So, you’ve received annoying the “screen overlay detected” message and have no idea what to do. Well, before you start pulling your hair, follow this simple step-by-step guide, and fix the problem with ease.
Firstly lets talk about why android suddenly warns you that a screen overlay has been detected.
This Error message appears when you’re running a “floating app”, and then run a newly installed one, which requests access rights. Floating apps include eg apps with the chat heads of Facebook Messenger that can appear floating above other apps.
Affected Smartphones: Users across the internet have reported experiencing this problem on Samsung, techno, infinix, LG and Motorola smartphones. It seems likely to affect many manufacturers.(Full List of tested devices will be places at the end of this post)
This problem seems to be mostly caused by other apps and we have dicovered that Drupe, but ES File Explorer, CleanMaster, Lux and Twiligh have been the major source of the problem.
As a security measure, apps ask for permission to use certain parts of your phone (internal storage, camera, etc.). In theory, a display overlay can interfere with the dialogue requesting permission, so you need to disable the feature to interact with the dialogue.
Step one: “Screen overlay detected” fix
Find you what apps have permission to draw over the screen. On a non-Samsung smartphone, follow these steps:
- Open the Settings
- Tap the magnifying glass at the top right
- Enter the search term “draw”
- Tap Draw over other apps
- Alternative route: Apps> [gear icon]> Draw over other apps
For Samsung users:
- Open the Settings
- Then Applications > Application manager
- Press on More > Apps that can appear on top
You will find yourself in front of a list of apps that have permission to use floating buttons or other screen overlays. Now you need to identify the problem app and temporarily deny it permission to draw over the screen. Here is are some pointers on how to identify the app that’s causing trouble:
- Do you see an app bubble on your screen? If do, this app is almost certainly the cause. Either you hide the app bubble or disable the app in the list
- Do you have an app installed that changes the colors on the display or adjusts the brightness?
- Reportedly, Clean Master can be a trouble maker. If you see Clean Master in the list, disable it
- If there’s no obvious cause, disable everything
Now you can try launching the app again, and it should request permissions without the “Display overlay detected” error getting in the way.
For Samsung users: We have also received a report that suggests the one-handed keyboard setting could be the root cause. Deactivate it by going to Settings> Advanced features > One-handed operation.
Step four: reactivate screen overlays
In order for the app(s) that you have disabled in step two to work again, you need to re-enable its overlay permissions. If you turned off all apps, it might be worth considering only reactivating those apps that you actually use.
This is a rather inelegant workaround, but it’s the best we have until Google makes the necessary changes to prevent app overlays from interfering with permission dialogues.
Has this guide helped? If you are still experiencing the error after following our guide, leave a comment, so we can try and address the problem.
Second Method(BEST EASY METHOD)
This is the simplest way to get rid of “Screen overlay detected” error, Go to the playstore and search for an app called “Install Button Unlocker” and download it. here is the link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.sfapps.installbuttonunlocker&hl=en
How to Use “Install Button Unlocker”
1. Turn on the switch on top-right corner in the screen of the “Install Button Unlocker”.
2. Accessibility screen is opened. Please select the “Install Button Unlocker” item from the list.
3. Turn on the switch on the top-right corner.
4. “Use Install Button Unlocker?” dialog is displayed. Then choose OK button.
In Android 5.0 or later, an error may occur.
If an error occurs, install the “Alert Window Checker” , please stop the app that inhibit the activation.
If these two methods don’t work, Comment below and we will fix your problem free of charge.
we have tested “Install Button Unlocker” on the following devices:
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung Galaxy S2
Samsung Galaxy J5
Samsung Galaxy J7
Huawei P9 Lite
Huawei P8 Lite
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Samsung Galaxy Note 6
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Samsung Galaxy Note
Sony Xperia Z5
Sony Xperia Z4
Sony Xperia Z3
Sony Xperia Z2
Sony Xperia Z
Xiaomi Mi 5 (3GB RAM)
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
Tecno W5 Lite
Tecno Phantom 6
Tecno Phantom 6 +
Tecno Phantom 6 plus
infinix hot s
infinix zero 3
infinix zero 4
infinix note 3
infinix note 2
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Huawei p9 lite
Lenovo Ideal tab 2207A_H
Alcatel idol mini
itel 1516 plus
Redmi note 3