How to Fix iTunes Error 3194 in Windows

This video will show you how to Fix iTunes Error 3194 in Windows.

Hi All
I found this iTunes error 3194 increasingly frustrating. I was about to start trying to do a Ragebreak Jailbreak on my iPhone 4 and this iTunes Error 3194 kept on coming up over and over again.

The error is caused by routing issues from having incorrect information in the local hosts file on your Windows PC.

You can find the hosts file in the following locations.

Microsoft Windows
NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, 2012 and 8 %SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Windows Mobile, Windows Phone Registry key under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Comm\Tcpip\Hosts
Apple Macintosh 9 and earlier Preferences or System folder
Mac OS X 10.0 – 10.1.5 (Added through NetInfo or niload)
Mac OS X 10.2 and newer /etc/hosts (a symbolic link to /private/etc/hosts)

24 thoughts on “How to Fix iTunes Error 3194 in Windows

  1. dear matty

    i hope thats your name sir , i watched all your programe and i tried do as you did but theres no 2 line gs.apple.com in my host .
    so i dont know what to do …i tried restore 2 computer toshiba andn acer i checked the host but same result theres no 2 line of apple..
    so can you tell me and give me another option to solve my error 3194 (iphone 4s) .. is there something wrong with my 2 computer or the connection ?
    would you please help me out because i am too stupid for this problem like this … i begging you to please help me ….
    and also i made an email for you too and hope so you will write it back ASAP when you have free time …

    ps i am on holidays so i use to restore my iphone not through my own computer because i left it in my home in BALI …..

    kind regard

    ein

  2. hi matt i saw your web site it has awesome videos but they couldn’t solve my problem
    i hade 3194 error and i changed the host file but it didin’t work
    i use vpn for connecting to apple store because in our country it’s kind of blocked the vpn didn’t worked
    i used tinyumberlla and stop world wide web service for starting tts in tiny umbrella it fixed 3194 error but a new error pops up in “waiting for iphone” moment named error “11” if you know what should i do please let me know
    by the way my device is iphone 4s with ios 6.1.3 and not jailbreaked
    i’m waiting for your reponse

    • Hi saber
      First of all I would recommend to you to save your shsh blobs for firmware 6.1.3. This is important if at anytime you want to downgrade from iOS 7. Once you save it email it to yourself so you always have a copy.
      You can see a video here to help you. Downgrade iOS 7 to iOS 6.

      Once that is done please just let me know what version you are trying to upgrade to and from.

      Cheers
      Matt

  3. this is my host file……i still get error 3194 trying to update or restore

    # Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
    #
    # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
    #
    # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
    # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
    # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
    # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
    # space.
    #
    # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
    # lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.
    #
    # For example:
    #
    # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
    # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

    # localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
    # 127.0.0.1 localhost
    # ::1 localhost

    please i need help

  4. Hello Matyy,
    good job as always..i have an iphone 4 with IOS5 and baseband 4.10.1 , i want to update to IOS 6 , i keep getting the 3194 error…also my home button is broken, so i was using Snowbreeze to do the enter dfu mode

    ENTER_DFU_iPhone3,1_6.0_10A403_Restore

    So your help will be highly appreciated as most of my apps are asking for @ least IOS 6.0..will wai to hear from you

    regards

      • Thanks alot matt…will 7.1.2 run semlessly on iphone4, not 4S? , will there be any lags and all that? Please i will like to know….Also i use the old gevey sim, will i need to jailbreak?
        Finally, can i get to connect with you on skype?
        Will wait to hear back from you again.
        Thank you so so much.. God bless

        • Hi olawale
          I installed it on my phone which was iPhone 4 and it seems to be ok. If you are worried then don’t do it 🙂
          I don’t know anything about gevey sim sorry.
          You can contact me through the website is better.
          Cheers
          Matt

          • I’ll give it a try…thanks alot…will try with the gevey b4 doing the jailbreak…

    • Hi olawale
      Sure go to the iPhone firmware page below
      http://www.123myit.com/iphone-firmware/
      Download the 7.1.2 firmware for your phone.
      If you are not sure use this page to work out what model phone you have.
      http://www.123myit.com/identifying-iphone-models/
      Once you have the ipsw file, plug in you phone, open iTunes, in iTunes hold down ALT or shift button on your keyboard and click restore. A restore window should pop up and select the downloaded IPSW file and it should update your iPhone.
      Backup your data first as you will lose it.
      Restore IPSW file.
      and
      Restore IPSW file windows.
      Good luck
      MAtt

      • Hi Matt ,
        Thanks again as always, I have downloaded the ipsw, my phone isn’t factory unlocked..if I’m not mistaken , it was locked to AT&T and I don’t know where the AT&T sim is.. I have been using the iPhone with gevey

      • Hi Matt ,
        Thanks again as always, I have downloaded the ipsw, my phone isn’t factory unlocked..if I’m not mistaken , it was locked to AT&T and I don’t know where the AT&T sim is.. I have been using the iPhone with gevey sim from day 1..without gevey it won’t work..so what do I need to do after updating the ipsw, so that I can use my Gambian sim here..your help is highly appreciated…thanks

  5. Hi Matt,
    I know you have other things to do, please help clarify the below which you havent responded to….

    Hi Matt ,
    Thanks again as always, I have downloaded the ipsw, my phone isn’t factory unlocked..if I’m not mistaken , it was locked to AT&T and I don’t know where the AT&T sim is.. I have been using the iPhone with gevey sim from day 1..without gevey it won’t work..so what do I need to do after updating the ipsw, so that I can use my Gambian sim here..your help is highly appreciated…thanks

  6. Hi Matt I love your site… I have a quick question i have an iphone 4s ios 7.0.4 i used evasion7 to for jailbreak but it went to boot loop…. i would like to downgrade frommy current ios to 6.1.3 how can i do that?

  7. hey bal i tried to downgrade my iphone 4S from 8.1.1 to 7.0.2 but i does not work i tried to do hosts and the message error 3194 still appears after removing the last two lines with g.apple.com and tinyumbrella does not show anything in general column so it does not give me any benefit

  8. Hi IT 123

    I have been trying to update my software for the Past two weeks and it’s been failing due to error 50 and because of something that had to do with firmware and after I saw your video on how to fix firmware I got error 3194 I have tried fixing this but it seems like I’m not getting any progress please help me out

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