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Pandora Setup on Original Google Home Smart Speaker Instructions




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.  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.

Linking Your Pandora Account to Google Home Speaker

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.

 

Link your Pandora account to Google Home

2a. Bring up the Google Home app on your tablet.  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.
Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.

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

 

Picture of the Google Home App on iOS, displaying its Home screen after successful smart speaker setup.
Google Home App on iOS, displaying its Home screen after successful smart speaker setup.

 

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 Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Main menu, with the Music item highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Main menu, with the Music item highlighted.

 

2c. Tap the Music link in main menu, as pointed at by the pink arrow above.  You then get the  Music Service Choices  screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Music Service Choices- screen, with the unlinked Pandora service highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Music Service Choices- screen, with the unlinked Pandora service highlighted.

2d. Tap the Pandora LINK option, as pointed at by the pink arrow in the previous picture.  Doing so brings up the Link your Pandora Account window, as displayed next.

Picture of the Google Home App on iOS, displaying the -Link Your Pandora Account- prompt, with the -LINK ACCOUNT- Link highlighted.
Google Home App on iOS, displaying the -Link Your Pandora Account- prompt, with the -LINK ACCOUNT- Link highlighted.

 

2e. Tap the  LINK ACCOUNT  link  on the Link Account screen displayed just prior.  This brings up the Pandora New-Existing Account Choice  screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Pandora Account New-Existing Choice- screen, with the -Existing Account- button highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Pandora Account New-Existing Choice- screen, with the -Existing Account- button highlighted.

2f. Tap the dark blue ‘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 an existing 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.

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 link.  This indicates that you’ve successfully linked your Pandora account to Google Home.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Music Service Choices- screen, with the successfully linked Pandora service highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Music Service Choices- screen, with the successfully linked Pandora service highlighted.

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.

2i. Test out Pandora on your Google 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.

2j. 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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Revision History

  • 2017-01-15: Originally published.