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Screen Overlay Detected Error : How to Fix It Easily?

screen overlay detected

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?

If you want to try a simple fix, you can jump to this method & try this method first. Click here.

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. Even the common file manager app, ES File Explorer is causing this it seems (most probably because it has RAM cleaner built in now), better switch to Solid Explorer! And 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.


Method 3

This is one more method you can try on your phone if the above two didn’t work. This method uses the “Safe Mode” feature in Android. Follow the below given steps:

  1. First of all, note the app you’re having this issues with. (For e.g., if it’s WhatsApp, remember that).
  2. Now, press the power button of your phone.
  3. Press and hold the “Power Off” option on the pop up now.
  4. After holding it for 4-5 seconds, one more pop up will come, asking you to enable “Safe Mode”. screen overlay detected method 3
  5. Click “OK”, the device will reboot in Safe Mode.
  6. Now, when your phone has turned on, go to Settings, and then to “Apps”.
  7. Here, scroll down and find the app you were having the screen overlay problem, click on it.
  8. On the app page, click on “Permissions”.screen overlay detected error
  9. And on the Permissions page, enable all the permissions the app was asking previously. solve screen overlay detected error
  10. After this is done, reboot the phone.

Done! This must definitely work on most devices. Do let me know if the above steps works on your phone!

NOTE: The above given methods 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.

NOTE: If you’re confused with the steps mentioned above, do watch the video below explaining how to solve the screen overlay error in Samsung phones.

UPDATE 1 : I see a lot of people are commenting below of the problem not solving in Samsung devices even after trying the above steps. I might have found one more fix for the issue. Try this method only if the above given steps have failed.

The one common issue I found out in Samsung is that some of the system apps and features uses draw over other apps option. Like the Samsung’s default feature of one handed mode can also cause the screen overlay detected error. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings, and navigate to “Display and Wallpaper” option.
  2. On the next page, click on “One handed operation”.
  3. Now on this page, click on “Side key panel”.
  4. Turn off the toggle button on the next page.

Now try to install your desired app and check if the screen overlay pop up is coming.

If not, just thank me 😉

If it’s still coming, do comment down your model number, I’ll try to get a solution for you.

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.


Method 4

Here’s a simple app that can solve your problems. It’s called “Install Button Unblocker” you can download it from Play Store, we’re linking it below:


install button unlocker

  • Starting the app, you’ll be asked to turn on the service.
  • When turning it on, you’ll be asked to allow accessibility feature of your phone and permit draw over other apps permission for this app. It’s required because by using those, they’re able to override issues caused by other apps.
  • Now, after turning this on, you can continue what you were doing. Like if your WhatsApp was asking for permission and you’re not able to give that, just turn on “Unblock Install Button” and try doing it again. It’ll work.
  • And when you use the help of this app, you’ll see a small lock icon near the Install Button or permission grant button.

PS: Do let us know if this worked for you, I’ve tried on some phones and worked flawlessly.

Apps known to cause Screen Overlay Detected Error

So I mentioned above that some apps can cause this issue on your phone. Here is a list of all the apps that might be causing this error, with or without a visible overlay.

  • Clean Master
  • DU Speed Booster
  • ES explorer
  • Xender
  • UC Browser
  • 360 Security

The above list of apps are the apps I noticed will be causing, without a visible overlay (or pop-up) of any kind. If you’re having any of the apps included in the above list, I would suggest you to uninstall it and look for an alternative. You don’t need an alternative for cleaner or anti virus apps, they’re just useless.

Below given are the list of apps with a visible overlay causing screen overlay detected pop up message:

  • Messenger
  • Twilight
  • Bluelight filter
  • Sfilter

Screen overlay caused by these apps are normal, as they need that permission to show pop up (in case of messenger) or red screen (in case of Twilight & bluelight filter). Just turn off these apps or exit them if the pop up comes. You’ll be good.


Check which apps are causing this in your phone.

