Call to ListView set The Empty method does not work (nothing is displayed when the list is empty)

I have an Activity which contains a ListView defined in XML (its not subclassing the ListActivity class).

I want to display a message when the ListView is empty, so I tried doing so with the setEmptyView method:

listView = (ListView) findViewById(;
TextView emptyListText = new TextView(this);
// also tried with the following line uncommented
// emptyListText.setId(;

But it is not working.

Any ideas?


You need to add the following two lines to your code after you call setText():


If the visibility is not set to GONE (hidden), then the TextView will always be rendered visible. The second line places the TextView into the ListView's ViewGroup -- which is automatically handled when using declarative XML Views.