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.

Fix iTunes Error 3194

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

Fix iTunes Error 3194

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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  1. Arenaier_Max says:

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

  2. Arenaier_Max says:

    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.

  3. Capt-bryan says:

    same error message. except (2005)

  4. M Firoozzi says:

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

  5. Dshfghdskg says:

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

  6. Arenaier_Max says:

    Doesn’t tinyumbrella download that for us?

  7. I get by save shsh only this error 

  8. 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?


  9. 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.

  10. Intuanthinh says:

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

  11.  ipad2: … An unknown error occurred (11)

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

  13. manaswa singh says:

    GET the error 1614 while restoring iPad 1

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

  15. ihave the same error 2005

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

  17. Seepercal says:

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

  18. Error 11! Can`t downgrade

  19. Mohammad Umer says:

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

  20. 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

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

  22. 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.

  23. Ăřąfāŧ Įşłám Şħäǐķãţ says:
  24. Ăřąfāŧ Įşłám Şħäǐķãţ says:

    also, iFath don’t make any ipsw with SHSH

  25. Petersrocket82 says:

    error code 11 

  26. fayazpakistan says:

    thanxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx helped me thanx alot

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

  28. Yours_vikram says:

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

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

  30. Nikki Art10 says:

    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.

  31. not downgraded and not working and no error codes

  32. KEVINHELLO2012 says:


  33. Nikki Art10 says:

     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.

  34. Error 11 :( please help using ipad 2

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

  36. Jgifjigjf says:

    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

  37. Heeeeeeeeelp!!

  38. Ipad Dog52 says:

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

  39. Ipad Dog52 says:

    it wont come out of restore mode…

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

  42. Leandro Fernandes says:

    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!

  43. 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.

  44. Mark Devin says:

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

  45. Shariyar_29 says:

    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

  46. Drake Alex10 says:

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

  47. 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

  48. Adityasmahajan says:

    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

  49. Petercv says:

    my browser doesnt go to cydias homepagee!!!

  50. Ihatecelery says:

    cydia says that my devise is too late 

  51. Jahanzaib1229 says:

    thanks     its   awsome  

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

  53. erro 11 for iphone 4s

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

  55. Iclarified says:

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

  56. 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..

  57. can’t start tss server in tiny umbrella

  58. Can you downgrade without having any blobs?

  59. 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

  60. well i hope it works

  61. 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 ??


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