iTunes Error 3194 – iOS Device

iTunes Error 3194 sometimes happens when you upgrade or degrade your iOS devices. The problem seems to occur because iTunes cannot communicate with Apple’s update servers or your computer has network connectivity issues or wrong network settings.

For Sometime jailbreak iPhone or iPad setup should by modify host file. Then you will block from apple server (Because of server iP address modification). Some of the jailbreak tweaks triggered error while update your old iOS or restore iOS process.

When you are attempting to update, restore or downgrade iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or iPod shuffle iOS on Windows or Mac, the iTunes error 3194 message may appear similar to the following:

This device isn't eligible for the requested build
The iPhone could not be restored. An unknow error ocurred (3194)
The iPad could not be restored. This device isn't eligible for the requested build

If iTunes can’t communicate with Apple’s software update server, you might see one of these other Errors with similar solutions:

  • Error 17
  • Error 1639
  • Errors 3000-3020
  • Error 3194
  • Errors 3100-3999

Fix “iTunes Error 3194” on iPhone/ iPad/ iPod

Fix Error #1: Update iTunes to Latest Version

Sometimes, the error may be caused by the outdated version of iTunes. So, it is a wise choice to make sure that you’re using the latest version of iTunes.

  1. Open iTunes on your computer > Click Help in the menu bar.
  2. Check for Updates > Follow the instructions to install the latest version of iTunes.
  3. Reboot your computer after installing the latest iTunes and try to update or restore again. See if the iTunes error 3194 is fixed.

Fix Error #2: Check and Update your Hosts File

After you update iTunes to the latest version, check the hosts file to make sure your computer can contact the update server.

The most common reason that you will see an iTunes error 3194 message is a conflict between your present host files and the host files that the new version of iTunes needs to download and work properly.The problem originates when you use a tool that forces iTunes to connect to other servers besides those approved by Apple. The problem does not appear until there is a new update or you need to restore.

The procedure is different for Mac and Windows. You should turn off iTunes first.

For Mac Users:

1.Close iTunes. In the Finder, choose Applications > Utilities and open Terminal.
2. Type this command and press Return: sudo nano /private/etc/hosts
3. Enter the password you use to sign in to your computer and press Return. (You won’t see text appear in the Terminal window when you type your password)
4. Terminal displays the hosts file. Look for any entry that says This is what is causing the problem.

 If you don't see any entry containing, then the hosts file isn't related to the issue. Close the Terminal and move on to the next Fix error section of this article

5.Adding a # symbol and a space at the beginning of the entry.

fix-itunes-error-3194-hosts_file 8. Save the changes. Press Control-O to save the file and press Return when asked for the filename.
10. Press Control-X to exit the editor and restart your Mac. iTunes error 3194 should be fixed now. Try to update, downgrade or restore your iPhone iPad again.

For Windows Users:

  1. Close iTunes.
  2. .Go to C:/windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts to locate hosts file on PC
  3. Open hosts file with administrator rights.
  4. Remove entries from end of the host file, contents with
  5. Save the hosts file and and restart your PC. Try updating your iPhone o Ipad through iTunes. In most cases, the error shouldn’t pop up now

Fix Error #3: Check Security Software

Some security software installed on your Mac or PC can prevent iTunes from connecting Apple’s update server. Try these troubleshooting tips and tricks to fix error 3194 in iTunes. It also works for other iTunes errors.

  • Close or temporarily uninstall security software on your computer.
  • Be sure you have a working Internet connection.
  • Bypass your internet router from Apple. Some routers might block iTunes from accessing the update server.
  • Restart your computer and modem now to see if error 3194 in iTunes is fixed successfully.

Fix Error #4: Update or restore from other computer

Try to restore or update on another computer with a different Internet connection. This helps to make sure there aren’t issues with your computer that might stop iTunes from communicating with the update server. Error 3194 sometimes caused by your network settings.

Fix Error #5: Restore iPhone or iPad in DFU Mode

  1. Open iTunes on your computer, and connect your IOS device to the computer.
  2. Hold down the Power button on iPhone or iPad and turn off the deivce.
  3. Press and hold the Power button, as well as the Volume Down button for about 5 seconds.
  4. Release the Power button and hold at the some button hold the Volume Down button for additional 10 seconds.
  5. Your device should be in DFU mode now. The device’s screen will remain blank.
  6. Launch iTunes on your computer, and restore iPhone or iPad in DFU mode to check if iTunes error 3194 is solved.


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