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Faced with error 3194 in iTunes while restoring or updating your iPhone or iPad? Needless to worry about the issue as it can be fixed—without breaking much sweat.

So, what could be the reason behind iTunes error 3194? Well, it could be due to multiple reasons like patchy internet connection, invalid iTunes, too sensitive security software and more. Hence, you will have to try out several solutions to troubleshoot error 3194 in iTunes while updating or restoring your iOS device. Let's head over to cut the chase! (Check out this tutorial in case you are facing iTunes error 17 issue.)

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iTunes Error 3194

How to Fix iTunes Error 3194

Solution #1: Force Quit iTunes and Restart Your Computer

Step #1. Right click on the iTunes icon and then select Force iTunes.

Sep #2. Click on Apple menu at the top right corner and then select Restart.

Step #3. Now, restart your computer, launch iTunes and start your work again.

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Solution #2: Update iTunes

Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer. The old version of iTunes might be creating trouble. Hence, upgrade it to the newest version and then try to carry out your task.

Solution #3: Check out “hosts” file

If you are on Mac

Step #1. Open Finder and select Applications → Utilities.

Step #2. Now, open Terminal.

Step #3. Next, you need to type the following command and press return.

sudo nano /private/etc/hosts

Step #4. Next up, you have to enter the password which you use to sign into your computer. Then, press Return.

Step #5. Hosts file will be displayed in Terminal.

Note: Just in case, you don't see a window similar to the one below, you need to ensure you are using a nonblank administrator password.

Step #6. Now, navigate with the use of arrow keys and check out an entry containing “gs.apple.com.”

Note: If you don't find any entry with the gs.apple.com, then the hosts file isn't related to the issue.

Step #7. Next up, you have to add the # symbol and space (“# “) at the starting of the gs.apple.com entry.

Step #8. Now, you need to press Control-O to save the file. Then, press Return when requested for the filename.

Step #9. Up next, press Control-X to exit the editor.

Step #10. Finally, restart your Mac.

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Once your computer has restarted, try to update/restore your iPhone.

If you are on Windows PC

Step #1. First off, you need to swipe in from the right edge of the screen and then tap Search.

Step #2. Next, you have to type run and tap the Run icon.

Just in case you are using a mouse, simply point to the upper-right corner of the screen and move the mouse pointer down. Then click Search>type run and click the Run icon.

Step #3. Now, type %WinDir%\System32\Drivers\Etc in the Open box. Then, tap or click OK.

Step #4. The etc folder will open. Then, you have to double click on the Hosts file to edit it.

Step #5. If you find any entries for “gs.apple.com”, then remove it and save the Hosts file.

Step #6. Next, restart your computer. When it has rebooted, try to restore or update your device.

Solution #4: Disable TCP/IP filtering, firewall, or security software

If there is no entry in the hosts file for “gs.apple.com” and you continue to encounter Error 3194, you need to disable the firewall or anti-virus software on your computer,

They might be preventing iTunes from connecting to Apple servers.

  • Temporarily uninstall your security software. You can contact your internet service provider for more help.
  • Try bypassing your Internet router. Some routers tend to block iTunes from accessing the update server.
  • Just disconnect from the wired or wireless router. Then try to use an Ethernet cable to connect your computer directly to your modem. Restart your computer and modem.

Solution 5: Restore or Upgrade from another Computer

If you continue to face this issue, try to restore or upgrade your device from another computer. Also, try using a different Wi-Fi network.

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I hope these solutions have been able to resolve the problem. As they have worked for me on several occasions, I don't see any reason why they can't click for you as well.

If you know any other trick to fix this issue, feel free to share it with us in the comments below.

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  • Lilly

    My disabled Iphone 5 is fixed!!!!!!!
    TRY THIS if you get Error 3194 when trying to restore your phone. (I never bother with this kind of thing but if I can help someone in my predicament it’s worth the time – I haven’t found this info anywhere on any threads where I searched) I tried everything listed to restore my disabled iphone 5 using itunes but kept getting error 3194. I FINALLY FIXED IT THIS MORNING by using icloud to find and erase my phone remotely from my computer. I had to download Icloud onto my laptop and verify it via my email acc. as I had never used Icloud with my phone. You do need to have “find my phone” turned on within your phone. The phone needs to be on and have access to an internet connection. Once your phone has erased remotely, you then follow the instructions on your phone, put in new password etc and then restore from your Itunes Backup on your computer. You do not need to have backed up to Icloud or even have had icloud on your phone prior to forgetting that damn password. Woohoo.!!!!!! So firstly download and install Icloud on your computer, the info on how to connect to and erase your phone using icloud is on the Apple site. All done with your Apple ID (if you are trying to restore using ITunes you will have one). IT WORKED after countless hours wasted trying everything else.

