Are you facing a severe issue in your smartphone, unable to launch any app because of Screen Overlay? After reading the complete post, you’ll be able to turn off the screen overlay. Four methods have been mentioned in this post, so try out each method to fix the issue or directly move to the method 4.
What is Screen Overlay ?
It is an advanced feature of Android which helps one app to appear on top of other apps. Basically, it should not be considered as an issue until users get the option to run any app without any Overlay problem.
Why it’s not an issue? Because some apps are required to run over any other app. For example : When you have Facebook Messenger installed in your device and it’s running on background then there is a possibility of getting any message while going off the Messenger app. At this moment, chat head appears over other app and lets you know about the new message and sender.
Some users might be there running Virtual Navigation bar as because original navigation keys have left working properly. Here, virtual navigation bar helps them by getting appeared in every screen else user might not be able to move back or to home screen or to recent apps.
How to turn off Screen Overlay ?
Method 1 : Manage “Apps that can appear on top” or “Draw over other apps”
For Samsung Users
- Open the Settings
- Then Applications > Application manager
- Press on More > Apps that can appear on top
For Lenovo Users
- Open the Settings
- Then Apps > Advanced
- Click on Draw over other apps
After moving to the particular section, select apps and deny the permission such that button becomes grey in colour. Now, restart your device and launch the app (having Screen Overly Detected issue). If issue is fixed then keep enjoying your device else move to the next part.
Method 2 : Allow Permission by Safe Mode
You might have been trying to allow permission/ permissions on app but you couldn’t do that because of Screen Overlay Detected pop-up. To counter this issue, you can enter Safe Mode and allow the specific permission to apps. To enter Safe Mode follow the steps mentioned below :
- First, press the power button of your phone.
- Press and hold the Power Off option on the pop up prompt.
- After holding it for a few seconds, another prompt pops up, asking you to enable Safe Mode.
- Choose OK, the device will reboot in Safe Mode.
When your phone gets turned on, go to Settings> Apps. Search for the app that was getting Screen Overlay problem and select it. When permission page gets opened, allow all the permissions which was been asked earlier. After giving the permissions, double cross check the permission whether you have allowed or not as it’s hectic to open Safe Mode each time. When it’s done, restart your device and launch the app. It must be working and if it doesn’t work then move to the next method.
Method 3 : By detecting the problem creating apps
Recall the apps you installed recently. Problem could be there in these apps. If you have any app like ES File Explorer, Clean Master, Lux, Twilight or AZ Screen Recorder then uninstall each of them and try to open the app which was giving you Screen Overlay Detected pop-up. If your issue got resolved then mention it in the comment section else move to the next method.
Method 4 : By Installing an App (90% Success Rate)
Open Google Play Store and search for Install Button Unlocker. Install it and then launch the app, you’ll be asked to allow the access of “draw over other apps ” as because it keeps running over other apps to allow access.
When you activate the app properly, launch other apps that were facing Screen Overlay problem. You’ll won’t be redirected to “Draw over other apps” and will get the access to allow permissions. If clicking on Allow doesn’t work then bring the notification tray from top to bottom and then swipe the tray from bottom to top. Now Allow button will work properly.
Method 2 and Method 4 worked on my device properly, which one worked on yours ?