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Granting overlay permissions in Android 11 takes one more tap

Granting overlay permissions in Android 11 takes one more tap

Google has been discouraging the use of overlays for years, since they are commonly used by malware. Android 10 removed the ability for the overlay permission to be permanently granted (it would go away after a reboot, in most cases), and the company even hinted last year that the API might go away entirely.

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Chrome confirmation buttons not working on Android 10? Disable overlays from other apps

Chrome confirmation buttons not working on Android 10? Disable overlays from other apps

If you've found yourself unable to tap on Chrome permission popups on Android 10, like when websites ask to use your location, you're not alone. As it turns out, system overlays like Facebook Messenger's chat heads or Pokémon Go stats apps are the culprit. Android 10 blocks tapping Chrome popups for security reasons when an app is drawing over the screen because there's always the possibility that some malware is showing fake dialogs on top of the ones actually displayed.

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Google will entirely kill the overlay permission in a future Android release

Google will entirely kill the overlay permission in a future Android release

You might remember when Google announced it was cracking down on overlay permissions in Android Q, which have been responsible for plenty of security-related headaches for both users and Google's developers. It turns out, that may just have been the start, as Google revealed yesterday that it is planning on fully deprecating that permission in a future Android release, replacing it entirely with Q's new bubbles-style notifications.

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