Now, you might be wondering which apps in your phone is causing you this issue. You can easily check all of that using an app we’re listing here. The app is called “Alert Window Checker” which checks if any app is using Screen Overlay permission. Below given is the link to download the app, download it:


alert window checker

  • Open this app, you’ll see a button called “Status check of screen overlay”, click on that.
  • Now if there is any app running with screen overlay permission, it’ll detect and will show “[OK] Screen Overlay is not running” or [NG] Screen Overlay is running.
  • If it shows screen overlay is not running, you don’t have to worry or do anything.
  • If it shows screen overlay is running, it’ll also show the list of apps using this on that page.
  • Now, click on the app name shown, it’ll take you go app settings. On that page, you’ll see options to “Uninstall” or “Force Stop” the app. If the app is something you use alot, like Messenger, Force close it. If it’s not something you need on daily basis like Clean Master, uninstall it. Your problem will be solved.



NOTE : Do read the comments below by various visitors. That might help you if your error didn’t get solved already.


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!

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  • 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.

  • 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 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.

    • Thanks. I did all that but still it’s appearing again in my device coz my sound recorder is not working plus some other apps

  • Hey,
    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.

    • This help me also. Thank you!!! I had turned off all the the screen over that can appear on top and followed the steps. Then, after reading your comment, I just uninstall DU Battery saver then finished! Problem solved! Thank you so much.

  • 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

    • I’ve updated this guide with a new method for Samsung devices. This might help you removing that Screen overlay detected pop up. Do check that out and let me know.

  • 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.

  • I’m using Lenovo k5 note I follow all the instructions but it don’t work means I off the things but it didn’t work out

  • Hey I have a J7, no matter what all the instructions that I follow to the T (which are all the same to turn off screen overlay it does not work!!! I am trying to turn my location settings on for my lyft driver app so I can drive and I am unable to drive until this setting is corrected. Help please!!

    • Hello Nicole, I’ve updated this guide for Samsung devices with one more method. Do try that out and let me know. 🙂

      • Hey can u help me with my samsung A5 2016 i used your methods but nothing is working .
        I disabled the above screen apps but still i cant grant permissions.
        Please helppppp

  • Hi there, I’ve tried all the above on my Samsung S6 Edge Plus, done a factory reset as well but nothing seems to be solving the problem. Please help.. any suggestions would be of great help. Thanks in advance

    • Hey there! I’ve updated the guide with one more method especially for Samsung devices. Do check that out. 🙂

  • Hi, I have Sumsung Galaxy S6…
    I tried these steps many times but it doesn’t work 🙁
    Also I wanted try your new update for Sumsung but I couldn’t find “one handed operation” I even searched for it but it wasn’t there
    I have problem with some of my apps because of this issue, I’m so frustrated and dk what should I do :(((

  • nothing I’ve tried works….every time I try to do anything I get the screen overlay Detected. To Change this permission settings, you first have to turn off the screen overlay from Settings. — Apps.
    Any app which needs to access something, I get this… IE..uploading a picture from facebook…

    Samsung SM-G920A Android Version 6.0.1

    Please help…I’ve been trying to solve for weeks…I’m about to throw though the wall and go back to iphone..

  • I am not getting solved even after follwing this in Lenovo Vibe K5 Note.. Pls help me with this… I am irritated with this small thing.

  • I’m using samsung j7 prime. I’ve done all your guides, including the updated one for samsung guides, I can’t find the options for “side key panel”

    still, problem persist, after i press the reset button, it become even worse, my whatsapp contacts all gone, can’t allow permission for whatsapp, line, all social media to access to my contacts, camera, location, etc
    And I even can’t make a phone call. It said “phone has stopped”.

  • Mine have Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016). And i’m also facing the overley problem. I’ve tried all the methods shown by you. But none of them worked. Please tell me how to fix it? I am in great mess. 😔

  • Hi, I have Galaxy C7.
    I tried many times to solve this problem and still not worked and may be C7 methods rather differ than these… is there any body that can help me?

  • Hey, guys, I followed all the steps, but it did not work. I had 360 Security App. I REMOVED it by chance and the problem was solved. If you still have the problem, CHECK FOR SUCH APPs AND REMOVE IT. IT WILL WORK!!