    • Lydia

      I am trying to figure out how to do this with my ipad 2. As the ipad is on but just shows connect to itunes so therefore doesnt have an internet connection. Does that mean I am unable to use this method?

  • Roan Patrick

    Im not allowed to save the file?

  • Rinku

    hello guys? i am phase 3194 error ?? when i downgrade ios 9 to ios 8 then come this error ???? can you tell me that how it fix (for iphone 6)

    • Neacsu Viorel

      have you fixxed that problem beacause y have the same problem

  • devesh

    doesnt works at al

  • safeet


  • R.P. Comunication Ltd

    i am trying many times but it’s not working. help me please….

  • Billie Leonard

    This is great. Changing the host file worked great for me. Thank you!

  • Lahiru

    I’ve tried to restore iPhone 4, but I’ve end up with 3194 error, I have tried everything, still no luck. I’m stuck in recovery mode. Can anyone guide me…..

  • Baber Siddiqui

    sorry Bro but it still giving errot 3194. plzzzzzz resolve this problem

  • Jake

    My IPhone 4 is un-jailbroken, but for some reason cydia is still there after updating its ios. I’ve tried to factory reset it, but nothing works. Plz Help.

  • josh

    All my attempts to restore even with snowbreeze had failed until disabling anti-virus and anti spyware realtime protection programs.

    • inderpal singh

      Bro r u getting error 3194 while updating using itunes,are u doing it in dfu mode or just simply connecting it

  • Newton Shah

    nice inforation but my iphone still showing this 3194 error?

  • Russ Lehman

    Thank you. I tried to upgrade my jailborken iphone 4 using itunes, got the 3194 error, then tried to do the OTA upgrade, which put it into a boot loop, and again got 3194 when trying to reset with itunes. The hosts file edit was no help, but I was able to get the phone into a state where itunes would factory reset, install upgrade and restore.

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  • Pandermatt

    thanks, you made my day

  • anon

    for my case, I tried to downgrade IOS 7 TO 6 WITH ITUNES 11 INSTALLED. Then I got this shitty error. editing host file did not work neither was that line there. But it did work as I installed back itunes latest and restore. it sux, but that’s how it is

  • anon

    If you tried to downgrade an ios and got this error, try upgrading itunes and try restore again. Forget about the downgrade of iOS for a while

  • Sgt_Sanders

    I have a iphone 5s with ios 8.1.3 and i didnt have the 74 ip in host file, but i stil cant downgrade to 8.1.2 to jailbreak. HELP!

  • Ali

    i have windows 7 my device is 5S IOS 7.1.1

  • Ali

    actually my host file is not broken even there is no such ip …..
    but give me the 3194 error for this reason i format my PC but remains the same error… i suffering a lot with this error i don’t know what to do ?? :(

  • ishu

    well i do have an iphone 5 its on ios 6.1.4 jailbreaked an i just want to restore on ios 6.1.4 will you help me out to restore on ios 6.1.4 i got and error 3194

  • catarossi

    hello! i have an iPhone 5 iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak, can iOS 8.1.1 to iOS 6.1.4? i love it iOS 6! :(

    • Austin M

      … wow … (cough)worst ui ever(cough)

  • kadmus

    i have tried all possible methods i could think off or that i could find on the internet first i got error 3194 so i got ireb and tiny umbrella i managed to follow all instructions to the letter and now i have error 1601 even tho i disabled my antivirus software.. can you please help me i have a jailbroken iphone 5 vers 6.0.2 and im trying to update to latest software.. maybe there is something i missed?

  • Maisam Merhant

    Thanks for the hosts thing. It worked. TO edit HOSTS in windows 8.1. Follow below.
    Search for notepad. right click notepad and run as administrator.
    go to file>open>select the hosts file>edit the file>save>TADAAAAA!!!!!

