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  1. bratignat's Avatar
    It is not just the apps which prevent you from using other apps - for example, let's say you have put several shortcut icons of messengers (facebook, viber, skype and so on in one folder of the phone desktop*) - if there are any new messages, Android treat the folder as app that uses overlay. So check not just the apps, but also the folders for icons with new messages/notifications. Check those, so that notifications will disappear and you might use all settings. Hope this works for you.
    02-16-2017 07:19 AM
  2. Uhav2bkidding's Avatar
    Nice! Glad it helped. Thanks for the info on the full version. Did you install the lite one?
    Had the problem and didn't have any cleaner apps. Haven't recently updated. Went to settings and turned off all overlap permissions, cleared cache, restarted. Same problem. Can't change settings. Driving me nuts!
    03-31-2017 12:18 PM
  3. tismydroid's Avatar
    Had the problem and didn't have any cleaner apps. Haven't recently updated. Went to settings and turned off all overlap permissions, cleared cache, restarted. Same problem. Can't change settings. Driving me nuts!
    It's caused by an app that is on top of your screen. A common culprit is Facebook's messenger that leaves a messenger bubble on the screen. But there are several apps that leave a floating icon or bubble on your screen (overlay). In order to change the app's settings, you need to temporarily remove the overlay. With FB messenger, you can simply move that bubble to the bottom of the screen and dump it on the "x". For any other apps that are causing the problem or if you're not sure which one is, go into your phone's settings. From your phone's settings go to applications. Select application manager then select "draw over other apps." Once in the list of draw over other apps, turn them all off.
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    03-31-2017 08:05 PM
  4. Thalia ochoa's Avatar
    So I have a cheap Samsung on 5 phone and I'm also having that problem with Android asking me to give apps permissions but since I don't have the normal Samsung 5 there's nun of that gear or draw option so I still have no idea what to do so if anyone could help pleasssee!!!
    04-01-2017 05:32 PM
  5. JohnnyBraaavo's Avatar
    GUYS,
    A little late, but if you're still having an issue with Screen overlay detection... You use messenger? Do you have the chat heads floating on your home page? That was my issue. Simply turned it off in the settings and no more screen overlay problems.
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    04-27-2017 08:52 PM
  6. averen09's Avatar
    hello, you came to the right thread, jist install "Install Button Unlocker" app from play store, that would fix the problem, trust me
    04-29-2017 03:06 PM
  7. randy tangreen's Avatar
    When I opened developers options I enabled the option to turn off all Hardware overlays and that seemed to do the trick
    06-06-2017 07:26 PM
  8. Nivesh Gurung's Avatar
    I've got Android 6.0 and I'm having a problem with Android asking me to give apps permissions (remember the Mac commercial taunting Windows on this ten years ago?). The point is that i can't use my apps thanks to this. For example, I want to watch baseball games on my MLB At Bat app but then it asks me to enable location, which thrn takes me to a pop up window that says "Screen Overlay Detected. To change this permission setting go to..." then I'm stuck in an endless loop where i can't change any of the settings and i can't operate many of my apps.

    Help!
    Thanks in advance
    I uninstall ed Messenger. and it worked for me... i reinstalled it and it's so fine...
    07-12-2017 12:36 AM
  9. yarnsrj's Avatar
    Also if you have ES file Explorer, it also has "floating logger" similar to FB messenger's chat head. Just go into ES settings and turn it off if you do.
    08-12-2017 06:48 AM
  10. FNeroo's Avatar


    Screen overlays are things created by one app that cover part or all of screen while another app is in the foreground. Example is Twilight app to reduce blue light at night to help you prepare for sleep....it applies an overlay on top of everything else to tint the screen.. In addition to apps that tint the screen, apps that put buttons or indicators floating on top of everything else are using overlays.

    You can imagine it may be dangerous for android to allow you to to change a sensitive setting while an overlay is active because you may be clicking on something different than what you think you are clicking on (if the overlaying app is malicious and trying to trick you). Therefore to improve security, android doesn't allow you to change sensitive settings while an active overlay is detected.

    So you need to identify the app applying the overlay:
    * using app permissions settings described above for clues..
    * also check recent apps and apps using memory and especially dev options/running programs for clues...
    * it is narrowed down to apps with that overlay permission that are currently running a service.

    Turn off the overlay FROM WITHIN THE APP THAT CREATED THE OVERLAY.

    Once all overlays are disabled, you can adjust settings however you want. You can at that point also adjust permissions to deny overlay permission to the offending app if you are not satisfied with the controls within the app or the trustworthiness of the app.
    I had the same problem. I have done exactly as you said. I turned off all overlays. But the problem wasn't solved. When i am asked to give permission to an app the same error message appears asking me to turn off screen overlay.
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