  • None of these methods work for me either . I have Samsung S5 and I get the error pop up telling me to disable apps that appear on top every time I receive a text message. I have turned off all apps that can appear on top in the list and also in the show system apps list I have turned those off too…. one handed operation is disabled as well but nothing works. Has anyone came up with anything new? I don’t have any type of speed app or cleaners. The only time I get the error is when a text message comes in and then I hit back and it says the phone has stopped and then I clear it and finally get to the messages icon and can click it to read the text.

  • Aha! This has been driving me mad when I’ve been trying to enable Storage to be able to send a Watchmaker watch face to my watch.

    I’d disabled Draw over other Apps for every app on the phone, and still couldn’t change the Watch’s storage settings. Then finally, something in this article made me add System Apps on my Huawei P10, and having disabled all those too, I finally got it to work!

  • OMG IT WORKS!!!!! I always reset my phone because of this fucking overlay but then I red your method 2!!! and it works1! super thankyou omaygadddd

  • I m having Coolpad cool1. Facing the screen overlay problem for whatsapp and also some more apps. Above steps are not working on my phone

  • I have tried all the method listed above on my Samsung galaxy express 3, but the screen overlay problem still persists. What other option can i try?

  • Hey!
    I tried the Samsung solution but it didn’t work on my phone. I have Samsung j7 2015 model. I still showing that error. I am really tried off. Any one could please help me? My # 03348628028
    Please help. Thanks.

  • hello…. i m samsung galaxy j7 user…. i tried all of ur solutions but the problem is still unsolved….. plz help

  • I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 emerge and it keeps on falling off the screen overlay but once I followed instructions and turned it off it still don’t let me do what I’m trying to do

  • I had this issue on LG and after trying everything posted here and still contantly running into issue where apps showed screen overlay enabled but option was grayed out and I could not change it, I ended up uninstalling 360 security and the issue was resolved. After I was able to use the new app that I had installed, I reinstalled 360 and all is ok…for now. I also had malware bytes installed and uninstalled that as well.

  • Today I uninstalled 360 app and Clean Master and FINALLY IT WORKED (after months), I DON’T HAVE THAT SCREEN OVERLAY ISSUE ANYMORE haha I’m happy
    Thank you, I got this solution by reading your replies to comments, good job👍

    • What about the apps you’re using? Apps such as Anti virus or cleaner apps (like Clean Master, 360 security or DU battery booster).

    • You can uninstall all this app if you have it on your phone…. Clean master, cm security, cm locker… I did it on my phone(Samsung A7) and it worked.

  • I tried all steps with my lenovo k6 note the problem not in setting up but below issues apperead

    Face book Messanger can not access to camera or photos any more can not even save media or pics i receive

    Whatsapp has same problem and adding the contact too

  • It get solved after I uninstall clean master, cm security and cm locker on my Samsung A7. Thanks for the info. Now am pleased with my phone.

  • I am using Moto x play and having screen overlay detected error pop up from mobikwik apps. I have already untoggled all the apps with permission, but the error popup is there when I run mobikwik.

  • I have a stylo 2 and this problem comes up because of the stylus so i should deactivate draw over other apps for the sylus right, well i like the stylu being on, is there anything i can do)

  • I have the Samsung tab A and it keeps saying screen overlay detected. I’ve disabled all of the apps and it still the pop-up shows. What should I do?

  • Hey i am having Lenovo k6 power running on 6.0.1 . i am closing all the screen overlay apps from settings . But then also its pops up in apps like xender , Instagram ,Theme center . plZ help me i cant give storage message and other permission to apps

  • Hi…im using samsung galaxy j7 and i tried all the above methods which u said….but still im getting screen overlay error…my whatsapp is not detecting contacts permission…so it is a big problem for me….so please help me solve this…please tell fast

    • Do you have any cleaner or battery saver apps such as Clean master or DU battery saver installed on your phone?

  • Moto M
    After solving screen overlay problem I keep getting.
    System ui cannot be used. Please try to allow permissions.
    And does not allow to do anything.

