How To: Fix iTunes Error 3194 When Downgrading iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad From iOS 5.1

When you try and restore your iOS device iTunes sends a request to Apple to sign the IPSW with the ECID (Exclusive Chip ID) of your device. This request process is actually what an SHSH blob is. Apple implemented the SHSH blob system so that they can force users to only upgrade to the latest iOS firmware and of course prevent downgrading. To get around this limitation imposed by Apple, Saurik (the creator of Cydia) figured out a way to trick iTunes into contacting Cydia servers instead of Apple’s servers. This means as long as you have saved SHSH blobs (for the firmware you are downgrading to) you should be able to downgrade without troubles.

Earlier in March we told you two methods for downgrading your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad from the iOS 5.1 firmware. The first method involved using iFaith to downgrade from the iOS 5.1 firmware to the iOS 5.0.1/iOS 5.0, while the second method required you to edit your hosts file to downgrade from iOS 5.1 to the iOS 4 firmware generation.

One reoccurring iTunes error that we have noticed a lot of you experiencing was iTunes Error 3194. If you have been experiencing iTunes Error 3194 it essentially means that there was an error while iTunes was trying to connect to Cydia’s servers. Luckily there is an easy fix for this error that involves simply using TinyUmbrella. Thus, in this how to guide from you will learn how to fix iTunes Error 3194 on your Windows or Mac OS X computer.

How To Fix iTunes Error 3194

Step 1) – The first thing you will need to do is head on over to the iJailbreak Downloads Section and download the latest version of TinyUmbrella.

Step 2) – Now you will need to connect your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to your computer via the USB cable.

Step 3) – Launch TinyUmbrella from the location you downloaded it to.

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Now click the Save SHSH button. You will now need to wait for TinyUmbrella to download all of your saved SHSH blobs present on Cydia’s server to your computer.

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Step 4) – Once your SHSH blobs have been all downloaded you will need to click the Start TSS Server button.

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Step 5) – When you have clicked the Start TSS Server button you will need to go into the log tab and search for the following two lines:

TSS Server Started!

TSS Accepting connections…

If you see these two lines it means everything is functioning correctly.

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You should always double check however, by launching your browser and going to If you are re-directed to Cydia’s homepage it means iTunes will be able to successfully connect to Cydia’s servers.

Step 6) – You should now be able to launch iTunes and start the restoration process of the firmware you are trying to downgrade to.

Congratulations! You have just learned how to fix iTunes Error 3194 on your Windows or Mac OS X computer. If you still have any further questions or are experiencing issues please leave them in the comments.

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  • Arenaier_Max

    The display while on the process of restoring :”The iPhone “iPhone” could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (1).”

  • Arenaier_Max

    It displays :”The iPhone “iPhone” could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (1).” 
    while on the process of restoring. It prepares, then verifies, then shows that error on the next procedure.

  • Capt-bryan

    same error message. except (2005)

  • M Firoozzi

    Dont work on ipad2?????????

  • Dshfghdskg

    Of course this method only works if your 5.0.1 SHSH blobs are saved !
    Unfortunately this isn´t mentioned above !

  • Arenaier_Max

    Doesn’t tinyumbrella download that for us?

  • ImSad

    I get by save shsh only this error 

  • Nano

    I have an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3.5 and want to update to iOS 5.0.1. Already have created a custom ipsw to save my baseband. Now when I try to update through iTunes to my custom ipsw it give me the error: “The iPhone “iPhone” could not be restored this device isn’t eligible for the requested build”. Is it possible using tiny umbrella to do it?


  • Kiqs

    I’m here just to say thank’s. I was getting a big headache with these problems on iTunes and my iPod 4. But now, with your tutorials, i can fix my error’s. Thank’s a lot.

  • Intuanthinh

     I have tried several times, and it didn’t work with ios 5.0.1.

  • Same69

     ipad2: … An unknown error occurred (11)

  • Yawnie

    The problem is that Apple stopped signing iOS 5.0.1. Anyone know how to get around this?

  • manaswa singh

    GET the error 1614 while restoring iPad 1

  • Adam

    i need help i cannot downgrade i still get the error 3194

  • Mail

    ihave the same error 2005

  • Kelz

    thanks a lot! works perfectly on my iphone 4..

  • Seepercal

    I have an Iphone 3gs and I get error 11. Its not even listed on the Apple error page…

  • Pao

    Error 11! Can`t downgrade

  • Mohammad Umer

    fr my ip 4 only one shsh blog appears tht is iphone 4 (5.1) and the 3914 error still exists

  • Ray Jeremy

    I wanted to restore to 5.0.1, but i got error 3194, after i fixed that error 1600 appears and error 2005 appears.
    I fixed 1600 with iReb and can’t fix 2005
    If i use Recovery Mode, i got error 21

    Hell yeah, Apple has stopped signing 5.0.1 and puts us in a situation where you have to go to 5.1

  • Ray Jeremy

    No you can’t. Update to 5.1
    There is a tethered jailbreak for it and also unlock.

