Samsung Galaxy S9: Turning Off Screen Overlay

You’ve probably heard quite a few people asking how to turn off the screen overlay on a Galaxy S9 device. Nevertheless, this is actually an error, a very common error if we judge by the number of complaints coming from users of very different Android devices. Even if it happened to you for the first time on this Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone, you should know that the problem dates back to the Android Marshmallow update.

Now, because we know you can’t take much comfort in understanding that this is a general problem, we’re here to offer you a solution. So, assuming you’re tired of seeing that “Screen overlay detected” popup, let us come with some extra useful information. We’ll get to whether you must use the Change Settings button or not in just a minute or two…


How does the screen overlay manifest?

Just to be sure that you’ve correctly identified your problem, here’s what you should be looking for. A screen overlay example that everyone knows is the . You must have noticed how it pops up on top of your Facebook page, allowing you to chat. When you’re using it, you’re basically covering the Facebook page content from behind it, with this new chat window.


Why is this a problem and the Samsung Galaxy S9 keeps notifying you that some screen overlay has been detected? You see, the example that we just gave you is a useful and harmless manifestation of the screen overlay. In other instances, screen overlays could be used to cover some permission dialogs and make you grant to who knows what app who knows what permissions that it shouldn’t have.

Of course, this kind of behavior is associated with harmful apps and not all the screen overlays are such a dangerous thing. Then again, you should understand why the smartphone is asking you to give a particular app the permission of using the screen overlay feature. Since it’s disabled by default, you’re not at risk and you can personally decide which apps should have this permission and which shouldn’t….


In order to change the screen overlay settings:

  1. You should open the Settings menu of the Samsung Galaxy S9;
  2. In there, go to the Applications section and open the Application Manager tab;
  3. At the top-right corner, select the More button;
  4. Locate the Apps that can appear on top feature;
  5. Finally, select the apps that can use the screen overlay from there.


If you’re having problems with one particular app…

By now, we discussed the screen overlay and we’ve mentioned that it’s not just a simple feature, but it can also be an error. Assuming you’ve noticed the screen overlay error popup, the one asking you to change the permission settings, whenever you’re using one app, you should follow the steps from the previous section.

When you reach the Apps that can appear on top section and you’ve found the problematic app listed in there, change its status to Off – tap on the toggle next to it, currently set to On, and you’re done. You’ve found out how to turn off screen overlay on Samsung Galaxy S9 and the popup won’t bug you anymore.

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