How to set TextInputLayout error message colour?

How can I change the colour of the error message that can be set to appear below the text field in a TextInputLayout (via setError(...) – see error state here)?

It normally shows as a red colour, which I want to change. Which item names/keys should I use in my styles.xml file to target the colour?

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    Added app:errorTextAppearance key to my TextInputLayout:


    and the error appearance (set to green for testing):

    <style name="WelcomeErrorAppearance" parent="@android:style/TextAppearance">
        <item name="android:textColor">@android:color/holo_green_dark</item>

    The result is that the hint as well as the error message is coloured (screenshots from scaled Android Emulator):

    Regular (no error):

    Before Image

    Error state:

    After Image

    Edit 2/Outcome:

    When the error message appears, the hint above the field changes to the same colour as the error message, overriding hint colour – this is by design.

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    Create a custom style which uses @android:style/TextAppearance as parent in your styles.xml file:

    <style name="error_appearance" parent="@android:style/TextAppearance">
        <item name="android:textColor">@color/red_500</item>
        <item name="android:textSize">12sp</item>

    And use it in your TextInputLayout widget:


    error example

    Edit: Set the hint on the object, which is inside your TextInputLayout (EditText, TextView, etc.) to hold different colors for the hint and the error.

    Actually, to change just the error message color, you can set textColorError in your theme (and also set colorControlNormal and colorControlActivated for the general widget and hint text color). TextInputLayout picks up that attribute. NOTE: if you set errorTextAppearance to a custom style then textColorError will have no effect.

    <style name="AppTheme" parent="Theme.AppCompat.Light.DarkActionBar">
        <item name="colorControlNormal">@color/control_normal</item>
        <item name="colorControlActivated">@color/control_activated</item>
        <item name="textColorError">@color/error</item>
        <!-- other styles... -->

    And in your AndroidManifest.xml:

        <!-- ... -->

    I needed to do this dynamically. Using reflection:

    public static void setErrorTextColor(TextInputLayout textInputLayout, int color) {
      try {
        Field fErrorView = TextInputLayout.class.getDeclaredField("mErrorView");
        TextView mErrorView = (TextView) fErrorView.get(textInputLayout);
        Field fCurTextColor = TextView.class.getDeclaredField("mCurTextColor");
        fCurTextColor.set(mErrorView, color);
      } catch (Exception e) {

    You will need to call textInputLayout.setErrorEnabled(true) before invoking the above method for this to work.

    A modded version of @jared’s Answer which works in my case :

    public static void setErrorTextColor(TextInputLayout textInputLayout, int color) {
        try {
            Field fErrorView = TextInputLayout.class.getDeclaredField("mErrorView");
            TextView mErrorView = (TextView)fErrorView.get(textInputLayout);
        } catch (Exception e) {

    I looked into the TextInputLayout source and I realised that error text color is gotten from colors.xml. Just add this to your colors.xml:

    <color name="design_textinput_error_color_light" tools:override="true">your hex color</color>
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