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AndroidManifest.xml got wiped?

So I opened AndroidManifest.xml to make my second activity portrait only, and found that the manifest had been cleared of what was there before. The activities are missing. This is the contents of AndroidManifest.xml currently:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    package="com.example.alphonse.interactivestory" >

        android:theme="@style/AppTheme" ></application>


After noticing this, I tried to run my app and it won't run anymore, I get an error saying there isn't a default activity. My app was working yesterday and I had edited the manifest before to make the other activity portrait only. I have no clue how this file got altered. Is there any way to restore the manifest file without starting the app from scratch?

2 Answers

Seth Kroger
Seth Kroger
56,413 Points

In Android Studio you can select from the menu VCS -> Local History -> Show History and revert to an earlier version from there.

Are you using a Version Control System like git? If so, you can go back to a previous commit and get the manifest file. Otherwise, you're likely going to have to rebuild the manifest file, but that would hopefully be the only thing that you would have to restore.