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How to Turn off Popular Highlights on Kindle

If you have a Kindle reader, you’ve likely used (or are at least familiar with) the highlighting ability.

This is actually one of my favorite things about my Kindle because I RARELY highlight or make notes when I’m reading a paper book, but I highlight all the time on my Kindle because it’s built right in and I don’t need an extra writing implement to highlight as I read.

If you’ve used the Kindle highlighting tool, you’ve ALSO probably noticed the popular highlights feature where, as you read, you see the highlights many other people have made.

These popular highlights (which will appear saying something like “1,388 highlights”) show up on passages where many Kindle readers have highlighted a certain line or passage.

Some people love the popular highlights feature – it can bring a sense of community and shared experience to a usually solitary activity.

But other people are NOT fans.

If you’re one of the people who can’t stand the popular highlights feature on a Kindle, the good news is that it’s very easy to turn it off. Here’s how!

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How to turn off Kindle highlights

  1. Tap the top center of your Kindle page while you have a book open on the screen. This will bring up the menu.
  2. Tap the Aa symbol at the top. 
  3. Choose “More.”
  4. Scroll down to the “Popular Highlights” option. It should be about halfway down.
  5. Toggle the switch to off. It’ll show blank/white when it’s off and dark/black when it’s toggled on.
  6. The Popular Highlights are off! 

Couldn’t be simpler and if you change your mind later on, you can always go back and turn the popular highlights back on for your Kindle if you decide you miss them.

Are you a lover or hater of this Kindle feature? I’d love to know!

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  1. I don’t mind the popular highlights. It’s always interesting to me to see what people highlight. Sometimes I think, “why did they highlight THAT?” It makes me laugh sometimes.

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