    • jeber

      gile luh..

  • Moe

    I have a disabled iphone 4s with a broken power button. I held the home button and plugged it in to get it in recovery mode but then I get error 3194. The hosts file for me does not have that line so I cant use that. For tiny umbrella I cant put it in DFU mode because of no power button. I searched up how to do it without a power button and it says download redsn0w and connect it to itunes and restore with a DFU backup. When I try to do that I get the error 3194 again.
    Basically I am in a continuous loop because of the broken power button. Are there any fixes?

  • Yacinex Barka

    solution for TinyUmbrella showing black screen like in my case

    Replace the file in: C:/”Your username”/.shsh/.cache/lib-win.jar by this one:http://bit.ly/1wieqfX. I had the same problem. It works. (In my case windows 7 home premium 32bits + itunes 12 + java JDK 7u71)

    You can thank Drake:

    • lilo

      thanks solutions,…its work,..

    • Baijed

      tnx u, It 100% works for me

      • Arnulfo Sulla

        how you do that?

    • Arnulfo Sulla

      i cant see the file

  • Haseeb Iqbal

    I can’t downgrade that means i have to remove jailbreak because my iphone is tooo laggy

  • Haseeb Iqbal

    i dont have that line in hosts

  • hardeep

    how to download tiny umbrlla

    • adeel

      right on google download tiny umbrlla

  • Chby

    How did you do it?

    • LorenzoDeldro

      Right click the file you are trying to get administration to, click “properties”, click the “Security” tab, click “Edit…”, allow Full control for all selections.

  • Eddie

    Where does one purchase a keyboard with a “restore” key? I downloaded the file i needed but all i can see in tinyumbrella is that it finds a DFU device. Nothing else.

    • Yuvrajwadhwani

      What are you trying to achieve? Maybe I can help.

    • Noone

      You click the restore button in iTunes, not press a button on the keyboard.

    • Allengia

      You can try Tenorshare ReiBoot to put your iPhone into Recovery Mode to fix this.
      Totally for free and straightforward. My personal experience is that ReiBoot is excellent on entering and exiting recovery mode.

  • Paul Naylor

    Okay, here is the perfect solution: unplug your iPhone, chuck it out of the window, but remove sim card first, put your coat on drive into town, go to your local phone shop, and purchase an Android phone, there is too much, messing about with i phones and i pad, these devices are restricted by apple and i quote ‘and are extremely expensive’.. How apple have the audacity to charge huge amounts of money, for these things, is beyond all sense of reasoning. Android is cheaper and you can use it freely without any apple style restrictions.

    • Martin

      Oh shut up you sad Android git!
      People buy iphones because they have enough plastic in their wallets, and don’t want an even shittier piece of plastic in their pocket!!

      • Paul Naylor

        Oh shut up you sad Android git!
        People buy iphones because they have enough plastic in their wallets, and don’t want an even shittier piece of plastic in their pocket!!

        who the hell wants something that, you can only use the way apple want you to use it, too much faffing around, not to mention the restrictions on the devices, imposed by apple. Bill Gates himself had a go with an i pad, and he clearly stated “there are alternatives out there, use them, apple do not allow you to customize anything. Apple need to rethink, their methods carefully, you pay big money for something that you use the way they want you to use, if I’m going to buy something, i want to use it for myself, as well and be able to personalize it to my choice, you can only download music from iTunes, apps from app store. I used to have a 4s and i got sick of all the cocking around.

      • Ryan Memmott

        Oh-oh, don’t be pissing off the Apple cult, they will cut you with their words.

  • Andres Salazar

    Im stuck at 7.0.4, when i try to update via itunes, the error 3194 pop up right after saying “preparing the ipad for the update” and then when i try the tinyumbrella method, it doesnt do anything just keeps loading with the phrase “preparing ipad for the update”, i have a jailbroken ipad with the ios mentioned above

    • Yuvrajwadhwani

      You can’t update a jailbroken device, only restore it. Take a backup, put your device in DFU and restore. It would work.

