How to Set Up a Free Pandora Radio Account

Get started with Pandora by completing a simple sign-up process

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Pandora is a personalized music streaming service that offers a free account to be used on any desktop or mobile device. The free version includes ads, but it allows you to create custom radio stations and discover new music and artists.

Although you can use Pandora without signing up for a free account, you cannot create your own customized stations and return to them later without registering.

Pandora offers services through a browser, as well as dedicated apps for Android and iOS devices.

How to Set Up a Free Pandora Account

Follow these steps to set up your free Pandora Radio account on your computer's web browser.

  1. Navigate to to the Pandora website.

  2. Select Sign Up from the top-right corner of the main page.

  3. Complete the required fields, including an email address, password, birth year, ZIP code, and gender. Pandora uses this information to personalize your listening experience on the website but keeps all the information private.

    Pandora sign-up screen.
  4. A notice states that, by signing up, you "accept and agree to Pandora's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy." If you'd like, you can select the corresponding link to read the full terms.

  5. Select Sign Up.

Now it's time to pick an artist or song to set up your first Pandora station. By default, your Pandora Profile is set to Public, but you can choose to set it to Private. You can make this change at any time through your account Settings, found under your profile badge in the top-right corner of the screen.

Pandora offers free trials for its two paid options: Pandora Premium and Pandora Plus, both of which remove ads from the listening experience. The Premium package allows you to download music for offline listening.