How to Unblock Pandora in Europe
Updated: March 24, 2016
Follow these steps to unblock Pandora in Europe:
- Start by getting a VPN account setup
- Install VPN software onto the device(s) you want to unblock Pandora in Europe on
- Open VPN software and connect to US-based server location
- Go to Pandora and either sign in to your existing Pandora account or signup for a new one
- Enjoy Pandora in Europe
How to unblock Pandora in Europe in more detail:
Pandora is one of the world’s most popular music streaming services around today. It is arguably the most well known music streaming service behind Spotify.
However, one big drawback to Pandora, for many would-be users around the world, is that Pandora is only available to users physically accessing the service from either the US, Australia or New Zealand. This geo-blocking is SUPER annoying, as anyone who has tried to access Pandora from outside any of these three countries -- including Europe, of course.
When you attempt to access Pandora in Europe, you are presented with a disappointing message that looks something like this:
However, as disheartening as this message is to be presented with -- there is a 100% effective way to get past this block! It is an incredibly simple and quick solution that will give you full access to Pandora from literally any country in Europe!
Why is Pandora Blocked in Europe?
Pandora is blocked in Europe because it wishes to only allow specific countries access due to the copyright and distribution agreements made with the owners of each and every piece of music they offer on the service.
The block is setup using a process called “geo-blocking”, which is essentially a process Pandora implement on their service that allows them to determine the IP address of a user that visits the service, which tells Pandora their physical location at that time of access; checks if their location is outside the countries they allow the service in; then deny or allow access to the service based on this.
So essentially, to completely bypass and unblock Pandora in Europe, you need to have the ability to change you IP address to make it “appear” like you are actually located in either the US, Australia or New Zealand.
How to Change Your IP Address
Thus, to unblock Pandora in Europe, you just need a safe, secure, legal and effective way to change your IP address -- easily. Here lies the solution: use a Virtual Private Network, or VPN.
This is a super effective and sophisticated piece of software you simply download to your devices and connect to the web through, which allows you to choose where in the world you want to be “located” by giving you options of countries that -- once connected to -- change your IP address to that country. Very cool, right?
The best part is, using a VPN requires essentially no “technical” knowledge or computer “know-how” to setup and start using. It really is incredibly simple to setup and use. For a more in depth and comprehensive explanation of what a VPN is, how it works, what additional solutions it offers and more, definitely check out our “ultimate VPN guide”.
Quick VPN Setup Walk-through
To show you just how simple and quick it is to setup a VPN on your computer or mobile device, I will quickly walk you through how I setup and connect to the VPN I use, which is ExpressVPN -- you can check this VPN out here, or by clicking the button below:
To sign up, simply go to ExpressVPN's website, select the subscription plan that best suits your situation/budget, process payment then activate your account.
This little process is super quick and only takes a minute or two. Also, ExpressVPN (as with 99% of VPN services around today) allow a 30-day free trial period, which is nice. Here's some screenshots to show you this process:
Download & Install
As you can see from the last screenshot above, the next step is to simply download your VPN and install it. All VPNs make this step very easy by directing you straight to the download section once you have signed up for the VPN.
So just click on the appropriate download option for the device you are currently. For this example, I am on my Macbook, so I click the Mac download which is automatically presented to me with ExpressVPN. They also list additional download options, which shows you how many different devices you can use a VPN one:
Once you've downloaded the VPN software to your device, follow the straight forward installation process and then open the software. This is what the ExpressVPN software looks like once installed and opened:
With the VPN open, the only thing left to do is simply select the location you want to connect to your VPN from.
This is the moment when you make sure to select a location either in the US, Australia or New Zealand in order to successfully unblock Pandora from your European-based location. For example, here is what the location-selection looks like via the ExpressVPN Android app on my mobile device:
Click connect and that is you connected. Now when you go to Pandora and try to access the service, you will be given instant and complete access. Awesome!
Most Recommended VPNs
To give you more options other than ExpressVPN (although this is the VPN I recommend the most), here are the top 5 Best VPNs to unblock Pandora in Europe:
There you have it. A super quick guide on how to unblock Pandora from Europe by using a VPN in less than 5 minutes. Now you can listen to Pandora from Europe to your heart’s content without worrying about it blocking or the connection dropping!
Let me know if you have any questions or comments at all. I’d love to hear your thoughts by commenting below!