Difference between android:id and android:labelFor?

I write an simple layout which have and EditText, but it showing following warning message,

“No label views point to this text field”

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  • 4 Solutions collect form web for “Difference between android:id and android:labelFor?”


    Supply an identifier name for this view, to later retrieve it with
    View.findViewById() or Activity.findViewById(). This must be a
    resource reference; typically you set this using the @+ syntax to
    create a new ID resources. For example: android:id=”@+id/my_id” which
    allows you to later retrieve the view with findViewById(R.id.my_id).

    Must be a reference to another resource, in the form
    "@[+][package:]type:name" or to a theme attribute in the form

    This corresponds to the global attribute resource symbol id.


    public static final int labelFor

    Specifies the id of a view for which this view serves as a label for
    accessibility purposes. For example, a TextView before an EditText in
    the UI usually specifies what infomation is contained in the EditText.
    Hence, the TextView is a label for the EditText.

    Must be an integer value, such as “100”.

    This may also be a reference to a resource (in the form
    “@[package:]type:name”) or theme attribute (in the form
    “?[package:][type:]name”) containing a value of this type.

    Constant Value: 16843718 (0x010103c6)


    For example –

     <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" 
        <LinearLayout android:layout_height="wrap_content" 
         <TextView android:layout_width="match_parent" 
        android:text="Item Name"/>
         <EditText android:id="@+id/edit_item_name" 
        android:hint="Item Name"/>

    Reference: android:id and android:labelFor.

    The labelFor is an attribute for accessibility options. You assign this to a label so that if, on a form , user clicks a EditText field , android can know what to read (TalkBack for low vision users) to user.

    The id Supply an identifier name for this view, to later retrieve it with View.findViewById() or Activity.findViewById().

    android:id defines the ID of this view.

    android:labelFor references the ID of another view.

    in addition to all answers if u don’t use xml files for apps this is a brief explanation what for serves VIEW ID :

    (btw in my opinion using xml sucks – my only xml file is manifest 😀 generated by gradle)

    @IdRes – annotation for resource id

    /** define resource id for view */
    int TEXT_VIEW_ID  = "111111";
    /** create edit tex in code */
    EditText myTextView = new EditText(Context);
    /** set view id */
    /** set layout params etc then attach or inflate as u wish to view hierarchy */    
    /** use view id to find view */
    EditText etFound = (EditText) View.findViewById(TEXT_VIEW_ID);

    ps. ID is mandatory to preserve state of hierarchy view when Activity.onSaveInstanceState(Bundle) is used – so if u create in code (VIEW / WIDGET / LAYOUT etc.) don’t forget to set it.

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