How to Fix “Screen Overlay Detected” Error in Android Smartphones

If you find yourself getting irritated by the “Screen Overlay Detected” error after having updated your Android phone from Marshmallow to Nougat, then this article is for you. Here, we will offer you some quick solutions on how to fix that problem once and for all.

Why does it happen? The reason why your are getting the error “Screen Overlay Detected” is because you are running a floating app. What does this mean? It is when you switch to an application which is newly installed, that application still has to need access to rights to use for the already running application, your floating app. This usually happens to Android stock phones such as Motorola. However, even Samsung phones were affected as well.

To solve this problem, you can follow these simple steps to resolve the “Screen Overlay Detected” error.

  1. The first thing you have to do is opening Settings.
  2. After that, type the word “draw” in the search bar.
  3. You will see “Draw over other apps,” Select that.
  4. Choose the gear icon on the top and click Draw over other apps so you can draw other applications.

There are some applications that are causing this problem. Some of the major factors why this is happening is because of the security applications such as ‘clean master’ and other similar apps that are installed in your phone. If you are using such apps, you can remove them so you can resolve this type of error in the future. If you are not sure if you have them installed, search the apps so you can look for them and then remove them.

If you have done these steps and still see the error, what you can also do is you can reboot your phone. This will also help in resolving the problem when all else fails. Now you won’t have any problem with the “Screen Overlay Detected” error that has been bothering you.


Lozi is a tech lover with good knowledge about tech gadgets and smartphones. She loves to write about the latest technological trends and share them with everyone.

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