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Tanner's Tips: #5 Hey Pandora! Voice Mode



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This post is dedicated to all the great features that Pandora has to offer. Each week I'll be talking about and breaking down a Pandora feature in detail. Some of you may be using these features every day and others maybe not so much. My goal is to introduce something new and fun to your Pandora experience. Thanks for listening! 🎧


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VOICE MODE - "Hey Pandora!"


  • Device: iOS & Android Mobile
  • SubscriptionFree (Ad-supported), Plus, Premium (individual), Premium Family


Welcome to Pandora's unbelievably clever customized Voice Assistant — accessible on iOS & Android mobile devices across all service levels.

Listeners can use their voice to manage the Pandora app, find new music or podcasts, and create their personal audio entertainment experience in a perfectly natural and conversational way – just like chatting to a buddy who knows your tastes inside and out.


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Wanna try it? Here's how to enable Pandora Voice Mode.

The Pandora voice assistant feature will not be on by default.

To enable:

  1. If this is your first time enabling voice mode, open Pandora and tap the search icon. If this is not your first time, skip this step and proceed to step #3.
  2. You should be prompted with a message about voice mode. Tap the banner and Allow Pandora to use your microphone (iOS) or record audio (Android) while you're using voice mode. (For more information about how the recorded audio works and how we protect your privacy, read the section on Privacy and Pandora's voice mode.
  3. Return to your collection and open your Settings.
  4. Select Voice Assistant and tap Device Settings to ensure your microphone is enabled for use with Pandora.
  5. Return to your Voice Assistant settings. Enable the toggle for Listen for "Hey Pandora" so that you can interact with your music hands-free when Pandora is open and your screen is unlocked.
  6. Remember, our voice assistant will only respond to the verbal prompt when Pandora is in the foreground of your mobile device. You can select Keep Screen On in order to keep Pandora open while you're listening.

To disable:

  1. Open Pandora to your Settings and tap Voice Assistant.
  2. Tap Device Settings to disable Pandora's access to your microphone.
  3. If enabled, disable the toggles for Listen for "Hey Pandora" and Keep Screen On.


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Wake Phrase "Hey Pandora"

Enable the wake phrase "Hey Pandora" to give commands hands-free. 

To enable the wake phrase:

  1. Go to the settings in your Pandora app.
  2. Select Voice Assistant.
  3. Activate the Listen for "Hey Pandora" toggle.

For example:

  • "Hey Pandora, play something different."
  • "Hey Pandora, play Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars." (requires Pandora Premium)
  • "Hey Pandora, Thumb Up this song."

You can also manually activate Pandora's voice assistant when you search for content. Just look for the microphone icon once you tap on the Search bar

Remember that you'll only be able to control the Pandora app with hands-free voice commands if the app is in the foreground and your screen is not locked.

You can select Keep Screen On from your Voice Assistant settings in order to keep Pandora open while you're listening.



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Thanks for these helpful tips, @TannerPandora! 👍

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Voice Mode! 🗣

A super useful feature, for sure.

Thanks for the tips, @TannerPandora!  

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Activating voice mode:



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@TannerPandora great tips, thanks for posting all of these helpful as well as useful tips. Take care and stay safe.