  • Its not working man….i can show you the screenshots…..i tried both method in my moto x play bt it didnt work…

  • I also did whtever u jst told…. bt same problem in Lenovo k5 note….. to hell with such thing… wht to do … suggest plz

  • I followed every step in your solution for “screen overlay” and I’m still getting “turn off screen overlay” I have “Stylus 2 Plus, LG from Metro PCS.

  • Im using Galaxy J7 and I followed every step also but it didnt solve this screen overlay problem of my phone.what im gonna do to fix this…

  • Hi Abhijith,

    Thank you for the help. I would like to add one more application name which can cause the issue.
    ES File Explorer File Manager, which was the culprit in my Moto X Play.

    • Awesome!
      ES File explorer used to be a good app, but it’s been paraded with ads since last year. I switched to Solid Explorer.
      And this comment should help many. 🙂

  • Hi I have tried all method that in safe mode too but in safe mode also m getting screen overlay detected problem and unable to change permissions over there, unable to access my messages and contact, unable to call, unable to access WTS app, jio 4g voice… And can’t download and upload images and videos in Wts app, can’t play videos in any video player
    Is there any solution apart from factory reset..
    Is there still any hope , any app which can solve this problem..

  • None of the above mentioned 3 ways are working for me..Could me please suggest any other method.?? I am using Lenovo K5 note. Any sort of help will be appreciated.

    • Do check the apps you’re having. You might be having some anti virus or cleaner apps installed. That might be causing the issue.

  • This is perfect blog for ‘screen-overlay-detected’ error, showing ‘Method 3’ – booting the android in safe mode and setting permission for the App. Thanks Abhijith.

  • How shall I express my gratitude,I have no word. Its really a great humanitarian job, I sincerely wish your good luck and bright future. I have suffering from OVERLAY problem since Friday last. I followed your guidance and succeeded. Yhanks a lot sir, God bless you.

  • How shall I express my gratitude,I have no word. Its really a great humanitarian job, I sincerely wish your good luck and bright future. I have suffering from OVERLAY problem since Friday last. I followed your guidance and succeeded. Yhanks a lot sir, God bless you.

  • Many thanks Abhijih.
    I ran into this problem setting up Photos on my Doogee X5 Max Pro. I force stopped ES File Explorer and everything went perfectly after that.
    Great article; good info explained concisely.

  • hii i am also facing the same issue on moto g2 tried all the methods listed above its not working

  • I had the same problem with my Samsung J7. After reading this passages, I managed to solve my problem by uninstalling ES File explorer File manager.
    Thank you.

  • None of them was helpful for me then I just uninstalled share it and E S file explorer now my problem is solved

  • Appreciate much on the level of detail in sharing your guidance.

    I still failed to solve my issue faced on a Samsung Galaxy J5. Can u guide me specifically on this phone model? Thank u very much!

  • These solutions are not working for me. I’ve tried disabling everything. Nothing works. I’ve got a Samsung galaxy note 4.

    • Then the problem must be cause by some of your apps. Please check if you’ve apps such as CM cleaner, DU speed booster, Xender, ES file explorer installed.

  • This is a very good method and it works, apparently, though when I get on the “apps that can appear over others” or something, not all applications are shown, a small part of them is shown, how do i fix it so that i can enable permissions to all the apps i need to? Thank you very much man

  • I am using samsung galaxy j7 prime. I am not able to add new contacts if I tried to add new contacts screen overlay detected notification is coming please help me to sought out

  • Thanks alot mate for helping me. At first im kinda like “wtf is happening on my phone(sony xperia z2), what did i do wrong?”. Then i asked my uncle that kinda good on computer how to fix my problem but even him cant help me and saying theres a possibility my phone have virus and just advicing me to find expert about this.I try other advice on Internet but some of those are not really helpful then i found your blog and u explain the problem why is it happening and how to solve it step by step. At first its kinda hard to fix but in the end i realized its kinda easy to fix. Thanks alot mate you really make me happy. Keepup the goodwork

  • I have the Samsung S5 and did all above – deactivated (greyed out) all applications and still getting the screen overlay error message. Don’t know what to do next?

  • Thanks a lot.
    Your Samsung settings Turn off “Side key panel” and Display and wallpaper is worked for me.

