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android – Call removeView() on the child's parent first

Posted by: admin March 11, 2020 Leave a comment


First a little background:

I have a layout inside a scrollview. At first, when the user scrolls on the screen, the scrollview scrolls. However, after a certain amount of scroll, I was to disable the scroll on the scroll view the move the “scroll focus” onto a webview inside the child layout. This way, the scrollview sticks and all the scroll events go to the webview inside it.

So, for a solution, when the scroll threshold is reached, I remove the child layout from the scrollview and put it in scrollview’s parent.(And make the scrollview invisible).

// Remove the child view from the scroll view

// Get scroll view out of the way

// Put the child view into scrollview's parent view

General Idea: (-> means contains)

Before: parentlayout -> scrollview -> scrollChildLayout

After : parentLayout -> scrollChildLayout

The above code is giving me this exception:

java.lang.IllegalStateException: The specified child already has a parent. You must call removeView() on the child's parent first.
           at android.view.ViewGroup.addViewInner(ViewGroup.java:1976)
           at android.view.ViewGroup.addView(ViewGroup.java:1871)
           at android.view.ViewGroup.addView(ViewGroup.java:1828)
           at android.view.ViewGroup.addView(ViewGroup.java:1808)

Do you know what’s going on? I am clearly calling removeView on the parent.

How to&Answers:



Use the child element to get a reference to the parent. Cast the parent to a ViewGroup so that you get access to the removeView method and use that.

Thanks to @Dongshengcn for the solution


Try remove scrollChildLayout from its parent view first?


Or remove all the child from the parent view, and add them again.



In onCreate with activity or in onCreateView with fragment.

 if (view != null) {
    ViewGroup parent = (ViewGroup) view.getParent();
    if (parent != null) {
try {
    view = inflater.inflate(R.layout.fragment_main, container, false);
} catch (InflateException e) {



Ok, call me paranoid but I suggest:

  final android.view.ViewParent parent = view.getParent ();

  if (parent instanceof android.view.ViewManager)
     final android.view.ViewManager viewManager = (android.view.ViewManager) parent;

     viewManager.removeView (view);
  } // if

casting without instanceof just seems wrong. And (thanks IntelliJ IDEA for telling me) removeView is part of the ViewManager interface. And one should not cast to a concrete class when a perfectly suitable interface is available.


All you have to do is post() a Runnable that does the addView().


I was calling parentView.removeView(childView) and childView was still showing. I eventually realized that a method was somehow being triggered twice and added the childView to the parentView twice.

So, use parentView.getChildCount() to determine how many children the parent has before you add a view and afterwards. If the child is added too many times then the top most child is being removed and the copy childView remains-which looks like removeView is working even when it is.

Also, you shouldn’t use View.GONE to remove a view. If it’s truly removed then you won’t need to hide it, otherwise it’s still there and you’re just hiding it from yourself 🙁


In my case , I have BaseFragment and all other fragment inherits from this.

So my solytion was add this lines in OnDestroyView() method

public final View onCreateView(LayoutInflater inflater, ViewGroup container, Bundle savedInstanceState)
    if (mRootView == null)
        mRootView = (inflater == null ? getActivity().getLayoutInflater() : inflater).inflate(mContentViewResourceId, container, false);

public void onDestroyView()
    if (mRootView != null)
        ViewGroup parentViewGroup = (ViewGroup) mRootView.getParent();

        if (parentViewGroup != null)



You can also do it by checking if View’s indexOfView method
if indexOfView method returns -1 then we can use.

ViewGroup’s detachViewFromParent(v);
followed by
ViewGroup’s removeDetachedView(v, true/false);


What I was doing wrong so I got this error is I wasn’t instantiating dynamic layout and adding childs to it so got this error


Here is my solution.

Lets say you have two TextViews and put them on a LinearLayout (named ll). You’ll put this LinerLayout on another LinerLayout.

< lm Linear Layout> 
       < ll Linear Layout> 
             <name Text view>
             </name Text view>
             <surname Text view>
             </surname Text view>
       </ll Linear Layout> 
</lm Linear Layout> 

When you want to create this structure you need to give parent as inheritance.

If you want use it in an onCreate method this will enough.

Otherwise here is solition:

LinerLayout lm = new LinearLayout(this); // You can use getApplicationContext() also
LinerLayout ll = new LinearLayout(lm.getContext());
TextView name = new TextView(ll.getContext());
TextView surname = new TextView(ll.getContext());