android.widget.Toolbar cannot be cast to androidx.appcompat.widget.Toolbar even though that is not the case-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

Im not sure why i am getting this error.
I am not casting from two different toolbars

Here is my code:

androidx.appcompat.widget.Toolbar toolbar = (androidx.appcompat.widget.Toolbar) findViewById(;

What am i doing wrong here.

Here is the error

E/AndroidRuntime: FATAL EXCEPTION: main
    Process: com.example.mycontactlist, PID: 12667
    java.lang.RuntimeException: Unable to start activity ComponentInfo{com.example.mycontactlist/com.example.mycontactlist.ContactListActivity}: java.lang.ClassCastException: android.widget.Toolbar cannot be cast to androidx.appcompat.widget.Toolbar

How to solve:

Wrong Toolbar class defined in your xml file. Change it from

<Toolbar .../>


<androidx.appcompat.widget.Toolbar .../>


In your XML, you probably declared your toolbar using just <Toolbar></Toolbar> in that case, the toolbar will be created from the package android.widget. So if you try to call findViewById by casting it to androidx.appcompat.widget.Toolbar it will surely throw you a RuntimeException.

If you are using AndroidX, which you should, then you have to change the xml declaration of your toolbar to <androidx.appcompat.widget.Toolbar></androidx.appcompat.widget.Toolbar>

You can then proceed to call your (androidx.appcompat.widget.Toolbar) findViewByid(..) which should succeed

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