using findviewbyid in a class that does NOT extend Activity in android

I have a class that is currently extending Activity and I have methods like findViewById, ArrayAdapter etc. I want to turn it into an independent class but all the above methods become undefined. What is the problem? Shouldn't importing the classes be enough? For eg, I import android.view.View for findViewById but it still makes no difference. Please advise.


you should pass the instance of your Activity to your Second Class on the constructor like this :

In your Activity Instanciate your Class like this :

MyClass instance = new MyClass(this);

And in your second Class , the constructor will be like this :

public class MyClass {

public Activity activity; 
//.... other attributes 

public MyClass( Activity _activity){

   this.activity = _activity;
//other initializations...


and then when you want to use the findViewById() method , you can do like this :

EditText txt = (EditText)this.activity.findViewById(;

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