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java – Android cannot find symbol method getMap()

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


I have a gps app that works fine on my phone. However, I see there were people having a null pointer exception in the production.

    SupportMapFragment fm = (SupportMapFragment) getSupportFragmentManager().findFragmentById(R.id.map);

    // Getting GoogleMap object from the fragment
    googleMap = fm.getMap();

    // Enabling MyLocation Layer of Google Map

    googleMap.setPadding(0, 0, 0, 90);

The error I’m getting from production is
Caused by:

java.lang.NullPointerException: Attempt to invoke virtual method 'void com.google.android.gms.maps.GoogleMap.setMyLocationEnabled(boolean)' on a null object reference

So I did some research and find out that getMap method has been removed and people recommend using getMapAsync(this);

public void onMapReady(GoogleMap googleMap) {
    this.googleMap = googleMap;    //which doesn't seem to work

However, I’m referencing the googleMap variable in many different methods, and I cannot move all the code to onMapReady method. I tried using this.googleMap = googleMap inside the onMapReady method, but I’m still getting null pointer exceptions whenever I try to reference the googleMap variable. I defined the getMapAsync(this) in onCreated(), and then try to access the ‘googleMap’ object in onResume() and getting the null pointer exception. Is there a way to fix this? Thank you.

How to&Answers:

You are getting null pointer exception because you are trying to use google map object but google map object is still null,so you need to follow this step.
write this code in onCreate() method

SupportMapFragment mapFragment = (SupportMapFragment) getSupportFragmentManager()

now impleents your class with public class Demo implements OnMapReadyCallback in short you need to override onMapReady(Googlemap googleMap) methood.
you can perform all action after callback from onMapReady().

    public void onMapReady(GoogleMap googleMap) {
        mMap = googleMap;
 // Enabling MyLocation Layer of Google Map


As I suggest in this Answer.

getMap() is deprecated use getMapAsync() instead of it in the following way.

Replace this

googleMap = ((SupportMapFragment) getSupportFragmentManager().findFragmentById(R.id.googleMap)).getMap();

with this

googleMap = ((SupportMapFragment) getSupportFragmentManager().findFragmentById(R.id.googleMap)).getMapAsync(this);

for more details visit this link


You can use the getMapAsync(this) method. Please check this link for more



googleMap = ((SupportMapFragment) getSupportFragmentManager()


googleMap = ((SupportMapFragment) getChildFragmentManager()


Certainly you’ve mismatched the SupportMapFragment and MapFragment means if you have class attribute

class ="com.google.android.gms.maps.MapFragment"

in your XML then you should use

MapFragment mapFragment = (MapFragment) getFragmentManager() .findFragmentById(R.id.map);


If you have class attr like


then you can do like as you are doing.