  • Hi I have a galaxy J7 2016 that i just bought. Overlay message pops up every time i get a text. i think i turned off all apps permissions? any suggestions ? thanks

  • Almost for all apps its showing for me now where permissions are required thoough the method 3 is working so should i do for each app or should Factory reset it once.

  • Hi, i m having the Samsung Note 4, tried all the recommended method. The overlay screen detected remained…help pls!!!

  • I have tried all the above methods on my cell phone “Infinix” model “Z3 X552” but all invain.
    Actually I am unable to call from my whatsapp.

  • Hello I have tried all the steps u have given above but it doesn’t work on my samsung j7.. please suggest a better way for screen overlay detected..thank u

    • So it’s must be because of some app in your phone like CM cleaner/ES explorer/Xender. If you’ve any of the anti virus or cleaner apps installed, uninstall and try.

  • Halo i ave tried ol d steps u ave gvn above bt it doesnt work on my samsung j7.. pliz suggest a btr way for screen overlay detected..tank u

  • This is a sickening problem. I have tried all the steps you suggested several times, but am still unable to fix the overlay detected problem. I am using the lg stylo 2 plus. Am considering changing from android because of this problem. If all androids have screen overlay it’s goodbye android for me.

  • But sir I could not solve my problem still.i have tried it many times but I could not solve it.i can’t open my WhatsApp because I can’t give permission to that because of this screen over lay😞😞😞😞
    Pls help me sir

  • Guys, I am trying this since long and nothing worked whatever solutionI got over the net. Finally I cracked it . If nothing worked then let’s uninstall UC Browser this will work 100% (Guarantee)

  • Thank youuuuu thank youu for writing detailed instructions. I must have enabled the touchwiz by accident which lead to the annoying notification. I

    just bought this J2 Prime, three days I thought something’s wrong with it. But so glad I could fix it without going to service center. Thaaanks again 😀

  • Oh, I forgot to add. In my case it was DU Booster that caused it. After I uninstalles it, I could enable all of the settings, which wouldn’t even budge previously. Such a shame though, it was one of my favorites

  • Thanks for the help! Problem solved 🙂 For Samsung user, especially if you installed DU Battery saver, try to uninstall then it will work.

  • You are one of those professional people who now what they are doing
    thanking you is not fair enough but right now it’s all what i have thanks a lot for you and you website

  • hi, thanku v much i am hvaing lenevo note 5
    and my screen lay over problem is solved with the safe mode option
    thank u v much once again

  • FIXED: (SOLVED – S7 )
    This took over 20 forums – with the same NO-FIX solutions.
    This is what I did on the GALAXY S7.
    Only drawbacks to this solution was to Reapply themes (BackGrounds etc) – But otherwise thats All.
    1) Switch ALL Apps to APPEAR on Top.
    To do this get into Settings, select Applications > Application Manager > (Top right) MORE > Select APPS that can appear on Top… then when the LIST Populates > Select (MORE – Top right) again – > select Reset App Preferences.
    2) Switch OFF the Phone !
    3) Load into SAFE mode !
    Ok a bit tricky here…
    On Samsung S7 Edge Phone, Turn on phone (Power Button), when u see SAMSUNG LOGO (NOT 1st screen that shows) hold the Volume-DOWN PLUS Power button (together), then LET GO of only the Power button(still holding the VOL-Down
    > After phone restarts u will see safe mode bottom left corner. DONT PANIC !
    There will be NO themes here.
    4)NOW go to settings, applications > when the List Populates, Give FULL Permissions to Each APP in the LIST that you are Using.(U will see it will NOW allow this.)
    5)When DONE, drag the Notification shade down, and you will see a Notification saying SAFE MODE is ON.
    Click there to RESET and REBOOT.
    6) Now RELOAD the PHONE Normally.
    7) You will find ALL your permissions INTACT and all Apps able to operate Over other apps.
    8) Now apply a few themes /Backgrounds-
    DONE…! (Ur good to Go!)

    • Hey there!
      Thank you for taking your time and adding this method. I was not aware of this method to get into SAFE mode in Samsung at the time of writing. Thank you for adding this. 🙂

  • I found that if you simply close all apps and restart your phone and then only open the new app it should work. Once the permissions are set it’s no problem.

