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Suddenly a pop up came up showing “Screen Overlay Detected“, and you’re wondering what is this, what to do and how to rectify it. Today I will show you 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.
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 about this.
Starting with Android Marshmallow, a small error started to pop up, “Screen Overlay Detected“, which will not allow some apps to open/run.
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 or try to use a new feature in an app you’ve already installed, 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.
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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?
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.
Firstly , you need to close this pop up message on screen. And then try again. If you don't know or can't find to close any pop up widgets and shortcut , try as below method.
Open Security app Go to permissions Other permissions Permissions Display Pop-up window
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Select three Dot menu on top right corner, Click on Restrict all and then OK. Dispaly pop up window permission of all apps will be restricted.
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Now, open the apps that you have occured "screen overlay detected" problem and allow appropriate permission to apps .
Notes : Don't forget to give "Display pop-up window" Permission to all apps again.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Thats all folks!