How to Allow Pandora to Play in Background on Android

Do you love listening to music on Pandora but frustrated that the app stops playing when you switch to another app or lock your phone? Well, you’re not alone. Many Pandora users face this issue on their Android devices. But don’t worry, there’s a simple solution to allow Pandora to play in the background on Android. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to make it happen.

Step 1: Enable Developer Options

The first step is to enable Developer Options on your Android device. To do this, go to your phone’s Settings, scroll down to About Phone, and tap on it. Look for the Build Number and tap on it seven times. You’ll see a pop-up message saying “You are now a developer!”

Step 2: Enable USB Debugging

After enabling Developer Options, go back to the main Settings menu and look for Developer Options. Tap on it and scroll down to find USB Debugging. Enable it by tapping on the toggle switch next to it.

Step 3: Download and Install ADB

ADB (Android Debug Bridge) is a command-line tool that allows you to communicate with your Android device from your computer. You’ll need to download and install it on your computer to proceed. You can find the download link and installation instructions on the official Android Developer website.

Step 4: Connect your Android Device to your Computer

Connect your Android device to your computer using a USB cable. Make sure USB Debugging is still enabled on your device. Open a command prompt or terminal window on your computer and type the following command:

adb devices

You should see your device listed in the output. If not, make sure you have the correct drivers installed and try again.

Step 5: Enter the Command to Allow Pandora to Play in Background

Now that your device is connected to your computer and ADB is installed, enter the following command in the command prompt or terminal window:

adb shell dumpsys activity | grep mFocusedActivity

You’ll see a bunch of text output, but what you’re looking for is the line that starts with “mFocusedActivity”. It should look something like this:

mFocusedActivity: ActivityRecord{12345678}

Copy the package name and activity name (the part after the slash) and enter the following command:

adb shell am set-inactive <package name>/<activity name>

Replace <package name> and <activity name> with the ones you copied earlier. For example:

adb shell am set-inactive

That’s it! Now you can switch to another app or lock your phone and Pandora will continue playing in the background.

People Also Ask

Q: Does this method work on all Android devices?

A: This method should work on most Android devices running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or later. However, some devices may have different settings or restrictions that prevent this from working.

Q: Will this method drain my battery faster?

A: Yes, allowing Pandora to play in the background will use more battery than if it was not playing. However, the amount of battery drain will depend on your device and usage.

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