What is Screen Overlay Detected on Android? How to Turn Off Screen Overlay?

October 22, 2018

Have an Android device? As with other OS platforms, even Android is prone to some issues and at times becomes a tedious task to fix them. One such confusing error message that you must have seen often is Screen Overlay Detected. Fortunately, there are some quick ways that can help to get around with this problem with an ease. An occurrence of this error will not allow certain apps to be launched and is quite frustrating to find. The launch of Android Marshmallow gave the scope for this “Screen Overlay Detected” error message. Now, wonder of how to rectify this error? Well! You are at the right place! We are here to guide you with the process to fix this problem and enjoy using the app. Before that let us understand what is screen overlay and the real cause of this problem.

What is Screen Overlay? What Causes Screen Overlay Detected Error Message?

With the Android update to Android Marshmallow & Nougat, Android introduced a new feature called “Draw Over Other Apps”. This feature basically allows some of the apps to draw over other which means it shows of information over other applications. While installing a new application, you need to allow access to grant permission for contacts, storage, camera and more. If any of the apps have the feature of the screen overlay active then there is a chance of sudden pop-up specifying “Screen Overlay detected”. And, you may not be able to install a new app until you turn off screen overlay for all applications. Though it is an essential feature that displays information on the top, at times it may even lead to an error message. While almost all the Android users experience this problem including Samsung and Motorola users.

Screen overlay

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How To Turn Off Screen Overlay Android?

Solution to this problem is pretty straightforward. Locate the application that is causing the screen overlay problem and pause it. The most common apps that face this problem are Facebook Messenger, Twilight, Clean Master, Lux, Internet Speed Meter and more. Almost all these apps have the screen overlay option enabled.  In such cases, either turn off screen overlay Android or exit the app that is leading to the problem. If you are not sure about which app is causing the screen overlay detected problem, then try out these alternative methods.

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Alternative Method 1:

Try to disable all the screen overlay permission for all apps so as to make the new app run.

Step 1: Once you find the screen overlay detected error message on the top, go to settings by clicking on the gear icon.

Step 2: Click on Apps option and again click on gear on the top right.

Step 3: Under access permissions, you will be able to find the option “Draw over other apps”.

Step 4: Here is a list of all app that has screen overlay permission. Click on each app and disable the option “Permit drawing over other apps”.

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Screen overlay

Step 5: Now, try to install the app that you were trying to do and recheck all those that are disabled to make use of those apps.

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Alternative Method 2:

If the above-specified method didn’t work, then you can try out using “Safe Mode” feature.

Step 1: Firstly, find the app for which there is a screen overlay issue.

Step 2: Now, press and hold the power off button to find the safe mode option. Click OK to run the device in Safe Mode.

Step 3: Go to settings-→Apps-→ find the app with screen overlay problem and click on that app.

Step 4: On the App info, click on permissions. Enable all the options and reboot the Android smartphone.

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This method should definitely work for the stock Android phones.

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