Can't unhighlight text on my iPad's Book app.

Mar 13, 2016
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I can’t unhighlight text on my iPad’s Books app on my M1 iPad Air with 16.3. (I have been known to accidentally highlight something I want to select for other purposes)

I can select text and highlight it with a selection of 5 colors or underline. But I can’t find an option to unhighlight it on my iPad.

So I go to my M1 iMac with 13.2, open the same book and find the text that is highlighted on my iPad. I thought I would see the highlight from my iPad on my iMac, but I didn’t. But I selected some text and highlighted it to a different color. The color changed on my iPad. On my Mac there now was an option to remove the highlight, which I did.

But that highlight is only removed on my Mac, not on my iPad.

How do I get rid of that highlight on my iPad?

(I tried to see if I could duplicate this on my iPhone, but my finger’s too big).


Cory Cooper

May 19, 2004
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When you select the highlighted text in the Books app on the iPad, the action bar appears and should have a Remove option. If not, click the > and the right side of that bar and see if it is available.


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