How to Listen to Pandora Stations Offline

You don't need the internet to listen to your favorite music

If you're a Pandora lover, we recommend making your playlists available offline. Saving playlists doesn't take up a ton of storage space on your device, and they're an amazing perk when you don't have internet access but need some great tunes.

Instructions in this article apply to the Pandora app running on any version of Android, iOS, or iPadOS.

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How to Download Music for Offline Listening

To listen to your Pandora stations offline, you must have a paid subscription to Pandora Plus ($4.99/month) or Pandora Premium ($9.99/month). For more information about plans and pricing, see Pandora's subscription plans.

With Pandora Plus, you can listen to up to four stations offline. Pandora Premium supports unlimited offline playlists. If your account is enabled for offline listening, the procedure is simple. To turn on Offline Mode in the Pandora mobile app, complete the following steps:

  1. Tap Profile.
  2. Tap the Settings icon (the gear).
  3. Tap the Offline Mode slider to turn Offline Mode on.
The Pandora app on iOS 13

When you enable Offline Mode, the content Pandora downloads to your mobile device depends on your subscription level:

  • Pandora Plus: Pandora downloads your top three stations (that is, the three stations you've listen to most) and your Thumbprint Radio to your mobile device and makes them available offline.
  • Pandora Premium: In the Pandora mobile app, tap My Collection, and then tap the Download icon beside the eligible songs you want to listen to offline.

If your device drops its Wi-Fi connection in the middle of downloading a song, Pandora saves where you were in the download, then resumes downloading when you're connected to the internet again.

Tips for Using Pandora in Offline Mode

Connect your Android device, iPad, or iPhone to Wi-Fi before you sync stations. You can download music over a cellular data connection rather than Wi-Fi, but you'll burn through a lot of data getting everything downloaded. If you have the option to connect to a wireless network, you should do it. You'll save time because Wi-Fi is typically faster than cellular data. You'll save money, too, because you won't go over the data limit of your cellular data plan.

The real benefit of Pandora in Offline Mode that you have the freedom to listen to music even when you can't connect to the internet. Whether you're on an airplane, in an office basement, on a road trip, or running on the trail, Pandora saves the day by giving you the tunes you love without consuming data.

If you put Pandora in Offline Mode manually, regardless of whether your mobile device is connected to the internet over Wi-Fi or cellular, you'll enjoy your music without using any network bandwidth at all.