How to Fix iTunes Error 3194 for iPhone in 2023 Updated

🗓️ April 4, 2022 By ✍️ Jaysukh patelEncounter Error 3194 in iTunes comes, when you are updating or downgrading your iPhone and iPad. Here are the complete solutions on iTunes error 3194. Whenever you are restoring or updating iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch through iTunes. Here are the fixed – Solved answers through different tips applied by several thousand iOS device lovers. So keep asking one by one might one of the pieces of advice works for you.

Updated 2021: Make sure your iTunes updated with the latest version on Mac or PC. Also, Check are restoring the newest firmware when you start to restore explained in step 1.

iTunes Says: iPhone could not be restored iTunes error 3194, An unknown error occurred.

fix error 3194 - message by iTunes

Fix iTunes Error 3194 – message by iTunes

Bypass, While you get iTunes error 3194 on Upgrade or Downgrade iOS using iTunes from iOS 14, iOS 13, iOS 12, iOS 11, and Earlier iOS respectively.

Point down this link to fix iTunes error 3600 mostly occur during fix iTunes error 3194.

Here’s are the solutions to Fix iTunes Error 3194

Watch Hands-on Video to Fix Your Problem, Bypass iTunes Error 3194 on Restoring and Update

#1. Fix iTunes Error 3194 With the help of DFU mode

  • Step 1: Close iTunes on your MAC/Windows computer.
  • Step 2: Open host file (Mac/ Windows), Know How to open and Edit in Host file saved on the local Mac or PC’s hard drive.
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For Mac Users:

  • Open “Terminal“, Using Type “Terminal” in Spotlight search (Command + E)


  • Open Finder and Go to Applications/ Utilities and Find

1 Open Terminal app on Mac

Once you open a terminal on screen and type the below command and hit enter to open the host file,

sudo nano /etc/hosts

Enter the Mac administrator password and press the return key. (Open hosts file with administrate rights)

3 Open Host file using Terminal on Mac

Now, Move the cursor line using the keyboard arrow key

  • Windows: Open & Edit Host file on Windows 10/ Windows 8 or Windows 7

    Go to the “c: drive” under My computer > windows > system32 > drivers > etc > hosts

Step 3: Remove entries from the end of the host file, contents with

Or last line Comment line with (#) symbol and single space.

See Example in Picture


4 Remove line or comment line in host file

Press control + O shortcut keys to save the host file. And Control + X to exit the editor.

  • Step 4: Now connect your iPhone (iPad and iPod touch) with your computer through the lighting cable.
  • Step 5: Open iTunes. And Connect iPhone to iTunes via lightning cable.
  • Step 6: Switch off your iPhone. Restore iPhone in DFU mode/ Recovery mode using the steps below,

error 3194 in iTunes on Restore or Downgrade

  • iPhone 11 Pro Max, XS Max/ iPhone XS/ iPhone XR/ iPhone X/ iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: Restore or Downgrade into DFU mode by Hard Reboot iPhone
  • Quickly press and Release Volume up button and
  • Quickly press and Release Volume down button
  • Next only press and hold the side button until the black screen on the iPhone.Force Restart iPhone XS max won't turn on
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Now, Press and Hold Volume down button and the Side button for 3 seconds. Then Release Side button and only press Volume down button until iTunes Says your iPhone into recovery mode in a popup like below, You’re done your job 99%. Restore now.

  • iPhone 7/ 7 Plus enter in Recovery mode (iPhone 7 DFU Mode), Press and Hold Sleep/ Wake + Volume down button for 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo on the screen. After that Release Volume down button and Continue with the sleep/ wake button until you see a warning pop up on iTunes (PC or Mac).

  • iPhone 4/4S/5/5S/6/6 Plus/6S/6S PlusStart DFU mode by hold the power, and home button together for 10 seconds then release the only power button and hold the home button continuously until iTunes shows the message “your device is now in recovery mode” in iPhone/iPad/iPod touch.
Sleep - Power button and Home button in iPhone - iPad - iPod touch

Sleep – Power button and Home button in iPhone – iPad – iPod Touch

  • Step 7: Update your iOS with restore features in iTunes and Go back to the host file again.

To update with the latest firmware on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch from here.

After Restore iOS on iPhone/ iPad or iPod Touch, Flush DNS cache by restarting your iTunes.

  • Step 8: Remove the last line entered by you from the host file (if any), recently.

Is error 3194 fix doesn’t work in iTunes While Restoring or Updating iPhone/ iPad from anywhere? Try our below given alternative method that is very easy and unique.

2. Still getting error 3194, then apply to fix Error 3194 in iTunes

Now the same process you have to do with this method, add below three lines at last in the host file.


The reason behind displaying error 3194 in iTunes when connecting iPhone

Sometimes jailbreak, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch setup should modify host file. Then you will block from the Apple server (Because of server IP address modification). Some of the jailbreak tweaks triggered errors while updating your old iOS or restore the iOS process.

Read More: Can’t Update or Restore the iPhone using iTunes.

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Jaysukh Patel
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1 Comment
  1. hello team
    i have iphone 6 it shows apple logo and restart itself
    when try to restore or update from itune it shows error 3194.
    can you help me plz to sort out …..plzzzzzzzzzzz

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