Fix Screen Overlay Detected Error - Samsung

Note If you see a 'Screen overlay detected' error (see example image below), it's caused by conflict between a running app and a newly installed app requesting permission to display info on multiple screens (e.g., messengers, alerts, battery status, etc.)

Screen Overlay Detected Error

Android 8.x (Oreo) or Android 9.x (Pie)
Android 7.x (Nougat)
Android 6.x (Marshmallow)

 

Android 8.x (Oreo) or Android 9.x (Pie)

  1. From a Home screen, swipe up or down from the center of the display to access the apps screen.
    Note These instructions only apply to Standard mode and the default Home screen layout.
  2. Tap the Settings icon Settings icon.
  3. Tap Apps.
  4. Tap the Menu icon Action overflow icon (upper-right) then tap Special access.
  5. From Special access, tap Draw over other apps
  6. From Draw over other apps, tap any app on the list that was causing errors to turn the permissions off  Switch off.
  7. From a Home screen, relaunch the app.
  8. Tap the available permissions (e.g., Permit Drawing over other apps, Contacts, etc.) to turn on Switch on or off Switch off.
    Note Repeat steps (5-7) as needed to identify the app causing the notifications.
    Note Alternatively, place the device into Safe Mode then repeat steps (5-7).

 

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Android 7.x (Nougat)

  1. Tap the Settings icon.
    Note If not available, navigate: Apps > Settings.
  2. Tap Applications then tap Application manager.
    Note Alternatively, tap Apps then tap Application manager.
  3. Tap the Menu icon Action overflow icon (upper-right) then tap Special access.
  4. From Special access, tap Draw over other apps.
  5. From Draw over other apps, tap any app on the list that was causing errors to turn the permissions off  Switch off.
  6. From a Home screen, relaunch the app.
  7. Tap the available permissions (e.g., Permit Drawing over other apps, Contacts, etc.) to turn on Switch on or off Switch off.
    Note Repeat steps (5-7) as needed to identify the app causing the notifications.
    Note Alternatively, place the device into Safe Mode then repeat steps (5-7).

 

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Android 6.x (Marshmallow)

  1. Tap the Settings icon.
    Note If not available, navigate: Apps > Settings.
  2. Tap Applications then tap Application manager.
  3. Tap the Menu icon Action overflow icon (upper-right) then tap 'Apps that can appear on top' or 'Draw over other apps'.
  4. Tap the Dropdown icon Dropdown menu icon(upper-left) then select, Apps with permission.
  5. Tap any app on the list that was causing errors to turn the permissions off  Switch off.
  6. From a Home screen, relaunch the app.
  7. Tap the available permissions (e.g., Permit Drawing over other apps, Contacts, etc.) to turn on Switch on or off Switch off.
    Note Repeat steps (4-6) as needed to identify the app causing the notifications.
    Note Alternatively, place the device into Safe Mode then repeat steps (4-6).

 

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