I have been trying to update the firmware of my iPod Touch in vain. iTunes is constantly displaying errors (error 3194) and the inbuilt restore feature just causes the Apple logo to be displayed.

Can anyone help me?

  • Can you explain exactly what errors iTunes is giving you? – Hele Jan 14 '13 at 11:14
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    I keep getting error 3194... – Alfred1776 Jan 14 '13 at 11:18

Fixing error 3194

Quit iTunes
Download TinyUmbrella. (download links on the sidebar of their site)
Backup links: (these may be outdated)
TinyUmbrella for Windows 5.10.14
TinyUmbrella for OS X 5.10.14
Open TinyUmbrella (It requires admin account on the computer)
Select your iPhone and then click on the “Advanced” tab.
Untick the box “Set Hosts to Cydia on Exit (If you need a clean restore from Apple uncheck this box)” as seen on the screenshot below
Apply the changes. 


If the phone is jail broken then follow this

Close the iTunes.
Locate the hots file:
    in Mac OS X, it is /etc/hosts
    in Windows, it is c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Open the hosts file with Notepad.
With Administrator privileges, at the bottom of the Notepad, type the following line: gs.apple.com
Connect iPhone to computer.
Run the iTunes.
Turn off iPhone/iPad/iPod and hold down the sleep and power button for 10 seconds.
Release the power button but hold onto the home button until the iTunes displays the device is in recover mode.
Use iTunes Restore feature with the iOS device as usual.
After iOS have been updated, delete the " gs.apple.com" line from the hosts file, and then the iTunes can correctly update again.


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  • Hold on, its downloading the firmware. I think I must mention that earlier, I had tried to select the firmware package and I selected a ipsw file that I had stitched using RedSn0w. – Alfred1776 Jan 14 '13 at 11:44

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