # at the beginning of the line, before the 74
  7. Save the file and attempt to update your device through iTunes again itunes update iphone
  8. The error should now be gone

How to Fix iTunes Error 3194 on a Jailbroken iPhone

If the above doesn’t work, it is likely to be because your iPhone is jailbroken.  That’s where TinyUmbrella comes in:

  1. First off, using TinyUmbrella is part of the fix for the error code appearing when you are downgrading your iPhone. It does work for updating as well though.
  2. Secondly, if you have your SHSH blobs saved, you may be able to downgrade (although not once you have updated to iOS 7.1). TinyUmbrella can be used to save your SHSH blobs.

Here’s how it all works :

  1. Download the iOS 7.1 firmware if you are updating
  2. Download TinyUmbrella [ext link] for Mac or Windows
  3. Connect your iPhone to your PC and shut down iTunes
  4. Open up TinyUmbrella start tss server tinyumbrella
  5. Click on Start TSS Server start tss server tinyumbrella error 3194 itunes
  6. Place your iPhone into DFU mode:
    • Hold down the Power and Home buttons on your iPhone for 10 seconds dfu iphone hard reboot
    • Release the Power Button and continue to hold the Home button for around 15 seconds
    • The screen on your iPhone should remain black and the iPhone enters DFU mode – if the Apple logo appears, start again
  7. iTunes should now be open again and a Device in Recovery Mode message will appear
  8. Windows users hold down SHIFT and click on Restore in iTunes – Mac users press on ALT and click Restore  itunes restore backup
  9. Navigate to the IPSW you downloaded and iTunes will update your iPhone to iOS 7.1 without any error codes appearing.

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  1. hey, im doing this right know! if you guys had any error message, remember to use the last version of tinyumbrella!!!!

  2. following “How to Fix iTunes Error 3194 on a Jailbroken iPhone”
    but get error “11” from iTunes while restoring

  3. is not working for jailbroken ipad 4 world running on ios 7.1.2 with itune 11.4.18, already do all procedure like shown above but still error 3194 while restoring/update….

    somebody help me please…

  4. I have tried doing this to restore iOS 8.1 to iOS 7.1.2 on my iPhone 4S using my Windows desktop…. but it didn’t work :(

  5. When i went to my drivers files they weren’t .file ‘s the were some other type of file. and i deleted then is there anyway to get those files back?
    Please help!

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