How To Resolve Screen Overlay Detected Glitch
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How To Resolve "Screen Overlay Detected" Glitch

The Marshmallow Devices are mostly hit with the “Screen Overlay Detected” error.

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August 31, 2018 07:15 PM
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The smartphone has become the best friend for many of us. More than half of the time of the day, we are engaged with our smartphones. From calling to sending messages and from playing games to book a cab, we are pinned to our smartphones constantly. So, it becomes very important that we experience smooth functioning.

However, there is an issue of "Screen Overlay Detected" being reported by many users. For many of you, it may be a new term, but you need to learn about it before you are hit. The error is specially related to the Android devices running Marshmallow version of the operating system. 

After the “Screen Overlay Detected” hit the device, certain apps get paralyzed and are unable to launch, which is indeed a cause of concern. But with the proper information about the issue, one can easily handle the error and stop it from getting back to the device.

Screen Overlay Detected

If we go by the Terms and Policies of the Android’s Marshmallow, it advises the user to turn off Screen Overlay of all installed apps when accepting the permissions. Whenever you install a new App to your device, you are required to grant permissions, and if the Screen Overlay of any application is observed, then you will notice the “Screen Overlay Detected” message on your screen.

Let’s dig more about it.

What is the Screen Overlay?

A Screen Overlay is a feature that helps an app to stay atop of all other apps with its small icon on the screen. But sometimes it can become a nuisance for the user. Some of the best-known examples of such Screen Overlays are Chat Head of Facebook Messenger and Clean Master Instant Rocket Cleaner.

What is screen overlay

Such a feature lets you use other apps while playing games or watching a video. For example, while playing a game, you will be notified of a new incoming message on your Facebook Messenger app, and by tapping on the Screen Overlay option for the same, you can reply to that text without pausing the video.

Why Does “Screen Overlay Detected” Appear?

Usually, the error appears in two instances; first is, at the time of installation of a new app on an Android Marshmallow Device and second is when you manually grant permission to an app. Other reasons are as follows:

  • Due to the presence of Clean Master App in your device. For the time being, you can force stop the app while you are installing a new app or when granting permissions to any app.
  • DU Battery Saver App, ES File Explorer, and DU Speed Booster are the other primary apps that are found to be behind such an error.

Screen Overlay Detected

  • The “Screen Overlay Detected” can also appear due to some Power Consumption App. For this, you can force stop Power or temporarily disable the app that is causing the issue.
  • One of the major reason for such an error is the apps that boost the phone performance. If you want to get rid of any such overlays entirely, you need to force stop or uninstall such apps.

How To Fix The “Screen Overlay Detected” Error?

At first, get to know which apps have permission to figure on the screen. To find out, follow these steps:

  • Open the Settings
  • Select the magnifying glass at the top right corner
  • Search “draw” in the bar
  • Tap Draw over other apps

The Samsung users’ need to go to “Application manager” and search for apps that can appear on the top.

Once there, you will be able to see all the apps that have permission to come on top of the screen. The next step is to spot the apps that are causing the trouble. Once spotted, simply deny their permission to use floating buttons or other screen overlays. As I have mentioned a couple of apps above that may cause the error, try checking them out and deny their permission.

If you follow these steps, you will most probably stop seeing the “Screen Overlay Detected” error message on your smartphone.

Fix The “Screen Overlay Detected” Error

After you are done with all the needful, relaunch the app. The app will request permissions without the “Display overlay detected” error message popping up. And the apps which you might have disabled for a while, you can try giving them a restart. But enable only those apps that you use frequently, else the error message might crop up again.

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Vikram Khajuria
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Vikram Khajuria

A typical boy and tech enthusiast, Vikram is totally fascinated by the journey of his day from miseries to joys. Covering the journalism field, he writes at MobileAppDaily and keeps surfing the trends to understand tech and inventions better. Don’t forget his driving skills, he is a professional car rallyist. Life has just got better, breath it!!

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