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Screen Overlay Detected Error : How to Fix It Easily?

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So you just came across a pop up showing “Screen Overlay Detected“, and you’re wondering what to do and how to rectify it, aren’t you? You’ve come to the right page, we’ve got a complete fix on how to rectify this error and you can enjoy the app you’re trying to start. I’ll explain how to turn off screen overlay detected in your Android phone in very simple steps, read on!

Screen Overlay Detected Error : How to Fix It?

Screen Overlay Detected : What is Screen Overlay?

First let’s talk about what is Screen Overlay in Android, so that you’ll get a good idea on what the hell is happening!

Starting with Android Marshmallow, a small error started to pop up, “Screen Overlay Detected“, which will not allow some apps to open/run. That makes it a real pain in the a$$.

Android has introduced this new feature, “Draw over other apps“, in Marshmallow & Nougat, which allows some apps to “draw” over other apps. Which basically means the app can show info on top of other apps. For example, Facebook Messenger uses this feature for their chat heads to be shown over other apps. And the famous Twilight app makes the screen reddish by using the same feature.

Now when installing new apps, sometimes Android will show the pop up “Screen Overlay Detected“. That’s because some apps which “Draw over other apps” permission enabled is running on background or foreground.

Actually, this is an extra security measure from Android, to stop some rogue apps you may have mistakenly installed from any sources other than Play Store, from taking advantage of the default Android settings.

These apps may (or can) do unwanted things when the overlay is running and asking for permissions. Android is not going to allow this, so the Screen Overlay Detected error pop up will be shown.

But there’s nothing to worry, this is a normal thing and it persists in Android as a security feature, and is shown to people running Android Marshmallow and above.

Screen Overlay Detected : How to solve the error?

Method 1

  1. First and foremost thing to avoid this Screen Overlay Detected error is to exit the apps that are having Screen Overlay or floating windows.
  2. Apps such as Facebook Messenger, Twilight, Lux, Internet Speed Meter, Clean Master, etc. are the main cause in this case, as they’ll always be having screen overlay option enabled.
  3. If you’re having any of these apps and they’re running (like Messenger chat head or Twilight filter), simple fix would be to exit the app before installing any new app or after it asks to disable Screen Overlay.

Bonus Tip : Uninstall Clean Master, DU Speed Booster, Go Speed & other cleaners and speed boosters from your phone. Not only they can be causing screen overlay detected pop up every damn time, they’ll be actually the apps that are causing more battery drain and ram usage. Oh by the way, the data they show cleaned are mostly fake and RAM cleaning is not required for Android (I’ll talk about this in a different post:) ).

This works only if you know which app is causing the screen overlay problem, and if you’re not sure about that, you can follow the next method given below.

Method 2

In this method, we’re going to disable all the screen overlays by all apps all together to run your new app for the first time. So when screen overlay detected pop up is shown in an app, follow the below given steps :

  1. Open Settings by clicking on the gear icon in notification bar.
  2. Scroll down, you’ll find the “Apps” option. Click on that.screen overlay detected step 1
  3. Now click on the gear button on top right, as given in this image.screen overlay detected step 2
  4. In this screen. you’ll find “Draw over other apps”, click on that.screen overlay detected step 3
  5. You can alternatively find this option by searching the “Settings” menu for “Draw”. You can just click on the magnification glass icon on the top right on the Settings menu for that.screen overlay detected step 4
  6. Now, in the “Draw over other apps” screen, you can see the apps which are having the Screen overlay/Draw over other apps permission.screen overlay detected step 5
  7. You can click on each app and uncheck “Permit drawing over other apps”.screen overlay detected step 6
  8. Now, clear the app you were trying to run from “Recents screen” and open the app again, you’ll not see the “Screen Overlay Detected” again!
  9. One more step is left, that is to reactivate the screen overlays that you’ve disabled before. Just go back to the “Draw over other apps” settings from recents and recheck all the apps you’ve disabled. Else, you won’t be able to use those apps.

Additionally, if you find some unknown apps in there, you know what to do, uninstall them! This must solve the screen overlay detected Android error on most phones.

These steps are for stock Android (Nexus, Moto, and more). For Samsung & LG the options are little changed, but you can find the “Draw over other apps” option by using the search in settings. Check below to find out how to fix screen overlay detected error in various brands :

Screen Overlay Detected Samsung

Here are the instructions to solve screen overlay detected in Samsung phones. It’s a little different than that of normal Android phones, because Samsung uses custom interface, “TouchWiz”. Here are the steps for that.

