Amazon Kindle e-readers all come with a ‘Popular Highlights’ feature enabled by default, and while some people may find it useful, others are likely itching for a way to turn it off. Although e-books are now readily available on smartphones, tablets, and laptops, it’s still hard to beat the convenience and comfort of a dedicated e-reader. From the e-ink display to weeks of battery life, there’s something about the e-reader experience that no other device has yet to replicate.
As has been the case for a few years, Amazon‘s Kindle lineup still dominates the e-reader market. And the Kindle family is better today than ever. The baseline Kindle delivers all the essentials for under $100. If you want a higher-quality display, light temperature adjustment, water resistance, and other features, the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Oasis also have you covered.
Related: How To See Page Numbers On Kindle Books (And Why They Aren’t Always There)
One of the best things about Kindles is that each model has the same software interface. It’s easy to navigate, has helpful settings, and gets better all the time, thanks to frequent updates. However, one feature that can be annoying is Kindle’s Popular Highlights. As you’re reading a book, you’ve probably noticed certain areas that are highlighted and show how many times other Kindle readers have highlighted that section. The idea of seeing highlights from other people sounds fun in theory, but it can also tarnish your own reading experience. Thankfully, turning off Popular Highlights on your Kindle takes just a matter of seconds.
How To Turn Off Popular Highlights
To get started, you first need to open a book on your Kindle. With the book open, tap the top of the screen near the Kindle’s bezel to show the book’s settings page. Tap the ‘Aa’ button near the top right, tap ‘More,’ swipe up on the menu to scroll down, and tap the toggle next to ‘Popular Highlights.’ You can still make your own highlights in the book, but you’ll no longer see highlights from other users.
The best part? You only need to turn off Popular Highlights once. Although it may look like you’re only turning off Popular Highlights for the specific book you opened, turning it off for one book turns it off for every book on your Kindle. If you ever want to re-enable Popular Highlights, open any book and follow the same steps above. You’re free to turn Popular Highlights on and off as much as you’d like, so play around with both options and see which you prefer.