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Screen overlay is a frequent glitch detected by many Android phone users. This issue is particularly harassing Samsung and Motorola phone users; other smartphone brands also witness the issue of Android screen overlay detected.
Many Android users have encountered this issue on their devices; this error suddenly pops up with a title: Screen overlay detected. Users are guided to Settings of their devices to fix the issue of screen overlay detected on Android.
Why Screen Overlay Issue?
The ‘Screen overlay detected Android’ message seen when a user is running a floating app and opens a recently installed one, which asks for different access rights. Normally, such floating apps include Facebook Messenger chat heads that float above other apps.
Which apps create problem?
Screen overlay is normally found when users are running Drupe dialer app; however, CleanMaster, Lux, and Twilight are also responsible in equal measure.
How do I turn off Screen Overlay on Android Phone?
If you are using a non-Samsung smartphone, follow the steps given below.
Step #1: Launch Settings.
Step #2: Next, tap on magnifying glass at the top right corner.
Step #3: Type in the search term ‘draw’.
Step #4: Now tap on Draw over other apps.
Step #5: Optional route: Apps → Draw over other apps.
How to Turn off Screen Overlay on Samsung Device?
Step #1: Tap on Settings icon.
Step #2: Next, tap Applications and then Application manager.
Step #3: Now tap on More and next, Apps that can appear on top.
There are many apps in your Android phone with permission to use floating buttons or other screen overlays. Every user needs to spot the app that is creating screen overlay issue; once they identify the app, simply disable the screen overlay permission in the app. Find below some points on how to spot apps that cause screen overlay:
- Is there any bubble on your phone’s screen? If yes, this app may be creating the issue. You have got two options: hide the app bubble or disable the app.
- Some apps change the colors on your phone display; if you have such apps installed on your phone, check out immediately.
- CleanMaster can also create trouble; you should disable this app if it is found in the list.
- Disable everything if you don’t find any obvious reason.
You can now try opening the app again and it should ask permissions without ‘Display overlay detected’ error.
In Samsung phones, it is found that one-handed keyboard operation can be the major cause of screen overlay error. Deactivate this feature: Settings → Advanced features → One-handed operation.
In step two above, you have disabled some apps so that they can work again; now you should re-enable its overlay permissions. If you have turned off all app, it is a good decision to reactivate such apps that you use.
This is a bit clumsy solution but until Google introduces some changes to stop app overlays from interrupting with permission dialogues, we have to keep this going.