How to Shuffle Stations in Pandora
Shuffling your music creates a more flexible listening experience where hearing a song you’ve forgotten about can instantly put you in a good mood. Most streaming platforms provide users with the shuffle feature, but it can be challenging to use it across different devices. Luckily, there are several ways you can shuffle your stations on Pandora to enjoy your favorite tracks.
This guide will discuss how to shuffle Pandora stations on iPhone and Android devices. Additionally, we’ll cover how to use the shuffling feature with the Alexa virtual assistant and Sonus sound system.
How to Shuffle Pandora Stations on an iPhone
Using your iPhone to shuffle stations is relatively straightforward if you have a free or Plus Pandora subscription. Here’s how it works:
- Navigate to “My Collection” and pull the “Shuffle Stations” bar to the right part of the interface.
- When it appears, press the “Pencil” icon.
- Pick the stations you want the app to play in Shuffle by Stations or Genre.
- Once you have made your selection, click the “Save” button in the upper part of the screen to record the changes.
To switch off shuffle, select the name of a new station.
Premium listeners can also control which stations are shuffled in their Pandora app. To do so:
- Visit the “My Collection” section and select the “Stations” option.
- Select the “Pencil” icon next to “Shuffle Stations.”
- The app will generate your list of stations. Tap their names to select or deselect the stations Pandora will shuffle.
- When you have finished adding and removing stations, hit the “Save” button, and the app will implement the modifications.
To stop shuffling, tap the name of a new station.
How to Shuffle Pandora Stations on an Android
If you’re streaming music with your Android device, you can personalize the “Shuffle” feature from the Pandora “Station List.”
To adjust what the app plays in Shuffle mode from a free or Pandora Plus account:
- Enter “My Collection” and go to the top of the “Station List.”
- Find and hold down “Shuffle stations.”
- The app will now generate your “Shuffle Options.” Tap the names of the stations to choose which stations will be streamed in Shuffle mode.
- Press the black arrow icon in the upper left corner. The app will implement the changes and take you back to your list of stations.
When you want to exit Shuffle mode, play a different individual station.
Pandora Premium users can also have more control over their listening experience by editing their shuffle list. To do so:
- Navigate to the “My Collection” section.
- Select the “Stations” filter option.
- Click the “Pencil” icon beside the “Shuffle stations” option.
- Pandora will take you to your “Shuffle Options.” Tap the stations to select which ones will be streamed when you turn on Shuffle mode. Selecting marked stations will take them off your shuffle list.
- Tap the small black arrow in the app’s upper-left section to save the changes and go back to your stations.
To switch off shuffling on an Android device, tap the name of a different individual station.
How to Shuffle Pandora Stations on Alexa/Echo
Amazon’s virtual assistant is a handy way to stream music without using your PC or mobile devices to open the Pandora app. However, as Amazon Echo responds to voice commands, it’s essential to issue a command Eco will recognize. Users have reported difficulties in having their Echo react appropriately to their statements. But several methods will ensure your Amazon Echo is appropriately linked to the Pandora app and will activate Shuffle mode successfully.
First, make sure your Pandora account is connected to Amazon Echo. To do so:
- Launch your Alexa app.
- Press the three horizontal bars in the top left part of the interface.
- Select “Settings.”
- Click the “Music” option.
- “Navigate to “Manage Services” and choose “Pandora.”
- Press “Link account.”
- Follow the on-screen instructions to finish linking your Pandora account.
If you’ve ever told your assistant “Alexa, play Aretha Franklin,” Echo has probably streamed her songs from different music services like Tidal or Spotify. Similarly, asking Alexa to shuffle your stations might result in Alexa mixing up stations from services other than Pandora. To avoid this issue, it’s best to choose Pandora as the default music station on your Amazon Echo assistant. Here’s how to do it:
- Open your Alexa app.
- Tap the three horizontal bars in the top left of the screen.
- Click “Settings.”
- Select the “Music” option.
- Scroll to the bottom of the “Account Settings” tab and choose “Default Services.”
- Select “Pandora” to use the app as your default streaming service.
The previously discussed methods will ensure your Amazon Echo is ready to respond to your verbal commands. Users have reported that the following statements have triggered their assistants to shuffle their Pandora stations:
- “Alexa, shuffle my stations from Pandora.”
- “Alexa, ask Pandora to play my Shuffle station.”
- “Alexa, play the station Shuffle on Pandora.”
Amazon Echo upgrades can change the way your assistant behaves. If your Alexa stops picking up on these commands, try switching up your word combination. You’ll eventually find the combination Alexa can register.
How to Shuffle Pandora Stations on a Sonos Device
You can use your Pandora app to control your Sonos sound system and create an immersive listening experience.
One option is to shuffle Pandora stations with your Sonos device through your iPhone’s Pandora app. To do so:
- Make sure your iPhone and Sonos devices are connected to the same wireless network.
- Launch the Pandora mobile app.
- Navigate to the “Now Playing” screen and press the casting button to link the app with your Sonos device.
- Once you have established a stable connection, the app will take you to the “Device Shelf” navigation window. The shelf enables you to pick which devices will stream music and adjust your devices’ volume.
- When you’ve modified the settings, return to the app’s homepage.
- Go to “My Stations.”
- Select the “Shuffle Station” option to stream music in Shuffle mode.
You can shuffle stations with your Sonos music system from a free, Plus, or Premium Pandora account. However, streaming music from a Premium subscription offers better sound quality.
Also, it’s impossible to edit your shuffle stations from the Sonos app. Before switching on shuffling in Sonos, use the Pandora mobile or desktop app to modify your station list. Another way to edit your stations is through the official Pandora web page. Open and close the Sonos app to help the sound system register the station modifications.
It’s also possible to shuffle stations on Sonos through the Pandora Android app. Here’s how it works:
- Ensure the Sonos device and your tablet are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Open the Pandora mobile app.
- Go to the “Now Playing” screen and click the casting button to connect the app with your Sonos sound system.
- The “Device Shelf” navigation window will appear when you have a stable connection. Use this shelf to decide which devices will stream music and to set up the volume levels.
- When you’ve adjusted the settings, go back to the Pandora homepage.
- Pick the “My Stations” tab.
- Choose the “Shuffle Station” option to shuffle music on your Sonos device.
Sonos devices allow users to shuffle stations using their free, Plus, or Premium Pandora accounts. But streaming music with a Premium subscription provides unmatched sound quality.
Note that it’s impossible to edit your station list using the Sonos app. Before using your Sonos system to shuffle music, curate your stations through the Pandora mobile or desktop app. Pandora’s official web page also allows users to change their station lists. Entering and exiting the Sonos app enables the sound system to implement the changes made to your station lists.
While most streaming platforms have implemented features that enable users to shuffle their music selections, shuffling on different devices can often be confusing. However, Pandora has made shuffling stations user-friendly, and subscribers can use different devices. Hopefully, this guide has cleared up any lingering questions about shuffling Pandora stations on your iPhone, Android tablet, Alexa, or Sonus device.
Do you enjoy shuffling your stations? Which device do you use to do so? Let us know in the comment section below.