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java – Android: Unable to find explicit activity class… startActivity from a PreferenceActivity

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


I’m trying to start a new Activity from a PreferenceActivity. However, it fails with “Unable to find explicit activity class. Have you declared this activity in your AndroidManifest.xml?”

Well, yeah, I declared it:

<application [......] android:debuggable="true">
    <activity android:name=".AlarmSettings"
            <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
            <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />

    <activity android:name=".FlashLightActivity"></activity>

        android:process=":remote" >

AlarmSettings is my PreferenceActivity. AlarmSettings calls FlashLightActivity this way:

Intent i = new Intent(AlarmSettings.this, FlashLightActivity.class);

And this is FlashLightActivity:

public class FlashLightActivity extends Activity {
    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

… I don’t know what to do. Any ideas?

How to&Answers:

Copying poster’s solution into the answer section, in order to remove this from the “Unanswered” filter:

It wasn’t a problem with my code, but with Eclipse and the Android
SDK. After some research, I did “Help -> Check for updates” in Eclipse
and everything is working now.


I had this problem too. If you read carefully the error on the logcat, you will know what to do.

You have to declare the activity in the AndroidManifest.xml

        android:label="@string/app_name" >
            <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />


For me this error occurred because I had moved my activity class file to a different package and for some reason Eclipse didn’t refactor it correctly. Always use a fully qualified name for your activity and double-check that it is accurate.


When starting an activity from inside another you need to provide your AndroidManifest file the parent child relationship, to ensure that the started activity will return its result to you requires parent activity. example,

            android:name="ACTIVITY TO BE STARTED"
            android:screenOrientation="landscape" >
                android:value="ACTIVITY STARTED FROM?RETURNING TO" />


I had the same problem, what I did is wrote the Intent declaration inside the onCreate function of the Service or the Layout. actually that is what said ‘could not access Explicity’


In my case, i just had to rename the class, because that was a word reserved from android studio or have another reference, So:

  • Could find this with crl+space and check the route of your suggest
  • Check out the imports in the class and delete which are not necessary
  • Don’t use default names

So don’t use FlashLightActivity for example.

Maybe its work for others