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How To Fix Screen Overlay Detected Error In Android?

Screen Overlay Detected
Written by Rony Shaji

You may encounter the “Screen Overlay Detected” error while opening an app in Android device. It is an error that comes with the latest versions of Android such as Marshmallow and Nougat and there is no need to worry as we have the solution in our phone itself. Sometimes we may feel angry when opening any app as the messages Screen Overlay Detected pop up in the screen.

There is a feature known as “Draw” over other apps option in the latest Android versions. The Screen Overlay Detected can be easily fixed within seconds using this new feature on your Android mobile phone. Hope you are with me and we will continue to check out the easy method to fix the error.

In this tutorial, I will cover the following things:

  • What is Screen Overlay Detected Error?
  • How to fix Screen Overlay Detected Error?

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What is Screen Overlay Detected Error?

You are here because you experienced the Screen Overlay Detected error on your Android device. I will explain in short, what is Screen Overlay and how you can fix the Screen Overlay Detected Error within minutes. 

Screen Overlap concept can be better explained with the help of an example. Just think about the Facebook Messenger, which pop up when we send or receive any message, even when we are using any other app. This means that Messenger can display their app on top of another app. This is what basically Screen Overlay is and I am not going to talk more about the technical aspects as everyone needs the solution to the problem.

The “Draw over other apps” option helps to fix the Screen Overlay Detected error in your Android device. Actually, it is an extra security measure taken by the Android to prevent some apps from doing unnecessary operations. You can enable or disable the screen overlay in your device easily and I will explain the method to do it.

How to Fix Screen Overlay Detected?

You need to know the best and easiest method to avoid the Screen Overlay Detected error and I will mention the easiest way. Just keep in mind that the method differs for different types of mobile phones and I will explain the basic steps to avoid the problem. If you have any doubt just comment in the post and I will tell you the solution.

Method 1: Solve Screen Overlay Detected Error

This method is the basic method, which you can try to solve the issue. If this is not working, then we can try another solution. In this method, we disable the draw over other apps permissions of all apps to avoid the screen overlay detected error on the new app.  Just follow the basic steps to get rid of the error.

STEP 1: Open Settings of your Android Mobile (From notification bar or use the menu)

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STEP 2: Go to Apps and touch on Apps option.

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STEP 3: Touch on the Gear icon on the top right of the screen.

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STEP 4: Select “Draw Over Others Apps” option.

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STEP 5: Now you can see all the apps with the draw over other apps permission (select Apps With Permission from drop down list). In this step, you have to turn off permit drawing over others apps option for all the apps.

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STEP 6: Now close all background apps in your mobile and clear every opened app. Then open the newly installed the app which you are getting the error. It will work fine and you won’t see the “Screen Overlay Detected” error.

STEP 7: You have to turn on the permit drawing over other apps option for all apps that turn off in step 5. Else that apps won’t work on your mobile and land in trouble.

You can turn off the permit drawing over other apps option for apps that you are not using. If you have apps such as clean master, speed booster etc, it is the primarily cause for the Screen Overlay Detected error and it is better to avoid them.

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Method 2: Solve Screen Overlay Detected Error

The basic problem to the Screen Overlay Detected error is the use of apps such as clean master, Speed booster etc which floats or overlays on the phone. This method involves making some changes so as to avoid the problem.

  • Exit the apps such as Clean Master, Facebook Messenger etc (you can exit all apps in your background) before installing the new app. Sometimes the error won’t pop up if you are following this method.
  • Uninstall useless apps on your mobile phone, which floats such as Clean Master, Turbo Booster etc from your device.

This may work as we are clearing all background running apps on our phone.

Fix Screen Overlay Detected On Samsung

For Samsung phones, the options are different as it is customised using “TouchWiz”. Just follow the simple steps to solve the error on your Samsung mobile phones.

STEP 1: First go to Settings on your Samsung mobile phone (From notification bar or use the menu)

STEP 2: Find the “Applications” and select the “Applications Manager” from the list.

STEP 3: Touch on the 3 dots on the top right corner and select the “Apps that can appear on top”, which will take you to the list of apps.

STEP 4: Disable the feature for all the apps shown and clear the background running apps on your device.

STEP 5: Install the new app on your device ( or open the app which have problem) and remember to enable the feature for all the apps (for those apps which we disabled on step 4)

Also the following things can cause the Screen Overlay Detected Error on your Samsung mobile phone. You can disable these features and can check whether it solves the problem.

  • Turn off one-handed operation if you are getting error while using one-handed feature.

This may work and if you have any problem please comment with your mobile model. I will try to come up with a solution to the Screen Overlay Detected Error.

Fix Screen Overlay Detected On OnePlus

OnePlus users can check out the first method, as it is same for all OnePlus mobile phones. Just follow the basic steps mentioned on the method 1 and you can solve the problem. If you are still experiencing the problem, just comment and I will make a solution for the problem.

Conclusion : Screen Overlay Detected

I hope that you solved the problem with these methods. Still, some of you are facing the problem? Just contact me or drop a comment I will help you to fix the issue. I also experienced the issue earlier and these methods worked perfectly for me. It’s your turn to share these words with your friends and buddies. Also, check out other cool posts in my blog.

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Rony Shaji

Hi, I'm Rony Shaji. I've started blogging back in 2012 and eventually turned into a part time blogger.I am now 23 years old and completed B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering. I'm presently working out on many event blogs myself and in team. Follow me on Facebook

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