Fix Error 3194 in iTunes On iPhone Restore or Updating [Solved] – Bypass

Error 3194 in iTunes comes, when you are updating or downgrading your iPhone and iPad. Here are the best-fixed solutions on error 3194. Whenever you are restoring or updating iPhone, iPad and iPod touch through iTunes. Here are the fixed – Solved solutions on through different tips applied by several thousand iOS device lovers. So keep applying one by one might one of the tip works for you.

Updated (Jun 7, 2017): Make sure your iTunes updated with the latest version on Mac or PC. Also, Check are restoring latest firmware when you start to restore explained in step 1.

fix error 3194 - message by iTunes
Fix error 3194 – message by iTunes

Bypass, While you get error 3194 on Upgrade or Downgrade iOS using iTunes from iOS 7 to 8/ 9, iOS 10 or iOS 10, iOS 11 to iOS 11.x respectively.

Related: How to Fix error 9006 when updating your iPhone or iPad.

Here’s are the solutions on fix error 3194 in iTunes

1. Fix 3194 in DFU mode

Step 1: Close iTunes in your MAC/Windows computer.

Step 2: Open host file (Mac/ Windows),

  • Mac:

    Type “Terminal” in Spotlight search OR Open finder and Go to Applications/ Utilities and Find Terminal.app.

  • 1 Open Terminal app on Mac

    Once you open terminal on screen and type below command for open host file,

    sudo nano /etc/hosts

    Enter Mac administrator password and press return key. (Open hosts file with administrate rights)3 Open Host file using Terminal on Mac

  • Now, Move cursor line using keyboard arrow key. Go for next Step Otherwise, Windows 10/ 8/ 7 users can use below path for open & edit host file.

  • Windows:

    c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

Step 3: Remove entries from end of the host file, contents with gs.apple.com

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

See Example in Picture

# 17.151.36.3 gs.apple.com

4 Remove line or comment line in host file

Press control + O shortcut keys to save 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 lightening cable.

Step 6: Switch off your iPhone by holding sleep/power button.

iPhone 8/ iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X: How to Use DFU Mode on iPhone 8/8 Plus & iPhone X.

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

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 Apple logo on the screen. After that Release Volume down button and Continue with sleep/ wake button until you see warning pop up on iTunes (PC or Mac).

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

Know more what is DFU mode, How and why we have to use in our device.

Step 7: update your iOS with restore features in iTunes and Go back 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 host file (if any), recently.

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

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

#74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com
#127.0.0.1 gs.apple.com
#74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com

Reason behind displaying error 3194 in iTunes when connecting iPhone

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

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

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  • Siam Weng Loong

    thanks..the last soultion which adds 3lines works :)

  • Welcome Your Sound, Siam.

  • this doesnt work for me contact me plz……

  • Please elaborate more about your process you have done. Which iOS version, iOS device. Make sure you are using Updated iTunes or Latest firmware on restore time.

  • You are welcome, isam.

  • jm

    Hi!I tried all your instruction Sir but still it doesn’t work. The error still appeared please help me.+I don’t know what to do after this. I have Ipad 2 Thanks Sir. :)

  • rupert

    This worked. Thank you so much, took me about 4 hours of messing around, but your solution worked, can’t express my gratitude.

  • Thanks anon,

  • Thanks for Rate us!!!