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Fix iTunes Error 11 While Restoring iOS 5.1.1 on iPhone, iPod & iPad [UPDATE X1]

Trying to find out how to fix iTunes error 11? iTunes errors are not uncommon, but most of the times they are easily solved. This iTunes error we encountered while working on the article about the new Absinthe 2.0.1. Normally the error should not appear, but if you see the error blinking on your screen then we found the answer on what went wrong!

In our case, the error appeared while jailbreaking iOS 5.1.1 using Absinthe 2.0.1, but this error can also appear in other processes. If you missed the news, you can check out everything about the release of Absinthe 2.0.1 to jailbreak any iDevice.

While we where trying to get our iOS 5.1.1 SHSH Blobs using TinyUmbrella, iTunes showed a message that for some reason we cannot restore iOS 5.1.1 using TinyUmbrella. It is important to mention that we already saved iOS 5.1.1 SHSH Blobs in TinyUmbrella previously.

fix itunes error 11 Fix iTunes Error 11 While Restoring iOS 5.1.1 on iPhone, iPod & iPad [UPDATE X1]

Solution to fix iTunes Error 11

  • Check your HOSTS file and remove all the gs.apple.com entries
  • Try to restore without TinyUmbrella

UPDATE X1: Unfortunately, this post is way out of date and DOES NOT WORK ANYMORE. Any attempt to use this guide will lead to failure. As an alternative to fix iTunes Error 11 as suggested by user Scotbond, you can instead use Redsn0w to stitch SHSH blobs INTO the IPSW (custom or stock) and create a brand-new IPSW. You can then use iTunes to restore to iOS 5.1.1 using the Redsn0w-stitched IPSW. Make sure that TinyUmbrella is not running in the background and your HOST file is at default. The process is quite similar to this guide.

We tested this solution, and it worked fine.

Earlier today, we already encountered iTunes error 3194 while restoring iOS 5.1.1 on iPhone, iPod & iPad. We are still testing and if we come across more errors in this process, we will get back to you as soon as possible!

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    Palani10 months, 4 weeks ago

    Thanks a lot Matt… Followed your steps…. It was smooth restore…. Cheers Matt

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    travamc12 months ago

    here is a solution… AUTOR ARMENIAN DEVELOPER PRAMdowngrade 7.x.x to ifaitH CUSTOM IPSW 6.1.3 via itunes 11.1.2 (the latest)INSTALL ITUNES 11.1.2OPEN FOLDER /Mobile Device SupportDELETE FILES FROM FOLDERC:program files (x86)/common files/apple/Mobile Device SupportDELETED THIS FILES AND CHANGE TO FILES FROM ITUNES 11.05AppleMobileDeviceService_main.dllMobileDevice.dlliTunesMobileDevice.dllhere are the 11.05 files:http://adf.ly/YDWsj

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      sfdgfweg11 months ago

      wow this really worked perfectly! thanks I never had any tricks working before! worked with ifaith created ipsw with itunes 11.1.1. Though I havent deleted all files just replaced two.

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    j mattackal1 year ago

    i have an iphone 4. and i unknowingly upgraded to 6.1.3 and later did a tethered jailbreak so i need to boot with ibooty.One fine day, the i put on the phone and it keeps switching between the red battery level and the apple logo. I have tried almost every advice possible. But the phone seems to be stuck somewhere. Any help is appreciated

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      Patrick Gumban1 year ago

      Did you install any recent Cydia tweaks? Have you tried leaving your iPhone charged for a bit before attempting to do a tethered boot?

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        j mattackal1 year ago

        Thank you Patrick, i have not installed any cydia tweaks, i have kept it charged over night and still same story.

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    Gautier1 year ago

    Just wanted to let you know that the only way I was able to upgrade a 3GS from 4.2.1 to 5.1.1, was through Redsnow by selecting “Extras”>”Even more”>”Restore to an IPSW, with support for saved blobs and downgrades”. That process went just fine, but anything else using Itunes just wouldn’t work.