      • Haseeb Iqbal

        I have a jailbroken device iphone 4 running ios 7.1.2 i cant restore it on ios 6.1.3 because of error 3914 and there is no fix for it

    • George

      same problem! I am chosing Restore but still itunes shows preparing ipad for the update and hang, waited like 15 minutes for it .. still the same

  • Alvin Legaspi

    3194 iTunes error while restoring iPhone 4,
    tried all post here but doesn’t help, that system32 thing also,
    I also try 6.x and 7.x IPSW and in DFU mode but error keeps on popping up.
    Now my iPhone was stuck at iTunes logo.
    Anyone can help???

    • Prateek

      same problem mine with iphone 4s restore ios7 from ios8

      • Yuvrajwadhwani

        You can’t downgrade your iOS without significant tinkering. There is no known method for downgrading from iOS8 to iOS 7 as of now, so the error you got is expected.

    • Yuvrajwadhwani

      1. Put your device in DFU mode.
      2. Restore to the latest iOS version. If you don’t, you will get a 3194 error.
      Reply to this comment if you still need help

      • hardeep

        plz help i did every thing but sitll get no sol iphone 4s jailbroken and using Rsim

        • Yuvraj

          which firmware are you trying to restore to?

          • narin

            how can to downgrade from IOS 8.1.2 to IOS 7.1.1?
            pls guide me

          • There is no way to downgrade from iOS 8.1.2 to iOS 7.1.1

  • eliza

    just tried to restore my Iphone 4 on windows xp but 3194 error keeps popping up and im using administrator and I think im in the latest version of iTunes 11 any tips

    • Yuvrajwadhwani

      What iOS are you trying to restore to?

  • Hi. Can you be a little more specific? What were you trying to open?

  • Acik Ronaldz

    can someone help me.. i can downgrade my iphone 4 from ios 7.1.2 to 6… itunes keep error 3194.. someone can help me ???

    # Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.


    # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.


    # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each

    # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should

    # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.

    # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one

    # space.


    # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual

    # lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.


    # For example:


    # rhino.acme.com # source server

    # x.acme.com # x client host

    # localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.

    # localhost

    # ::1 localhost

    this is my host file

    • Hi. If you mean you “can’t” downgrade, that is true. Apple doesn’t let you downgrade from iOS 7.x to iOS 6 anymore.

  • Leeness

    I don’t have permission to save in this location. Contact the administrator to obtain permission. I AM THE ADMIN!!!

    • Try running iTunes in Administrator mode. Not sure of how get to do that
      in Windows but there must be a right-click option that does it?

  • user

    thank you very much! it worked!

  • Will Sieracki

    I’m trying to downgrade from ios 7.1 to 7.0.6. and I’ve put my iPhone 4s in dfu mode, and that didn’t work. Also, there is no gs.apple.com” in my hosts file. Any help?

    • If there’s no line like that, you might have to add it and try. Also, downgrades are being actively prevented by Apple when you use the latest version of iTunes.

    • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

      Apple is not signing 7.0.6 so no way to downgrade.

      Even with SHSH,the iPhone 4S can not be downgraded.Also,SHSH are useless on iOS 7 even for the only downgradable device,the iPhone 4.And to make things worse,iTunes 11.1,which you need for iOS 7,breaks custom downgrades completly

  • Paul Harrison

    Im hoping someone may be able to help me, I have an iPad Mini (wifi) on ios 7.0.2 and I wanted to use the evasi0n 7 Jailbreak but it advises to restore on iTunes as there was known issues with over the air updates when running the jailbreak. I downloaded iOS 7.0.2/7.0.3/7.0.4/7.0.6 and changed the file extension to .ipsw. I held down shift (Windows) when pressing the restore button in iTunes and selected an .ispw file and it extracted the software but then displayed the error 3194 code. So I deleted the contents of my hosts file and pasted a fresh one I had copied from Microsoft and saved the hosts file and then re-ran the restore and again after the software extraction it came up with an error 3194 so I continued to read advise on forums and decided to give tinyumbrella a go but this didn’t work either. I then decided to just run the evasi0n 7 jailbreak (v1.0.7) and this appeared to be going good but didn’t install the cydia icon so I continued to read and watch youtube videos and I tried (v1.0.2) as this worked for one youtuber but this just caused the iPad to get stuck on the logo screen. I can get it into DFU mode and restore it in iTunes but this will update me to iOS 7.1 and I don’t want to do this. MY QUESTION IS…(Q) Is there a way to restore my iPad mini from one of the .ipsw files I have got saved on my computer successfully without iTunes flagging up any errors like (3194/11/17….etc)

    • This is a dead-end now. If your iPad is stuck at the logo (boot), you
      can only restore it to iOS 7.1 (iOS 7.1.1 now). The reason you were
      getting errors with the IPSW files is because starting from iTunes 11,
      Apple stopped letting you do the manual restore (Shift+restore) to
      install an older iOS. Sorry.

