How to play Pandora offline on Apple Watch?

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December 6, 2023

Yes, you can listen to Pandora on your Apple Watch. Pandora is the first major third-party – meaning, first besides Apple Music – to offer a standalone app for Apple Watch. Same as other music streaming services, Pandora app for Apple Watch also supports for standalone streaming, which lets you listen to music and podcasts on the go, even without your iPhone.

Users can go directly to the App Store on their Apple Watch, download the Pandora app, sign in and start playing. Even without an iPhone, users can play, pause and skip songs; pick up where they left off in a podcast; thumbs-up their favorite music; adjust the volume; and much more. Pandora Premium users can also search and play specific songs, artists and albums on demand from their wrist.

Meanwhile, offline listening is available to Pandora Plus or Premium paying subscribers, which lets you save tracks for offline play. Only Apple Watch Series 3 and higher will have access to standalone streaming. In addition, both streaming music and downloading require an internet connection, either Wi-Fi or cellular.

How to set up Pandora on Apple Watch?

In order to set up Pandora on your Apple Watch, you will need to have:

  • Apple Watch series 3 or newer with WatchOS 6.
  • iPhone with iOS 13 or later.
  • The latest version of Pandora.

To download the Pandora app onto your watch from iPhone:

  1. Go to the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and find Pandora under “Available Apps.”.
  3. Press “Install” to install the Pandora app on your Apple Watch.
    1. If Pandora appears under “Installed On Apple Watch” list, tap and make sure it is set to “Show App on Apple Watch.”

To download the Pandora app directly from your Apple Watch:

  1. Press the Digital Crown on the side of the watch to get to the Home screen and select the App Store.
  2. Swipe to the top of the screen, use Scribble or Dictate to Search for the Pandora app.
  3. Tap Get to install. (You may be asked to enter your Apple ID password to proceed.)

How to stream Pandora on Apple Watch?

You can now control Pandora using your Apple Watch.

  1. Go to the home screen by swiping from left to right.
  2. Scroll down the screen and select Playing from…
  3. Tap Watch or Phone when prompted to select the device.

How to listen to Pandora offline on Apple Watch?

Pandora for Apple Watch lets users leave their phone behind as it supports both streaming and offline downloads. Pandora Plus, Pandora Premium and Premium Family subscribers can listen to Pandora offline on Apple Watch. 

  • Pandora Plus subscribers will automatically have their three most-listened-to stations along with Thumbprint Radio downloaded (as long as there is enough space available on the Apple Watch).
  • Pandora Premium subscribers, on the other hand, are only limited by the capacity of their Apple Watch, and can download as many stations, albums, songs or playlists as they like.

How to make Pandora offline content available on Apple Watch?

  1. Download your offline content to the Pandora app on your iPhone
  2. Ensure your iPhone and Apple Watch are paired through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
  3. Allow Pandora to refresh in the background (Go to the Watch app on your iPhone and then General > Background App Refresh)
  4. Dock your Apple Watch on its charger to speed up downloading

If your offline content has been removed from the Pandora app on your iPhone, it will be removed from your Apple Watch as well.

How to listen to Pandora offline on Apple Watch with Pandora free?

Only Pandora Plus, Pandora Premium and Premium Family subscribers can listen to Pandora offline on Apple Watch. What to do if you only have Pandora free? Well, the best way is to download Pandora music to MP3 and then transfer them to the Apple Watch.

Pazu Pandora Music Converter is a powerful MP3 downloader to download MP3 music from Pandora in high-quality up to 320kbps with ID3 Tags (title, artist, and album). Pazu Pandora Music Converter is the most popular Pandora to MP3 downloader. Pazu Pandora Music Converter is an ideal tool for converting and downloading Pandora songs, albums, playlists and podcasts to MP3 on Mac and Windows. This Mp3 downloader app is the best choice to download mp3 music from Pandora in a few clicks and effortlessly. Pazu Pandora Music Converter’s simple functionality makes it easy to use so everyone can search and download high-quality Pandora audio files.

Just log in your Pandora account in the built-in Pandora web player and browse your Collection or Pandora library to find the song, album, podcast or playlist you want to download. Additionally, yo can type artist, song title, podcasts and more in the search box, select the result you want.

In this guide we will show you how to download mp3 songs from Pandora.

1. Run Pazu Pandora Music Converter 

Download Pazu Pandora Music Converter and then install it on your computer. After launching the converter, log in your Pandora account on the main interface.

Pandora Music Converter

If you have already purchased a license, click the key icon to register the converter. If not, continue using the trial version.

register Pandora Music Converter

2. Customize the Output Settings

Click on the “Settings” icon in the upper right corner to choose the output format(M4A, MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF), output quality(up to 320kbps), output folder, file name format, how output songs organized, interface language, etc.

Pandora Music Converter settings

3. Add songs

In the built-in Pandora web player, find and open the playlist or album you need to convert. Or use the search function to find what you want.

choose Pandora playlist
choose Pandora songs

Pazu will detect all the songs and display them for you. All songs in the playlist/album will be selected by default. You can uncheck the songs you don’t want to download.

convert Pandora music to MP3

4. Start Converting

After selecting the songs, click on the “Convert” button then you can manage to download songs from Pandora without premium. Now you can just wait for the conversion done and then you can enjoy the music at any time. It will take a few minutes to convert the songs.

convert Pandora to MP3

After the converting is complete, click on “clock” icon in the upper right corner to view all downloaded songs. Click the folder icon to locate the songs from the local directory.

Pandora to MP3 Converter

5. Transfer Pandora music to your Apple Watch

Transfer the downloaded songs to your iPhone first.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac using a USB or USB-C cable or using a Wi-Fi connection.
  2. Select your iPhone in the Finder sidebar.
  3. Click Music in the button bar.
  4. Select the “Sync music onto [device name]” checkbox to turn on syncing of your music.
  5. To sync a selection of music, click “Selected playlist, artists, albums, and genres.”
  6. When you’re ready to sync, click Apply.

How to add music to Apple Watch using your iPhone?

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap My Watch, then tap Music.
  3. Below Playlists & Albums, tap Add Music.
  4. Select albums and playlists to sync to your Apple Watch.

In watchOS 9.1 and later, music is added when Apple Watch is placed near your iPhone. In earlier versions of watchOS, your Apple Watch must also be connected to power.