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    tom1 year, 3 months ago

    just  use  TinyUmbrella Fix Recovery for mac or window and run fixrecovery43.exe or fixrecovery421.exe. It may not run if your are missing zlib1.dll in your pc….but you can google it and installed it. Then run fixrecovery, then run itunes recovery and it will get it done 

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    Bebeto1 year, 3 months ago

    Yes sorry maybe in the future !! Good to know that it works!!

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    Ziya Ibrahimli1 year, 3 months ago

    Dude, However you posted that UPDATE X1 stuff, but actually it really workss…..I have been spent 4 hours on my iphone 5 but this solution worked for me.Thanks buddy.

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    Bebeto1 year, 4 months ago

    Nothing !!! u cant do it just buy a jailbroken phone

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    atharva1 year, 4 months ago

    what do i do if i dont have shsh blobs?

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    Andrea1 year, 4 months ago

    sorry, what does “Check your HOSTS file and remove all the gs.apple.com entries” means?how can i do it?

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      Patrick Gumban1 year, 4 months ago

      Hi, this guide is outdated and doesn’t work anymore. What’s your problem, I’ll see if I can help.

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        Andrea1 year, 4 months ago

        thanks, but i’ve already solved my problem. this guide has been usefull when i have understood the meaning of “host file”

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    ragavan1 year, 6 months ago

    how to activate my iphone

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    Pat F.1 year, 6 months ago

    Hi! That solved the error 11, but then another error came up saying that the server could not be contacted blah blah blah.. What to do now?

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    zhenyangli1 year, 6 months ago

    Can you make an video plz?

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    Mardali1 year, 6 months ago

    how do i use it to make error 11 go away i installed it and runned but still the error comes up

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    Mardel1 year, 6 months ago

    Thank you! It solved my problem with error 21 and then 11 when I tried with TinyUmbrella.

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    mehraj1 year, 6 months ago

    thanx bro it works

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    neetan1 year, 7 months ago

    i m jailbroken on 4.3.3 ,so which redsnow version shud i use ..! 

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      Anthony1 year, 7 months ago

      Any.

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    Mina1 year, 7 months ago

    I updated my iPhone 4 from 5.1.1 to 6.1.2 and I hate it. Horrible battery drain, Siri port not working, and some of the tweaks are not compatible. Trying Tinyumbrella + iTunes gave me error 11 too. I want to try Redsn0w but I am worried it would update my Baseband because I rely on Gevey Ultra Sim unlock. I have a Sn0wbreeze created IPSW with no Baseband upgrade, can I use this IPSW with Redsn0w ? Thanks in advance.

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      Majid1 year, 6 months ago

      ????? ?? ????

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    Endri1 year, 7 months ago

    does anyone know if has been any progress on downgrading iphone 4s,  6.1 to earlier firmwares, i have the shsh blobs for 5.1.1 

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    Jakey1 year, 8 months ago

    Hello guys. If you have an iPhone 4 upwards, download the latest Redsn0w. With your SHSH blobs, you can now restore your iPhone without going through the hassle of iTunes. Open Redsn0w>Extras>Even More>Restore

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      Harfoush1 year, 7 months ago

      Dude u r awesome…………. thankkkssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

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      denied1411 year, 7 months ago

      giving error 2624 everytime! any solution for that ?

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      Ahmad1 year, 3 months ago

      Should i use the original ipsw in this case ir the stiched one ? Thanks

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    Esben1 year, 9 months ago

    Thanks man!!

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    Deuterio1 year, 9 months ago

    The stiching did the trick…

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    Tony1 year, 9 months ago

    i updated from 5.1.1 to 6.0.1 and i dnt have my shsh to downgradethere’s a way to get them ?

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      Patrick Gumban1 year, 9 months ago

      Hi, what’s your iPhone’s model?

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        loda1 year, 9 months ago

        my i phone 4

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          Patrick Gumban1 year, 9 months ago

          If you have jailbroken on iOS 5.1.1 and used Cydia before, you should have your SHSH blobs saved via Cydia thus you can downgrade.

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    Erick1 year, 9 months ago

    just use redsnow  0.9.14b2 and stitch shsh to custom ios upgrade or downgrade ios also Downgrade baseband ….

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    Cipriani1 year, 9 months ago

    Created a Stitched ipad 3 ios 5.1.1, trying to downgrade from ios 6.0.1.. Possible?

