Screen Overlay is the ability (feature) of an android application to draw itself over another app or appear on top while another app is being used. Example : The Musixmatch lyric bubble that appears while one plays music from other apps like Google Play Music, Spotify, Etc. Or the chat heads of Facebook.
Sometimes users running Android Marshmallow or above face a small error with a popup “Screen Overlay Detected” message which won’t allow the user to open any newly installed application such as Whatsapp ,device gallery or many other application. The error occurs mainly because some app with “Draw Over Other Apps” permission enabled is running in the background or foreground.
Apps such as Facebook (Messenger),Twilight,Drupe,Lux,Clean Master,etc have been known to cause this error as they always have screen overlay enabled.
But there’s nothing to worry, it’s a normal error faced by many users running android version 6.0 and above which has a simple solution to it. Follow the Step By Step guide below and bid adieu to the “Screen Overlay Detected” error.
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This method only works if you know which app is causing the screen overlay error, you can follow another method mentioned below if this one doesn’t work.
The second method involves disabling screen overlay of every app before running the newly installed app for the first time. So when screen overlay detected error is shown in any app follow the below steps.
The above method should solve the “Screen Overlay Detected” Error for every android device. One handed operation is also known to cause the “Screen Overlay Detected” error for Samsung users. The error can be easily fixed by turning off One Handed Operation mode from the settings app.
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For Samsung phones, because of the customization by their UI “Touchwiz” the options are rather different. Just follow the simple steps to solve the error on your Samsung mobile phones.
In conclusion the “Screen Overlay Detected” error in Android Marshmallow and above can be easily solved by the above mentioned methods. Feel Free to drop a comment below or contact me if you still haven’t managed the solve the issue and I shall try my best to solve the problem for you. Cheers 🙂
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