The work colleague in question had a stock O2 i Phone 4 that heâ€™d backed up before telling i Tunes it was okay to go ahead and update to the latest (4.0.1) i OS software.Â After waiting over an hour for the i Phone to progress beyond a screen showing â€œPreparing i Phoneâ€ he gave up and hard rebooted his device.Â When he did so, the â€œconnect to i Tunesâ€ screen was displayed on his handset and no matter what he did, i Tunes would then attempt to fully restore the handset but would fail to do so displaying error 3014.We know that i Tunes error numbers in the 3000s are to do with communication failing or time outs.Â We replaced the sync cable, swapped USB ports and tried all the various solutions offered by Google, but in the end, we managed to get the handset up and running by doing the following: *=We ensured that we were connecting the i Phone to our computer directly and not via any kind of USB hub **=Shift clicking is a Windows process.Â On a Mac you would hold down your “option” key and click restore ***=This list i OS 4.0.1 firmware is for the i Phone 4 only.Make sure your network settings are correct and your network connection is active, or try again later.” While sometimes this error message appears because of local networking issues, and you’ll certainly want to be sure you’re connected to the internet, it’s more often a sign that Apple i OS update servers are overwhelmed by requests.As the error message suggests, simply delaying to “try again later” typically resolves the problem and allows the i Tunes based update to function as intended.Or better yet, just let i Tunes or i OS update itself without trying to use the firmware files manually.If you need them, you can get the latest versions of i Phone firmware, i Pad firmware, and i Pod touch firmware directly from Apple.If you experience the error on your i OS device, here’s how you can quickly resolve it so that i Tunes will function with the restore or i OS update as intended.
But when it hits, whatever you were trying to do is stopped.You may need to flush your DNS cache for the change to take effect, though usually just quitting and relaunching i Tunes is sufficient to get the app to recognize the change.Once your i OS update is finished, go back to the hosts file and remove the “184.108.40.206 gs.apple.com” line again so that i Tunes can properly update as usual. Once you are done, make sure to go back to the same folder and put the “host” file into its original location (/private/et/hosts) There are other common error codes that you may encounter while restoring or upgrading i Tunes.GUIDE UPDATED FOR NEWER 3014 PROBLEMS – Please see bottom of post for details (March 2011) Contrary to many of the guides and articles we post on this site, this isnâ€™t one to do with jailbreaking your i Phone!This is an essential step otherwise you may encounter future errors when trying to update or install i OS versions.Note that i Tunes Error 3194 can also happen sometimes if the wrong firmware version is used, and you will see an error message like “This device isn’t eligible for the requested build”, which is why it’s necessary to always use the appropriate firmware files for your device if you are performing manual updates.Apple's support page for specific errors on i Tunes isn't all that helpful.For starters, Apple isn't all that interested in people downgrading their i OS firmware.Of all the errors that pop up every time I try to update, restore or (at times) even sync the i Phone, the notorious i Tunes error 3194 is the one I fear most.Not that the error hasn't got a fix, but the fact that there are plenty of fixes for the error and that you'll have to try each one in a variety of combinations to fix the thing.According to Apple’s website, third party security software often prevents i Tunes from connecting to Apple servers or your i Devices. Please see the following articles to troubleshoot these errors.Sometimes, a numeric error message appears when you sync, update, backup, or restore your i Device. These steps will bypass most of the common i Tunes errors, including error code 1671, that occur when upgrading or restoring your i Phone, i Pad or other i OS device. In most cases, Error 9 comes up when you are trying to upgrade/update your firmware.