I am getting this android.util.AndroidRuntimeException: requestFeature() must be called before adding content error. As you can see in the below code, the requestWindowFeature(Window.FEATURE_NO_TITLE); line comes before setContentView(R.layout.mainmenu); line of code. This onCreate() code is the same format in just about every one of my activities and I've never had trouble with it before until now. Ever since I updated to ADT 22 a lot of random errors have been popping up everywhere. I have weeded through a lot of those errors and this is my latest one.

What can I do to fix this error?

public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {


05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559): FATAL EXCEPTION: main
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559): java.lang.RuntimeException: Unable to start activity ComponentInfo{matt.lyons.bibletrivia.lite/matt.lyons.bibletrivia.lite.MainMenu}: android.util.AndroidRuntimeException: requestFeature() must be called before adding content
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at android.app.ActivityThread.performLaunchActivity(ActivityThread.java:2180)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at android.app.ActivityThread.handleLaunchActivity(ActivityThread.java:2230)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at android.app.ActivityThread.access$600(ActivityThread.java:141)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at android.app.ActivityThread$H.handleMessage(ActivityThread.java:1234)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage(Handler.java:99)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at android.os.Looper.loop(Looper.java:137)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at android.app.ActivityThread.main(ActivityThread.java:5041)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at java.lang.reflect.Method.invokeNative(Native Method)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:511)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit$MethodAndArgsCaller.run(ZygoteInit.java:793)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit.main(ZygoteInit.java:560)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at dalvik.system.NativeStart.main(Native Method)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559): Caused by: android.util.AndroidRuntimeException: requestFeature() must be called before adding content
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at com.android.internal.policy.impl.PhoneWindow.requestFeature(PhoneWindow.java:229)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at android.app.Activity.requestWindowFeature(Activity.java:3244)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at matt.lyons.bibletrivia.lite.MainMenu.onCreate(MainMenu.java:28)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at android.app.Activity.performCreate(Activity.java:5104)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at android.app.Instrumentation.callActivityOnCreate(Instrumentation.java:1080)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    at android.app.ActivityThread.performLaunchActivity(ActivityThread.java:2144)
05-31 04:20:43.121: E/AndroidRuntime(14559):    ... 11 more

Solution 1

I also faced this problem but when i call window request before calling super.onCreate() then problem was solved, please try it also like..

public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

Hope this will help you...:)

Edited: For other possible solutions for Android'd new versions

Hide the Status Bar on Android 4.0 and Lower

    android:theme="@android:style/Theme.Holo.NoActionBar.Fullscreen" >

The advantages of using an activity theme are as follows:

  • It's easier to maintain and less error-prone than setting a flag programmatically.
  • It results in smoother UI transitions, because the system has the information it needs to render your UI before instantiating your app's main activity.

Android version is lower than Jellybean

protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    // If the Android version is lower than Jellybean, use this call to hide
    // the status bar.
    if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT < 16) {

Hide the Status Bar on Android 4.1 and Higher

View decorView = getWindow().getDecorView();
// Hide the status bar.
// Remember that you should never show the action bar if the
// status bar is hidden, so hide that too if necessary.
ActionBar actionBar = getActionBar();

Note the following:

  • Once UI flags have been cleared (for example, by navigating away from the activity), your app needs to reset them if you want to hide the bars again. See Responding to UI Visibility Changes for a discussion of how to listen for UI visibility changes so that your app can respond accordingly.
  • Where you set the UI flags makes a difference. If you hide the system bars in your activity's onCreate() method and the user presses Home, the system bars will reappear. When the user reopens the activity, onCreate() won't get called, so the system bars will remain visible. If you want system UI changes to persist as the user navigates in and out of your activity, set UI flags in onResume() or onWindowFocusChanged().
  • The method setSystemUiVisibility() only has an effect if the view you call it from is visible.
  • Navigating away from the view causes flags set with setSystemUiVisibility() to be cleared.

Solution 2

I got that exception (android.util.AndroidRuntimeException: requestFeature() must be called before adding content) when using


in an older device running Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread). I am using the v7 support library.

The error was fixed when I changed it to use:


(This comes after my super.onCreate call in the fix, too). See docs at https://developer.android.com/reference/android/support/v7/app/ActionBarActivity.html#supportRequestWindowFeature(int)

So it may be more a case of a misleading error message than anything else.

Solution 3

Please check your class is extend from Activity or ActionBarActivity. If you are using ActionBarActivity please use Activity.

Solution 4

If you're using your activity as a Dialog (with Theme.Dialog), then make sure you extend Activity instead of ActionBarActivity (the default given to you with the Android Studio wizard). Then you can use




AFTER the super.onCreate()...

Solution 5

I also ran into this error from a different workflow. I created a custom DialogFragment class and I created two @Override functions - onCreateView and onCreateDialog. My onCreateView function grabbed a custom layout for the fragment, and my onCreateDialog function created an AlertDialog.Builder.

This appeared to not work because the onCreateDialog is called before onCreateView. After I deleted onCreateView [by moving my custom view inflation into onCreateDialog, i encountered the error:

java.lang.IllegalStateException: The specified child already has a parent. You must call removeView() on the child's parent first.

I realized my difficulty came from trying to implement both overrides since I wanted to 1) use a layout for the main view of the dialog, and 2) use the Builder pre-defined Positive / Negative buttons. My solution was to create the positive / negative buttons in my custom dialog view, so i deleted my implementation of the Override onCreateDialog function.

Hope this helps someone in the future!

Here are some SO questions that helped me:

Solution 6

I was extending a DialogFragment and the above answer didnot work. I had to use getDialog() to remove the title:


Solution 7

 <style name="AppTheme" parent="Theme.AppCompat.Light.NoActionBar">
        <!-- Customize your theme here. -->
        <item name="colorPrimary">@color/colorPrimary</item>
        <item name="colorPrimaryDark">@color/colorPrimaryDark</item>
        <item name="colorAccent">@color/colorAccent</item>
        <item name="android:windowActionBar">false</item>


just only set style like this no any coding side changing is required.

Solution 8

Extend (Activity) instead of (ActionBarActivity)

example: public class Itemdetails extends Activity {....

then in the onCreate write:


Solution 9

i think the simplest way to do this is use this below code


Solution 10

Please try the following options, at least one of these should work for you:

  1. If you are using a DialogFragment then try not overriding both methods onCreateDialog(..) and onCreateView(..) (This change worked for me)

  2. try supportRequestWindowFeature(Window.FEATURE_NO_TITLE)/requestWindowFeature(Window.FEATURE_NO_TITLE) before setContentView(..) in the activity and after super.onCreate(..);

  3. Try option 2 before super.onCreate(..);

Solution 11

Misplaced your line: super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);

use this Manner:

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

Solution 12

I had this error with AlertDialog and the error was happening in API 19 only when dialog.show() was called.

figured out that the android.app.AlertDialog import is causing the problem so I changed it to androidx.appcompat.app.AlertDialog and it fixed it.

Note that this will work if you are using androidx. if you are not, you should use the old appcompat version of that import.