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How to use Safari Highlights in macOS Sequoia

Apple’s newest software update for the Mac, macOS Sequoia, offers several new generative AI capabilities sprinkled throughout the operating system. Among everything, Safari now offers an innovative feature dubbed “Safari Highlights” that can enhance your web browsing experience.

If you’re curious about what Safari Highlights are and how to use this feature in macOS Sequoia, we can help. This article explores everything you may want to know about using Safari Highlights.

What are Safari Highlights in macOS Sequoia?

Safari Highlights is a new feature in macOS Sequoia, iOS 18, and iPadOS 18 that can retrieve essential details from web pages and organize them in one place for easy access. Apple says that Safari Highlights uses machine learning to scan a web page and pull up information like directions, summaries, and quick links to learn more about people, music, movies, or TV shows.

For example, if you’re reading an article, Safari creates a short summary of the content. If you’re trying to book a hotel or planning a vacation, it can display directions and phone numbers for a place. Likewise, if you’re reading something that includes a reference to an artist, album, or TV show, Highlights can redirect you to relevant apps like Apple Music and Apple TV on your Mac.

How do Safari Highlights work in Safari 18?

As of now, Apple hasn’t revealed much information about how Safari Highlights works other than that it uses machine learning to detect and highlight relevant information on web pages in Safari.

As per a previous report from folks at Apple Insider, Safari Highlights might be based on Apple’s Project Blackpearl. It was revealed that this project was about an experimental AI tool capable of generating summaries as long as three sentences, which coincides with what we’ve seen so far.

How to use Safari Highlights in macOS Sequoia

Safari Highlights are still very finicky in the first developer beta of macOS Sequoia, and only a few users online have been able to access the feature. With that out of the way, here’s how you can enable and use Safari Highlights in macOS Sequoia based on the information we’ve gathered.

  1. Launch Safari from the Dock on your Mac.
  2. Click Safari on the menu bar and select Settings.

    Click on Safari Settings to enable Safari Highlights feature
  3. When the Settings dialog appears, go to the Advanced tab.
  4. Enable Allow Highlights to share web addresses with Apple.

    Select Advance in Safari Settings, tick Allow Highlights to share web addresses with Apple to enable Safari Highlights
  5. After you’ve enabled Safari Highlights, visit a supported website.
  6. Click the reader icon with a purple dot located in the address bar.

    Tap Reader icon to get short summary using Safari Highlights

As soon as you click the Reader icon in the address bar, a short summary of the content, a list of quick links, or other details will show up in a dialog. After you’re done accessing information on a web page, you can simply click anywhere on the screen to dismiss the dialog and keep browsing.

Wrapping up…

Safari Highlights in macOS Sequoia is an underrated feature that has the potential to transform how we browse the web. It helps minimize the time wasted looking up for information on a web page by gathering essential details in one place for easy access on iPhone, iPad and Mac. What do you think about Safari Highlights? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

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