  • amir

    where do you fine the name hosts on window

    • If you’re running Windows XP, 7 or 8, the location of
      hosts file is this: C:/Windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts. In Win 7/8,
      you have to right click on hosts and Run as Administrator. Or open
      Notepad and open the hosts file from within Notepad. When you edit this
      file, it gets saved only when you run as administrator.

  • Slowly Ascending

    Please can you help me, still cant get this to work. I’m trying to update jailbroken iphone 4s from IOS 5.1 to IOS 7.0.6 still getting the same error. tried both but same error comes up

    • Your best bet would be to put your iPhone in DFU or Recovery manually.
      And then try to update via iTunes. One more thing you could do is Reset
      All Settings before you DFU+Restore.

      • Slowly Ascending

        I tried DFU mode and im getting error 11. Tried on another computer and usb and still the same error. i reset all settings of the device and still the same error. What am I missing?

        • Uh oh. Try using an older version of iTunes (10.x) and repeat the process.

        • Paul Harrison

          I have an error 3194 problem. I find that error 11 only came up with me if I had tiny umbrellas server running, if I turn that off iTunes throws error 3194 back at me again.

          • jstclownin

            this is happening to me also.. i have a jailbroken iphone 4s on ios 5.1 trying to upgrade to ios 7.1.2 but itunes 11 doesnt let me and itunes 10 says cant connect to server. anyone have a solution??

          • You’ll need to use iTunes 12.0.1 (the latest as of now). And get the right IPSW file for your iPhone 4s, iOS 7.1.2 from ipsw.me. Then, do a Shift+Restore.

  • Jerry

    when i opentiny umbrella it shows cannot start tss service
    do not try restoring device
    hosts is not writable.
    plzzzzzzzzzz sumone help me
    i want to downgrade ios 7.1 to 6.1.3

    • Unfortunately, downgrading to 6.1.3 is not possible.In fact, you can’t even downgrade to 7.0.x from 7.1.

  • said abdi

    when i put it on dfu mode and restore then i get 4014 any ideas how to fix it i have iphone 4s??

  • Neeraj Joshi

    hey, what if theres no hosts name??

    • You can try going into DFU mode and restoring your device (have a backup before you do that).

      Or, manually edit the hosts file. Add this line to the last: gs.apple.com

  • moe el

    nothin workin , i have iphone 4 non jailbroken running ios 7.1 and i tried everything and not workin, just wanna downgrade to ios 7.0.6 and i get the 3194 error , any solution ?

  • Israel

    pl how can i fix error 1600 in restoring new firmware??

  • Mike Salvaty

    I got passed the 3194 error to a 33 error….HELP!! iPhone 5.

  • VonHollde

    I had this problem

    I tried everything with no results, so I plugged the ipad on another usb port (the ones at the back on my cpu) and cleaned the host file. Then I restored the ipad using a downloaded ipsw. It worked! Leaving this here just in case, It may help someone

  • Cari Dunn

    When I try to save the host file (On Windows computer) it says access denied..How do I gain access to change it? I’m the administrator, but I still cant do it. Please help.

    • joey

      did you find your awnser?

    • Yuvrajwadhwani

      Its been a while since you posted, but try saving the file to the desktop and then pasting it again in the hosts folder. Overwrite the older file like that, it works.

    • hardeep

      same prob wt to do

  • Richard Stone

    Hi, I’ve been trying to remove the line gs.apple.com from the host file. I’ve started Notepad in Admin mode and manually opened the hosts file. I can add and remove anything I want accept the gs.apple.com line. It will automatically be re-added by itunes! I am stuck! Any suggestions?

    • Try commenting out this line by adding a “#” (without quotes).. it’s
      mostly iTunes overwriting the file. if the problem persists, you might
      have to use TinyUmbrella.

