“It seems that another app is blocking access to Google Play. Turn off any apps that might be drawing over the screen and try again” – you may have come across this annoying error message while trying to launch Google Play. If that is the case, don’t worry. Read this article to know why users may face such an error. We will also help you get rid of this Google Play error in no time.
Why is the error popping up?
The major source of this error is maybe a third-party application downloaded from an unverified source – not from Google Playstore. In this era, downloading an APK from the internet is considered more efficient. Some developers host their app’s APK on their website and that is the only way you can download it. You can consider downloading a third-party application from a trusted source (Fortnite, for example). But, even if a third-party application is safe, Google Play services may find the app’s activity to be revolting. If you pay close attention to the pop-up by Google Play, it mentions that an app is drawing over the screen. If you had downloaded the app from Google PlayStore and that app would have “drawn over”, this particular error message may not have appeared.
No third-party app on your phone? This error may appear in legit situations too (Google doesn’t like apps working over it). Try the workaround mentioned below to fix this Just follow along the steps given below.
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How to fix Google Play error:
Open the Settings app on your phone. Search for a setting called ‘Special Access’ by typing it into the search box. Since the exact location for this setting can differ for every device, it is easier to find it this way. Typing in ‘Special Access’ will work on most android devices. But, if you don’t find a setting with that name on your device, you can also search for ‘Display over other apps’.
You could also attempt downloading an application from Play Store after you disable the ‘draw over’ settings for that application. This may let detect the exact application that was causing this error on your phone.
After you disable the “Display over other apps” setting, you should now be able to download, update or uninstall apps using the Google Play services without facing the error. For more troubleshooting and workarounds like these, stay tuned to ANDROIDGRAM.