Espresso – Perform action fails on fullscreen activity – InjectEventSecurityException

I wasted two days trying to perform click action on a fullscreen activity.

Steps to reproduce

  1. Create a new project in android studio using fullscreen activity code template
  2. Write an espresso test for the activity to perform click

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  9. public class FullscreenActivityTest 
                  extends ActivityInstrumentationTestCase2<FullscreenActivity> {
    public FullscreenActivityTest() {
    protected void setUp() throws Exception {
    public void testClickingOnLayout() {


  10. Run this test on emulator (any android version from ginger bread to lollipop).

Error performing 'click' on view 'with id: com.example.espressodefect:id/fullscreen_content'
Caused by: 
Error performing 'Send down montion event' on view 'unknown'.
Caused by: java.lang.SecurityException: 
Injecting to another application requires INJECT_EVENTS permission

Full stack is here.


I have tried the following with no luck:

  • No lock screen on the emulator. (also updated activity using WindowManager.LayoutParams.FLAG_FULLSCREEN | WindowManager.LayoutParams.FLAG_DISMISS_KEYGUARD)
  • All animations turned off
  • No on-screen keyboard, or anything overlayed on top of the app.
  • Also followed instructions here at
  • JUnit3 and JUnit4 styles (AndroidJUnitRunner)
  • <uses-permission> for INJECT_EVENTS


In espresso test, performing actions work fine if I use non-fullscreen activity like the one created with blank activity. Same action on full screen fails.

I am using Espresso 2.0 and support libraries.

What am I doing wrong here?


Espresso dev confirmed this as defect. Please see issue 140.

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  • One Solution collect form web for “Espresso – Perform action fails on fullscreen activity – InjectEventSecurityException”

    This bug was solved in the last release of Espresso:

    Espresso 2.2.2, Runner/Rules 0.5 (2016-02-22, silent release) –

    In my project, i’ve changed the dependency in the /app/build.grandle from:

    androidTestCompile ‘’


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    In AndroidStudio: Grandle Scripts => build.gradle file

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