    • But the thing with this is that it won’t work on all phones, plus it’s not a permanent solution for this.

  • hi,
    sorry to say that but both the method didnt worked for me
    and when i’am trieng the third method my sell only shows option of power off
    nothing else no reboot no safe mode nothing only power off
    please can you help me again
    i’am having moto x style

  • Hello, my device is Samsung galaxt tab a 6 model number SM-P585Y. Ive disabled all apps in apps that can appear on top and i dont have any of the mentioned apps installed but mu problem is still not fixed. I was trying to enable the photo table screen saver that requests permission for storage. Thank you.

  • OH MY GAWD I LOVE YOU! Thank you thank you thank you, this old lady was ready to destroy my cell phone because of that stupid overlay thing. I was ready to give up then I found your article and it was so easy to follow, even old women can do it! I would give you a million dollars of I had it, sadly I don’t though. Lol
    Anyways, thank you so much, you are a GENIUS!

  • The methods and comments won’t work for my LG G4. Everytime i try to click the permission for storage, it kept on saying that i should still turn offf the overlay thing. Kinda frustrating.
    Please help me.

  • I am using Infinix note3, this screen overlay issue persist. I uninstalled those apps ,Permission not granted and many others

  • Thanks for this – just done a ‘factory reset’ on Motorola G3 and in the process WhatsApp, Gallery and a number of other apps started throwing up ‘screen overlay’ errors. I’ve found the Motorola Android isn’t as easy to ‘tweak’ as my Samsungs have been but method 3 worked brilliantly – thanks very much

  • Dear friend I have Samsung C5 i was tried many times but problems not solve because some applicantiapplications that I was installed in not appearing in list and if some in list that not work.plz help me

  • Es file explorer was the culprit. I am able to set permissions with out going to safe mode. I had same issue with clean master earlier. Thanks a ton.

    • Thank u it really worked thanks for da advice at first I was having difficult BT nw my problem s solved

  • Thank u it really worked the main culprit was the boosters an all like Duobooster app clean master app an all thank you for the advice

  • I have that issue with my Innjoo Halo X and followed the method but it did not seem to work. Please help me.

  • Hello
    Is there any method available to solve the issue?
    I am getting the same error after doing these solutions.

  • HI
    Thank you… recent days I searching this type of article but today I found it.. your article much help me.
    And I tried my Gionee P7 mex and it works….
    Again thank you……..

  • Haii bayya ,screen overlay problem in letv le 1s mobile ,tried many methods but not working ,major problem with my device is default navigation keys are not working ,so I have to use another app called simple control ,so without uninstalling simple control how can I solve screen overlayed problem ? Please reply me..😔😔

  • Hi thanks for the support i did method 3 in Moto X play as the above 2 method where not sucessfull on x play. after method 3 now issue solved of screen overlay . thanks a lot

  • Thank you for helping me solved my problem of “screen overlay detected”. These past few days, I didn’t have any access to any of my apps. With your help, now my phone is back to how it used to be. I just pressed the power key and the key in the middle of my Samsung J2 6 at the same time. Thanks again.

  • Thanks..This information helped me fix the Screenoverlay error..It worked for me after uninstalling ESFile Explorer. Thanks again for Sharing this wonderful article.

  • I m using Panasonic Eluga Arc 2 my phone is suffering from screen overlay detected problem. I try all the methods but the error is still remain in same condition. I didn’t try safe mode reboot because there’s no safe mode reboot option in my phone. Please help me to solve this problem.

  • great Sir, Thnaks a lot for your help. I was struggling for few days. Even Moto X play service centre was unable to help.

  • On samsung go to settings do a search for screen overlay. It will push you into developer options and turn off hardware screen overlays.

    Or go to settings, about, software info and click on build number 7 times and turn on develpers options then go to hardware svreen overlays and turn it off

  • I finally got rid of this “screen overlay ” issue, thanks for your numerous helps.
    What actually did the magic was the “reboot to safe mode ”
    It worked perfectly.

