iPhone "The iPhone software update server" error

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by Caesar_091, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. Caesar_091 macrumors regular

    Caesar_091

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2005
    Location:
    Italy
    #1
    If you got this error trying to update to iOS 8 try to edit your host file
    Code:
    sudo pico /private/etc/hosts
    changing line
    Code:
    #127.0.0.1 gs·apple·com
    to
    Code:
    # 127.0.0.1 gs·apple·com
    (space after #)
    and than refresh DNS cache
    Code:
    sudo dscacheutil -flushcache
    this worked for me on my iPhone 5S, iTunes 11.4, OS X 10.9.4
     
  2. jfrancis04, Sep 17, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2014

    jfrancis04 macrumors 6502a

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    #2
    How exactly do you do this?

    I attempted to install just downloading ios8 straight to my phone, but the update didn't go through and now I can't get my phone out of DFU mode without connecting to iTunes.

    I connected to iTunes and d/l the update (again!), but now I'm getting the following message: "The iPhone software update server could not be contacted."

    Phone is still stuck in DFU and is completely unusable.

    Anyone?
     
  3. guineapig macrumors regular

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    Oct 5, 2011
    Location:
    Italy
    #3
    This is happening to me too.
    iPhone as well as iPad.
    Even if the ipsw file for iPhone has been downloaded already.
     
  4. jfrancis04 macrumors 6502a

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    Jun 11, 2010
    #4
    Finally got it to work. I contacted Apple Care and they said to unplug the phone, turn it off, and make sure iTunes is completely up to date.

    - Open iTunes

    - Hold down the home button on your phone

    - Plug in phone to your computer while still holding the home button

    - iTunes will detect the phone in recovery mode and you'll be able to restore the phone. Once I did that, iOS8 was on it and working.

    Hope this helps you! Keep in mind, you will lose your apps/settings/data if you don't have a recent iCloud backup.
     

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