Troubleshooting Guide: How to Fix the 'No Drawer View Found with Gravity Left' Issue

When working with Android applications, you may encounter an error with a message similar to "No drawer view found with gravity LEFT" while using DrawerLayout. This issue can be frustrating, and it can occur for various reasons. This guide will help you understand the root causes of this issue and provide you with the necessary steps to fix it.

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Understanding the 'No Drawer View Found with Gravity LEFT' Issue

The 'No drawer view found with gravity LEFT' error occurs when you try to open or close the navigation drawer in an Android application, and the system cannot find the drawer view with the specified gravity. This issue commonly occurs when there is a problem with the configuration of the DrawerLayout or the NavigationView in your application.

Step-by-Step Guide to Fix the Issue

This section provides a step-by-step guide to help you fix the 'No drawer view found with gravity LEFT' issue.

Step 1: Verify DrawerLayout Configuration

The first step is to ensure that your DrawerLayout configuration is correct. In your XML layout file, ensure that the DrawerLayout is the root view and wraps the content view and the navigation view.

An example of a correct configuration is as follows:


    <!-- Your main content view -->
    <include layout="@layout/app_bar_main" />

    <!-- Your navigation view -->
        app:menu="@menu/activity_main_drawer" />


Step 2: Check NavigationView Setup

Next, ensure that your NavigationView setup is correct. In your Java or Kotlin code, make sure that you have properly initialized the DrawerLayout and NavigationView elements and set the appropriate listener for the navigation drawer.

Here's an example of how to set up the navigation drawer in Kotlin:

val drawerLayout: DrawerLayout = findViewById(
val navView: NavigationView = findViewById(

navView.setNavigationItemSelectedListener { menuItem ->
    // Handle navigation view item clicks here

Step 3: Ensure Proper Drawer Gravity

Finally, make sure you are using the correct drawer gravity when opening or closing the navigation drawer. In most cases, the drawer is on the left side of the screen, so you should use GravityCompat.START instead of Gravity.LEFT. This ensures proper localization for right-to-left languages.

Example of how to open and close the drawer correctly:

// To open the drawer

// To close the drawer


Q1: Can I use the DrawerLayout with a RecyclerView or ListView instead of a NavigationView?

Yes, you can use a RecyclerView or ListView as the drawer content instead of a NavigationView. Just make sure to set the correct layout gravity for the drawer content and handle the click events for the items in your list.

Q2: How can I add a header to my NavigationView?

You can add a header to your NavigationView by using the app:headerLayout attribute. In your XML layout file, set the app:headerLayout attribute to the layout resource you want to use as the header.


    ... />

Q3: How can I change the color or style of the NavigationView?

You can customize the appearance of the NavigationView by using the app:itemTextColor, app:itemIconTint, and app:itemBackground attributes. Additionally, you can create a custom theme for the NavigationView and apply it using the android:theme attribute.

Q4: Can I use the DrawerLayout with a bottom navigation view?

Yes, you can use the DrawerLayout with a bottom navigation view. Just make sure to position the bottom navigation view outside the DrawerLayout in your XML layout file.

Q5: How can I add a Toolbar or ActionBar to my DrawerLayout?

You can add a Toolbar or ActionBar to your DrawerLayout by including it within the main content view. Make sure to set up the ActionBarDrawerToggle to handle the opening and closing of the navigation drawer.

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