News Smart & Connected Life Pandora Apple Watch App Now Works Without iPhone Stream your tunes to your wrist with a Wi-Fi or cellular connection By Rob LeFebvre Writer, Editor Rob LeFebvre has been a freelance technology writer for 10 years and an educator for 20. His articles have appeared in 148Apps, Cult of Mac, Engadget, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Rob LeFebvre Updated February 14, 2020 Smart & Connected Life Phones Internet & Security Computers Smart & Connected Life Home Theater Software & Apps Social Media Streaming Gaming View More Tweet Share Email What: Pandora’s updated Apple Watch app can now stream music and podcasts to your wrist without a connection to your iPhone.How: The app uses cellular or Wi-Fi connections to stream directly to the Apple Watch.Why Do You Care: Pandora is the first non-Apple streaming music app that no longer needs to tether to an iPhone to stream audio to Apple Watch. Lifewire / Rob LeFebvre Pandora just leapfrogged the competition, bringing an update to its Apple Watch app that lets you stream directly to your wrist without a tethered iPhone. This is the first non-Apple app that can do this on the Apple Watch; Apple Music and Podcasts can use a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, but Spotify and Deezer still need the iPhone for their Apple Watch apps to work. As Engadget notes, YouTube Music and Tidal don’t even have an Apple Watch app. To make sure you have the latest update, head to the Apple Watch App Store and search for Pandora. Download the latest if you don’t yet have it on your Apple Watch, or tap Update if you do and it hasn’t been updated yet. Skip the iPhone and Use the Apple Watch App Store on Your Wrist You’ll see a new interface that lets you Search or tap through to your Playlists and Podcasts. You can then choose any song you like (with a Premium account) or play through your playlist, no iPhone needed. Now if you hit the gym or take some time away from your iPhone, you can still listen to Pandora right on your own wrist.