How to Connect Alexa to Pandora

Play your Pandora channels with a simple voice command

An Amazon Echo dot sitting on a shelf.

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It's quite easy to listen to Pandora using your Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or other Alexa device. In fact, with the ability to tell your Alexa whether or not you want to listen using Pandora, the two services work very well together. You can even rate music as it plays, which helps Pandora cater the custom radio station to your personal tastes. Pandora Radio is awesome because it does a great job of linking similar music, so it really does go hand-in-hand (or perhaps voice-in voice) with Alexa.

You'll need a Pandora account to link to Alexa. If you don't already have one, set up a Pandora account before proceeding.

How to Connect Alexa to Pandora Using Your Smartphone or Tablet

To connect to Pandora from your Alexa device, you need to link your Pandora account to Alexa. You can do this in the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone, or through the Alexa website. Once you've linked your Pandora account, you can begin playing Pandora stations immediately.

  1. Launch the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet. This is the app used to set up the Alexa device.

  2. Tap Settings in the lower-right corner of the screen. The settings icon looks like a gear.

  3. In settings, choose Music & Media.

  4. The available music services will be listed on this screen. Tap Link account on Pandora.com.

    Screenshot of Alexa settings
  5. Tap I have a Pandora Account on the Pandora screen.

  6. Log in using your Pandora account's email and password, then tap Lookup Account.

    If you've forgotten your password, tap the I forgot my password link at the bottom of this screen. This will take you through the process of recovering your password.

  7. Pandora will confirm you're ready to start using your account with your Amazon Echo or Alexa device. Tap the X button in the top-right corner to return to the Amazon Alexa app.

How to Connect Pandora to Your Amazon Echo Device Using the Web

Don't have your smartphone handy? Don't worry. You can also customize the music settings on your Alexa device using your laptop or desktop PC by logging into the Alexa website.

  1. Navigate to https://alexa.amazon.com using your preferred web browser.

  2. Log in using your Amazon account credentials.

  3. Select Settings from the left-side menu.

  4. Select Music & Media.

  5. All of the music services available will be listed. Select Link account on Pandora.com to continue.

    Screenshot of Alexa settings
  6. If you do not have a Pandora account, you can choose to create one on this screen. Otherwise, select I have a Pandora Account.

  7. Log in using your Pandora credentials.

  8. Pandora will let you know you're all done. You can close the tab and immediately start playing Pandora radio stations on your Alexa device.

Alexa Pandora Commands to Play Custom Radio Stations on Your Alexa Device

Once you've linked your Pandora account, you can immediately start playing Pandora radio using your Amazon Echo or other Alexa device. You simply need to tell Alexa you want to use Pandora instead of the default music service:

  • "Alexa, Play [station] on Pandora." Using Pandora on Alexa is as simple as adding the "on Pandora" keyword phrase to your command. Pandora stations are usually by the band or song used to create them, but if you added a custom name to the radio station, you can use that as well.
  • "Alexa, Play [song or artist] on Pandora." What about creating a new radio station? It's as simple as playing one of your current stations. Simply name the song or band you want to use as a seed for the station. If Alexa doesn't find an existing station, you'll be asked if you want to create a new one.

You can also say, "Alexa, create a [artist or song] station on Pandora."

  • "Alexa, thumbs up!" You can rate a song with a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" command.
  • "Alexa, what song is this?" The great thing about Pandora is discovering new music. If you hear a song you like but are unsure of the artist or song name, just ask Alexa "who is playing?" or "what song is this?"
  • "Alexa, skip." This one is a universal music command that works with most music services and skips to the next song.

Remember, you may have only a limited number of skips on Pandora.

A few other generic music commands include:

  • "Alexa pause"
  • "Alexa play"
  • "Alexa stop"
  • "Alexa turn volume to [number from 1 to 10]"
  • "Alexa volume up" or "Alexa volume down."

How to Set Pandora as Your Default Music Player on Alexa

You can use Pandora as your default music player, essentially meaning you can stop saying "on Pandora" when asking for a specific radio station.

Unfortunately, Alexa doesn't assume whether or not you mean a station when requesting an artist, so you will still need to add "station" to the command; For example, "Alexa, play Beatles station." If you simply ask her to play "Beatles," she will still shuffle Beatles songs using Amazon Music.

  1. Open the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone. You can also log in to https://alexa.amazon.com in a web browser.

  2. Tap the settings icon in the lower-right corner of the screen. In a web browser, select Settings in the left-side menu.

  3. Select Music & Media.

  4. Select Choose default music services.

    Screenshot of Alexa settings
  5. Tap or select the circle next to Pandora under the Default station service section.

  6. Choose Done.