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Pandora Setup on Google Home Instructions, 2017

If you’re a Pandora streaming service subscription holder, you can now listen to your playlists and request songs from the Pandora internet radio station library to play on your Google Home smart speaker. Plus, if you have a Google Home speaker, you may wish to play your Pandora stations on it.  So, in this piece, we give Pandora Setup on Google Home instructions.  These show how to link your speaker with your Pandora account.

With a few uncomplicated setup steps, you’ll gain full access via voice commands to your Pandora content through your speaker.  And, if you’re new to Pandora, you’ll currently receive a one-month free trial, which grants you full access to their recordings, allowing you to fully test Google Home with Spotify before paying for the premium Spotify music subscription.

Pandora Setup on Google Home, Preliminary Work

1a. Connect your Google speaker to the Google Home service.

Before you can access any of the services offered by the Google smart assistant service, you’ll need to connect it to the internet, and then register it with Google via the Google Home app. See our piece  here  for details on how to perform these tasks.

1b. Set Up a Pandora Account 

If you do not have one already, head on over to the Spotify web site   here,   and follow their screen prompts to establish an account.  Make sure to take advantage of any free trial offers that may be in play.

Pandora Setup on Google Home, Step by Step Instructions

2a. Bring up the Google Home App on your Mobile Device

On our iPad, the Google Home app is found on page three of the home pages.

Picture of the Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen. Pandora Setup on Google Home.
Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen. Pandora Setup on Google Home.

The app then runs and displays its home screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app Home screen. Pandora Setup on Google Home.
Google Home App Home screen. Pandora Setup on Google Home.

2b. Bring up the Google Home Main Menu

Tap the hamburger item, located in the top left corner of the home screen displayed above (the three stacked horizontal lines).  The main menu then displays, as shown next.

Picture of the Main menu, with the Music item highlighted.
The Main menu, with the Music item highlighted. Pandora Setup on Google Home.

2c. Tap the Music Menu Link

Find the Music item pointed at by the pink arrow in the last pic.

You then get the  Music Service Choices  screen, as shown next.

Picture of the -Music Service Choices- screen, with the unlinked Pandora service highlighted. Pandora Setup on Google Home.
The -Music Service Choices- screen, with the unlinked Pandora service highlighted. Pandora Setup on Google Home.

2d. Tap the Pandora LINK Option

Find the Link item pointed at by the pink arrow in the last picture.

Doing so brings up the Link your Pandora Account window, as displayed next.

Picture of the -Link Your Pandora Account- prompt, with the -LINK ACCOUNT- option highlighted.
The -Link Your Pandora Account- prompt, with the -LINK ACCOUNT- option highlighted. Pandora Setup on Google Home.

2e. Tap the  LINK ACCOUNT Option 

Find this item on the Link Account screen displayed just prior.

This brings up the Pandora New-Existing Account Choice  screen, as shown next.

Picture of the -Pandora Account New-Existing Choice- screen, with the -Existing Account- button highlighted.
The -Pandora Account New-Existing Choice- screen, with the -Existing Account- button highlighted. Pandora Setup on Google Home.

2f. Tap the I have a Pandora account Button

If you followed all the steps above, then you have an existing Pandora account at this point.  So, no need to sign up for a new one here.  Therefore, choose this option that allows you to sign in with credentials from that account.

Then, you get the Pandora Login  screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Pandora Login- screen.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Pandora Login- screen. Pandora Setup on Google Home.

2g. Enter your Pandora User Id and Password

Once entered, tap the LOG IN  button.

If all goes well, Google Home returns you to the Music Service Choices screen, as shown next.  This time when viewing that screen, note that the Pandora entry no longer has the LINK option underneath, but instead, displays an UNLINK option.  This means that you’ve successfully linked your Pandora account to Google Home.

Picture of the -Music Service Choices- screen, with the successfully linked Pandora service highlighted. Pandora Setup on Google Home.
The -Music Service Choices- screen, with the successfully linked Pandora service highlighted. Pandora Setup on Google Home.

Note that Google Home has also set Pandora as the default music service provider.  However, you need not leave it as the default.  But if you do, you may shorten your voice requests for Pandora content as described below.

2h. Test Out Pandora on your Google Home Speaker

You may now speak commands to Google Home to play the hundreds of stock stations, or your custom Pandora stations.  Just ask, as in

  • Okay Google, play funk on Pandora.
  • Hey Google, play some party music on Pandora.
  • Okay Google, play 1970s hits on Pandora.

2i. Enjoy! 

You will now be able to command your Google speaker device to play any group of the millions of recordings in the Pandora library.  Love all those low-commercial internet radio stations!  The range of genres, artists, old songs, and new songs, is truly amazing.  You may even be able to sell off your some of your terrestrial radios for space savings, since most any music you may wish to hear, Pandora will likely either already have, or will get in short order, and then offer a station that streams it.

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  • 2019-05-14: Added targeting for ‘Pandora Setup on Google Home’, removed ad scripts, and added tags.
  • 2017-01-15: Originally published.