Pandora Not Working on Android Auto, How to Fix?

Pandora is one of the well-known music streaming services based on the subscription model with a personalized listening experience. Subscribers can create stations of their favorite songs, artists, genres, etc., which can be used on mobile devices. But it seems that plenty of unfortunate users are encountering the Pandora Not Working issue on Android Auto, or somehow the music streaming application isn’t available on Android Auto from mobile devices.

The Pandora app force closes automatically without any kind of error notice indicating something conflicting with the application file or the glitch. Plenty of affected users have done several methods, but that didn’t come in handy for all. It’s also possible that there might be incorrect settings in the Pandora and Android Auto applications. At the same time, some users claim that Pandora no longer shows in the list of apps under Android Auto.

Pandora Not Working on Android Auto, How to Fix?

Pandora Not Working on Android Auto, How to Fix?

The main issue is that the problem persists even after the Android Auto app is connected to the mobile devices via the USB cable to the car’s infotainment system. We’re expecting to clear the app cache and storage data, restart the device, enable the unknown sources option for the Android Auto app, and more might help you greatly. Well, a couple of possible workarounds mentioned below should come in handy. So, let’s get into it.

1. Reboot the Phone

First, you should try rebooting the handset to ensure there is no issue with the temporary cache or system glitch. Sometimes a normal restart may come in handy.

2. Update the Pandora and Android Auto app

Try updating your device’s Android Auto and the Pandora app to the latest version by following the steps below. An outdated application can sometimes trouble you while launching it or connecting to other devices.

  • Open the Google Play Store app > Search for Android Auto.
  • Check for the available update > If available, tap on Update.
  • Once done, make sure to restart the phone to apply changes.

You should also try updating the Pandora app on your mobile device by using the same steps above to ensure there is no issue with it.

3. Clear the Cache and Storage of Data

You should clear the cache & storage data of the Android Auto and the Pandora app on your handset so that the temporary cache data or glitches can be removed. To do that:

  • Open the device Settings menu > Tap on Apps.
  • Scroll down the list of installed apps > Locate the Android Auto app.
  • Now, tap on the Android Auto app > Tap on Storage usage.
  • Tap on Clear Cache > Tap on Clear Storage Data.
  • Once done, make sure to reboot the device to apply changes.

You should also clear the cache and storage data of the Pandora app on the mobile device by using the same steps above so there will be no issues with the Pandora app.

4. Check for Software Updates on your Phone

Sometimes outdated system software may trouble a lot that needs to be updated manually. If a software update is available, install the same by following the steps below.

  • Turn On the mobile data or Wi-Fi on your device.
  • Open Settings > Tap on Software update.
  • If there is an update available, tap on Download and Install.
  • Wait for the firmware update process to complete.
  • Finally, reboot the device to apply changes.

5. Turn Off the Higher Quality Audio option

You may need to disable the Higher Quality Audio option on the Pandora app by following the steps below to reduce the chances or startup crashes on your handset.

  • Open the Pandora app > Tap on your Profile.
  • Choose the ‘Settings’ menu > Select the ‘Audio Quality & Download’ option.
  • Now, uncheck the ‘Higher Quality Audio’ box to disable it.

6. Force Stop the App

You can also try force-stopping the Android Auto and the Pandora app on your Android device by following the steps below to check for the issue.

  • Go to the Settings menu on your phone.
  • Tap on Apps > Tap on Android Auto.
  • Tap on Force Stop > If prompted, confirm the task.
  • Once done, restart your device to apply changes.

If the problem still appears, make sure to follow the same steps for the Pandora app to force stop it, and then try launching it again.

7. Enable Unknown Sources for Android Auto

If you’re still facing the Pandora app not working properly on Android Auto, try enabling unknown sources for the same. Some of the affected users have already claimed that this specific trick did help them to fix the issue. To do so:

  • In the Android Auto app, open the Hamburger menu.
  • Tap on About > Tap on About Android Auto header 10 times until the ‘Developer mode enabled’ notice appears.
  • Tap on the three-dots icon on the top right of the screen.
  • Now, select ‘Developer settings’ from the menu.
  • Make sure to Enable the ‘Unknown sources’ option for the same. [If prompted, confirm it]
  • Once done, you can try rebooting the phone and running the Pandora app again.

8. Disable Battery Saver

Sometimes turning off the power-saving mode on your device may also help you resolve such an issue. We all know that the power saving mode or the battery saving mode prevents background tasks and other connectivity services to avoid battery draining. So, you should turn off the battery saver (if turned on) by following the steps below.

  • Open the Settings app on the handset.
  • Tap on Device Maintenance > Tap on Battery.
  • Make sure to Turn Off the Battery Saver toggle.

Note: On some devices, you can find Battery Saver (Power Saver) inside Settings > Battery.

9. Wipe Out Cache Partition

The chances are high that wiping out of cache partition on the Android handset can eventually clear potential system cache data or glitches that can’t be removed without using the hardware keys and recovery menu. To do that:

  • Switch Off your phone completely.
  • Once the device is turned off, long-press the Power + Volume Down keys for around a couple of seconds.

Note: In some devices, it might be the Power + Volume Up or both Volume keys. So, you may try using the combinations.

  • Next, release both keys once the recovery menu appears. [If not, hold the Volume Down key twice to get into it]
  • You’ll have to use the Volume keys to navigate and highlight the Wipe Cache Partition option.
  • Then press the Power key to select and confirm it > If prompted, confirm Yes.
  • Wait for the process to complete, and then reboot the device normally.

10. Reinstall the Android Auto and Pandora App

Still, is the problem bothering you a lot? If yes, uninstall and reinstall the Android Auto app and the Pandora app on your handset to clear out potential glitches. You can follow the steps below to do so.

  • Tap on the Android Auto app icon from the home screen or drawer.
  • Tap on Uninstall > If prompted, confirm the task.
  • Wait for the uninstallation to complete > Once done, reboot your phone.
  • Go to the Google Play Store app > Search for Android Auto.
  • Install the Android Auto app > Once installed, open the app.
  • Sign in to your existing account or create a new one.
  • Connect your Android device with Android Auto to check for the issue.

You can also follow the same steps to uninstall and reinstall the Pandora application on your mobile device to check for the issue.

11. Perform a Factory Reset

If none of the methods worked for you, then make sure to perform a factory reset on your handset to check whether the problem has been fixed. Remember that the factory reset process will completely delete the device data, such as apps, games, user-defined settings, internal storage files, call history, text messages, etc. So, it’s better to take a full data backup of your device before jumping into the steps.

  • Go to the Settings menu > Tap on About Phone.
  • Tap on the Backup & Reset option > Click on the Erase all data (Factory Reset) option.
  • Now, tap on the Delete all data option > Wait for the process to be completed.
  • Once done, your device will reboot to the system automatically.
  • Go through the initial setup process. It may take some time so have some patience.
  • You’re good to go.

That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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