[Solved!] “Another App Is Displaying Over Chrome”

Nowadays, people are facing the issue of other apps covering up the chrome browser.

This blog post will discuss the causes and solutions for when another app is displaying over Chrome.

There are a few different reasons why this might occur, so you should first be aware of what they are before trying to fix it.

Another App Is Displaying Over Chrome

Causes of “Another App Is Displaying Over Chrome”

The pop-up of “another app is displaying over chrome” is an attempt from Chrome to convey the message to the user about the overlay that is enabled in the background and needs to be disabled.

The new multitasking feature that Google had introduced has made it possible for some apps to be displayed on top of other applications.

People could stay more informed about things happening with friends or family members by not having to open multiple application windows at once.

Just find out what they are up to like Facebook Messenger does when you receive an update from them while playing games such as Angry Birds Rio.


Disable Touch ball / quick ball feature

The quick ball feature is causing this issue. If you have enabled this feature knowingly or unknowingly, just disable it.

The problem of “another app is displaying over chrome” will be resolved.

Solution for Xiaomi Redmi note 7

Disable “use task toolbox” in the Xiaomi default Notes app, in the settings of the tasks tab.

It would help if you also disabled any sidebars that appear over the icons on your home screen when you swipe from an edge.

These include things like “Quick Ball” and “Notes Task Toolbox.”

Solution for Redmi 9s

The cause of this bug is the notch display feature. In almost all android phones, there is an option called “hide notch area,” and when we enable it, our entire screen gets filled.

But in Chrome’s case, it was not working because it wasn’t designed for the notch area.

Solution: Just Disable the “hide notches feature,” or from the option it will give you, just select the “don’t hide” option and restart Chrome after doing that.

Solution for One Plus 6T

This method only works for notch display. Go to “Settings/Display/Notch display.”

Switch the option “Hide the notch area” to “Show the notch area” no warning messages will come when Chrome asks for site permissions.

Solution for Xiaomi Poco F1

Disable the “quick link” or any quick menu option working in your android; disable it while you’re on Chrome. 

Solution for REDMI NOTE 8 PRO

The main cause is the Notch. If you have a setting selected to hide the Notch, it bugs out Chrome. So for fixing the problem, select the “don’t hide” option in the notch display setting.

More Possible Solutions

Disable “draw over other apps”

As you can see in the picture, the “draw over other apps” option is enabled. By disabling this option issue will be resolved.

draw over other apps

Allow All permissions to Chrome

  • Just go to Settings- App management.
  • Open Chrome and go to the Permissions option.
  • Allow all the permissions to Chrome.
  • Relaunch Chrome browser, and it won’t show this pop-up again.

Some Relevant Terms and Features Explained

Quick ball feature in Xiaomi Phones

Quick ball is an intelligent floating menu that allows you to quickly access the tools and utilities most used by users according to time, weather, location, and other scenarios.

It can be accessed in all apps, including games, whenever the user has a need for it.

They come with useful tools like Capture Screenshot, Send Message/QR Code…etc.

Notch feature in Redmi 9s

The Notch is a hard area that appears on the top of the screen when you put your phone in landscape mode, and your applications are designed to display content based on this view.

So if there’s nothing displaying in the notch area, apps will simply stretch the UI into it.

Here we have an example using PUBG mobile app. In the case of PUBG, you can see that it has some black areas, and bottom Notch are unused.

But when we put our phone in full-screen mode (landscape), the black areas get filled with UI elements as well.

This is how every game app works on android phones, including but not limited to PUBG Mobile, NOVA 3, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Shadow Fight 3, etc…

Multi-window is a great way to multitask on your phone. But sometimes, you need an even faster shortcut to access the apps you use often.

That’s why Xiaomi Poco F1 has come up with a Quick links feature, which will allow users to quickly call or create a message without having to go into an app first, saving time and allowing users to get more done.

The Quick links row is a new place for frequently used apps and actions that appear at the bottom of your screen, allowing you to access them without having to swipe up or go into an app first.

Users can customize which icons they want to see in this row by long-pressing on it from within any app.

It can also be accessed by swiping up on the bottom edge of your screen.

Another App Is Displaying Over Chrome

Your device screen may show an error message that says something about another app is displaying over Chrome, and you have to click OK.

This happens when Google Chrome detects a window or dialog from other apps that are in front of it, such as legacy programs or certain system utilities.

This typically only occurs when you have another app running in the background, such as a chat client or instant messaging program.

Want to fix it? To ensure that your device always displays correctly, close any programs running in the background before using Chrome.

Fix: You can also disable this error message by disabling the overlay for all apps except Google Chrome in your device’s advanced settings.

By default, Chrome is the only app that can display an overlay. This setting helps prevent phishing and other malicious activities by blocking pop-ups from less trusted apps. 

What Does Draw Over Other Apps Mean?

This means that another app is trying to display over the current app and may not leave this state by itself.

This only occurs when another app is using an overlay.

An overlay is a special type of display layer that draws on top of another app.

For example, many messaging apps use this to display a notification bubble over a game or another app.

Sometimes, one may see a message that another app is displaying over Chrome.

This means that the build-in screen capture function in Chrome has been used to record a video or take a screenshot of another app.

Apps built for Android use this functionality if they need to show how their content will appear on Chrome (like showing an incoming call on the top of the incoming app, for example).

The message is meant to alert the user because some apps may have the functionality turned on without informing you first.

It can happen when downloading unknown apk files or installing untrusted apps from third-party sources.

In those cases, an overlay — a part of the screen that only a certain type of content can be shown on top of — will be automatically enabled without telling you first.

Allowing other apps to draw over Chrome would break the security model of Android as this would allow malicious apps to display an overlay that could mislead you in downloading even more dangerous apk files or installing unknown and potentially harmful apps from third-party sources.

What Is an Overlay?

Overlays are an interesting feature of Android, made for apps to display content on top of other apps.

They are mostly used by games allowing users to play with a game without exiting their current app.

The user can access the game controls from within their current app and close it later once they’re done playing.

What Is Multitasking in Android?

Android has attempted to mimic “true” multitasking for years.

But with recent versions, it’s gotten closer than ever.

The introduction of split-screen apps and picture-in-picture make it possible to see two things at once. 

In the past, users were forced to use two different apps for multitasking.

That’s hardly “true” multitasking, especially on larger phones with larger screens and keyboards.

Multi-window allows you to do more at once without losing your place.

You can see two apps at the same time and switch between them with a tap or a swipe of the finger.

You can resize any app by dragging its window border or double-tap an open app to pin it in place while you use another.