How to Fix iTunes Error 1013/1611 While Updating iOS 4.2.1

An unknown error occurred (1013), lot of user complaining about this iTunes error code 1013 and 1611 while restoring iOS 4.2.1. If you want to update your device to iOS 4.2.1 then lets see how to fix iTuns error 1013 / 1611 on Windows or Mac OSX

iTunes Error

How to Fix iTunes Error 1013

To find the iTunes error you need to edit Hosts file on Windows or Mac.

Windows Users :
Press Windows + R keys from keyboard
Enter this path in Open text box C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc and hit Enter.
There will be a hosts file, open this file in text editor like NotePad
Remove all entries like and save the file
Now try to restore firmware.

Mac OS X Users :
Run Terminal from Application > Utilities.
Type the following command sudo nano /etc/hosts, hit Return and Enter Password if prompted.
Find the entries using down arrow key and comment out the line by entering # at start of the line.
Press Control+O to save the file, press Control+X to exit from editor.
Now Restore you device.

13 comments… add one
dabanksuks December 3, 2010, 5:35 am

wow u r the man…. i have been looking on Google and u tube and apple site and heaps of forums for over 10 hours.

i am very impressed. how did u ever figure it out < i was getting worried as.

Your da MAN!!!!!!!

wayan December 8, 2010, 11:33 am

while i try to hit save its showing cannot save on host what should i do??

trickYguY December 9, 2010, 2:41 am

Try this:
First, Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Right click on Notepad and select “Run as Administrator”.
Now in Notepad, click on File menu and Open the Host file from “C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc”.
Edit and save the file, hope this will work.

shevapro December 22, 2010, 5:32 am

You absolute legend. What a ridiculous error, couldn’t do anything, it was well and truly jammed.

lozzo December 23, 2010, 2:40 am

TNX a lot Dude.
mi hai salvato il culo!

Ms.Peace March 10, 2011, 10:47 am

I did all the steps over n over but i keep on getting the same error 1013 please help

jimi lennon from malay March 13, 2011, 12:51 am


help needed March 25, 2011, 1:21 pm

i did everything possible, i tried to restore from another computer, the thing is i don’t have on my hosts lists. I was trying to update my ipad software when i was done it gave me that error. now my ipad shows the connect to itunes screen and i have been trying to restore ever since. it’s been 2 days already and everytime i restore it gives me error 1013.tried everything, restored from another pc, disabled the antivirus and the firewalls, it just keeps giving me the same error over and over again. please help

trickYguY March 26, 2011, 1:27 am

Please tell me something about firmware version that you are trying to restore.

Help needed March 27, 2011, 1:34 am

iPad 16 gb 3G+wifi tried to restore it on 2 different pcs using windows vista and windows 7

alvin July 26, 2011, 11:38 am

i have the same problem.. i did everything but i dont have the in my hostfile.. pls help.

itallnews February 19, 2012, 7:25 pm

thanks. it so cool

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