How to Connect Alexa to Pandora

Play your Pandora channels with Alexa voice commands

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It's possible to listen to Pandora using your Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or other Alexa device. You can even rate music as it plays, which helps Pandora cater custom radio stations to your personal tastes.

Instructions in this article apply to all Alexa-enabled devices.

How to Connect Alexa to Pandora Using Your Smartphone

Before you begin, you must set up your Alexa device using the Amazon Alexa app, which you can download from the Apple App Store or Google Play. You will also need to set up a Pandora account. To connect to Pandora from your Alexa device with a smartphone or tablet, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Amazon Alexa app and select the Menu icon in the upper-left corner.

    Launch the Amazon Alexa app and tap the Menu icon in the top-left corner.
  2. Choose Settings.

    Tap Settings.
  3. Scroll down and select Music under Alexa Preferences.

    Scroll down and tap Music under Alexa Preferences.
  4. Tap the plus sign (+) to the right of Link New Service.

    Tap the plus sign (+) to the right of Link New service.
  5. Choose Pandora.

    Tap Pandora.
  6. Select Enable to Use.

    Tap Enable to Use.
  7. Choose I have a Pandora account.

    Tap I have a Pandora Account.
  8. Log in using your Pandora account's email and password.

    Log in using your Pandora account's email and password.
  9. Select Approve access, then tap the X in the top-left corner to return to the Amazon Alexa app.

    Select Approve access, then tap the X in the top-left corner to return to the Amazon Alexa app.

How to Play Pandora Stations With Alexa

Now you can use Alexa voice commands to play Pandora stations. For example:

  • "Alexa, Play [station] on Pandora."
  • "Alexa, Play [song or artist] on Pandora."
  • "Alexa, create a [artist or song] station on Pandora."

Adding "on Pandora" to your command tells Alexa that you want to use Pandora instead of the default music service. It's also possible to make Pandora the default player so that you can omit "on Pandora."

Pandora stations are usually named after the band, genre, song, or artist used to create them, but if you added a custom name to the radio station, you can use that as well.

Alexa Commands for Pandora

A few other generic music commands that work with Pandora include:

  • "Alexa, pause."
  • "Alexa, play."
  • "Alexa, stop."
  • "Alexa, skip."
  • "Alexa, volume up."
  • "Alexa, volume down."
  • "Alexa, what song is this?"
  • "Alexa, thumbs up!"

The "Alexa, thumbs up" command tells Pandora to play more songs similar to what's currently playing.

How to Set Pandora as Your Default Music Player on Alexa

To make Pandora your default music player, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Amazon Alexa app and select the Menu icon in the upper-left corner.

    Launch the Amazon Alexa app and tap the Menu icon in the top-left corner.
  2. Choose Settings.

    Tap Settings.
  3. Scroll down and select Music under Alexa Preferences.

    Scroll down and tap Music under Alexa Preferences.
  4. Scroll down and tap Default Services.

    Scroll down tap Default Services.
  5. Scroll down and tap Pandora under Default Station.

    You will still need to add "station" to your commands (e.g. "Alexa, play Beatles station"). Otherwise, if you say "Alexa, play Beatles," she will shuffle Beatles songs using Amazon Music.

    Scroll down and tap Pandora under Default Station.
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