  1. Open “Settings” on your Samsung phone by clicking the gear icon in the notification drawer.screenshot_2016-12-19-21-49-13
  2. Scroll down and you’ll find “Applications” menu, open that.screenshot_2016-12-19-21-49-45
  3. On “Applications, you’ll see “Applications manager” option, click on that. screenshot_2016-12-19-21-34-00
  4. Now press on the 3 dot menu on top right of the screen, here you’ll see the option called “Apps that can appear on top”, click on that.screenshot_2016-12-19-21-34-08
  5. You’ll see a list of apps that has the option enabled. Disable each of the app from this menu.screenshot_2016-12-19-21-35-28
  6. Now you can go on and open the app you were trying open (which Screen Overlay Detected was showing).
  7. Come back to the “Apps that can appear on top” menu and reenable all the apps you’ve disabled previously.

One more thing, in Samsung phones, one handed operation can also cause this. So if you’re getting screen overlay detected pop up while you’re using one handed operation, just turn that off from settings and try.

That’s it, you’ve now solved the screen overlay detected error in Samsung phone. This method will work on phones with the latest version of Touchwiz/Android Lollipop+, including flagships like Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note 7 and other mid tier phones such as Samsung Galaxy A9, A8, A7, A5, A3, J5, J7, On 7, On 5, etc. If you’re having any difficulties, you can just comment down for help.

Screen Overlay Detected Motorola

Motorola devices has vanilla Android UI, which means you can just follow the method I mentioned above. This will work for all of the Moto devices such as Moto Z, Moto G4 Plus, Moto G4, Moto G4 Play, Moto G3, Moto G2, Moto G, Moto E, Moto E2, Moto E3, E3 Power, Moto X Play, Moto X Style & Moto M. But the process is a little different for Moto M chinese version, as it’s using Vibe UI from Lenovo. You can use the method 1 from above for that.

Screen Overlay Detected OnePlus

I’m having a OnePlus 2, so the screenshots you can see above is taken from my phone. It works for all OnePlus devices such as OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, OnePlus X, OnePlus 3 & OnePlus 3T.

Screen Overlay Detected HTC

HTC is like Samsung, it is having their custom Sense UI on top of Android. For HTC, you can just search for “Draw over other apps” on the search bar in settings to find the menu of apps that has draw over other apps feature enabled. You can continue as we mentioned in the above steps. You can use this method to remove “Screen overlay detected” pop-up on most of the new HTC devices such as HTC 10, 10 Evo, 10 lifestyle, HTC One M9, One M9s, One M8, One x9, HTC Desire 10, Desire 10 Pro, Desire 830, One A9, etc.

Screen Overlay Detected LG

LG is also having custom UI over the top of Android, although they haven’t named it like Samsung or HTC. You can follow the method I mentioned above for HTC to turn off screen overlay in LG devices. The method will be the same for newer LG devices like LG V20, V10, LG G5, G5 SE, LG G4, LG X5, X Max, X Mach, X Power, X Style, etc.

Conclusion

Hope these methods worked out for you, and now you can enjoy the apps you were trying to install without worrying about the screen overlay detected pop up ever again! Do share this page with your friends, if they’re also facing the same issue when installing new apps. Peace!

Screen Overlay Detected Error : How to Fix It Easily?
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76 Comments

  • Thank you. I just disabled all of them. They will stay that way unless they ask for screen overlay. I’ve had an update of my motorola moto G3 and it was all a mess. Lost my contact book (had a backup) and this trouble with screen overlay appeared.

  • I cant find the setting? i followed all your instructions but cant find it anywhere?? Im using a galaxy note 4 running 6.01.

      • Do you know for sure how to access the settings, like Richard had problems with finding the setting? I’m also using a galaxy note 4 running Marshmallow 6.0.1. It’s SOOOOOOOOOO annoying. Please HELP.

  • After step 7 (That is after unchecking “permit drawing over other apps”
    I’m unable to step 8( That is clear the app that I was trying to run . Because I’m not finding the “Recent screen”
    Plz help me.

    • Recents screen is the one you’ll find the previously used apps. The square button on the navigation bar (if you’re having on screen buttons). Or the button to the left or right of your home button (depending on your phone manufacturer, it’s normally on the left).

  • I’m still not finding the screen overlay buttons. I’ve tried everything you suggested, finding nothing..I’m running a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

  • What’s the harm in leaving the screen overlay option off for all apps? I mean for example, having to do this just everytime I want to send a picture message or post a picture from gallery to Facebook is going to be crazy…

    • Haha. It’s not about harm. It’s just that some features you’re using in some apps might not work if Screen overlay is turned off. For example, if Screen overlay is off, Facebook Messenger’s chat pop heads will not work. If you want to use that feature, you must turn on the screen overlay function.
      Only that is the issue, if you’re okay with that, you can turn off screen overlay all the time. 🙂

      • Hi I have a galaxy 6 and i cant use a certain app . I go in to apps that are on top. I go to my app and I have to turn the camera off. It wont allow me to until i turn off overlay settings..pleassseeeeeeee helllpppppppppp

  • HI, I HAVE A GALAXY 7 AND IM LOST . CANT TURN OFF THE OVERLAY. AFTER THE SETTING BUTTON. WHAT NEXT BECAUSE IT DOESNT HAve the same . what u suggest

  • Hi,
    I drew over all the apps from on to off.
    Still most of my apps are not working & I am still getting the message of “Screen overlay detected.

