iPhone 3194/1015 Error on Restore to 3.1.3 from iOS 4

Many users who were trying to downgrade iOS 4 to 3.1.3 have been facing a 3194 error. This error occurs when users try to restore the 3.1.3 firmware while downgrading from .

So is this issue fixable? Maybe. There was a forum post on TiPb which points users to a fix for this issue, apparently that is the same fix we listed in this post and it might not work when you are downgrading from iOS 4 to iPhone OS 3.1.3.

The problem actually lies with the fact that Apple signs the firmware now and you cannot upgrade or downgrade an iPhone using a firmware that Apple has not signed anymore, so this issue might go away if you use an older firmware which is signed by Apple.

Once again, using an Apple signed firmware may not fix this issue and we are actively researching on things that would help users to downgrade their iPhone or running iOS 4 to iPhone OS 3.1.3.

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  • tomohauk

    Hey guys. Just wondering i am on a Windows 7 PC and have itunes and i have a Ipod touch 3G version 4.02

    Upon trying to restore using many methods including holding Power + Home for seven seconds then releasing the power button two seconds after the scfreen turns black then releasing the home button after itunes discovers the ipod in recovery and even havinbg it in normal recovery mode

    I still seem to have the error 3194 which pops up after it says that it is verifying the restore with apple

    I have added the details in the HOST file and yet this still pops up.

    I was wondering is there ANY possible way to downgrade your firmware another way or any fix avaliable im not going to upgrade to the v4.1 because then i may have to wait for a while to get any fix so if anyone has any answers yet please comment back.


    • boo

      the gs.apple.com didn’t work,is there another way to downgrade to 3.1.3?

  • Marijuana

    I have an iPod Touch 2G MC Model. Upgraded from 3.1.3 firmware to 4.0.1 firmware, and was able to easily jailbreak my iTouch.
    1. Upgrade to 4.0.1 firmware
    2. Connect to wi-fi, open Safari, and go to jailbreakme.com
    3. Follow on-screen instructions, and enjoy.

  • santhosh

    i have an problem with wifi. My wifi is greyed out and not able to get back. i tried resetting all options and downgraded and upgraded. But still i am not able fix wifi problem. Please is there any body can help me out. Due to this i am not able to unlock my iphone also becoz of wifi is not working

  • Mars

    if using windows 7 x64 and i presume x86 and vista try starting itunes by
    right clicking properties
    compatibility tab
    and put it in compatibly mode xp service pack 2 mode with privilege level administrator.
    If itunes goes through the whole restore then said failed try kicking out of recovery mode with tiny umbrella and the phone should be restored and working.

  • Twerzle

    I recently bought a second hand IPhone 16GB for my son. I got it home and plugged it into the laptop so I could put some of my apps on it. I Tunes kicked in and immediately asked to update…I said Yes…..big mistake. It gave me a 1015 error message. I tried to restore, same message. Now the damn thing is useless, stuck in “connect to iTunes” mode. What can I do? It was supposed to be a gift for my son and now I have ruined it. Can anyone help please?

  • nodell2

    Ok, I have the iphone 4 w/ 4.2.1 and I unlocked it w/ cydia. I then downloaded an app from cydia, then was promped to “reboot device” so I did….now its unresponsive and it will not turn on. I either get the apple logo only or the “Connect to iTunes” screen. Then I connect to iTunes and it almost goes through with the restore and then I get an error message stating “unable to restore.” I have got various different error message, however, 1015 is the most common. Please post a solution if possible guys. Thanks

  • RKG

    I have iPhone 3 G, 16 GB with iPad base band running iOS 4.2.1. I installed whited00r Full 4.2 few days ago. I was happy to use multi-tasking, battery percentage etc. And I found I had many apps running only on iOS 4.0 and later. So I decided to restore to iOS 4.2.1. I pressed Shift + Restore in iTunes, selected the .ipsw file, then it says “can not restore this device, error 1015″. I tried nights and days to solve this problem using redsn0w, sn0wbreeze, ZiPhone etc. and even tried to restore using iPhone1,2_whited00r42FN.ipsw, but no results. I tried restoring online, still no result. Unistalled all the apple applications on my PC (Windows), still no solutions. Help me to solve this problem.

  • grant

    hi im actually trying to upgrade to ios 4.0 for my iphone 3g it still comes up with the error code 3194 is there a way round this please.

  • this is bad but why did apple do this

  • You need to put your idevice in DFU Mode and your idevice must be contected to your computer.