  • Kimcai

    Help!!! i want upgrade my ipad 2 to ios 5.1.1 but it say ERROR 3194,i alr try find tis gs.apple.com but dun hve! so how?

    • At the moment, you can’t upgrade to 5.1.1. You can only upgrade to iOS 7.0.4 if you’re using the latest version of iTunes.

  • icraze

    To iGeek blog

    i have an iphone 4, it was jaikbreak on ios 6.1.2 but recently i upgraded to 7.0.4 and did jailbreak as well but didnt like it. so i hav downgraded it to ios 5.1.1 non jailbreak. now im trying my iphone 4 to upgrade to back to ios 6.1.2 but im unable to do this through itune, redsnow and tiny umbrella. getting errors….. itune error 4104, tiny cant detect my iphone, redsnow is failed to do this……. can you give any idea what should work for me to do this ?

    • Upgrading to 6.1.2 (or any version below 7) seems to throw up errors.
      Did you try commenting out the hosts file? I think you will have to
      upgrade to 7.0.4.

      • icraze

        Well I know I can upgrade to 7.0.4 and can jailbreak too as I did before. But do you anything that I can upgrade it to iOS 6 from 5.1.1. I did comment in host file still didn’t work and I tried with tiny but why doesn’t tiny detect my iPhone ?

  • Harman

    hey just turn off find my iphone from icloud then restore.

    it will work

  • Mina Samir

    my “hosts” file has no gs.apple.com” dunno what to do :(
    I try to downgrad from iOS 7.0.4 to iOS 7.0
    On iPad mini

  • Chickyn Praew

    Thankyou so much!!! lol
    It’s working! I did everyway to resolve but its not
    I love you<3
    [Mine :: iphone 5/Jailbroken 6.1 will to 7.0.3 ^^]

  • Harper

    I’m using the TinyUmbrella method, but nothing happens after iTunes says “Preparing this iPhone for Restore” I get the spinning bars loading, and then the “fill-up” loading bar. It loads all the way and just stays there. Nothing happens. What can I do?

    • Brian

      When it gets to this point, try running DiskAid

  • Allison collins

    The host name keeps changing to the default host name, what do i do?

    • Can you be a little more specific about which method you used? Did you try commenting out the line with a ‘#’ before it?

  • Lou Brown

    Hi there,I want to sell my iphone 4 gsm,that means restoring to factory settings,I didn’t save shsh blobs when jailbreaking with redsnow (latest) on 6.0 firmware.I am now pressuming there is no way back without shsh blobs,after hours of trying all the fixes on the tinternet I’m stuck,if you can help that would be appreciated,thanks.

    • Unfortunately, without saved blobs, there’s no way back.

    • Lou Brown

      Thanks for the quick response.
      Just as I figured then,I was in doubt as to whether re-jailbreaking would save more blobs.Anyway it can stay as it is.

  • Kevin Lee Mcmahon

    I will paypal someone $25 if they can help walk me through a restore on my passcode locked iphone 5 i do no believe it was ever jailbroken has 6.?.? on it. i have a hard time getting it into restore mode cant seem to do it twice in a row on any device, just reboots instead of the itunes logo coming on if you can help me skype sargerevenge my cousin manages a strip club, found the phone made announcement, nobody ever claimed it after a few months so he gave it to me in a trade. i have restored a 4s same situation with no problems not sure why i cant get itunes to do a restore on this. skype sargerevenge or email sargerevenge@gmail.com

  • Julius Mwewa

    When i use the tss method it gets stuck trying to restore to 6.1 on an ipad 3,1 WiFi

  • # TeamCeltic F.C

    There isn’t any gs files.

  • Yahya Nothezai Yahya

    just install hotspot sheild and activet it than try to restor iphone

  • justcause

    for host file method to get it work, after saving the new change u must restart itunes immediately before making the restore, and make sure your device on DFU mode, i just updated my iphone 5 to ios 7.0.2 and get rid of this annoying error.

  • justcause

    for host file method to get it work, after saving the new changes u must restart itunes immediately before making the restore, and make sure your device on DFU mode, i just updated my iphone 5 to ios 7.0.2 and get rid of this annoying error.

  • asdsad

    i got error 4014 … any ideas ?