    Pls help. My whatsapp contacts are gone, my sound recorder is not working, some more apps are also not working.

  • Hey,
    Great!!
    After turning off all the drawover apps also I felt the same issue.
    But as mentioned earlier, I removed clean master and other speed boosters.

    It worked now!!
    Happy………………..& Thanks……………….

  • Hey I have the same problem,I am using Lenovo Vibe k5 note ,I can’t access my call log and messages… directly.

  • I have a Droid turbo. And when I try to add a place on the calendar it says that that I need to let it draw over. It says it’s on. When I click on the calendar app the toggle is gray and won’t let me move it to on. I uninstalled Twilight and restarted my phone. Still won’t all me to.

  • Hi. I have a Huawei P9 and I’ve just disabled all the apps but the screen overlay message still pops up. Please help!!!!!!

  • I reset my phone fully two times just for this overlay type of problem but again i suffered from that i was realy aggresive on my lenovo vibe k5 note but after i used first method after removing of speed booster i feel realy soooo happy because its all working now i think how foolish i was, if i was go through from ur site then i didnt done reset phone 2 times thankx dude for your help

    • My mobile is moto x play. Recently my mobile software is updated. Screen overlay problem araised. I followed your method one shown above. But problem not solved. How can solve this problem??

  • I have a coolpad note 3s and I have the same problem, I can’t even open my gallery as it is asking for permissions.. But when I give permission the scree overlay s**t is coming up.. I’ve tried ur method but it’s not working.. Pls help……

  • Thank u very very much,,I had facing a lot of problems cause screwn overlay detected issue,,But after uninstalling the du speed booster apk,,My issue have solved

  • In my Samsung A7 i tried all the instructions bu failed to solve it. It all started when i wanted to pair a smart watch. Now in the process now i’m not able to even download any thing from watsapp too…

    • Are you sure? Did you check all the points I’ve mentioned in the post?
      Also, the problem with not being able to download anything from WhatsApp must not be related with screen overlay.

  • Hi I have Samsung Galaxy J5, turned off screen ovelay for all apps shown in this setting but it still doesn’t allow me to allow What’s App permissions (microphone, text, camera etc.). Please help.

  • Bro i’m playing gta bully on samsung on5
    But bcoz of it… i can’t play … and i trued ur method but itz not wrking…😭😭

  • I am also experiencing the screen overlay error. I am using gionee s7. I am giving it a try. Let me see how these tils work. Anyway, nice and am grateful.

  • i followed all your steps but the problem is still there i am not able to use any app even whatsapp i am not able to download from it plz is there any other meansof correcting this problem i have Samsung On5

  • Thank you so much, that helped me get over that annoying error in my new phone! I just got a Lenovo K6 Note running Android 6.0.1 and after disabling all apps draw over permissions I was still seeing the error for essential apps simply like the dialer! After checking your article above I removed 2 apps that had a floating icon option which are Screenshot and CM (Clean master) and it seems that the latter was the one caused me that pain. Thanks again Bro & keep it up ☺️☺️

  • Thank you very much. I disable all screen overlays. Didn’t help. I then removed a bunch of apps. The culprit was DU Boost. Got rid of it and worked fine. I spent hours trying different things until I ran across this article. Keep up the good work.

  • None of the above solution s working for Gionee f103 pro……. Plzz suggest me a solution to overcome dis…..

  • Give solution for gionee f103 pro screen overlay detected problem. It’s not fix by all your above solution. Instagram is unable to take pictures from gallery.

  • Guys if u’ve recently installed updates of certain apps like uc browser, it’ll not work untill u first uninstall them, den run ur phone in safe mode, after that chng permission of apps in safe mode will work, enjoy

  • hi ,

    i tried doing it with my samsung a7 (2017) it works. however i forgot to put enable all the apps in the apps that can appear on top . then i use facebook messenger and it wont overlay on the screen. i tried enabling all the apps including fb messenger in the apps that can appear on top but still overlay on scree. tried as well restarting (on/off) my device. what can i do more ?

  • I’ve followed your suggestions and I’m still having the problem. I’m trying to install Sun Locator Lite on a Samsung Galaxy S5 running Android 6.0.1. I’ve disabled all overlay permissions and removed several memory and battery management apps. I also switched off one-handed operation. Any other suggestions?

  • I m even though doing as u said is not able to remove it from jio4gcall n every app is displaying the same….. i have samsung grand prime plz suggest me some remedy

  • Got to where I turn off apps and none were on, so there was nothing to turn off. Already unistalled my cleaner. Still can’t get rid of screen overlay problem. Galaxy Note 4 with marshmallow. Tnx for any new suggestions.

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