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In honor of Apple's latest iOS release (iOS 15) this past Monday, let's talk about Siri! Pandora listeners on iOS devices can use Siri voice commands to access content and control playback on Pandora.
Want to enjoy this feature? First, you'll need to be on iOS 13 or later and be on the latest version of the Pandora app.
If your device can't update to iOS 13, you can create custom voice shortcuts to access content using Siri.
Free, Plus and Premium listeners can ask to hear their favorite stations. Premium listeners can also ask Siri to play additional content, such as albums, podcasts, and specific songs or playlists.
Here are some examples of commands you can use with Siri:
While you won't be able to create or edit playlists through Siri, you can do that from the Pandora app and your changes will carry over.
If you're running a version older than iOS 13, you'll need to update your device's operating system (OS) to be able to use this feature. Refer to this article for more info.
If you can't update your operating system to iOS 13, you can still use Siri by creating voice command shortcuts.
To create Siri shortcuts from the Pandora app:
You can say the suggested prompt or record something unique.
Tip: To add items to your Recently Played menu, listen to that content for at least 30 seconds and then skip to something else. That way, the item will become queued in your recently played list.
To review or edit any Siri Shortcuts you've added for the Pandora app:
For additional information and detailed instructions about this, see Use Siri Shortcuts on the Apple website.
If you enjoy listening to Pandora with your Apple HomePod, here are a few commands you can use:
Additionally, on your HomePod, you can select Pandora as your primary music and podcast service and you won't have to say "on Pandora" after each command.
Don't want anyone else messing with your Pandora account using HomePod? Enable Recognize My Voice, then only you will be able to Thumb up/down or add to your collection.
If it is turned off, no one will be able to Thumb or collect music.
Thanks for sharing these helpful tips, @TannerPandora. 🎧
@TannerPandora, I just came across this post and wanted to say thanks for doing it!
I actually came to the Pandora community today regarding an issue/non-feature of the Pandora-on-HomePod service (I’ll start a new thread rather than describe it here), but I was dismayed to see that when I searched for “HomePod” only 13 threads came back. I do hope the usage metrics for Pandora on HomePod are greater than this suggests.
Also, does your post represent all of the Pandora commands available through Siri as of now?
Glad you enjoyed the post, @BMeek!
Correct, those are the currently commands available through Siri. I'm sure you know voice commands can be touchy but I've found they work pretty well for the most part. That's just from my own personal experience when using my HomePod. 🙌