How to Fix iTunes Error 3194 During Restore?

On October 27, 2011, in Downgrade, Repair, Restore, by iPhone Oracle

Question:

How to fix iTunes error 3194 during restore?

Answer:

iTunes Error 3194 is caused by firmware restore verification error when the firmware version you’re trying to restore is not signed (authorized) by Apple or you don’t have the SHSH blobs saved in Cydia (or Saurik) server.

Your hosts file could be pointing to either Apple or Saurik server which caused this error. You will need to edit your hosts file.

Scenario 1: if you need to restore to an earlier firmware version and if your SHSH blobs is saved in Cydia (Saurik) server:

You will need to add the following line to your hosts file.

74.208.151.171 gs.apple.com

Apple OS X Snow Leopard & Leopard

  1. Open Terminal (Click Spotlight, or press Command+Space. Now type terminal.)
  2. Copy and paste the following code into Terminal
    sudo /Applications/TextEdit.app/Contents/MacOS/TextEdit /etc/hosts
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Add 74.208.151.171 gs.apple.com.
  5. Save by pressing Command+S, click Save.

Apple OSX 10.4.X Tiger

  1. Open Terminal (Click Spotlight, or press Command+Space. Now type terminal.)
  2. In Terminal type, ‘sudo pico /etc/hosts‘, press Enter.
  3. Insert 74.208.151.171 gs.apple.com.
  4. Press Ctrl+X, then Y to save.
  5. Type ’sudo niload -v -m hosts . < /etc/hosts’, press Enter
  6. Type ‘lookupd -flushcache’, press Enter.

Microsoft Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories.
  2. Right click “Notepad” and select “Run as administrator”
  3. Click Yes on the UAC prompt.
  4. Click File -> Open.
  5. Change the file filter drop down box from “Text Documents (*.txt)” to “All Files (*.*)”.
  6. Browse to “C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc”.
  7. Select “hosts” and click “Open”.
  8. Insert 74.208.151.171 gs.apple.com.
  9. Close Notepad. Click Save when prompted.

Microsoft XP/2003/2000

  1. Browse to Start > Programs > Accessories > Notepad.
  2. Click File > Open.
  3. Browse to “C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc”.
  4. Select “All Files (*.*)” from the Files of Type drop-down menu.
  5. Select “hosts” and click “Open”.
  6. Insert 74.208.151.171 gs.apple.com.
  7. Close Notepad.  Save when prompted.

Scenario 2: if you need to restore to a firmware version that is currently being signed by Apple:

You need to remove any line on your hosts file that has something like 74.208.151.171 gs.apple.com from your hosts file. You can also add ‘#’ in front of it e.g. # 74.208.151.171 gs.apple.com.

Simply see the steps above in order to edit your hosts file.

 

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46 Responses to How to Fix iTunes Error 3194 During Restore?

  1. [...] and select the iOS 4.1 firmware file you have just downloaded. If you get a iTunes error 3194, read here on how to fix [...]

  2. mynameis says:

    where do u insert those numbers, are u replacing anything or do you just add it?

  3. mornachew says:

    im still getting a fail after adding/removing all different combinations of this.

    Help.

  4. unsaved says:

    I have completed all the steps but keep getting a message that says "the iphone cannot be restored at this time because the iphone software update server could not be contacted or is temporarily unavailable"
    Any ideas?

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  6. michael says:

    "if you get the same error when restoring to earlier version of firmware, most likely you don't have the SHSH blobs stored in Cydia (saurik) server and Apple is no longer signing it!"

    What does this mean? Is there a fix for this?

  7. michael says:

    "if you get the same error when restoring to earlier version of firmware, most likely you don't have the SHSH blobs stored in Cydia (saurik) server and Apple is no longer signing it! "

    Is there no fix for this?

  8. Track and Swim fan says:

    I added that text to the notepad but it still shows error 3194!!!! I just want to get my phone working!!!

  9. Ram says:

    help. am to facing the same problem… i tried everything stated above… some end up with error 3194…and sometime with luck bypasses the error and stuck up in error" the iphone cannot be updated blah blah… and every more try outs end up in error… i cant bypass any error either pls help me..
    am on ios 4.0 with 3gs on 6.15.00 bb..help me

  10. Ram says:

    help. am to facing the same problem… i tried everything stated above… some end up with error 3194…and sometime with luck bypasses the error and stuck up in error" the iphone cannot be updated blah blah… and every more try outs end up in error 2005… i cant bypass any error either pls help me..

