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How to Fix iTunes Error 3014 During Firmware Restore?

If you are trying to restore stock or custom IPSW on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and iTunes throws 3014 error, it means iTunes failed to fetch the SHSH blobs for your iDevice from Apple Server, Sauriks Server or localhost. Note that iTunes error 3014 is different from 3194 error. iTunes error 3014 means false edited HOSTS file while 3194 error indicates that SHSH blobs for the requested firmware was not found on Apple or Saurik server.

iTunes Error 3014 How to Fix iTunes Error 3014 During Firmware Restore?

How to Access HOSTS File on Windows or Mac OS X:

  1. To access HOSTS file on Windows, open Notepad and go to File -> Open... or press Ctrl+O. Now navigate to the following location and open HOSTS file in ETC directory.
  2. C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc

  3. To open HOSTS file on Mac OS X, click Go -> Go to Folder and then enter path /etc. Open HOSTS file with TextEdit app.

How to iTunes Fix 3014 Error?

Once you have successfully accessed the HOSTS file on Windows or Mac, there are two possible solutions to this error.

  1. If you have SHSH blobs saved on Cydia or Saurik server, add the following line to your HOSTS file.
  2. 74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com

    Windows HOSTS File Edited How to Fix iTunes Error 3014 During Firmware Restore?
    Mac HOSTS File Edited How to Fix iTunes Error 3014 During Firmware Restore?
    After adding 74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com to your HOSTS file, open http://gs.apple.com in your default browser. If you edited the HOSTS file correctly, it should redirect to Cydia homepage.

  3. If you do not have SHSH blobs saved on Cydia server, simply remove the following two lines from your HOSTS file.
  4. 74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com

    127.0.0.1 gs.apple.com

    Windows HOSTS File Unedited How to Fix iTunes Error 3014 During Firmware Restore?
    Mac HOSTS File Unedited How to Fix iTunes Error 3014 During Firmware Restore?

After removing all instances of 74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com or 127.0.0.1 gs.apple.com from HOSTS file, open http://gs.apple.com in your default browser and it should redirect you to Apple website.

Thats it! Launch iTunes and restore stock or custom IPSW by using SHIFT+Restore button (ATL+Restore for Mac). Hopefully this time iTunes will not throw 3014 error while restoring the firmware.

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    Sergio3 months ago

    I was unable to save the hosts file after modifying it. If none of this works for you, perhaps you should simply do what I did. I disabled FIREWALL. and viola! Restore works.

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    Dr Shrawan5 months ago

    my iphone 5s got stuck in “restoring firmware” process in itunes showing error 3014 while restoring it to 7.1.2. Did host file editing. Help please?

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    Harmort8 months ago

    Thanks alot… It worked !!

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    will10 months ago

    You just saved me thank you

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    izudin11 months, 3 weeks ago

    i had did all the steps but erro 3014 still popup when i try to restore my iphone. btw, mine is ios 7.0.4. i had just jailbroke it. 

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    disgusted iphone user12 months ago

    Fuck this. Does not work. Apple Sucks!!! I have not found any solution until now.

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    iddi1 year ago

    am still have  error 3014

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    iNimakhan1 year, 2 months ago

    tnQ it works

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    Firhad1 year, 2 months ago

    Im having error 3014 .. Plz help mor detailed plz plz

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    akshaysinh parmar1 year, 2 months ago

    thanks finally i get solution really working thanks anybody still having error 3014 then msg me

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    bimlesh1 year, 5 months ago

    there r no host files only.. wat should i do..?

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    Ivan1 year, 5 months ago

    thank you…. it works :D

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    Sodre1 year, 6 months ago

    dindt work for me too

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    Jenn1 year, 6 months ago

    didn’t work for me. I followed the steps completely :(

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    chance hirm1 year, 6 months ago

    Sorry, i meant the i CANT find the two lines that you say that i need to delete.

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    chance hirm1 year, 6 months ago

    i dont have SHSH saved, however i can find the two lines in my HOSTS file either, please help.

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    masood1 year, 7 months ago

    thank you so much

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    many1 year, 7 months ago

    can you make a video on it on youtube please anyone????

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    Albin1 year, 7 months ago

    THANK YOU!

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    Kevin1 year, 7 months ago

    HOLY SHITBALLS BATMAN, IT WORKED F*** ME I OWE YOU ONE.

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    yanni1 year, 8 months ago

    thank you…it works :D

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    Rapha1 year, 8 months ago

    WORKED LIKE A CHARM ! GOD BLESS YOU ALL !!

