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iTunes error 3194

Alice MJ

Apr 21, 2023 • Filed to: Mobile Repair Solutions • Proven solutions

Errors that arise during the recovery/update and synchronization phase in the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad may be triggered by both software and hardware issues; some are quick to correct (such as restarting the device or replacing the USB port), while others need hardware repair.

To begin, keep in mind that no one is resistant to iTunes errors, and that if they occur, it does not imply that your computer is broken or that you are doing anything incorrectly. Errors may occur due to the operation of your computer's protection program, router settings, or even bugs on the Apple servers.

Part 1 What is error 3194 in iTunes

This error occurs in a variety of cases, for the most part, it is associated with the operation of the software, but this is not always the case.

Error 3194 in iTunes occurs when:

  1. iPhone and iPad Recovery
  2. IOS update

If this error occurs while restoring the device, you will see a warning on your computer screen in iTunes: “Failed to restore iPhone (iPad). An unknown error has occurred (3194). "

The causes of error 3194 in iTunes are divided into two categories:

  1. Software
  2. Hardware

You can diagnose the cause of the error by the moment it occurs:

  • If the error occurs before the Apple logo and status bar appear on the iPhone or iPad screen, or at the very beginning of its filling, the reason is software.
  • If error 3194occurs during the firmware process by about 75% (2/3 of the line filling) - the reason is hardware.

(a) Software causes of error 3194

The reasons why this error occurs in the event of a software problem are:

  1. The computer does not have an up-to-date version of iTunes.
  2. The hosts file contains redirects of iTunes requests to third-party servers (Cydia's caching servers).

(b) Hardware causes of error 3194

Unfortunately, error 3194 isn't just a software problem. If it appears when the status bar is 2/3 (75%) full, with a probability of 99% it can be argued that the reason is a problem with the device's modem or its power supply.

Part 2 How to fix error 3194 as suggested officially (by apple.com)

If you don't have the most updated edition of iTunes on your device, you can get it from the Apple website. After that, you should try updating or restoring your iPhone or iPad once more. While the odds of anything working out are small, it's worth a risk.

Continue to the next measures if you either can't download the update or recover your mobile device after upgrading iTunes to the new edition.

First, you must recover the default host file's contents. If your machine is operating Windows, you can follow Microsoft's recommended remediation algorithm.

Take these moves to patch the host file on Mac OS:

  1. Open the Terminal program.
  2. Enter the command sudo nano / private / etc / hosts.
  3. Enter the password (not necessarily empty) that is used to log in to the computer. When you enter it in the Terminal program, the password will not be displayed. 
  4. The Terminal program displays the hosts file.
  5. At the beginning of the gs.apple.com entry, add the # symbol followed by a space (#).
  6. Save file (Control-O). After prompting for a name, press Control-X. Next, close the program.
  7. After all these steps, you must restart your computer.

Then you should try upgrading iOS or repairing your mobile devices again.

If repairing the host file doesn't work, consider removing protection software during the update or restore process - it may be the source of error 3194.

Also, the issue may be related to the router's TCP/IP address filtering settings. As a result, it's worth disconnecting the modem or router and connecting to the network directly through a wired link throughout the upgrade.

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Alice MJ

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