  11. nkldn says:

    So. Anyone knows how to resolve that problem?
    Im trying to restore from 4.1 and have tried all possible combinations.
    What the sense to post manual that does not work and you don't know real fix

  12. Debbie says:

    i dont have a host file in there – what am i doing wrong???

  13. Bill says:

    I tried the above Scenario 2: if you need to restore to a firmware version that is currently being signed by Apple:
    You need to remove any line on your hosts file that has something like 74.208.151.171 gs.apple.com from your hosts file. You can also add ‘#’ in front of it e.g. # 74.208.151.171 gs.apple.com.

    It always comes back with Error 3194 on iTunes 10.4.1 on Windows. I've attempted this 8 times and need more support if you know what's wrong. Is Apple still signing iOS 4.1 firmware?

    Thanks!

  14. Aashish says:

    you have a host file but it does not have a txt extension. explore to this location from explorer "C:WINDOWSsystem32driversetc"

  15. AGPerson says:

    If you connect with the itunes store the iphone will do the sync and you'll pass the error. I just did that (after hours trying a bunch of different things) and it worked!

  16. [...] and select the iOS 4.1 firmware file you have just downloaded. If you get an iTunes error 3194, read here on how to fix it. 8. The restore will end with error 1015 and recovery loop on the iPhone, this can [...]

  17. Rico says:

    I have an Ipad2 running on 4.3.3. How can I update to 5.0.1? I've tried through Itunes, holding shift and restore, but get an error 3194. Tried many different suggestions but no success yet!!

  18. andriy says:

    guys after you add the *numbers*.gs.apple you have to put a "#" in front so it looks like # 74.208.151.171

    • Rubeen says:

      I have the same problem, someone please help, I'm stuck and need this hone to work. where is the hot file and how do i get to it to add these numbers. Thanks

  19. linda says:

    nice one, many thanks for this information

  20. msadek says:

    thank u very much it is working for me

  21. robby65 says:

    I have a 3gs on 3.1.3 (7E18) firmware at 05.12.01
    Now i connected to i tunes and it unlocked(was ATT and they unlocked it).

    So the phone does work with t mobile. now when i try to update it to 5.1.1 i get error 3194.
    any ideas?? newest version of i tunes. on win xp.

    would an apple computer be better?

    or if i go to apple store will they be able to update?
    no cydia or jailbreak done yet.

  22. tonchi says:

    help……. i have just downgraded my iphone 3gs from 6.0 to ios 4.1 and jailbreak it and unlock, i am successful with that, now i want to update to ios 5.1 custom firmware, i made the file already but i cannot update it using itunes, it always says error 3149, i tried everything that the net has to offer in repairing it but still 3149 is popping up, i only want to have the assistive touch function… please help…. thanks….

    • iphonerepair says:

      if you don't have the shsh for 5.1.1 you won't be able to restore it

    • M. Raheel says:

      hi. Tonchi…can you tell me how u have downgraded the ios? i did the same updated to 6.0 and now its not activating the fone nothing helping…can u please tell me the procedure you followed?
      my email is. iraheel AT me DOT com

  23. [...] Once your iPhone is in DFU, launch iTunes and press Shift+Restore (Windows) or Option+Restore (Mac). Be careful not to select the wrong IPSW during restore!If you get error 3194, you need to edit your hosts file. See here. [...]

  24. Gerald says:

    thank u so much! my iphone 3gs has been sitting here for almost 2 months since i upgraded to io6 and now i can use it.

  25. gendy says:

    GO TO – MY DOCUMENTS> MY MUSIC>ITUNES – DELETE FILE "iTunesLibrary.itl" that will fix the 3194 error.

    Dont mention it :)

  26. Callum says:

    I try to save my SHSH blobs but it says that i dont have any ??

  27. Ammar Hassan says:

    SOLVED…. its very easy guys… just download tiny umbrella… and let it be running in the background….. under tiny umbrella… don't forget to click on "start TSS server"… now there 'll be no 3194 error… hope it 'll be helpfull.. thanks

  28. dellano says:

    i cant find the host file..i made one but nothing can be paste in the file

  29. [...] and select the iOS 4.1 firmware file you have just downloaded. If you get an iTunes error 3194, read here on how to fix [...]

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