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      Patrick Gumban1 year, 9 months ago

      I am afraid that’s not possible, the downgrade can only be done on A4-based devices like the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4G.

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      Erick1 year, 9 months ago

      yes dont use tinyumbrella just stitch the shsh to the custom ios…need to be in dfu mode

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        Erick1 year, 9 months ago

        sorry yes only A4 devices

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    Sami1 year, 9 months ago

    i wanna downgrade to ios 5.1.1 without any errors how?

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    Shayc1 year, 10 months ago

    Ipad 2 10a523 6.0.1 any help how to downgrade to 5.1.1

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    Rodrigo Puertas1 year, 10 months ago

    Matt, You Save My ass! thanks I can restore my iphone 4!! THANKS MEN!!

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    Matt1 year, 10 months ago

    Don’t now if this helps anyone, but I restored my iPad 2 that was running 5.1.1 to 5.1.1 again just to get a fresh restore. I used the latest version of Redsnow, went to “Extras,” then “Even More,” and then selected the 5.1.1 IPSW. After, that seeing as my shsh was already saved I selected Remote to retrieve it and it restored it that way. Seemed pretty easy to me. And like I said, not sure if that helped anyone, just thought I’d throw it out there.

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      Alex1 year, 9 months ago

      Cheers, Matt! I’ve been struggling for 2 days now to restore my iPhone. It is to easy this way. Probably this is only reason why this solution is not known.

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      phlux1 year, 9 months ago

      Yay Matt! GODLIKE! \o/

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    michael wasmuth1 year, 10 months ago

    i have erro 3108? any ideas???

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      Tyler (Jaxov Team)1 year, 10 months ago

      Hi there, Error 3108 seems to also be called, “recNotFnd error” and there’s a wiki with some information about that error along with a repair tool link as well. http://vxcl.org/recnotfnd.php

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    Arda1 year, 10 months ago

    I tried Scotbond’s solution, but iTunes 11 gave the error code 3194. Any suggestions?

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      Tyler (Jaxov Team)1 year, 10 months ago

      We’ve covered error 3194 pretty extensively, here’s one of the posts regarding the error when restoring: http://jaxov.com/2012/05/fix-itunes-error-3194-while-restoring-ios-5-1-1-iphone-4-3gs-ipod-4g-3g-ipad-3-2-1/

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    Albert1 year, 10 months ago

    Is there ANY way to restore 5.1.1 on a iPhone 4S?? I’ve tried everything; tinyumbrella servers, blobs stitched to IPSW, changing host files, and nothing!!!!!

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    sorrento1 year, 11 months ago

    Still impossible for 4S ios5 without apt ticket ? Cause I’m still waiting a news :(

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    devang1 year, 11 months ago

    hi by mistak i update ios 6.0.1 but i want to go back on ios 5.1.1 i trying via itunes to many times but every time i get error 3108 or 11 i have iphone4s factory unlock pls help

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      Tyler (Jaxov Team)1 year, 11 months ago

      Not possible to downgrade to 5.1.1 with an iPhone 4S at the time, sorry for that.

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        sorrento1 year, 11 months ago

        Hi Tyler, do u know if we can’t still upgrading between ios5 with the 4S if our apt ticket won’t let us do it ??I explain: I’ve never change firmware since I got my 4S in 5.0.1 (I’m jailbroken, saved all SHSH, etc…) I’ve read somewhere that I can’t upgrade or downgrad to another io5 firmware if I kept my original firmware since I bought my device. They all told my it’s cause of the apt ticket that didn’t change, something like that.Thks for your help ;)

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          Tyler (Jaxov Team)1 year, 11 months ago

          If you have your SHSH/APTicket combination saved, then you should be able to upgrade to 5.1.1 even though Apple has stopped signing it. You can use something like “Pkgbackup” to make things easier and restore your Cydia packages after a new restore/jailbreak.

