Some iPhone 5 owners come across one problem after they update to 6.1.4. While restoring their smartphone with iTunes program the same error pops up. Especially when you are trying to unlock iPhone iOS 6.1.3 using such tools as Ultrasn0w, SAM or Gevey. Actually, the fix is so easy you will be surprise at how simply and quickly you can resolve this issue and enjoy your experience with Apple products.
Firstly, let’s take a look at iTunes error 3194 iOS 6.1.4 we get. This is the response from the Cupertino-based company’s verification center. In other words, this response comes from server created by Saurik after jailbreak. The message tells you that your handset can’t be restored to the firmware version you have chosen to restore to.
Secondly, let’s try to figure out why the problem occurs. It happens because of the hosts file stored on your computer. iTunes uses this file when it is “talking” to the iOS restore verification server. The issue can be faced both by PC and Mac users whose file has been modified during jailbreak process [with Redsn0w or Sn0wbreeze]. Also such error can be caused by using TinyUmbrella. Gladly, there is iTunes error 3194 fix iOS 6.1.4 / 6.1.3.
How to Fix Error 3194 iTunes
In case you wish to upgrade iPhone 5 to iOS 6.1.4 / 6.1.3 and avoid getting 3194 error, follow this simple guide.
Instruction for Mac Machines
Step 1. Mac OS X users who wish to restore to iOS version signed by Apple need to press on Spotlight or hold Space+Command then type “terminal” to launch Terminal on OS X Snow Leopard & Leopard. It is time to copy and paste this:
into your Terminal [OS X 10.4.X Tiger users should type “sudo pico /etc/hosts” instead].
Are you done? Click Enter to continue.
Step 2: Find “126.96.36.199 gs.apple.com” line or something similar and remove it.
Step 3: Save everything you’ve done. That’s it for OS X Snow Leopard & Leopard.
Step 4: OS X 10.4.X Tiger users are not done yet. You should type “sudo niload -v -m hosts . < /etc/hosts” and click Enter. Then you must type “lookupd –flushcache” and click Enter once again.
If You Wish to Restore to Previous iOS with SHSH Blobs Saved on Cydia Server
Before jailbreak and unlock your iPhone it is better to save SHSH blobs. But this procedure require some steps in case you will need to restore iphone. So do next. This is even easier.
You just need to use the steps above and add the line:
to the hosts file.
Don’t forget to reboot Mac, PC or re-launch iTunes once you have changed the hosts file.
Instruction for Windows Users
Step 1: Vista / Windows 7 / Windows XP / 2003 / 2000 PC users should go to Start – All Programs – Accessories and choose Notepad [Vista and Windows 7 users must run this program as administrator and say “Yes” on the UAC question].
Step 2: You should press File – Open and choose “All Files” from the drop down menu.
Step 3: Now you must go to:
choose “hosts” and press to “Open” the file.
Step 4: Search for a line with “188.8.131.52 gs.apple.com” message or similar to this and remove it.
Step 5: Save the file and close it.