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How to Get Pandora for iPhone Working in Canada, Outside the USA

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Pandora is one of the best music apps you can get in the App Store. The downside? It’s only available in the US App Store, and will only work in the USA. However, there is a way to download Pandora and use it in Canada (or any other country). All it takes is a US iTunes account and a VPN, such as Hotspot Shield. Let’s get started.

1. Download Pandora by creating a US iTunes account.

a) Here’s our tutorial on creating a US iTunes account with a Vanilla Mastercard Gift Card.
b) Here’s our tutorial on creating a US iTunes account without a credit card.

Once you get your account working, download Pandora from the US App Store.

2. Create your Hotspot Shield VPN.

a) Follow this tutorial on how to setup a Hotspot Shield VPN on your iPhone.

3. Once you have Pandora downloaded, activate your Hotspot Shield VPN on your iPhone. Once connected, launch Pandora, and voila–you have it working in Canada.

The Hotspot Shield VPN will expire if you’re on 3G (Rogers/Fido blocking VPN?) but should stay connected if you’re on WiFi.

On 3G, when the VPN turns off Pandora will show a message that says it “Cannot connect to Pandora”. However, it will still be playing music as it preserves the original VPN connection until you exit Pandora.

You won’t have access to on screen controls, but if you’re using iPhone headphones you will regain them! Double tapping the mic button will let you skip and pause songs. Pandora will continue to run in the background as well.

Using Hotspot Shield’s iPhone VPN, you should be able to experiment with other US-IP required apps. Let us know how this works for you in the comments!

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  • iPhone Whiz

    I didn’t know we could get pandora to work in canada.
    Great info, much appreciated.

  • Zoo

    You should credit the Pandora hack source, it originally came from a member on RedFlagDeals who taught a friend and posted on your forum. The Cydia repo for the skip and bypass ads hack is also by the same username on RFD (mikehole).

  • Skinnyp19

    Me and Zoo need some credit or atleast some free gifts from iphoneincanada for finding this hack lol

  • Anonymous

    If Rogers is blocking VPN, that’s a much bigger story than free music.

  • Anonymous

    Explain what hack Gary just did because I dont see anything other than creating a VPN connection using Hotspot Shueld and launching Pandora…..?

  • DweebJobs

    Hacks ->Tweaks->Tools.. Whatever the case this is very useful information from someone who discovered a way to use Pandora in Canada flawlessly so give credit where credit is due. Thank You Mike Hole

  • Raul Restrepo

    Just did it! works perfectly!!!!!!

    iPhone 4 – Rogers Wireless, Oakville Ontario.

  • Raul Restrepo

    i just noticed something. It works excellent while you are on WIFI. Once wifi is turned off… if you are in the app, it will tell you that the app is not available in your country and you have no access within the app… BUT!! if you double click the “home” button, and slide to the left, you will see the “iPod” controls … if you hit pause, next it will continue to play the song, and new songs. So this hack even works on 3g, after wifi has been disconnected. Amazing!

  • This isn’t a hack, its common sense. I have been using HotSpot Shield to access U.S only services for years. I mentioned the iPhone version months ago on the podcast. It only started working with Pandora on the last release. I have been trying it with every new release of Pandora.

    I take attribution very seriously when I blog, but its not needed on this post.

    If you haven’t tried Pandora, its worth the effort. If you can’t be bothered setting up a VPN, download Last.FM and Slacker Radio from the U.S store and you stream music for free. Both services are excellent, and are almost as good as Pandora.

  • Oakville is gay. Just sayin’

  • Anonymous

    What was that for? Holy hell, people say stupid things for no reason. If you don’t like Oakville keep your damned mouth shut. I live in Hamilton, btw. Wanna say something about “The Hammer”?

  • Hamilton is gay. Just sayin’

  • Anonymous

    Awesome! Works perfectly, even inside my corporate wireless network and that isn’t always the case. Thanks for this very useful post. Much appreciated.

  • Anonymous

    Used in conjunction with My3G on my jailbroken iPhone 4 I can get Pandora anywhere now. Very cool!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Now if it only was able to access my iPhone’s equalizer. Music is a little flat compared to the settings I have for the music that’s on my phone. Still it’s pulling up some songs I haven’t heard in quite a while.

