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How to disable screen overlay: Every time you try to send a photo on WhatsApp or try to change the permissions of an application you have installed on your Android smartphone, a message appears that says “Screen overlay detected” and doesn’t it keep you going? This is a problem that is no longer widespread but at times recurring, especially if the application that continues to crash and / or the version of Android installed on the device are not updated.

More precisely, this behavior is caused by the overlay function introduced starting from Android 6.0, i.e. the ability of some applications, after granting the necessary permissions, to play content, show buttons or quick options above all other apps currently active . To solve the problem, it is often sufficient to stop the operation of the application that generates the error, disable its functionality that requires overlay or, more drastically, completely revoke the overlay permissions from the Android settings menu.

The theme of this guide will be, precisely, to explain to you how to disable screen overlay for the apps and restore the “green robot” to its normal operation: despite what it may seem, it all comes down to a couple of taps and does not require deep changes on the operating system. That said, there is nothing left for me to do but wish you a good read and a big good luck for everything!

Preliminary information

Before getting to the heart of this guide and explaining, in practice, how to disable screen overlay on Android, let me give you some more information about the operation you are about to perform.

In case you have never heard of it, the overlay function – renamed, on the most recent editions of Android, app on top of other apps – is the one that allows some applications (but, in general, any software for computers, smartphones and tablets) to reproduce certain contents, automatically superimposing them on those already displayed on the screen.

Just to give you an example, the “bubbles” function of Messenger for Android, that is, the one that makes a balloon appear when a new message is received on any Android screen, is a typical example of the use of the screen overlay; other applications that can assume similar behaviors are, for example, those to record the Android screen, or some widgets.

Although the management of overlapping apps has been significantly improved with the evolution of Android, it can still happen that, due to a bug or problems with permissions and permissions, the annoying message relating to thescreen overlay detected.

The simplest and most immediate solution, in this case, is to close the app that uses the overlay functions: for example, if it is a Messenger chat, press and hold your finger on its preview and drag it to the (X) which appears below.

If the error message continues to appear, despite the apparent closure of the app, open the menu of Settings of Android (by tapping on thegear which resides on the Home screen or in the app drawer), reach the sections Applications / Apps / Apps & Features> App Management / Manage Apps (or similar), tap the first name of the app you want to stop and press the buttons Forced closure, Forced shutdown or Finish And OK, to close it.

Another operation that I advise you to do is to check for updates both for Android and for the problematic app. Very often, the installation of updates has the direct consequence of solving known problems relating to the system and / or the applications installed on it: following this operation, therefore, the problem relating to the screen overlay may not recur in the future. .

If you do not know how to apply the updates to the “green robot” and / or the installed apps, I refer you to reading my tutorial on how to update Android easily, in which I have explained everything to you in great detail.

If the problem is not solved with the updates, you must necessarily intervene on the problematic applications and completely disable the screen overlay: it is possible to obtain this result both by intervening on the specific function of the app itself, where possible, and by deactivating the overlay permissions from the Android settings.

However, keep in mind that by deleting these permissions, you may have to miss out on some useful features – if not fundamental – of the apps on which you are going to intervene: unfortunately it is a compromise that you will have to take into consideration, especially if the error is frequent and, alas, too annoying.

How to disable screen overlay on Android

How to disable screen overlay on Android

Having made all the necessary clarifications, the time has come to get to the heart of the matter and understand together how to disable screen overlay on android. Before intervening on the permissions of the operating system, I recommend that you enter the settings of the app that causes malfunctions and check if it is possible to disable only the specific function that “causes” the overlay.

For example, in the case of Messenger, you can disable the Bubbles function in the following way: after opening the app, press on your avatar located at the top left, select the item Previews from the menu that appears and move the switch corresponding to the wording Bubbles from ON to OFF.

If the application does not have such a feature, revoke the permissions directly from the operating system: first, therefore, tap thegear resident on the Home screen or in the Android app drawer, to open the Settings of Android.

Now, tap on the item Apps and notifications, touch the item Advanced and press on the wording App with special access, located in the new list that appears on the screen; at this point, tap on the item Show above other apps, tap on first name application for you problematic and move from ON to OFF the lever corresponding to the item Allow viewing on top of other apps, to revoke the permissions granted.

If the app in question starts up automatically and, for some reason, you are unable to intervene from the “normal” mode of Android, try restart your device in safe mode: if you had never heard of it, it is a particular boot state of the operating system, in which only the components necessary for the operation of the smartphone or tablet are loaded, leaving inactive add-ons or applications set to run automatically in the background.

To activate Safe Mode, press the physical button for a few seconds Power of the device, in order to call up the shutdown menu of the same, make a long tap on the button / item Restart and, when necessary, reply affirmatively to the restart request in safe / secure mode.

On the next boot, you should see the Android Home screen, however, with the wording at the bottom Safe Mode / Safe Mode; once you enter the latter mode, revoke the app overlay permissions as I showed you previously and restart the device in normal mode, to verify that the problem is solved.

Please note that the names of menus and options you see on your device (as well as the steps to access Android Safe Mode) may differ slightly from what has been explained so far, due to the differences between the various Android editions and the customizations applied by manufacturers.

To give you some practical examples, let me show you the exact steps to take on the devices produced by some well-known big names in the sector.

How to disable screen overlay: Xiaomi

How to disable screen overlay on Android

For example, if yours is a branded smartphone Xiaomi equipped with ROM MIUI, go to the menu Settings> Privacy Protection of the operating system, tap on the item Special permissions and touch the wording Show above other apps, in order to access the section dedicated to the permissions for the overlay.

Now, tap the first name of the app for which to revoke permissions and move from ON to OFF the lever bearing the wording Allow viewing on top of other apps, which appears on the next screen.

If you have any problems, you can activate Xiaomi Safe Mode in the following way: turn off completely the device, turn it back on and, when you see the MIUI logo, press and hold the physical Volume Down keyuntil the phone boots in safe mode.

How to disable screen overlay: LG

How to disable screen overlay: LG

For disable LG screen overlayinstead, do the following: after opening the Settings of Android, tap on the tab General, then select the item Applications, tap the button (⋮) placed at the top and touch on the wording Configure the apps, located in the menu that appears.

Now, tap on the item Hide other applications located in the menu that appears, tap on first name app causing problems and move from ON to OFF the switch corresponding to the item Overlay permission on other apps.

If the need arises, you can boot into Safe Mode by pressing and holding the physical key of Power on and then by making a long tap on the icon Switch off that appears on the screen.

How to disable screen overlay: Samsung

How to disable screen overlay: Samsung

If, on the other hand, yours is a device manufactured by Samsung, open the menu Settings> Applications of the device, tap the button (⋮) visible at the top and select the item Special access from the menu that appears.

Finally, tap on the wording Foreground view and move up OFF the lever corresponding to first name of the app for which you want to revoke the permission to apply screen overlay.

Finally, if it proves necessary to access the Safe mode of the device, long press the key on / off of the same, make a long tap on the button Switch off that appears on the screen and tap on the icon Safe mode (the shield on green background), to restart Android in the latter state.

How to disable screen overlay: HUAWEI

How to disable screen overlay: HUAWEI

Finally, if yours is a device HUAWEI, you need to enter the menu Settings> Apps> Advanced access (or Special access), select the item Show above other apps and, after selecting the item All apps from the top drop-down menu, move from ON to OFF the lever for the application causing problems.

If you need to access the safe / safe mode, press and hold the physical power button of the device, make a long tap on the button Switch off that appears on the screen and touches the item OK, located under the heading Restart in safe mode.