When user is trying to restore or update iPhone or iPad from iTunes backup sometime we get a pop saying “The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error 3194 occurred”. To Fix iTunes Error 3194 while updating or restoring iOS follow the easy steps are given below. As for why the error happens, there are two reasons. For most users, iTunes Error Code 3194 happens because sometime they used a jailbreak utility to modify their iOS device, and in the modification process the jailbreak tweak modifies the hosts file thereby blocking Apple’s servers. And it can lead to the error when iOS attempt to update to a new version later on, restore from a backup.
And in the rarest case iTunes Error Code 3194 situations happens, when there is an unrelated connectivity problem between the client and host server during an iOS upgrade or restore. After getting knowledge of the reasons, we will start moving forward to how to Fix iTunes Error 3194 in the following section. Or you can connect to Apple Mac Technical Support team to have more detailed view of the error.
Steps to Fix iTunes Error 3194 While Updating or Restoring iOS Device:
Method 1: Resolve error using host
Step1: Make sure that your iTunes is stopped on your computer (Widows/Mac).
Step2: Open the host files on your computer:
- For Windows users: c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
- For Mac users: /ect/hosts
Step3: Open the hosts file with administrator rights.
Step4: Copy the last line on the “Host” file opened notepad “18.104.22.168 gs.apple.com”. Then, “Save” the file.
Step5: Connect your iPhone to PC via USB cable and open iTunes.
Step6: To turn of iPhone press on “Power” button by holding for 10 seconds.
Step7: To place the iPhone or iPad or iPod into DFU mode by turning the phone off then holding down the Home and Power button for 10 seconds, then release the Power button but hold onto the Home button until iTunes tells you that the device is now in recovery mode.
Step8: In recovery mode, you can restore iPhone. However, when you restore iPhone that will erase all data of iPhone so make sure you’ve ever backed up iPhone with iTunes or iCloud.
Step9: Once your iOS update is finished, go back to the hosts file and remove the “22.214.171.124 gs.apple.com” line again so that iTunes can properly update normally. This is an essential step otherwise you may encounter future errors when trying to update or install iOS versions.
Method2: Fix Error remotely resetting iOS device
Step1: Log into the iCloud website or open the “Find My iPhone” app on another device. Even after changing your hosts file if you can’t get the update process to work, you can try remotely erasing your iOS device using iCloud. The device you’re trying to erase will need to have internet access and “Find My iPhone” enabled. You’ll be able to restore the device from any iCloud or iTunes backup after erasing it.
You can access your iCloud account from any computer by visiting icloud.com. Log in with your Apple ID associated with your iOS device.
Step2: In iCloud open the Find My iPhone service. This will open a map with your registered iOS devices.
Step3: From the top menu select your iOS device. Click on the “All Devices” menu and select the iOS device you want to restore.
Step4: Click on the “Erase” button in the iOS device’s card. After confirming, the iOS device will begin automatically resetting to factory settings. This may take a while to complete the process.
Step5: Setup your iOS device and restore your backup.
Start the iOS device setup process as if it was a new phone. You’ll be given the choice to choose a backup from iCloud or iTunes, or you can proceed with a fresh installation.
If you are unable to Fix iTunes Error 3194, Feel free to call Apple Support Phone Number UK +44-800-046-5289 (toll-free) who are ready to assist you every time via online remote assistance and over live chat. We try every possible mean of solution to resolve your queries either for steps or for error.