We all like when our iOS devices such as iPhone, iPads or iPod Touch are running the latest and greatest firmwares from Apple. For example, recently we could not hold ourselves back from flashing iOS 7 Beta 5 on our device. This sort of stuff constantly involves flashing stable firmwares on the device.
Another possible scenario is downgrading the device to an earlier version to get some of the jailbreak-ing glory in to the device. To cut the long story short, if you have plugged your device to iTunes to play around with the firmware then surely you would have encountered the Error 3194. It is one of those irritating pop ups that keep coming on iTunes and end up spoiling your mood for your weekly rendezvous with iOS firmwares.
So, if you have been getting Error 3194, here are a couple of solutions to help you fix it.
Method 1: File Edit
This is perhaps a tricky way out and down not work always, but worth the effort. Personally for us, we have never had this one working, but a couple of people have reported the method did resolve the error. The only reason we can come up with for using the registry edit method is if you do not want to download a third party application, but if you are willing to play around with the firmware of your iPhone, downloading a foreign app should not be a big fuss, anyway, here is how to go about this method.
If you are on a Windows PC, you must go to ‘C:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc/’ and look for a file named ‘hosts’. For Mac users, the file would be in /etc/.
Simply open this file now using a text editor such as Notepad and get to the bottom of the file.
Once you have saved the file, just restart iTunes and start the process all over again. there is a chance that the error would be resolved and things would be fine. If this does not work, then you can proceed and try out the next method.
Method 2: Download Tiny Umbrella
Tiny Umbrella is one of the coolest little applications around. There is a chance that you might well have heard about it. This method works out for both upgrading as well as downgrading the iPhone, but Tiny Umbrella is mainly used when you are downgrading to an older firmware on iPhone.
Just follow the following steps carefully:
Download the iOS firmware that you wish to downgrade to or upgrade to.
From the following link, download Tiny Umbrella on you Computer. You can find the download link on the the right had navigation bar of the website.
Put your iPhone into DFU mode, and click on Shift+Restore on Windows PC or Alt+Restore on iTunes which you should open now and point to the downloaded firmware in step 1 and watch the iPhone update
This is it, your procedure should begin and hopefully the error 3194 will no more pop up.
Either of these two methods should be good enough for you to resolve the error. if it still does not work out, do make sure the firmware you are using is downloaded from a secured source. You could also perhaps try and install iTunes once again if the error still does not go away.
We hope, this little tip would help you resolve an error that has been fairly common. Do let us know in the section below if it helped you out.