How to Fix iTunes Error 3194

Summary

Run into iTunes error 3194 when you upgrade or restore an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? This tutorial will tell you the practical ways to solve it.

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Apr. 10, 2017

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Why iTunes Error 3194 Happens

iTunes error 3194 mostly happens when we update iOS device to the newest version, or restore iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. As for why it happens, there are two reasons. For most users, iTunes error 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.

In more rare iTunes error 3194 situations, it can happen 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.

iTunes Error 3194

iTunes Error 3194

How to Fix iTunes Error 3194

Base on above information, we resolve 3194 error by modifying host files.

Step 1. For Windows, navigate to C:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc/ and find the file that's named “hosts”. For Mac, the file is in /etc/

Step 2. Open the file in Notepad (or any other text editing software) (for Windows users, open this with Administrator Privileges). You'll mostly have this line at the bottom of the file: 74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com

How to Fix iTunes Error 3194

How to Fix iTunes Error 3194

Step 3. Either comment this line out by typing a single ‘#’ (without the quotes) in front of the line (before 74) or remove the line entirely.

Step 4. Now, save the hosts file and then try updating your iPhone through iTunes. In most cases, the error shouldn't pop up now.

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An Alternative to Restore iOS Device from iTunes Backup Selectively

To be clear, if your iOS device has been jailbroken many times, this method may not work sometimes. But you are in an urgent demand to restore iOS data from iTunes backup. So is there nothing we can do? Of course not. We can utilize some professional iOS data recovery to get the job done.

In this tip, we recommend PhoneRescue, and will show you how to recover iOS data from iTunes backup with it step by step. Compared to iTunes restoring, PhoneRescue can restore any iTunes backup data to device or computer (PC/Mac) selectively. It means you don’t need to restore the whole backup, and it won’t erase your existed data on device. Have a try with PhoneRescue now.

How to Restore iOS Device from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue

We take recovering text message from iTunes backup as an example in the following.

Step 1. Download PhoneRescue > Install it on your PC/Mac > Open it.

Step 2. Select Recover from iTunes Backup > Click on Right Arrow.

How to Restore iOS Device from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 2

How to Restore iOS Device from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 2

Step 3. Select the backup that contains the messages you want to get back > Click on Right Arrow to scan the backup.

How to Restore iOS Device from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 3

How to Restore iOS Device from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 3

Step 4. Select Messages > Preview and select the messages you need > Click on To Computer button to download them to computer or To iDevice button to get them to your iPhone.

How to Restore iOS Device from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 4

How to Restore iOS Device from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 4

The Bottom Line

iTunes error 3194 is more like iTunes error 17 in many ways. With the above method, you can get 3194 error resolved successfully. And if you are annoyed about restoring iOS data from iTunes backup with iTunes, you can have PhoneRescue for an alternative.

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