Pandora is one of the most popular music streaming services out there, and since that is the case, there is a dedicated Pandora application for Windows 8/8.1. This dedicated application brings a Pandora tile to the user’s Start screen, rendering the application only a couple of clicks away at all times. However, the Windows 8/8.1 Pandora application does have a couple of bugs, one of the most aggravating ones being the fact that when the user’s computer screen times out and goes black, the Pandora application stops playing music. The same also happens when any screensaver other than the Windows 8/8.1 default screensaver comes on.
Evidently, this problem does not present itself if you play music on Pandora by accessing Pandora’s official website through an internet browser. Your favorite music no longer being played every time your Windows 8/8.1 computer’s screen times out and goes black is most definitely a substantial issue. Unfortunately, even though the Pandora application for Windows 8/8.1 has been updated numerous times since this problem was brought to light, the people behind Pandora are yet to officially patch the application up. That being the case, the only way you can work around this problem and make sure that Pandora no longer stops playing music when your computer’s screen times out is to simply increase the amount of time your computer can stay idle before its screen is turned off. To do so, you need to:
Bring up the Charms To do so, either press Windows Logo key + C or move your mouse to the top or bottom ‘hot’ corner of the screen on the right-hand side and the Charms bar should appear in approximately one second. On a touchscreen, simply swipe in from the right-hand side of the screen to get the Charms bar to appear.
- Click on the Settings
- Click on Change PC settings.
- Navigate to Power & sleep in the left pane.
- In the right pane under Screen, increase both max idle times as much as you want.
- You should also increase both the max idle times under Sleep if they are relatively small values.