How to fix Error 3194 in iTunes step by step for iPhone XS Max/ XS/ XR/X//8/7/6S/6/SE [Solved]

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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 answers on through different tips applied by several thousand iOS device lovers. So keep asking one by one might one of the advice works for you.

Updated 2019: 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.

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

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Fix error 3194 – message by iTunes

Bypass, While you get error 3194 on Upgrade or Downgrade iOS using iTunes from iOS 9 or iOS 10, iOS 11, latest iOS 12 respectively. Point down this link to fix iTunes error 3600 mostly occur during fix error 3194.

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

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#1. Fix 3194 in DFU mode

Step 1: Close iTunes in 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.

  • Mac:

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 below command and hit enter to 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

  • 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 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. Restore iPhone in DFU mode/ Recovery mode using the steps below,

error 3194 in iTunes on Restore or Downgrade

  • iPhone 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 Volume down button at once one by one, next only press and hold side button until black screen on iPhone.

Now, Press and Hold Volume down button and 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 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).
  • 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 and Hold 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 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.

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

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.

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One Reply to “How to fix Error 3194 in iTunes step by step for iPhone XS Max/ XS/ XR/X//8/7/6S/6/SE [Solved]”

  1. ravi valecha says:

    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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