Samsung Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8+ Plus: How To Use Screen Overlay

There is a puzzling issue which has been experienced by owners of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone. Other Android devices users have also been faced with the same problem. The issue goes like this; For the first time when you launch an app and proceed to agree to the permission dialogs, you are faced with an error which reads as follows “Screen overlay detected.” You can only change this setting by first turning off the screen overlay from the app settings.

A screen overlay is simply that part of an application which can be shown over other apps. An example of this is the Facebook Messenger. Apps will require you to enable the screen overlay before using it.

However, the screen overlay might give rise to other problems as well. For instance, apps using this setting might display some information on top of a dialog box to try to try and persuade you to grant permission for some things which you otherwise not grant permission to.


How To Use Screen Overlay On Samsung Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8+ Plus:

The easier way out is to simply do as the dialog box suggest. This language could be confusing but what the dialog is simply asking you to do is:

  1. Go to your Screen and Launch the Settings alternatively; you may use the app drawer.
  2. Browse through and click on Applications.
  3. Click on the application manager
  4. Click on more and open the menu from the top right corner.
  5. Select the apps that may be displayed on top


From here, you can proceed to track the specific app which is requesting permission to make use of the screen overlay. Now turn this off, by simply tapping on the toggle right next to it.

When you are done, you can try to launch the app that you were initially using. With luck, you should be able to grant the app permissions and also start using it normally.



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