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    ccong1 year, 11 months ago

    I think Redsn0w v0.9.15.b3 is still not applicable for IPAD3.. I cannot enter Pwned DFU mode also.. it is deactivated when I connect my IPAD. (It is activated again when I plugged out my IPAD or connected my Iphone 4)

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    ccong1 year, 11 months ago

    I am using Redsn01 v 0.9.15.b3 which is latest.Now I am trying to find another IPSW file (Same ver, but from other site)..I hope another IPSW file will work for my new-IPAD…

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      Kafuka1 year, 4 months ago

      Try Redsn0w v0.9.14b2, stitching 5.1.1 worked for me.

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    Ccong1 year, 11 months ago

    ?By the method of stitching my shsh blobs into the IPSW, redsn0w generates below message and no more work is done. “stitching for this IPSW isn’t currently available” I selected the firmware for IPad – 3.1_5.1.1_9B206_Restore.ipsw.why this problem is occured? how can I solve this problem? When I use Tinyumbrella, I face with 11 error, and if I turn off tinyumbrella before trying restore, I got 3194 error even if I revise hosts file.  My mental is currently corrupting now.. Please advise!!

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      Scotbond1 year, 11 months ago

      You are using incorrect RedSn0w version.For stitching 5.1.1 blobs into 5.1.1 ipsw – you must use Redsn0w v0.9.15.b3 

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        Kafuka1 year, 4 months ago

        I have exactly the same problem and I’m using Redsn0w v0.9.15.b3. Do you have any idea how to solve this?

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        Kafuka1 year, 4 months ago

        Using Redsn0w v0.9.14b2 worked for me!

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    scotbond1 year, 11 months ago

    TinyUmbrella is no longer proper solution for restoring iOS 5.In order to overcome Error 11 do the following:1. Stich your SHSH blobs INTO the IPSW (custom or stock) using Redsn0w.     It will generate new IPSW file.2. Use iTunes to restore using the new generated file.    ( do not run tinyumbrella in the background, and make sure your hosts file is at default state )

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      Cristian1 year, 11 months ago

      how can i make sure that hosts file is at default state?

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        Scotbond1 year, 11 months ago

        Just verify it does not contain any “gs.apple.com” entry.if it does, you should edit it using root permissions. (sudo)

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    sorrento1 year, 11 months ago

    The 4S on ios 5 can’t be downgraded or upgraded on the same ios if the device kept the same firmware as the purchase even if we got all shsh saved…. This appears to be cause of the apticket apparently…. I’ve tried everything and can’t restore my 4s except going to ios6, so no thks ! LOL !

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    heywassup1 year, 11 months ago

    nothing in the host file is working for me even if i delete it it is still there

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    heywassup1 year, 11 months ago

    when i don’t use tiny umbrella i get the error 3194 this is getting on my last f****** nerve

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    Alex11 year, 11 months ago

    already tried this for error 3194 but i cant save changes.HELLP

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      dzemall1 year, 11 months ago

      run notepad as administrator and then navigate to the hosts to open & edit

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    Karim1 year, 11 months ago

    Non Of These Solutions Work

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      scotbond1 year, 11 months ago

      Yes, this post is way out of date! Any attempt will fail —>     you must first stich your blobs into ipsw using redsn0w.see my instructions in my last comment.

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    Tom1 year, 12 months ago

    Yes it worked OMG thank you so much

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    michell1 year, 12 months ago

    I tried to restore my jailbreaked ipod touch 4g but it is showing error 37.Can somebody help me??????

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    Muhammad Baiquni2 years ago

    If I use Tinyumbrella I got error code 11 and when I did not use tinyumbrella I got error code 3194.How should I fix this?

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      scotbond1 year, 11 months ago

      you need to stich your blobs into the ipsw. dont use tinyumbrella

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    sheraz2 years ago

    edit host file is the best method to restore i try  at last of the host file paste #74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com

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      Wampa wampa1 year, 11 months ago

      This literally does nothing to your hosts file. The ‘#’ denotes a comment in the file, meaning it gets overlooked and nothing in the comment is used.

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    sheraz2 years ago

    Stop tiny umbrella and try normally to restore

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      scotbond1 year, 11 months ago

      wrong!  any attempt will fail.   you must first stich your blobs into ipsw using redsn0w.see my instructions in my last comment.