  • Anonymous

    Now if it only was able to access my iPhone’s equalizer. Music is a little flat compared to the settings I have for the music that’s on my phone. Still it’s pulling up some songs I haven’t heard in quite a while.

  • Terry

    Shouldn’t we be more concerned about his use of the word “gay” as an insult?

  • Terry

    Shouldn’t we be more concerned about his use of the word “gay” as an insult?

  • Dagame

    Senators24 is gay. Just sayin’

  • Anonymous

    Yes we should but I don’t think this is a mind that’s going to get the distinction. Apparently he’s 12 years old, mentally anyway.

  • Dagame is gay. Just sayin’

  • Nepean

    lol, im sure everyone thinks this guy is a fool. its a shame that i have to live in the same city as him. go canucks go!

  • Anonymous

    Slacker Radio is almost as good as Pandora, but it’s freely available on the Canadian App Store. I used it for a few months before discovering this trick a few weeks ago, now it’s Pandora all the way for me!

  • Anonymous

    I think this is because when you switch from Wifi to 3G, your VPN connection will be lost. Just go back to Settings to turn on VPN and you can use Pandora fully on 3G. Better yet, install VPN toggle for SBSettings if you’re jailbroken and you get access to an easy way to turn VPN on/off

  • Anonymous

    Very timely post, I just figured out this “trick” to get Pandora to work in Canada after reading some posts on Xsellize forum a few weeks ago, and haven’t looked back since. I too noticed that my VPN connection constantly drops when on 3G, i.e. when driving my car. But fear not! You can avoid the “Pandora does not work in your country” error message by never touching the thumbs up/down song ranking buttons. You can even skip tracks and change stations while not connected to VPN without problems. So long as you were connected to VPN when you launched Pandora, this should work.

    I should note that I’ve installed a cydia hack that blocks ads and gives you indefinite skips, so it’s possible this doesn’t work on an un-jailbroken phone. Also if you do get the Pandora error message, just re-enable VPN (easiest way is through SBSettings toggle), double-tap home to bring up multitasking bar, and re-open Pandora. Now it should run just like it should. Hope this helps others!

  • Anonymous

    Very timely post, I just figured out this “trick” to get Pandora to work in Canada after reading some posts on Xsellize forum a few weeks ago, and haven’t looked back since. I too noticed that my VPN connection constantly drops when on 3G, i.e. when driving my car. But fear not! You can avoid the “Pandora does not work in your country” error message by never touching the thumbs up/down song ranking buttons. You can even skip tracks and change stations while not connected to VPN without problems. So long as you were connected to VPN when you launched Pandora, this should work.

    I should note that I’ve installed a cydia hack that blocks ads and gives you indefinite skips, so it’s possible this doesn’t work on an un-jailbroken phone. Also if you do get the Pandora error message, just re-enable VPN (easiest way is through SBSettings toggle), double-tap home to bring up multitasking bar, and re-open Pandora. Now it should run just like it should. Hope this helps others!

  • Anonymous

    Are you high? Hotspot Shield is public knowledge. Once you have a VPN, it’s obvious you can try a US IP required app. Get a life.

    One thing we should credit you for is being a conceited person. Calm down!

  • Anonymous

    Dude, get outside once in a while. LOL

  • Anonymous

    Dude, get outside once in a while. LOL

  • Anonymous

    How about a prize for wanting some attention? Did mom and dad neglect you this week? Try leaving the basement.

  • Anonymous

    How about a prize for wanting some attention? Did mom and dad neglect you this week? Try leaving the basement.

  • Randyh66

    THank YOU!

  • rb

    Dumb question – when I try to sync Pandora to my iPhone, itunes says it will erase all my exiting apps.
    What am I doing wrong?

  • Pete

    gordunramsie, why so negative, every post in the thread ?

  • You know that using VPN services like Hotspot Shield will also allow countries without official Facebook Places support to use it.

  • Gah I tried to get the HotspotShield to authenticate but it failed to do so everytime..

  • Devver

    What you say is a reflection of yourself.

  • Atv

    worked fine, but cannot get Pandora. It recognizes the I am in Canada and won’t let you connect even with U.S. email ….