  • Hi friend. I’m using a Galaxy s5 and can’t seem to get this screen overlay to go away. I am unable to change the permissions on any of my apps without first getting rid of the screen overlay. As per your Samsung instructions, I disabled every app on the screen, but the problem persists. Halp!

  • I really appreciate your suggestions. Most especially the save mode. It works on my Gionee M5 mini. Thanks

  • Thanks. This was bugging me for the past 2 weeks on my Samsung J7. Tried turning off overlay permissions for all apps. But didn’t work. Uninstalled ES Explorer and problem solved.

  • Hi Abhijith
    Having trouble still. Tried all your suggestions (I think).

    I have a Samsung Galaxy SM-G900F Android version 6.0.1 Security patch level 1 April 2017

    Trouble started when I installed Bt
    BT Virus Protect ( McAfee ) Various apps failed and I manged to fix but the latest I’ve failed with Siteseeker from the Camping Club. No permission’s are allowed and I can’t turn them on. It needs Location tured on to work and I can’t turn it on – goes into the never ending loop of ‘screen overlay’.

    Any suggestions would be wonderful.


  • I’m trying to backup my whatsapp and i have to turn on the storage permission but the screen overlay keeps on coming up even after i did all the steps. Please help me.

  • Method 3 worked for me for One Plus X
    The way to reboot One plus x in safe mode is –
    1. Power off the bot
    2. Switch on again and long press the volume increase button . You should see a Fastboot mode screen
    3. Again restart the bot by pressing the power button. This should open it in safe mode. ‘Safe mode’ appears on the screen
    4. Follow the steps in method 3

  • You are too good man Abhijith 👍
    All the other blogs that i visited gave the first 2 methods and it didn’t work on my Lenovo Vibe K5 note
    But the 3rd method about the reboot in safe mode just solved my problem.
    You were the only one to provide this solution.

  • Screen overlay issues are just another example of grossly incompetent performance by Android. Pure indifference to users by IT dimwits who really don’t give a shit what they do.

  • Thanks for this article bro. Cleanmaster was the culprit behind the screen overlay issue I had with a Huawei P9. I first tried to force stop it, but it would not. So uninstalled it. Worked perfectly

  • thank you so much dear.

    after high level of struggle finally App suggested by you worked.
    a lots of blessings.

    *for lenovo k5 note

  • I have tried above method for Moto G2 suggesting safe mode use.. And it worked.. But again I am facing the same problem.. This time, when I pressed button for few seconds, safe mode option isn’t appearing.. what should I do? Please help..

  • I’m using samsung j5 and I do all the steps provided however the screen ovelay detected still persiated. What should i do?

  • Thank you. Mine is Samsung Galaxy A5 (2015)…quite an old phone but your tips solve my problem. First I just uninstall the clean master and it almost solve the issue. Tq

  • Thank you very much. The method 3 solved my screen overlay issue. I just go to safe mode and adjust any app that tries to frustrate me and that it! No more marshmallow frustrations. I’m grateful..

  • i tried all the three methods but failed. i was desperate – couldn’t access the phone, but i continued reading. then i installed Button Unlocker from Play Store, it failed as well. wow! finally i Downloaded Alert Window Checker from Play Store, and it worked. its PERFECT! some system apps which were updated recently were causing the overlay problems. i disabled and replaced them with factory software – everything is now working.


  • Will doing a factory reset work on disabling screen overlay? I’ve tried and nothing’s working. I can’t use a lot of my apps. Email I need!

  • ES File Explorer was the culprit. Thanks so much now my other apps do not ask for draw permissions. You have saved my sanity.

  • After spending many hours to rectify the Screen Overlay issue on my Samsung Galaxy S 5, I was finally able to resolve the issue thanks to your suggested fixes. I had tried removing all permissions, in normal as well as safe mode, with no success until I read your last tip regarding one handed operation. While one handed operation was not enabled on my phone, it led me to Motion and Gestures and Air view. Once I toggled off Air Browse, Direct Call, Palm Swipe to Capture, and Air View, the problem resolved. Add this to your list of tips. THANK YOU!

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