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    ehsan2 years ago

    100% crap solution all other errors occures

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      Assaf2 years ago

      That’s because Apple isn’t signing 5.1.1 anymore

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    marko2 years ago

    I have a problem when i wanted to restore to 5.0.1 arrive error like iphone server at moment isn’t possible to contact

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    sam2 years ago

    Crap me too

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    iPhone 4s Owner2 years ago

    Now i get error number 3108. anybody know how to fix?

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    Bunnie2 years ago

    If I updated to 6 by accident and want my jailbreak and 5.1.1 back, I keep getting error codes 11, 21, 1394,  1601, 1602, and 3194. I have been to about 37 sites with different “methods” on downgrading with no luck. Apple couldn’t help me either. Is there a way to jailbreak and then downgrade or something? Or a hotline I could call lol or something. I’ve been going at this for 17 hours (no sleep). PLEASE  HELP ME!!!

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    Bunnie2 years ago

    I get error 21 now =(

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    rhai2 years ago

    im updating 5.1 to 5.1.1 iphone 4s.. but always getting error 3194. then i use tinyumbrella.. i got error 11.. what will i do?

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      sorrento2 years ago

      Hi Rhai I got the same issue than you… It still looking for and will let you know if I find something that works… Please let me know too if you got something ;)

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        isaiah2 years ago

        I “think” we (iPhone 4s users) need to put our phones on Pwned DFU Mode, the funny thing is that their is no option to Pwned DFU our iPhone 4s.

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    chico2 years ago

    I tried installing ios 5.1.1 on iphone 3GS but error 3194 came up. i think i accidentally updated to ios 6.so i tried using tiny umbrella and got error 11..

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      Bunnie2 years ago

      I’m getting error 11, 21, 1601, 1602, 3194. IDK what’s going on. =(

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    Cassie2 years ago

    I dont get it! hmm..

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    Iphone 4s2 years ago

    THANKS!!!!! After long hours of trying finally I restored my iphone 4s to 5.1.1!!!!

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      jack2 years ago

      Hi can you tell me how? my iphone wont restore due to error 11 >_< 

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      Husan2 years ago

      Yeah tell us how u have done this please. save our lives. 

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      Ria2 years ago

      Any tips appreciated, getting ERROR 11. Had Error 3194 first but get Error 11 if I fix Error 3194.How did you do it?

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        sheraz2 years ago

        go to host file C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc ,,, and edit host file at end you paste this #74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com ,,, then save this file .. go to itunes and try to restore

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      Matrix1 year, 10 months ago

      Hi,How did they do, I have iPhone 4 5.1 (9B179)?Seeking page months update to 5.1.1Please Help me, I first instructions when it goes for me too, I upload via Youtube

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    Sidrit Braho2 years, 2 months ago

    Worked! I love you for this!! Thank you so much!

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      sorrento2 years ago

      iPhone 4S 5.0.1 want to upgrade to 5.1.1 but even after deleted the all the gs.apple.com entries from the HOSTS file it doesn’t work without Tinyumbrella… Would mind to let me know what you did exactly ?Thks ;)

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    Mista_East2 years, 2 months ago

    Worked for me too! Thanks. it normally takes me forever with these errors.

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    siddhant joshi2 years, 2 months ago

    its work for me , very thanx to u

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    bg2 years, 3 months ago

    this post led me to this http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3297

    thank you! saved my iphone!!!

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    Franky2 years, 4 months ago

    Tried it but it didnt work on my sprint Iphone 4s

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      sorrento2 years ago

      So apparently we can’t restore the same firmware, downgrade or upgrade on IOS5 with iPhone 4S cause of the A5… We need to wait the new redsn0w release then we’ll be able to do that, so guys don’t upgrade to IOS6… Just an advise, be patient ;)

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        Shaun2 years ago

        I have been trying to do a clean install of 5.1.1 all day! Your comment that we need to downgrade or upgrade saved me! THANKSDowngraded and then upgraded back to 5.1.1

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          Shaun2 years ago

          spoke too soon.  i am now stuck on 4.3 and cannot get to 5.xkeep getting error 11

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            frank1 year, 10 months ago

            me too…Error 11 and no hope :/