  • Guest

    The HotSpot Shield VPN works over 3G for VirginMobile here 🙂

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  • Jeebus

    Yeah, common sense. My grandma can do it right with her great common sense…

  • Wakesurf

    You are very right, everyplace on earth is nice we just need to find the place where we think it is nice for us. This person who say that Oakville is bla bla bla, then I would say to him/her should just stay where they are and yes shut it off….it all a matter of taste and it is alright like that otherwise we would all live in the same place! I also think that some people just like to bitch on internet about anything and anyone!

  • Manon

    Hi ! first I want to thank you a lot for you tip about Pandora because I had tried for hours to download pandora and I just couldn’t (I am French and have a French account). I’m currently in the USA, and finally have Pandora on my iPod Touch, but I’ll go back to France in a month so do you think Pandora will still work there ? Do I have to install a hotspot shield (btw I don’t know what it is for)?

    Thank you !!!

  • Yes, you’ll need to install a VPN for Pandora to work in France. It will
    make your IP look like it’s from the USA, allowing Pandora to work
    properly.

  • Manon

    Hi Gary ! Thanks for answering so fast! I have now created the VPN and it works but it slows a lot my wifi connection on my iPod.
    Do you personnally turn VPN on just when you need it (like for Pandora) or has it to be on all the time ?

    thanks !!

  • Yes! Only when needed. 😉

  • Gargan6uan

    Do I need to jailbreak? I aint jailbreakin’. I don’t ever wanna jailbreak my damn iPhone again. Please don’t make me jailbreak to get this shiznat working.

  • Shawnstevenclarke

    can i still use my original pandora account i setup years ago when pandora was legit in Canada? Or do I need to sign up for a new account with a “faux” US address?

  • Zeek

    I followed the instructions perfectly… got the App, setup the VPN… but when the VPN is running I don’t have a connection over 3G or WiFi… the VPN connects but nothing works, Safari can’t load web pages, my email doesn’t connect and of course Pandora doesn’t connect either… any ideas?

  • Try it again with another account login from the VPN.

  • so I use to do this a lot.. but it seems it doesnt work anymore?? any idea whats up?

  •  so this isn’t working anymore… any idea why or of a fix?

  • Jasnits

    Works perfect but even on wifi VPN still goes off, any advice???

  • Jasnits

    Works perfect but even on wifi VPN still goes off, any advice???

  • Jasnits

    Works perfect but even on wifi VPN still goes off, any advice???

  • Chicog

    Thanks works great but will this generate extra charges on my fido bill if im using my 3g of course if don t go over my data plan

  • No extra charges as long as you stay within your plan.

  • PAL

    Hi everyone!
    I am an employee from AnchorFree. I just wanted to let you know that Hotspot Shield for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is NOW
    AVAILABLE in the iTunes Appstore. Try it free & please share the news with
    your friends!

     

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hotspot-shield-vpn/id443369807

  • Haas

    Have you guys heard about jango radio same program but works withoug vpn

  • Rodrigo Brito

    Hello!!

    I´m from Brazil and the ‘trick” worked fine with the instalation of Pandora and VPN Hotspot Shield. The only problem, though is that every every music, it seems like I have to turn VPN on and off for it to reload the next music.

    My VPN has been configured to “Always On” and most of the time I see the VPN logo on the top bar.

    Do I need to configure something on the L2PT, PPTP or IPSec or even on the proxy?

  • Carles Nikolova

    hi, i see on your link to hotspot shield vpn that it no longer works and you’re recommending a vpn service. do you have any thoughts on HideMyNet’s VPN service? they appear to be the best in my area but i haven’t heard anything about them. should it work just the same? thanks in advance!

  • HideMyAss seems to be pretty awesome from what we’re hearing. It should work the same.

  • Kendra

    Thanks for the article Gary. For those who live outside US and want to access Pandora radio, you can use UnoTelly as I do to get around the geo block.

  • Kendra

    Thanks for the article Gary. For those who live outside US and want to access Pandora radio, you can use UnoTelly as I do to get around the geo block.

  • Nic

    Hey.. I have a problem using Pandora with a VPN
    I live in Germany and have had no problem streamin Pandora via vpn
    It work on wifi and cellular data just fine up until about 4-5 months ago.
    now i can only stream when connected to wifi.. but not anymore using the cellular data.
    Ive tried a couple VPN apps (vpn oneclick / Hotshield) but none seem to work without being connected to wifi
    any solutions? or did Pandora change something?
    Thanks
    //Nic

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