Easiest way to Fix iTunes Error 3194


Roxanne updated on Feb 04, 2021 to iPhone Data Recovery | How-to Articles


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. 

1. Run EaseUS MobiSaver, choose "Recover from iTunes Backup", choose the iTunes Backup of your device and click "Scan" button to make the program scan for the iTunes backup file to find all your data.

2. Find and preview all the files one by one by choosing the different file types, and then select the files you want to retrieve and click "Recover" to export and save them on your PC or other storage devices.

Recover data with EaseUS MobiSaver to fix  iTunes error 3194

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