The error 3194 is a common issue that happens to some iTunes users who tried to update or restore their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This 3194 error has been for a while, and people are still experiencing the problem these days.
Gladly, there’s always a fix for a problem like this, so keep reading and follow the methods and steps as instructed below.
Possible Cause of the Problem
There are multiple reasons why error 3194 and some other iTunes errors occur. It could be because iTunes cannot communicate to Apple’s software update server. Or possibly triggered when using an expired or unsigned firmware during an upgrade, downgrade or restore.
This tutorial contains practical and some technical methods for fixing the problem. I would recommend starting with the easier one and proceeding to the harder and more technical one if the more straightforward fix does not seem to work.
Fixing iTunes Error 3194
The solutions below apply to the following error such as;
- Error 17
- Error 1639
- Errors 3000-3020
- Error 3194
- Errors 3100-3999
- This device isn’t eligible for the requested build.
Solution #1: Updating iTunes to the Latest Version
The iTunes version installed on your computer might be outdated, so updating to the latest version of iTunes might be the fix.
Step 1: Download the latest version of iTunes
Step 2: Install and launch iTunes
Step 3: Finally, try updating or restoring once again
Solution #2: Exit iTunes and Restart Computer
Step 1: Close iTunes by pressing ALT+F4 or using the close button on Windows or right-clicking the iTunes icon on the dock and clicking quit on Mac.
Step 2: Restart your computer, launch iTunes, and work it again.
Solution #3: Disabling Antivirus Software
Check any running antivirus software on your computer; Windows Defender, Avira, Norton, Kaspersky, etc. Quit or disable the software and, finally, continue updating or restoring. Feel free to enable your antivirus once finished.
Solution #4: Use Another Computer
If the error persists, switching to another computer may solve the problem. But, ensure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on the machine.
Solution #5: Checking and Modifying Your Hosts file
Step 1: Exit iTunes
Step 2: (Windows) Locate your hosts file, copy and paste this code to the search bar “c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts” or browse the file location manually.
Step 3: With administrative permission, Open the hosts file using any text editing application such as notepad.
For Mac Users
- Open Finder > Applications > Utilities
- Open Terminal
- Type command sudo nano /private/etc/host s and hit return
- Enter your password and press return once again to show the hosts file
Step 4: Enter 126.96.36.199 gs.apple.com at the bottom of the file and save the hosts file. On Mac, press Control-O to save and Control-X to exit the editor.
Step 5: Restart your PC or Mac.
Step 6: Connect iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to your computer and launch iTunes
Step 7: Now, put your device to DFU mode
DFU Mode Steps
- Hold the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons.
- After 8 seconds, release the Sleep/Wake button while holding the home button. (If the Apple shows up, it means the Sleep/Wake button was held down too long )
- When the device is in DFU mode, the display screen is completely black. But if not, repeat the steps.
You can also refer to iOS Security Guide
Step 8: Finally, use the iTunes restore feature with your device.
IMPORTANT: After the iOS update, modify the hosts file once again and remove the 188.8.131.52 gs.apple.com. This step is crucial as you may encounter future problems when you fail to do it.
Note: Some have reported receiving error 17 after taking the steps mentioned for this solution. If this happens, you try disabling Windows Defender or any running Antivirus software.
iTunes error mostly relates to communication and connectivity issues with Apple’s server. Troubleshooting the problem might be simple, but before updating or restoring, be sure to have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer.
Following the steps above may solve the iTunes Error 3194 and other known iTunes errors.
Just in case you know a trick to fix the issue feel free to share by posting it in the comment section below.