  • Adam Saleh

    Best way to fix this error:

    1) before connecting iPhone to itune, make sure the phone is in DFU mood (you’ll see on the phone screen a usb wire with itune connected)

    2) connect iphone to itune and do the restore and update again.

    It should work that way. At least for me i have tried to do everything and did not work but this meth i came up with fore sure worked.

    • ios7

      sir you are genius! thanks, it sure worked for me.

  • Faisal Abu Rayhan

    Hi All,

    I went crazy because of this issue on my iPhone 4S & 5! I have done all suggestion given from entire internet (e,g: download latest iTunes, remove gs.apple.com from hosts file, remove antivirus/malware, use tiny umbrella, etc etc) but all of them failed in Windows machine!

    Finally I found the solution is restore using Mac and everything go very smooth without any extra effort -just plug the iPhone & click restore- everyting went very smooth including verification step which I got the error 3194 in my Windows machine.

    So anyone desperate because of this issue better save your time by restore using Mac.

  • alex

    my “hosts” file has no gs.apple.com” dunno what to do :(

    • Are you trying to upgrade/downgrade? And from where to where (in terms of iOS firmware version)

      • Revanne Bachtiar

        hey i have the same problem as alex. I tried to upgrade my device from 6.1.3 to iOS 7 but i always get error 3194 :( what to do?

        • ravi kang

          DFU mode bypasses the current OS installed and allows you to upgrade or downgrade your OS. If you are getting errors trying to restore in iTunes, DFU mode is very likely for you.

          Entering DFU Mode

          Plug your device into your computer.

          Turn off the device.

          Hold the Power button for 3 seconds

          Hold the Home button without releasing the Power button for 10 seconds

          Release the Power Button but keep holding the Home button

          Keep holding the Home button until you are alerted by iTunes saying that it has detected a device in Recovery Mode

          Make sure the device screen is blank and no logos are present

          • Revanne Bachtiar

            It;s still cant work :(
            and the bad thing is, my phone wont out exit from DFU mode.
            I tried to press the power button + home button then my phone went off and i press again the power button and it comes back to the I-tunes and USB logo T_T what to do???

          • Adriannan Nonyo

            My phone turned into a paper weight also, so in case someone else is reading this I held down the power button and the home button and it turned back on.

          • Mikhaela Ayana Estabillo

            then after that what should I do now?

          • nicky889

            Mine still isn’t working, I’ve tried the above and editing the hosts, even tried disabling the anti virus… help please

      • Kazimierz Wszolek

        i have the same problem mine dosent say gs.apple.com??
        wat do i do here?

  • Orr.Penn.18

    TinyUmbrella method works like a charm! :) Thank you kind sir!

  • Cristian Gondiu

    I have iphone 4 and 5.1.1

    now tje latest version is the IOS 7( official version )

    IS possible to upgrade my iphone to 6.x.x ( i want to 6.1.3)

    also my iphone is jailbroken ..

    • Christos Kalfas

      Id like to know the answer to this also, i have a 4s Jailbroken, trying to go to 6.1.2, but i read in Sauriks post in the TSS Server section of Cydia that he made a mistake when he wrote the software for saving our shsh’s and APtickets, instead of his software requesting full apticket digest, it only requested a partial digest, therefore all the shsh’s saved on his server from our devices were useless and invalid(Corrupt) so unless you physically saved an old SHSH you cannot downgrade on A5+ devices, but if ur on A4- devices i.e iphone 4 ipod 4g, then you can do it.
      But if anyone else has a solution, id love to hear it, but i doubt its possible

  • Jorge Eduardo Reyes Aguilar

    Windows wont allow me to save the host file, and i;m the administrator. Know why?

    • Wobbly1958

      Right click on Notepad then “open as administrator” then navigate to the directory. Remember to “open all files” not just .txt

  • i had iphone 4 factory unlock for futher application i had jailbreak but i dont need that anymore and want to remove that jailbreak and turn into old version(factory unlock) plz help what should i do…even i had done restore then error comes n if i do reset then it just round the loading….what should i do now…error 3194…do whatever u say…but not work after restore will my sim work

