The File Extensions Database

.PHL File Extension

  • Developer by: Amazon
  • Category: eBook Files
  • Format: XML

What is an .PHL file?

.PHL is Kindle Popular Highlights File

File created by the Amazon Kindle e-reading device; stores Popular Highlights, which are sections or phrases within the eBook that have been highlighted by Kindle users; enables the gray dashed underline behavior for popularly marked items; saved in an XML format.

Popular Highlights are provided to help users focus on the passages that are highlighted the most by all Kindle users.

NOTE: To turn off Popular Highlights on a Kindle, select the information icon, choose Settings, and turn the Popular Highlights off.

Programs that open Kindle Popular Highlights File
Microsoft Notepad
Apple TextEdit

How to solve problems with PHL files

  • Associate the PHL file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any PHL file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.PHL files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the PHL file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .PHL is Kindle Popular Highlights File. Because only the current version supports the latest PHL file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Amazon manufacturer website after an available .PHL is Kindle Popular Highlights File update.
  • To make sure that your PHL file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.