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Android Build a Simple Android App (2014) Basic Android Programming Accessing Views in Code

Can not resolve symbol occur.

When I wrote out the Textview and Button it become red what does this mean how do I fix it and it says cannot resolve symbol when i place my mouse on on Textview and button bellow I copy and paste the code.

// Declare our View variables and assign them the Views from the layout file
        Textview factLabel = findViewById();
    }   Button showFactButton;

2 Answers


Your TextView has a few issues:

  • You've mistyped TextView - it needs a capital V
  • The returned value from the findViewById() needs casting; add (TextView) before findViewById
  • Last, you need to reference the id. That is probably something like R.id.factLabel or something

Your button code will need something similar too.

You'll end up with something similar to:

TextView factLabel = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.factTextView);
Button showFactButton = (Button) findViewById(R.id.showFactButton);


Also if you are getting a cannot resolve symbol error from the TextView and/or Button, sometimes you just need to organize your imports so that TextView and Button are imported into the class. Once you include those imports they should turn from red to green.