What Is Screen Overlay on the Phone?

Starting with Marshmallow 6.0 Android, there is a curious error that sometimes appears on the screen overlay. It is problematic because it does not allow the launch of certain applications, but it is even more frustrating because it is difficult to find what is causing it. Fortunately, it’s a pretty easy fix when you know what’s causing the bug: a feature found in Marshmallow, and it allows applications to “attract” other applications. For example, Facebook Messenger uses chat bubbles to stay ahead of what you’re doing, which is the application that uses the overlay feature over other apps. In other words, it’s a screen overlay.

What Is Screen Overlay on the Phone

What is the screen overlay?

Unfortunately, some applications do strange things when an overlay is active, especially if the application in question needs to request a new permission. Android will absolutely not allow the permissions to be changed when an overlay is running, resulting in the “Screen overlay detected” error.

Therefore, if you install a new application and start it for the first time while you are using Messenger, you will receive an error when the new application tries to request your permissions. Now, sometimes, when this error is generated, it includes an “Open Settings” link that sends it directly to the overlay menu. The tricky part is that every application needs to be switched manually and just tapping an application, sliding the “Allow it to overlap over other applications” button to toggle back and forth. You can disable each, but this can be time-consuming, especially if you have dozens of applications installed that can apply overlays.

How to disable screen overlay?

Ideally, you’ll know which application caused the conflict and could disable only that one. What applications did you use recently? As mentioned above, Facebook Messenger is displayed on the screen for chats, so if a chat bubble is actively running, it is more likely to be the culprit.

What passive applications do you use that run in the background? Likewise, applications such as CF.lumen, Twilight and others in night mode are displayed on the screen when activated. Therefore, you will need to pause or disable these services to get rid of the screen overlay error.

If you can find out which one is actually showing on the screen when you get this error, just disable it and move on.

Of course this is not foolproof and in some cases, there may be more than one application on the overlay screen, which can be incredibly frustrating. In this situation, de-authorize all of them, then re-enable them as necessary.

Fortunately, in Android Oreo, Google basically made it really easy to figure out which app is causing the problem with a new notification that tells you exactly what is being displayed about other apps

How to access the screen overlay menu?

So how do you access the screen overlay menu without first experiencing the error and getting that fast link? This part is very easy. The biggest problem is that setting screen overlays is found at different points on devices from different manufacturers.

Android Oreo or later

Pull out the notifications tab and touch the gear icon to open Settings.

Choose the category ” Applications and notifications ” and then tap the “Advanced” button.

This reveals additional options, the latter of which is the “Special application access” option. Go ahead and touch it.

Just below the menu, you’ll see the “Show more applications” option. Is this what you are looking for.

Android Marshmallow or Nougat

Turn on the notifications screen twice and touch the gear icon.

Scroll down to “Applications” and touch the gear icon in the upper right corner.

Scroll down and touch the “Special Access” option. From there, you will find the overlay menu. That’s what you’re looking for!

Feel free to switch things to your heart’s desire. Just open each item to activate or deactivate it.

On Samsung devices

Scroll down the notifications tab and tap the gear icon, and then scroll down to the “Applications” option.

From here, tap the “Application manager” link and the “More” button in the upper right corner.

Select the “Applications that may appear at the top” option. Samsung also makes it easier to add the button next to the application name and not on a separate menu.

In LG devices

Pull the notification tab down and touch the gear icon, then jump to the “Applications” menu.

Then touch the three-point button and select the “Configure applications” option.

Touch the overlay option and you’ll find yourself where you need to be.

If you are not sure what is causing the screen overlay error, this may cause you to wish to throw your phone away . But here is the simple and reassuring solution to solving your problem.

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