Fix Error 3194 In iTunes During iPhone Firmware Restore

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Many of our readers have told us that they encounter error 3194 in iTunes during firmware restore on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Upon researching we found out that most people face this issue when upgrading or downgrading firmware. Here in this post we will teach you how to fix error 3194 permanently.

There are a couple of scenarios in which you can encounter error 3194 in iTunes. Mostly people need to fix error 3194 when they are using unsigned software. Unsigned software means that you have created a custom ipsw which you will manually load on your device as well as software which Apple stops signing after a newer version is released. Therefore the second scenario in which you encounter error 3194 will be when you're trying to downgrade iOS device to any older firmware. Sometimes, its simply there because there an issue with the hosts file on your computer if you have ever modified it. One of the major reasons why error 3194 popped up was a bug in the backend of Cydia's server. Since Cydia is ramping down its SHSH cache server, its likely that you might need an error 3194 fix just because of that.

Apple doesn't allow downgrading of firmware. However if you save SHSH blobs of iOS firmware, even if Apple stops signing it and releases many new updates after that, you'll still be able to downgrade back to it provided you have saved the SHSH blobs. This method has worked flawlessly up till now but might not work in the future as we have previously reported that downgrading from iOS 5 might be impossible.

That aside, let's teach you the various methods of how to fix iTunes error 3194 when restoring or downgrading iOS firmware on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Method One:

Step 1: Download latest TinyUmbrella for Windows Or Mac

Step 2: If you're running Windows 7 or Vista, do the following procedure after you've downloaded TinyUmbrella, don't launch it as yet.

  • Right click on TinyUmbrella.exe then click on Properties
  • Go to Compatibility tab
  • Check Run this program in compatibility mode for and select Windows XP Service Pack 3.
  • In the Privilege Level, check Run this program as an administrator.
  • Save the changes

Step 3: Launch TinyUmbrella and go to the Advanced tab. Uncheck Set Hosts to Cydia on Exit.

Step 4: Once you have unchecked the relevant option, click on Apply Changes. Now restart your PC or Mac for the changes to take effect.

This should fix error 3194 in iTunes while restoring firmware on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Its highly unlikely that you'll have to do anything further for error 3194 fix. However, if this doesn't even solve error 3194, you might as well try the second method given below.

Method Two:

Step 1: Exit iTunes.

Step 2: Locate the Hosts file of your PC or Mac. On Mac, the Hosts file can usually be located in the /etc/hosts path whereas on Windows the Hosts file is usually found in the C:/windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts path.

Step 3: Once you have located the Hosts file, make sure you open it using Administrator Privileges.

Step 4: When the Hosts file opens up, scroll down to the very bottom and add the following line:

74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com

Step 5: Save the changes to Hosts file. Restart your PC or Mac.

Step 6: Now connect your device to the computer and launch iTunes.

Step 7: Put your device in DFU mode by following the steps listed below:

  • Press and hold the Power button for around three seconds
  • Press and hold both the Power and Home buttons for up to 10 seconds
  • Release Power button but keep on holding Home button until iTunes prompts you that your device has been detected in restore mode.

Step 8: Now either restore or downgrade firmware on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch as you intended to do. If you've followed all of the above mentioned steps carefully, they will fix error 3194.

Step 9: When you finish with restoring or downgrading firmware, open the Hosts file once again and remove the line that you previously added.

There's nothing else that can fix error 3194 other than both of the methods mentioned above. However if you face any difficulties in any part of the procedure, please do seek help from our experts by leaving a comment down below.

  • Mghani20

    I found a way to bypass this issue after a long struggle. It had tried everything. If the issue still persists add the hash (#) before

    74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com

    It should look like this in the host file:
    #74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com

    • http://www.iphoneism.com Lota Man

      Its practically the same thing.
      Sent from my BlackBerry® Smartphone provided by Ufone

      • Mghani20

        This error is mostly occurring while restoring custom firmware. When you open tinyumbrella, it enters #127.0.0.1 gs.apple.com in the host file and itunes only recognize this; therefore, it becomes necessary to add # before the other gs.apple.com command. well i have experienced this that’s why i posted. Also i tried every single method to restore the custom firmware and i failed, but after this i did it. it was before you guys posted this.

        • http://www.iphoneism.com Lota Man

          Noted!
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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1323872278 Tom Mattin

    could i downgrade iphone first gen, 3.1.3 to lets say, 1.1/2.2.1?

    • http://www.iphoneism.com Lota Man

      Have SHSH blobs?
      Sent from my BlackBerry® Smartphone provided by Ufone

  • Bugzzz_15

    the error 3194 is gone but there is a 1600.. and 1601 error.. help me

  • Tony

    my iphone 3gs is having ios 4.3.5 but i have tried it to jailbreak with 4.3.3 and during process it has gone to recovery mode and i have tried every single method to exit recovery mode but it didnt exit after trying differen method available on net then i tried the method one and it works it came out of recovery mode.

    thanks a lot

  • dalton4life

    I was stuck on this for a couple of hours. Thanks a bunch! This solved my problem.

  • Joelpolak23

    THANK YOU SO MUCH THE FIRST ONE REALLY WORKS

  • LYY

    I am still having the 3194 error even after trying both methods. HELP :(

  • Ayapchunhou

    im testing the method 2…hope it will work

  • Nrs_20011

    where are you from??
    I would like to meet you!!
    you’re the best, I’ve trying to restore my Iphone 4 since 2 days….I tried each and every freaking thing. I swear I’m never going to jailbreak my Iphone ever ever again.!! Thanks a lot, I don’t know how to thank you.

    • http://www.iphoneism.com Lota Man

      You’re welcome sir :)
      Sent from my BlackBerry® Smartphone provided by Ufone

  • Nrs_2011

    Once again thanks a lot Lota Man!!

  • Accordex94ex

    niether of these worked ive been trying everything all night and i dont know what to do now im at a dead end

  • Samuraisak

    access is denied when i want to save it…..and the file can’t open in administrator

  • Donlardos

    When I right click on tinyumbrella.exe it only gives me the option to run in xp service pack 2 and the run as administrator box is greyed out is there something I’m doing wrong?

  • Tantrim1

    ive tried everything. Still getting error 3194. someone please help. Iphone 3gs, currently have ios 5.0, trying to downgrade to 4.3.3 and its giving me the error every time. broadband is 5.16.05 and im a t-mobile guy so i need to be able to have this unlocked. I dont mind losing ios 5 to get phone service but i dont want to upgrade to 6.15 ipad band since theres a possibility it can mess up my gps. PLEASE HELPPPP!!!!

  • Asdasd

    go in Safe mode boot to be able to edit the host file.

  • Patrickc531

    Need help. I have an iPhone 4 CDMA on jailbroken ios 4.2.8. I am trying to upgrade to iOS 5.0 (9A334). I have the IPSW downloaded. I’ve done EVERYTHING (tinyumbrella, host edit, etc), and I still get error 3194.

  • Dakota

    now..its going error 2005.. help

  • Shannon

    what if “Set Hosts to Cydia on Exit” is greyed out? Also, how do I modify the hosts file, it doesn’t even know what program to use to open it! On XP… so when I went to compatibility it says 95 or 2000 which I don’t think is necessary.

  • fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    i dont have service pack 3

  • Aaaaaaa

    Why i cant make that dfu mode? When im trying what you say, it backs in recovery mode? Anyone help pleaseeeee?