Some iPhone and iPad users sail through the life of their device without any trouble at all but others are not so lucky. Sometimes there are complaints of bugs or the device becoming unresponsive and much if this down to visiting bad websites or downloading bad apps. Most of the time, a simple restore using iTunes will do the trick but, for some users, this kicks up yet another error – the iTunes 3194 error. This happens when iTunes cannot make a connection o the Apple Servers, for whatever reason but there are a couple of simple things that you can try.
How to Fix iTunes 3194 Error :
Not all solutions will work for all users; start at the beginning and work your way through these until you find one that fixes the issue for you.
- Make Sure Your Wi-Fi Connection is Working
The 3194 error could be kicked up if your Wi-Fi isn’t connecting properly or there was a blip in the connection at the wrong time. Check your Wi-Fi by opening other websites and internet apps to see if they are working. If you are using VPN software, you will need to disable it while you restore your device – some proxies block iTunes so they can’t connect.
- Disable Your Anti-Virus Software and Firewall
Both will get in the way of iTunes connecting to the servers with the firewall being the worst culprit. Although iTunes is perfectly safe to use, the firewall may still block it. Disable it by clicking on your Start bar and typing in Firewall or going to your control panel and doing it through there. Do enable it again when you have finished restoring your device.
The other culprit is your anti-virus software; you will need to disable it temporarily while you are using iTunes. Some software has a Pause facility but if yours doesn’t, close it down completely so it no longer works. Make sure, when you disable your anti-virus and firewall, that you reboot your computer before you try iTunes again. If that doesn’t clear the error, re-enable both and move on to the next solution.
- Edit Your Hosts File
This method is more advanced and, although it has been proven to clear the error, not all users will feel happy with doing it.
- Locate your Hosts file by following these paths:
- Mac OS X – /etc/hosts
- Windows –C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
- Open the file using a Text editor, try WordPad or Notepad as they should already be on your system. MS Word is NOT a text editor so do not try using it
- When the file is open, go right to the last line and, underneath it, type 208.10.249 gs.apple.com– this should be the last line of the file
- Reboot your computer and try using iTunes to restore your device – the error message should be gone.
How to Fix iTunes 3194 Error :
This is a last-ditch solution and should only be tried when all other solutions have been tried and failed. TinyUmbrella is one of the most powerful tools available to help you to fix this error:
- Download TinyUmbrella ( for Mac or Windows )
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer and, if iTunes launches, close it down
- Open TinyUmbrella and let it detect your device
- Now click on the button that says Start TSS Server
- Hold Shift(Windows) or Alt(Mac) keyboard and, from the list in TinyUmbrella, click on the firmware you want to restore to
- Leave things alone until the restore has completed
Note : You may only be able to do this on older devices because the current version of TinyUmbrella doesn’t have the Restore facility in it right now; we are waiting for an update that the developer says will happen. You can still use it for saving your SHSH blobs in preparation though so, to find out how it all works and how to use TinyUmbrella, follow the link.
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