“Screen overlay detected” error is an issue that many Android devices running Android Marshmallow and higher versions might encounter. It’s a quite common error occurring with smartphones from famous manufacturers such as Vivo, Samsung, OnePlus, LG, Oppo, Xiaomi. When you are using your phone and you see a message “To change this permission setting, you first need to toggle off screen overlay from Settings > Apps”, then it means that your device is encountering a problem with Screen overlay detected error. Although the error is frustrating, there are still solutions to fix it. In this guide, we will show you potential solutions to do that.
Boot Your Device into Safe Mode
The following is applicable to all stock Android devices such as Nexus, Moto, Google, LG, etc. Here is how to fix the error:
- First, press and hold the Power button. In some modes, you can see the line: Reboot to Safe Mode after pressing the Power button
- There will be a message showing up “Reboot to Safe Mode”. It’s the permission for safe mode
- Tap on OK to boot your device into safe mode.
If you are using a Galaxy device, here is how to do so:
- First, power your device off.
- Keep holding the Power button until you see the Samsung logo on the screen.
- Release the Power button and quickly press firmly the Volume Up button. After that, your device will boot into Safe Mode and there will be a safe mode line in the corner.
After you reboot to Safe Mode, continue to do the following:
- On your phone, head to “Settings”.
- Find out and tap on the “Apps/ Applications” option.
- Search for and choose Apps for which you are encountering the error message.
- Tap on “App Permission”.
- Finally, toggle on the permissions of that App.
Uninstall Screen Overlay Apps
If you are encountering the error, you can try to force stop or uninstall the unused apps as this can help you fix the problem. Furthermore, you will also have more free space on your Android device. If there is an app appearing on top, then there is a chance your device is affected with “screen overlay detected” error. By uninstalling the app that is causing the error, the problem will be fixed.
Disable Screen Overlay of all Apps
It’s another good solution to fix the “screen overlay detected” error. To do so:
- Head to “Settings” on your phone
- Tap on the “Apps/Applications” option.
- Tap on the three dots at the top right corner.
- You will see an option, “Draw Over Other Apps”. Just tap on it
- Choose “Show System Apps” option.
- Your device screen overlay will be turned off for all apps.
On Galaxy devices, disabling screen overlay is a little different.
- First, open Settings app
- Tap on the ‘Apps” option and select “Application Manager”.
- You will see “More” option in the corner. Just tap on it
- There will be an option “Apps that can Appear on Top”. Tap on it.
- Now, navigate to “More” option and select “Show System Apps”.
- From there, you will see a list of apps with Screen Overlay
- Simply disable Screen Overlay for all the Apps.
That is how to deactivate screen overlay for Galaxy devices.
If all the solutions above are not working properly for your Android device, then you should think of an App-based solution.
On the Play Store, there is an application called “Install Button Unlocker”. The app can unlock the Install button, which the screen overlay error has already caused. Once you install and open the app, you will be asked for access to other apps to get rid of the error. After granting the permission, you should recheck the apps that were showing the error message and make sure whether the error is fixed or not.
Another great app, named Alert Window Checker can be used to check the overlay permission.
Above are potential solutions to fix “screen overlay detected” error on your Android device. If you have any question, let’s know in the comment below.