Kindle Popular Highlights appear as underlined text in your book when more than ten people have highlighted that passage. It sound like a nice feature theory, but in practice, it can get annoying. Here’s how to turn it off.
Popular Highlights appear in lots of Kindle books. You’ll come across underlined text while you’re reading, along with a little note saying that there are “386 Highlighters” or however many there are (like in the image above). There are a couple of problems with this:
- Popular Highlights break your immersion. If you’re reading your favorite book, you might not be interested in seeing that a sentence has been highlighted by lots of people.
- Popular Highlights direct your reading and stop you thinking independently. Sure, a passage might be important but you should find it out for yourself as you read; what’s important to you might not be to others and vice versa. Plus, a teacher telling a single high school class to highlight a particular passage is enough to highlight it on every copy of that Kindle book in the world.
- Highlights beget more highlights. Once a section is a popular highlight, more people just highlight it and ignore other, possibly more relevant, passages.
So, here’s how to turn them off.
On a Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage, or Kindle Oasis
Go to your Kindle’s main menu, tap the Menu button (the three vertical dots), and then select the “Settings” option.
On the Settings page, tap the “Reading Options” entry.
Next, tap the “Highlights and About This Book” setting.
Turn off the “Popular Highlights” and “Public Notes” options.
And just like that, they’re gone.
On the Kindle App for iOS
Open the Kindle app, tap the “Menu” button, and then tap the “Settings” option.
On the Settings page, tap the “Other” setting. On the Other page, turn off the “Popular Highlights” toggle.
On the Kindle App for Android
Open the Kindle App on your Android phone, tap the “More” button, and then tap the “Settings” option.
Scroll down the Settings page to the “Books” section, and then turn off the Popular Highlights” option.
Popular Highlights sound like a good idea but, in reality, you’re usually better off creating your own if you want them.