  • Patrick

    Whether jailbroken, dfu mode, recover mode, nothing work, and iTunes 11, and 11.2 is a smart software that can recognize any mode. The server for 6.1.2, and up is closed, and Umbrella cannot find any server only SHSH blobs that are not useful in new iPhone 5 firmware, or any updated iPhone to new firmware. Apple tricked people in version 6.1 claiming that there is a battery leek and that is a dump trick, because batteries cannot be fixed in software, only by changing them. Nothing can be done, until people working in Apple leek us some tricks to downgrade our iPhones, and error 3194 is an upgrade issue not a host line. Don’t play with host file or try on another machine, nothing works. Moreover, iTunes cannot read Firmware 6.1 and up correctly, and I discovered this on Jailbroken, and non Jailbroken devices. It leaves many free apps behind without uploading to your iDevice. You need iFunbox to upload the other free apps, or purchased ones with your Apple ID.

  • Patrick

    I discovered another issue related to my previous comment, and that is; Apple does not allow you to edit your app email address on any app from Apple Manager. This happened to me when I forgot my security questions, they did not allow me to download my apps, and all my purchased apps are gone. These people are materialistic, and do not care about customer support. I advice everyone to sell his iPhone like me, and by any android machine he or she likes. Believe me you are going to have a big headache and waste hundreds of hours on Apple stupid machines.

  • decu

    Nice 1. Perhaps you can tell us how to regain the wi-fi? As the one on mine seems not to work. Thanks anyway as the 1st method worked.

  • haroon

    I did my iphone jailbreak. it was working 5 days. after 5 days I remove some software from cydia but my mobile going to restart every 4 secand? please tell me the solution this?

    • I guess you removed something important along the way. Looks like you’re in a bit of a fix. Here’s what I’d recommend: 1) first try rejailbreaking your iDevice. 2) if that doesn’t work, go ahead and restore your firmware through iTunes. You’ll lose the data if you haven’t backed up in a while. Unfortunately, that seems to be the only way out if the restart loop keeps happening even if you connect your iPhone to the computer.

  • disqus_ryAw4ByLgl

    Will this enable me to update my newly bought ipod touch 4, with firmware 4.3.5 to 5.1.1? Or do I need shsh blobs…

  • Aiyush

    I tried both methods. I have a jailbroken Ipad 2 Wifi with 5.1.1. I wish to update it to 6.1.1 using my ipsw file. If I use itunes, I get the 3194 error with or without commenting the address to the apple server. Using the latest version of TinyUmbrella, I started the TSS server. I then open itunes and shift+click on the update. Now I get error 11.

    • Dhruv Shukla

      get the same error help

      • ajengc

        i have the same problem too, please help

        • Justin Evans

          Same issue here, any solutions yet??

          • if you get itunes error 11, it mostly means there’s something going awry
            with the SHSH blobs. unfortunately, at this moment, there’s a lot of
            issue with firmware upgrades/downgr
            ades in ios 6. we’ll keep u posted when there’s a workaround.

        • Carminbook

          Same error here :-(

          • Bum_masta

            so what abbout now? how can it be fixed?

    • suria

      very simple, make sure your apple divice is in full power battery. just try!

    • Bum_masta

      lol, so how can it be fixed?

  • Fred

    Thanks bro. First method for updating iOS worked!

  • disqus_Mvs5bf5No4

    I got error 1604 after doing shift+restore. I have a ipod touch 4g 4.3.3, jailbreak & has a cydia. Im trying to unjailbreak it or just restore. Any help? I got error 1604 and error 3194.

  • el

    In saving the hosts file, you need to save with this method.

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  • Zak

    This fix worked perfectly. Thank you very much for your help.

  • George Hany

    i Downloaded a The Iphone4s 6.0.1 from a site that should work and downloaded it Full 912mb and when i tried to restore my mobile to update it it just said 3194 error and i am stuck there!! anyy Suggestions? It was a jailbroken Untethered 5.1.1 Iphone 4s!!

  • you can do it, of course.

  • Gareth Gardner

    Thanks a lot, my 74.200 number was slightly different and was 1 line above the bottom. But the hash tag worked a treat. Many thanks again x

  • i get error 1600 when going from 4.1 – 5.0 or 5.1….any ideas?

  • ahmed

    Thx a lot the way of TinyUmbrella is working but after that it give me that error (an unknown ERROR HAS OCCURRED (11) ) could you help with that ??

    • rahul247rocks

      update your iTunes.

      • chase

        you can’t shift+restore with iTunes11, can you?