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Easiest way to Fix iTunes Error 3194

Updated by Cedric on Jul 20, 2023
Written by Tracy King
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Encountered iTunes error 3194 while trying to update, restore or sync your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch? Here is the easiest way to fix iTunes error 3194.

Overview: iTunes error 3194 causes, symptoms, and common cases

"When I tried to restore my iPhone 11 Via iTunes, it failed with error 3194. Is there any to fix the issue?"

iTunes error 3194 is an error that can happen when you are trying to update, restore or sync your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with iTunes. Many users have the unpleasing experience of this error. When iTunes error 3194 attacks, you will see a poped up Window showing the error message "The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (3194)."   

iTunes error 3194

iTunes error 3194 happens when iTunes cannot connecting or communicate with Apple's firmware signature verification server. For most cases, it is because a tweak modified the hosts file thereby blocking Apple's servers, usually when users modify their devices with jailbreak utility. So, the most efficient way to fix iTunes error 3194 is to check and edit your host files. Here we show you how to do it step by step. Then, you don't need to try all the fixes online one by one to fix the issue.

Steps to fix iTunes error 3194 

Step 1. Make sure that iTunes is stopped on your computer (Widows/Mac).
Step 2. Open host files on your computer:
a. For Windows users: c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
b. For Mac users: /ect/hosts
Step 3. Open hosts file with administrator rights.
Step 4. Copy " gs.apple.com" into the last line of the "Host" file.Then, "Save" the file.
Step 5. Connect iPhone to PC via USB cable and open iTunes.
Step 6. Press "Power" button for 10 seconds to turn off your iPhone.
Step 7. Put the iPhone/iPad/iPod into DFU mode by turning the phone off and then holding down the Home and Power button for 10 seconds, then release the Power button but hold the Home button until iTunes tells you that the device is now in recovery mode.

Usually, the above steps can help most users get rid of the boring iTunes error 3194. And if it fails, you can try to EaseUS MobiSaver - an iTunes alternative software to restore your data. No need to restore with iTunes, the program can directly scan and extract iTunes backup to export your data to PC, memory card, USB drive or some other devices. 

Step 1. Run EaseUS MobiSaver

First, download EaseUS MobiSaver > Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer > Start EaseUS MobiSaver > Select "Recover from iTunes Backup" > Select an iTunes backup.

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Step 2. Unlock iTunes

If this iTunes backup is encrypted, you need to enter the password to unlock it. After entering the password, click the "Continue" button. EaseUS MobiSaver will automatically scan your backup file to find the lost data.

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Step 3. Preview and Recover Data from iTunes

After the scanning, preview the detailed contents of your lost photos/videos, contacts/messages, notes, SNS data. Choose the file and click the "Recover" button to save them on your computer.

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