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How do I listen to Pandora stations on my Fitbit watch?

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With the Pandora app (User-added image) on Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa, you can download your most-played Pandora stations or popular curated Workout stations directly to your watch. After you download stations, connect Bluetooth headphones or another Bluetooth audio device to listen to your music. Currently, this feature is available for customers in the United States.

Note that you need a paid subscription to Pandora and a Wi-Fi connection to download stations. 
For information about how to download personal music and audio files with the Music app (User-added image), see How do I listen to music and podcasts on my Fitbit watch?

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Who can use the Pandora app?

The Pandora app is available to Ionic and Versa customers in the United States who have a paid subscription to Pandora. For more information about Pandora subscriptions, see help.pandora.com.

If you need to create a new Pandora account or upgrade your existing subscription, you can do so before you download Pandora stations to your watch.

Which Pandora stations can I download to my Fitbit watch?

Choose to automatically sync up to 3 of your most-played Pandora stations, or choose up to 3 popular Workout stations to download to your watch. If you have Thumbprint Radio on your Pandora account, it also downloads to your watch regardless of which option you choose. Stations download to your watch automatically when it’s plugged into the charger and in range of your Wi-Fi network.

For more information about how to connect your watch to Wi-Fi, see How do I connect my Fitbit watch to Wi-Fi?

How do I download Pandora stations to my Fitbit watch?

Start here the first time you download stations to your watch. If you previously downloaded stations, skip to How do I manage the Pandora stations on my Fitbit watch? for details about how to update your stations. Note that it may take at least 15 minutes to download each station. 
  1. If you haven’t already done so, make sure your watch can connect to your Wi-Fi network:
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap or click the Account icon (User-added image) > your device image.
    2. Tap or click Wi-Fi Settings
    3. Tap or click Add Network and follow the on-screen instructions to connect to your Wi-Fi network. For more information about supported Wi-Fi networks, see How do I connect my Fitbit watch to Wi-Fi?
  2. Go back to the dashboard and then tap or click Media > Pandora.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to log into your Pandora account. If you don’t have a paid Pandora subscription, upgrade your existing account or create a new account and then return to the Fitbit app to complete the setup. 
  4. In the Fitbit app, choose to auto-sync your 3 most-played Pandora stations or manually select up to 3 Workout stations. If you have Thumbprint Radio on your Pandora account, it also downloads to your watch regardless of which option you choose.
  5. Plug your watch into the charger. Stations download automatically when the watch is charging and in range of your Wi-Fi network, or tap Force Sync Now in the Pandora section of the Fitbit app to start a download without your charger. Depending on the amount of music being downloaded, this process can take at least 15 minutes per station. Check the progress of the download on the watch’s screen or in the Fitbit app
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How do I listen to Pandora stations on my Fitbit watch?

 To listen to your stations:
  1. After you download stations, connect a Bluetooth audio device, such as Fitbit Flyer headphones or a Bluetooth speaker, to your watch. For more information, see How do I connect Bluetooth audio devices to my Fitbit watch?
  2. Open the Pandora app (User-added image) on your watch and tap a station to play. You may need to scroll down to see all of your stations. 
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  3. When music is playing, play or pause the track or tap the arrow icons to skip to the next track or previous track. Press the + and - icons to control the volume.
  4. To open additional controls, tap the 3 dots (...) icon. Here, you can change the Bluetooth audio output device.
  5. To listen to a different station, press the back button and tap a station. Note that you may need to reopen the Pandora app (User-added image) to choose a different station.
Note: Open the music controls to change tracks or control volume. From any screen, press and hold the back button on your watch and swipe to the Music Controls screen instead of opening the Pandora app.

How do I manage the Pandora stations on my Fitbit watch?

Choose to manually update the Workout stations on your watch or to auto-sync up to 3 of your most-played Pandora stations. If you have Thumbprint Radio on your Pandora account, it also downloads to your watch regardless of which option you choose.

Download your most-played stations

If you use the auto-sync option, the stations on your watch update automatically based on your most-played stations on Pandora. Note that you can’t choose which stations are synced to your watch.

Stations update automatically when the watch is charging and in range of your Wi-Fi network, so you don’t need to manually add or delete your most-played stations.

Manually add or delete Workout stations

To add or delete Workout stations:
  1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap or click the Account icon (User-added image) > your device image.
  2. Tap or click Media > Pandora.
  3. Under Selected Stations, find the option to delete a station or add a station from the list. 
  4. Plug your watch into the charger. Stations download automatically when the watch is charging and in range of your Wi-Fi network, or tap Force Sync Now in the Fitbit app to add the stations to your watch. 

Can I thumbs up or thumbs down songs on my Fitbit watch?

Currently, you can’t thumbs up or thumbs down songs on your watch. 

Why can't I download stations to my Fitbit watch?

Plug your watch into the charger. Stations download automatically when the watch is charging and in range of your Wi-Fi network, or tap Force Sync Now in the Fitbit app to add the stations to your watch. 

To change the Wi-Fi network your watch is connected to or to make sure your network type is compatible, see How do I connect my Fitbit watch to Wi-Fi? 

If your stations don’t appear to be downloading, review the troubleshooting steps in Why won't my Fitbit watch connect to Wi-Fi? and Why won't my Fitbit device sync? Then try again to download your stations.

Can I download new music without plugging my watch in?

To download music without your charger:
  1. In the Fitbit app, tap or click the Account icon (User-added image) > your device image > Media > Pandora.
  2. Tap the menu icon (User-added image) > Force Sync Now.
Note that downloading music can be battery-intensive and Wi-Fi won't work on your watch when the battery is 25% or less.

Do I need my phone nearby to listen to my stations?

You can leave your phone at home. After you download stations and connect a Bluetooth audio device to your watch, you can listen to your music anywhere.

Can I remove Thumbprint Radio from my Fitbit watch?

Thumbprint Radio is downloaded to your watch automatically and can’t be removed without unlinking your Pandora account from your Fitbit watch, which will delete all Pandora stations from your watch.

Why did my Pandora stations disappear from my Fitbit watch?

If you no longer see your stations on your watch, it may be because your Pandora subscription expired, you exceeded your limit of offline devices, or due to another problem with your Pandora account. For more information about your account, see help.pandora.com.

Make sure your watch is charged and in range of your Wi-Fi network to verify your account status at least once every 30 days.

I can’t start my free Pandora trial—what should I do?

If you tapped “Start Free Trial” in the Fitbit app but can’t start the trial, contact Pandora for more information about your eligibility.

Can I download new Pandora stations to my Fitbit watch while I’m traveling outside the United States?

The Pandora app  is only available for customers in the United States. You can listen to the stations already downloaded to your watch while abroad for 30 days, but you can’t download new stations.
Last updated: May 22, 2018
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