How to fix “Screen Overlay Detected” error while installing WhatsApp / Facebook / Instagram / Gallery or Any App on Android

Fix Screen Overlay Detected error on WhatsApp / Facebook / Intsgram / Gallery / Any Other App on Android: We got many questions from our readers that they are facing Screen Overlay error while using some apps such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram or any app on Android. So we decided to post the dedicated solutions to fix the Screen Overlay Detected issue while using any app on Android.

Users are facing following Screen Overlay Detected issues while using WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram or Many Other Apps on Android:

  • Some users are not able to open App due to this Screen Overlay Detected issue. If users face screen overlay detected on WhatsApp or Facebook then they are unable to open that app.
  • Some Android users are not able to send or share images due to Screen Overlay error. If they are facing Screen Overlay error on Whatsapp or Instagram then they are unable to Send or Share their images with their friend or on their profile.
  • Some users are not send recorded sound to their friends over WhatsApp.
  • Some users are not able to do Video Call due to Screen Overlay Detected on Imo or Google Duo App.
  • Some users are not able to access their contacts on Truecaller and are not able to share a video on Snapchat.
  • Many users are unable to locate their photos, videos, music and document files on File Explorer, Gallery and Video App on their device.

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Now let’s discuss some solutions through which Screen Overlay Detected error can be easily solved on any Android App and you will be easily able to use any App on your device. Below solution would most probably fix this error and after that, you would be able to use WhatsApp without any error on your Android.

How to fix “Screen Overlay Detected” while using WhatsApp / Facebook / Instagram / Gallery / Image or Any App on Android Device?

Screen Overlay Detected error can be easily fixed while using WhatsApp / Facebook or Any App on Android. First, you need to turn off screen overlay of all apps on your android device and then enable all permissions of app on which Screen Overlay Detected error appears. If screen overlay detected error is appearing while using WhatsApp then enable all permissions of WhatsApp.

Now let’s see How to turn off Screen Overlay of all apps on any Android Device.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll Down to Apps / Application Manager.
  3. Tap on Three Dots or More option on the top right corner of your mobile screen.
  4. Click on Draw Over Other Apps or Apps that can appear on the top of other apps.
  5. Again Click on Three Dots or More option and then tap on Show System Apps.
  6. Now the list of Screen Overlay apps will appear, turn off screen overlay of all apps one by one.

Once screen overlay of all app is turned off then enable all permissions of App on which Screen Overlay Detected error is appearing. Let’s consider that Screen Overlay Detected error is appearing while using WhatsApp then turn on all permissions of WhatsApp and then Screen Overlay Detected error won’t appear further while using WhatsApp. If Screen Overlay Detected error is Appearing while using Facebook, Instagram, Gallery, or on any other app then turn on all permissions of that app.

Now let’s see how to enable all permissions of any app, we will show you an example of WhatsApp:

  1. Open Settings.screen overlay detected samsung note 5
  2. Scroll down to Apps or Application Manager.
  3. Click on WhatsApp or on App on which Screen Overlay Detected error was appearing. 
  4. Click on Permissions.
  5. Now enable all permissions of WhatsApp.

That’s it and now you won’t face Screen Overlay Detected error while using WhatsApp. If you faced screen overlay detected error while using Facebook or any other app then turn on all permission of that app and further you won’t face any screen overlay detected error while using that app.

Do comment below the app on which you were facing screen overlay detected error and did this solution fixed Screen Overlay Detected error while using that app or not. And we would be also glad to answer your further queries related to Screen Overlay Detected error on Android devices.


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26 COMMENTS

  1. Am using Samsung s6edge plus and the even after switching off the screen overlays successfully, the “screen overlay detected” error keeps coming if i try to allow permissions on whats-app. have done the process a number of times with no success!

  2. I did all the steps bt still the error massage appears when viewing statatuses on whatsapp my facebook n Instagram too

  3. Thanks Screen Overlay Detected issue is finally fixed and now I am able to use Gallery App, Thanks for this solution dude

    • Allow all permissions of whatsapp by going into settings, apps, whatsapp, permissions and screen overlay detected will no longer appear on whatsapp

  4. It’s still showing up even after following ALL your instructions.
    It won’t let us turn any permissions on for Instagram after disabling all permissions for all apps.

    • First disable draw over other app permission of all apps, including system apps then turn on all permission of Instagram, this will easily fix this screen overlay detected error on your device.

  5. Guys,simple and easy solution for this problem is just go to SETTINGS > BACKUP & RESET > RESET SETTINGS.Problem solved.

    • This error will still appear after resetting your phone. So my advice is to disable “screen overlay” OR “draw over other apps” OR “apps that can appear on top” permission on your device.

  6. I’ve followed instructions step by step and I am getting the same message when I attempt to give permissions in WhatsApp

  7. many thanks for your kind assistance on how to turn off the screen overlay. However, the problem still persist. What do i do next? Thank you

    • Try Safe Mode Solution, Boot your device to safe mode and then turn on all permissions of an app on which you were facing screen overlay error.

  8. im getting the ‘screen overlay detected” for snapchat…………..all other apps were fine
    i tried what you said but nothing seems to work for snapchat

    • Dear, first turn off screen overlay permission of all apps, then turn on all permissions of Snapchat. You can even try safe mode to turn on all the permissions of Snapchat. I was not able to open Clash of Clans(COC) due to screen overlay detected popups, then I tried safe mode and turned on all permission of Clash of Clans COC App and now it is working fine. Hope this works on your phone too and you will be able to use Snapchat.

    • Apps which might cause screen overlay detected popup while using other apps are: 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, and, etc.

  9. sir i have my lenvo zuk z1 device which runs on cyanogenmod 12.1 with lollipop 5.1
    My problem is that i couldn’t install any app from file manager because the i install option is not workng or it is blocked
    then i installed install button unlocker directly from playstore this app need accesibility to work but unfortunately the accesibility is also not turning on
    when i try to turn it on is says the app that inhibit the activation are detected
    please stop the screen running overlay apps
    this is my issue …plz help me

    • Enable all permission of new app by going to Settings, Apps, App Name, Permissions. If you are unable to turn on permissions then boot your device into the safe mode.

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