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Customization is one of the top reason why people love Android. Changing the wallpapers, placing a widget on the homescreen, installing a launcher, changing the icons, changing the look and feel of the entire device by installing a theme – there are many options. In recent times, Substratum has become the number one destination for anyone who is looking to change the look and feel of their device. There are a number of Substratum themes on the Google Play Store that lets you completely overhaul your device’s look. Recently, Substratum has extended its support to Samsung devices as well (via an add-on app).

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Problem with Substratum Themes on Samsung Devices

The Substratum for Samsung is still in its early stages and hence, there are a few shortcomings, as expected. For example, not all the Substratum themes available in Google Play Store are fully-compatible with Samsung devices [applying a theme to System UI and Samsung Framework will cause issues]. That does not mean that none of the themes are compatible, rather, they are partially compatible. Meaning, only certain aspects of the themes can be used on Samsung devices. But, there are still a few Substratum Themes that are fully compatible with the Samsung Substratum. You can check them out from the below link:

How to Remove a Problem Causing Substartum Overlay from Samsung Devices

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Method 1:

  1. Reboot your device into Safe mode.
    1. Turn off the device.
    2. Press and hold the Power/Lock key for one or two seconds to turn on the device.
    3. When the Samsung logo displays, press and hold the Volume down key until the lock screen displays. When the lock screen displays Safe mode will be shown in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  2. Go into Settings > Apps, then find the overlay you think is messing up and uninstall!

Method 2:

If the above method does not work, follow the below:

  1. Reboot your device into Safe mode.
    1. Turn off the device.
    2. Press and hold the Power/Lock key for one or two seconds to turn on the device.
    3. When the Samsung logo displays, press and hold the Volume down key until the lock screen displays. When the lock screen displays Safe mode will be shown in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  2. Turn on screen and press power button. It will show “Shutdown”, “Restart”, “Emergency Mode”
  3. Turn on “Emergency Mode”, keep spam the checkbox so you can tick the checkbox to proceed the agreement. The phone will be super lagging at this point.
  4. While you are in emergency mode, you have very limited access. Open any system app and go to the recent task list.
  5. Long press the app task, press the info icon and app detail page will appear.
  6. Hit the back button and it will show your whole app list.
  7. Find your overlay and remove all its storage and phone permissions.
  8. Deactivate Emergency Mode and now you are back to TouchWiz.
  9. Uninstall the overlay app.
  10. Done!

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