Fixing the 'RecyclerView: No Adapter Attached; Skipping Layout' Issue

This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of fixing the common 'RecyclerView: No Adapter Attached; Skipping Layout' issue in Android development. This issue occurs when the RecyclerView is not properly set up with an adapter or when the adapter is not correctly initialized.

By following the steps outlined below, you will be able to resolve this issue and ensure your RecyclerView is functioning as intended.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to RecyclerView
  2. Common Causes of the Issue
  3. Step-by-Step Guide to Fix the Issue
  4. Related Links
  5. FAQ

Introduction to RecyclerView

RecyclerView is a powerful and flexible UI component in Android that efficiently displays large sets of data in a scrolling list format. It has become the go-to solution for efficiently displaying large lists of items, replacing the older ListView and GridView components.

Learn more about RecyclerView

Common Causes of the Issue

The 'RecyclerView: No Adapter Attached; Skipping Layout' issue usually occurs due to one of the following reasons:

  1. The RecyclerView is not set up with an adapter.
  2. The adapter is not correctly initialized or assigned to the RecyclerView.
  3. The adapter is empty or has no data to display.

Step-by-Step Guide to Fix the Issue

Follow these steps to fix the 'RecyclerView: No Adapter Attached; Skipping Layout' issue:

Step 1: Initialize RecyclerView

First, make sure you have initialized your RecyclerView in your activity or fragment by using findViewById(). For example:

RecyclerView recyclerView = findViewById(;

Step 2: Create Adapter Class

Next, create an adapter class that extends RecyclerView.Adapter and implements the required methods. For example:

public class MyAdapter extends RecyclerView.Adapter<MyAdapter.ViewHolder> {
    // Your adapter code here

Step 3: Initialize Adapter

Initialize your adapter by creating a new instance of your adapter class and passing the required data to its constructor. For example:

MyAdapter myAdapter = new MyAdapter(data);

Step 4: Set Adapter on RecyclerView

Set the adapter on your RecyclerView using the setAdapter() method. For example:


Step 5: Set Layout Manager on RecyclerView

Finally, set a LayoutManager on your RecyclerView to define how the items should be displayed. For example, to display items in a vertical list:

recyclerView.setLayoutManager(new LinearLayoutManager(this));

Now your RecyclerView should display the items correctly, and the 'No Adapter Attached; Skipping Layout' issue should be resolved.


What is a RecyclerView.Adapter?

The RecyclerView.Adapter is responsible for providing views that represent items in a data set. It binds the data set to the RecyclerView, allowing the RecyclerView to display the items correctly.

Why do I need to set a LayoutManager on my RecyclerView?

A LayoutManager is responsible for organizing the individual item views within the RecyclerView. Without a LayoutManager, the RecyclerView will not be able to display the items in the desired layout.

Can I use a custom LayoutManager with my RecyclerView?

Yes, you can create a custom LayoutManager by extending the RecyclerView.LayoutManager class and implementing the required methods. This allows you to create custom layouts for your RecyclerView items.

What other types of LayoutManagers can I use with RecyclerView?

Apart from LinearLayoutManager, you can also use GridLayoutManager to display items in a grid format, and StaggeredGridLayoutManager to display items in a staggered grid format.

Why is my RecyclerView not displaying any items after fixing the 'No Adapter Attached; Skipping Layout' issue?

If your RecyclerView is still not displaying any items after fixing the issue, it could be because your adapter is empty or not properly updating the data. Ensure that your adapter's getItemCount() method returns the correct number of items and that your adapter calls notifyDataSetChanged() when the data set changes.

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