Screen Overlay Detected error is caused by apps which can appear on the top of other apps. Hence you just need to turn off screen overlay permissions of all apps in order to fix this error on your Android device. You must know What is Screen Overlay? How, When, Why and the reasons behind this error and the it will be easy for you to turn off Screen Overlay Detected on your Android Device.
Users are facing Screen Overlay Detected in Samsung, Lenovo, Tecno, Oneplus, LG, Redmi MI, Oppo, Vivo and many devices. There may be a different setting configuration in different devices, but we have got working solutions for all Android devices.
Screen Overlay Detected Error appear with a message, “To change this permission setting, you first have to turn off screen overlay from Settings > Apps”.
What is Screen Overlay?
Screen Overlay causes one of the most annoying error especially on all Marshmallow 6.0 Versions of Android devices. During installation of new apps, you need to grant some permissions such as contact, storage, camera etc. If active screen overlay of any app is observed then a sudden “Screen Overlay Detected” pop up will appear on your Android Device.
What are reasons behind Screen Overlay error?
You need to know following Screen Overlay Error reasons in order to fix it on your Android Device.
- Android Marshmallow 6.0
- Draw Over Other Apps Permission
- Apps appearing on the top of other app
- Unwanted apps
Whenever you install any new app on your marshmallow Android device then you must have seen the popups of certain permissions, such as Contact, Storage, and Recording. If active Screen Overlay feature of any app is observed then a sudden popup with Screen Overlay Detected message will appear. Now let’s jump to the main section on fixing this error on any Android Device.
How to turn off Screen Overlay Detected on Android?
There are several solutions to turn off Screen Overlay Detected on Any Android Device. Apply all solutions one by one to troubleshoot this error on your device and hopefully one solution will surely prove helpful to fix this issue on your Android Device.
In this solution, we will turn off the screen overlay of all apps including system apps after which screen overlay detected error won’t appear again. Follow below Screen Overlay Settings.
- Open Settings
- Scroll down to Apps option
- Click on Three Dots
- Select Draw Over Other Apps
- Select Show System Apps
- Now you can turn off screen overlay of all apps
Now you have successfully disabled Screen Overlay of all apps. Now it won’t appear again until you manually turn it on. You can manually turn it on for Facebook Messenger if you want to use its feature of chat head.
This solution had worked for almost everyone, hope it works for you too.
Uninstall Screen Overlay Apps
Screen Overlay feature is also used by some unwanted security and cleaner Apps. If you are facing Screen Overlay Detected WhatsApp or while using any other app, then uninstall or force stop some unwanted apps which are currently not useful till one month, or apps which haven’t used since last month. This will also solve lagging issues on your device and will also free up some ROM on your device.
List of Apps Which are Causing Screen Overlay Detected issue on Android Device:
Apps which can appear on the top of other apps or apps which can changes the screen color (night mode apps) may causes screen overlay detected error on your device. So you must force stop or uninstall all those apps. Below are hints for Apps which may cause this Screen Overlay Detected issue on your Android Devices.
- Chat head of Facebook Messenger.
- Apps which have Animated Rocket Cleaners on Home Screen
- 360 Security
- Es File Explorer
- All Night Mode apps such as Twilight
- All Security and Antivirus Apps
- Share IT
- Internet Speed Meter
- LUX App
- UC Browser
- All DU apps such as DU Booster and Cleaner, DU Battery Saver, DU Antivirus
- All night mode apps
These were just few hints, uninstall all apps which can appear on the top of other apps and your problem will be solved.
Once your Screen Overlay Detected issue is solved and if now you want to use Screen Overlay feature by some apps such as Chat Head of Facebook Messenger and Screen Recorder then you can turn it on by going into permission settings of that App.
If this solution worked for you guys then do comment in the comment section below that which app was causing Screen Overlay Detected issue on your device, it will help your friends.
Reboot in Safe Mode
If any above solution didn’t worked then you can use Safe Mode to tackle this error. First you must know in which app Screen Overlay Detected error appears. First open Safe Mode by following below settings:
Safe Mode in Stock Android:
If you are using any stock android such as Moto, Nexus, HTC or Lenovo then follow below settings to turn on Safe Mode on your device and fix Screen Overlay Detected LG and other Stock Android Devices.
- Press and hold power button
- Tap and hold on Power Off option until your device popup for Safe Mode
- Tap on OK to reboot to Safe Mode
Safe Mode on Samsung Device:
Enable Safe Mode if you are searching solutions on How to turn off Screen Overlay Samsung S5 or any other Samsung Galaxy Device such as Samsung S6, S7 Prime.
- First Turn off your Samsung Device
- Hold power button until Samsung Logo Appears
- Then release Power Button and hold Volume Up Button until your device boot up and you see Safe Mode in corner
What after Safe Mode:
Once you are in Safe Mode then turn on all permissions of App in which Screen Overlay was Appearing. Follow below settings to Turn ON all permissions on App in which Screen Overlay Detected error was appearing.
- Open Settings
- Click on Apps
- Select the App which was causing Screen Overlay Detected error to appear (For example, while opening Opera I was seeing this error)
- Click on App Permissions
- Now Toggle On all permissions of App
This Safe Mode method to disable Screen Overlay Detected Moto G3 is working for most of the guys hence it must work for you too.
Screen Overlay Settings on Samsung
Settings to turn off Screen Overlay Samsung are bit different then other Android Devices. You will find Apps that can appear on top in place of Draw Over Other Apps. Follow all steps to fix this error on Samsung.
- Open Settings.
- Click on Apps and then select Application Manager option.
- Tap on More option situated at the top right corner of your mobile screen.
- Select Apps that can Appear on Top.
- Now again click on More option and then select Show System Apps.
- Now the list of applications with active Screen Overlay will appear.
- Turn off screen overlay of all apps one by one.
Now you have successfully disabled Screen Overlay of all apps on your Samsung Device. You turn on Screen Overlay of some apps such as Facebook Messenger if you want to use its feature of chat head feature.
Screen Overlay Apps in Samsung
So once you know which app on your device is causing Screen Overlay Detected popups to appear then you ready to apply this quick solution:
Tap on Open Settings when Screen Overlay Detected popup appears.
Now the list of apps with active Screen Overlay feature will appear, just toggle OFF permissions of all apps which you doubt, it may by any security or cleaner app, chat head, night mode app or any app which I mentioned in my above list.
As mentioned earlier too, Facebook Messenger float on the screen of other apps hence this is the main culprit but now Facebook has already overcome this screen overlay issue by instantly turning off it off when you close the chat heads and activating it again instantly whenever chat heads again appear on the screen. So now no need to worry about Facebook Messenger Chat Heads.
Now you know how to turn off screen overlay on any Android device. Hope this resolve Screen overlay Detected error on your Android device. We would be glad to answer your queries in a comment section below.