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How to disable Popular Highlights

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Initial post: Jun 28, 2010 7:21:21 AM PDT
Froglips says:
After the latest update I was getting highlights on several pages that I had not placed.

They are Popular Highlights that are automatically added by Kindle and can be turned off.

To do so start at your home page and press menu...go to settings...then down to popular highlights and click on it to turn them off.

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 7:22:48 AM PDT
A. Sisk says:
thank you! I hadn't begun to look for this.....thanks for saving me the trouble!!

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 7:33:41 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
S., thanks for posting that...that is how you turn off the display in your books.

If you want to stop participating in the program (having your highlights contribute to the popular highlights), you disable Annotations Backup in the same place;


Bufo Calvin
Amazon Author Central page:

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 9:58:27 AM PDT
Thank you!

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 10:08:00 AM PDT
Disabling Annotations Backup has other consequences.

If you do this, Amazon will no longer backup your notes, highlights, bookmarks or last place read. These will still show in your book while it is on the Kindle, but if you remove the book, and then decide to download later they will be gone.

You will also not be able to use the website:

to display and extract those notes and highlights for printing or emails.

I believe it will also affect your ability to sync the last place read with other devices, but am uncertain as I don't have a second device.

Posted on May 5, 2011 9:19:07 AM PDT
Charrlie says:
Does anyone know how to get rid of these on Mac. I find it very annoying & do not understand why they added this feature.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2011 9:25:49 AM PDT
Choose Kindle, select Preferences, select Annotations, unclick Enable Popular Highlights.

I agree that I can't imagine why they made such an in-your-face "feature" the default.

Posted on May 5, 2011 1:24:11 PM PDT
lcook0825 says:
You are right Fool For Books, they won't be able to sync to last page read on other devices.

Posted on May 5, 2011 10:00:51 PM PDT
I bought a Kindle wireless with 3G about two months ago with ver 3.1 software. It all seems to work fine except none of my notes or highlights show up when I call up the View Notes and Marks menu. All that show up are the bookmarks. In the view Popular Highlights menu only highlights from other readers show up.

Any idea how I can read my own notes and highlights? Everything seems to be enabled except the Sharing Notes option on social networks.... I don't want to share my comments with the rest of the world.


In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2011 11:21:16 PM PDT
Vince says:
Disabling Annotations Backup will also result in Amazon not backing up your Collections, if you have created any.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 9:03:33 PM PDT
J. H. Cohen says:
I would also like to turn off the Popular Highlights, but that is not an option on my Settings screen. My only options are Registration, Device Name, and Wi-Fi Settings.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 4:28:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 16, 2011 4:30:04 AM PDT
Willber G says:
"I would also like to turn off the Popular Highlights, but that is not an option on my Settings screen. My only options are Registration, Device Name, and Wi-Fi Settings"

You should have 3 pages of Settings, try pushing the "Next Page" button.

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 12:35:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 30, 2011 12:35:47 PM PDT
I should have searched for this sooner, the amount of popular highlights in the fifth Song of Ice and Fire book was fairly annoying. Oh well, the future will feature less annoying dotted lines!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 9:21:05 AM PST
Thank you - thank you - thank you! This has been driving me crazy and is very distracting when I am reading. It worked like a charm!

Posted on May 15, 2012 9:00:30 PM PDT
How about kindle fire. Settings do not have this feature.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012 8:53:01 PM PST
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Posted on Apr 18, 2013 5:11:28 PM PDT
On the Kindle iPad app, I cannot get the Popular Highlights to turn off - doesn't matter what setting I have for It: "on", "off" - in both modes those dotted lines are ruining my read - HELP!

Posted on May 1, 2013 5:26:38 AM PDT
janet says:
On my iPhone kindle app I found it under settings then scroll down to the bottom click on Other. You can them turn off.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2013 10:27:20 AM PDT
latrans says:
Do what the OP says up until you get to the "Settings" menu. On the Settings menu, your last option (of four) should be "Reading Options." Open that up and you should see Popular Highlights.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2013 11:18:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 4, 2013 11:25:01 AM PDT
anglolisa says:
Same problem, on the ipad app, highlights are off, but still showing. Does anyone have a solution to this? iPad 3...
I like to decide for myself what's interesting or relevant....

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 9:34:23 AM PDT
James Greig says:
Popular Highlights--Worst feature EVER

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2013 9:41:49 AM PDT
King Al says:
I disagree. I happen to like them.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 12:53:41 AM PDT
Yes, this worked! Thanks.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 12:54:43 AM PDT
That was for Janet.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2013 7:47:01 AM PST
S. P. says:
I wanted to add that you do this but setting popular highlights to on. So if you want them off, it needs to be set to on. Kinda confusing, Amazon! ;-)
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