iPhone "The iPhone software update server" error

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

  1. Caesar_091 macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2005
    If you got this error trying to update to iOS 8 try to edit your host file
    sudo pico /private/etc/hosts
    changing line
    # gs·apple·com
    # gs·apple·com
    (space after #)
    and than refresh DNS cache
    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

    Jun 11, 2010
    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.

  3. guineapig macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2011
    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

    Jun 11, 2010
    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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