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    JEL1 year, 8 months ago

    Hi! I tried the procedures above and yet I still get the same error </3 im losing hope. Help please!

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    Elaine1 year, 8 months ago

    Hi I can’t access web page gs.apple.com do you think this maybe why I’m getting the error message 3014 ??

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    User1 year, 9 months ago

    I located the directory and I tried to add the line to the HOSTS file but it says “access denied” and doesn’t let me edit anything inside the folder. How do I change this?

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      uchawawa1 year, 9 months ago

      if you are using microsoft windows, you can do it by doing these:1. start – accessories – (right click on “Notepad”) – then chose run as administrator.2. find the HOST location : c:\windows\system32\driver\etc  (dont forget to set combo from textdocument to all files) 3. adding the ip line ……. .gs.apple.com4. save it5. close itune and open it againdone

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    uchawawa1 year, 9 months ago

    i have a funny case for restoring my ipad2, error 3194 followed by error 3014 …. updates (3194) can only by doing adding A LINE  in hosts file 71.208.105.171 gs.apple.com. But in the other side (3014) not allowed this line. hmmm any idea ?

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      Josh1 year, 8 months ago

      I have the same problem, wondering if you found a solution?

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    Jason1 year, 9 months ago

    Internet provider will not allow gs.apple.com to open.  Any suggestions?

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    harry1 year, 10 months ago

    thanks a ton worked v well fr me

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    Vasim1 year, 10 months ago

    I deleted all the files in etc folder. How can I recover those files.

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    annonomss2 years, 10 months ago

    it wont let me save the hosts file after editing

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      Pesmerga2 years, 10 months ago

      Hi,

      Are you in Windows? Be sure that you are running Notepad in Administrator Mode so you can save the changes. Be sure that you backup the host file before making any changes though.

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    Rob2 years, 11 months ago

    I was upgrading from jailbroken 4.3.3 with older itunes to 5.0.1 and itunes 10.5. It didn’t like the upgrade attempt and I have spent the better part of a day trying to restore. Although my hosts file WAS directing to cydia, I removed all instances of 74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com and 127.0.0.1 gs.apple.com from HOSTS file and that solved the problem. Thank you for this post!

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      Ibnuhaq20202 years, 9 months ago

      thank you your suggestion is working for me.

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    delboy103 years ago

    Thank you for your help. So when i am using sn0wbreeze ver 2.1 for ios 4.1 i only have to choose build custom ispw and sn0wbreeze will automatically preserve my baseband. I thought i have an option to preserve my baseband when i choose the expert mode somewhere… or that option available in later version….?

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      Pramod3 years ago

      Yes, that option is available in the later versions of Sn0wbreeze. By default, all versions of Sn0wbreeze preserves the BB.

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    delboy103 years ago

    I have 3gs currently running 3.1.2. I only have shsh for 4.1, 4.2.1r1 saved on cydia server. Can i able to do a full restore to 4.1 or 4.2.1 and preserved my baseband? Thank you all for helping!

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      Pramod3 years ago

      Yes, you can. Make sure that you always use a custom IPSW for your restore to preserve your unlock.

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    stmafl3 years, 2 months ago

    Thank you so much,what would I have done without you?
    your post helped me so much where no one else could
    I am so gratefull,god bless you.

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    Focal3 years, 2 months ago

    You need to being editing such files as an administrator. To do this find notepad in your start menu, right click, and select run as admin. Then go file open and select the hosts file. Now you will be able to save

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    tb3 years, 3 months ago

    hi tryed every thing an still coms bk wiv not eligible ??? pls help

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      Pramod3 years, 3 months ago

      Your not having the necessary SHSH blobs required for your restores. If you had any saved, point iTunes to Cydia’s servers first via the edited hosts file & then restore.

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    callum3 years, 6 months ago

    Trying to update to ios 5 because this is the same method needed when i get “this device is ineligible for the requested build”, it says I can’t save the hosts file because i don’t have permission, how do i gain permission? Ive tried editing but ive not seemed to have been successful in changing permissions

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      Pramod3 years, 6 months ago

      You will need iTunes 10.5 Beta if you want to restore to iOS 5b1. iTunes 10.5 Beta is currently available only to the iOS Dev program registrants. You may search for it over Google as well to get a copy of the same.
      For your permission errors, make sure you have Admin rights to the account that your using to log into your system.