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Activity Instance does not exist- null object reference

user10484 Published in September 21, 2018, 8:03 am

I am trying to develop an Android application. For my use case I want to use a custom typeface and I wrote a that gathers all available TextViews in a View, so that I can set the typeface easily by a loop. I thought I should source out the text manipulation things to an own class named TextManager.class . But now when I am executing the app I am getting an error:

java.lang.NullPointerException: Attempt to invoke virtual method 'android.content.res.Resources android.content.Context.getResources()' on a null object reference

It occurs when I am trying to set Typeface in TextMangaer.class . I did a bit of research and found out that it is because the activity instance does not exist at this point. But I don't get it why, cause when I am trying to do this in Start.class there is no problem.

public class Start extends AppCompatActivity {
protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    getWindow().setFlags(WindowManager.LayoutParams.FLAG_FULLSCREEN, WindowManager.LayoutParams.FLAG_FULLSCREEN); // set fullscreen

    //Initialize shared preferences
    prefs = getSharedPreferences("User", Context.MODE_PRIVATE);

    TextManager textManager= new TextManager();

    textManager.setTypeface(getTextViews((ViewGroup) findViewById(R.id.root_menu)));


and my TextManager.class:

public class TextManager extends Start{

public TextManager(){

public void setTypeface(List<Integer> idsOfTextViews){
    Typeface typeFaceIkarosLight= Typeface.createFromAsset(getAssets(), "font/ikaros_light.otf");
    for(int i=0; i < idsOfTextViews.size();i++){


So how could I fix this or how should I write this? If anybody could help me figure it out that would be great. Thanks in advance.

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  • font/ikaros_light.otf files are in asset folder? – sasikumar Feb 12 at 7:20
  • in New Oreo version you can set the custom font in XML. – farhana Feb 12 at 7:27
  • where are you calling super() to inherit parent classes context? – paul_hundal Feb 12 at 7:30
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    If TextManager is not being used as an Activity, it should not extend an Activity. That's why the Context is null. Remove extends Start, and pass a Context to TextManager, either in a constructor, or a method. – Mike M. Feb 12 at 8:28
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    @MikeM this helped me out – Chinaedu Onwukwe Feb 12 at 21:44

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