You can now stream Pandora from your Apple Watch without an iPhone

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The newest update to Pandora for Apple Watch gives you the ability to stream music without being connected to your iPhone.

The feature takes advantage of changes made in watchOS 6, which rolled out last fall, that allow third-party apps to stream audio on Apple Watch. Of course, you’ll need a device with LTE connectivity to enjoy it.

If you regularly listen to music while you work out with Apple Watch, audio apps that let you leave your iPhone at home are ideal. However, until watchOS 6 arrived, those apps relied on downloading tracks for offline listening.

Offline listening has been available inside Pandora for Apple Watch since last year, but it’s no longer the only solution.

Pandora for Apple Watch now streams without iPhone

Pandora version 2002.1 is out now with the ability to stream tracks directly from your Apple Watch — no iPhone required. That means you can leave your phone at home when you hit the gym, without losing access to all your music.

Streaming gives you access to the entire Pandora catalog, so you’re no longer limited to the few songs you remembered to download before you left the house. But there is a catch.

For Pandora streaming to work without iPhone, you obviously need an Apple Watch with LTE. And for complete, unrestricted access to Pandora, you’ll need a subscription starting at $4.99 a month.

The latest Pandora update for Apple Watch is available now from the App Store.