  • yostar

    I had the same error. But now I got it to work.
    When you save SHSH from TinyUmbrella, take note of what OS versions it grabs from your device – make sure to download one of these versions from snowBreeze and use that file for your restore process… should work.

  • Ăřąfāŧ Įşłám Şħäǐķãţ

    I’m using iPad2 ios5.1… but, when i follow the step by step instruction an error occurred  ”
    The iPad “iPad” could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (11)”. plz help me by send a pm to :

  • Ăřąfāŧ Įşłám Şħäǐķãţ

    also, iFath don’t make any ipsw with SHSH

  • Petersrocket82

    error code 11 

  • fayazpakistan

    thanxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx helped me thanx alot

  • Thomas

    after i have downgraded my ipod i wanted to update (dont ask why) adn i always got errors 1600 and 3194 D: plis help

  • Yours_vikram

    i still keep getting error 3194. I have installed all above steps…

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  • Blog

    i have tryed to jailbreak but it just wont let me! itunes wont upload “snow”files…what do i do to fix it?

  • Nikki Art10

    I do this without the shsh thing and i get error 20. I just need around that unless you can tell me where to get some shsh.

  • Mustafa Aslan

    not downgraded and not working and no error codes



  • Nikki Art10

     It IS in DFU mode. I can get this stuff to work on my moms old iphone 3gs doing the same thing only the different downgrades. No matter what I do I get 20 or 2005 errors. Fix the 20 I go to 2005 fix that I go back to 20. on my Iphone 4.

  • Rhushi

    Error 11 :( please help using ipad 2

  • Dfhdfg

    It has to be pwnd DFU I heard, use iFaith to get into it…

  • Jgifjigjf

    i don’t get error 3194 but i get error 2005 in pwned dfu mode with ipad 1 on ios 5.1 btw trying to restore to 4.3.5 with shsh blobs saved

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  • Ipad Dog52

    error 11 now insted and my ipad got stoped halfway through the restore and is in restore mode

  • Ipad Dog52

    it wont come out of restore mode…

  • Jairovtromp

    did you get a way around it? if yes please email me how you did it!

  • Logan

    Thanks for the tut, it almost worked. Can you guys make one for how to fix error (2005) please?

  • Leandro Fernandes

    Outstanding! it gave me error 2005 after,but all i had to do was uninstal itunes,reboot,and istall itunes 10.4 and all went well!

  • Porepz

    Thanks a lot that worked for my ipod touch 3g 32Gb didn’t close tiny umbrella while I was upgrading firmware… not sure if that will help anyone.

  • Mark Devin

    it worked! i didn’t have to even kick out of recovery! thanks guys!

  • Shariyar_29

    itunes shows verifying iphone restore with apple for 5 mins den it show error i tried it several times
    iphone 3gs
    ios 4.1 lookin to update 5.0.1 i hv shsh file
    moderm firmware 6:15:00

  • Drake Alex10

    you are the Don!!!!!!! worked flawlessly!!!

  • Viper

    after following the above steps my wife ipad now gives me a error 21 instead of 3194. Have an ipad 2 ios 5.0.1 trying to restore 5.0.1. Any ideas

  • Adityasmahajan

    i cant resolve the problem even though i did exactly as u have directed. tinyumbrella shows that the device is not connected. can u please help me out. how do i get the SHSH code

  • Petercv

    my browser doesnt go to cydias homepagee!!!

  • Ihatecelery

    cydia says that my devise is too late 

  • Jahanzaib1229

    thanks     its   awsome  

  • Anees

    brother can u guide me how u did that my iphone 3GS isnt downgrading to 5.0.1 plase send me the steps on my e mail add

  • Anees

    brother can u guide me how u did that my iphone 3GS isnt downgrading to 5.0.1 plase send me the steps on my e mail add

  • MCMedia

    I don’t believe ipad 1’s can run 4.3.5 – I believe the minimum IOS is 5.0

  • Jhosil Papot Mejica

    erro 11 for iphone 4s

  • Tamer

    Cannot Start TSS Service DO NOT
    TRY RESTORING YOUR DEVICE!!! TinyUmbrella MUST be run as an Administrator
    or root!

  • Iclarified

    ipad 1’s min ios is 3 or 4.. the first ipad came with 3.2 i belive

  • ipod

    the TU TSS server is not running. this is what Tu is showing me.. when i open TU i get a message that host files are not writable and do not try restoring ur device..! pls help me with it..

  • 7!

    can’t start tss server in tiny umbrella

  • aucke

    Can you downgrade without having any blobs?

  • bigh

    YOU ARE GOD ! Ive been trying to fix my iPhone for 3 days continuously and this is the only thing that worked. thank you very much

  • Nouman Rafique

    well i hope it works

  • polly

    i’ve successed downgrade to ios 4.0.2 on my iphone 4 but after downgrading it’s still same baseband 04.12.2 ??? can you tell me how it work to get back old baseband 01.59.00 ??

  • nigga