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I use Toucher Pro (whose whole point is to always be on top) essentially in place of a homescreen, insofar as I launch apps from it 95% of the time instead of using a launcher. Now, thanks to the recent security update which doesn't let you change permissions while an overlay is running, I have to disable Toucher, change the permission, and re-enable Toucher immediately because I can't use my phone without it.

This is most ridiculous when installing a new Marshmallow app, since this includes initial permission requests even for basic behavior:

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I'm an advanced user, and I can smell when a malicious app is trying to fool me, so I feel reasonably safe disabling this. Is there any way to disable this kludge?

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    There is a reason why android prevents certain sensitive actions to be disabled when there is a screen overlay. It would be for the overall best if it is left as it is. Although I'm not commenting on a way to have this security feature disabled, I believe it's not too much of a hassle since you don't go around installing apps extremely frequently... do you? EDIT - a readup on tapjacking (which this particular feature tries to mitigate) – blueren Aug 1 '16 at 17:04
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    I did – but reading it again, I've misread it the first time. You want to have the screen overlay ignored it seems – not much luck with that, I'm afraid, for reasons already pointed out. Sorry. – Izzy Aug 5 '16 at 16:40
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    Would be off-topic here (development focused), but of course by altering the code one could do that. Maybe someone wrote a corresponding XPosed module for this – but there's no hit in the XPosed repo yet. – Izzy Aug 5 '16 at 16:43
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    @Izzy thank you! I'll head off in that direction! – Supuhstar Aug 5 '16 at 16:49
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    @DanBrown That's not what's being asked here; the OP knows how to disable Toucher Pro just doesn't want to have to. – owlswipe Aug 8 '16 at 14:28
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This bandaid seems to have been removed in Nougat. So... I suppose the answer is to upgrade to Nougat?

  • so... no way for a Marshmallow? – Ooker Mar 29 '17 at 14:25
  • @Ooker I haven't found a way. If you do, make sure to add that as an answer! – Supuhstar Mar 29 '17 at 16:13
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    That's sad. I've thought that Xposed will free us from any limitation. So, in Nougat, the screen overlay detection just disappears? You won't need to worry about it anymore? – Ooker Mar 29 '17 at 23:34

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