Users of Android Studio are sure to be familiar with this error android resource linking failed. The description is maddening both in its frequency and in the relatively vague nature of the complaint. Why exactly has this resource linking failed and what can we do about it?

For as persistent as this problem is it’s actually pretty accessible to those willing to put a little bit of time and effort into the fix. In other words, you don’t have to be a member of the Geek Squad to get things up and running again. In this article, we take a very detailed look t some of the most common solutions to this problem. Our ultimate objective is to help you can fix it on your own at home.

Cause of Android Resource Linking Failed Error

This error tends to indicate that the program has detected an error in one or more of your files. This is usually a typographic or syntax related issue found in one of your XLM files. Fortunately, the problem can usually be fixed with modest effort. Anyone that is using Android Studio is likely technically adept enough to figure this one out quickly.

How Do You Fix it?

Understanding what the problem is, the fix seems obvious, right? If the problem lies in file syntax, all we have to do is go in and fix the file. Indeed, that’s exactly what the fix entails. As one might suspect, this can sometimes be extremely tedious, time-consuming, and frustrating.

The good news? No new software or customer service outreach is necessary for fixing the problem. The bad news? The work can be very frustrating. Android is, on occasion, good enough to point you in the direction of the error. However, where problems are more subtle, you’re often left on your own to fix the issue. Though sometimes a long trek back through your files is unavoidable, there are a couple of simplifying tricks. Below, we look at a couple of ways you can quickly identify and fix the problem.

Step 1: Start Hitting Undo

One of the only positive things about this error code is that it usually crops up in real-time. In other words, you’re working, you make a mistake, and the error code shows up. Indeed, when you get this message very abruptly, it often means you’re well-positioned for a quick fix.

When this is the case, hitting “undo” may sufficiently solve all of your problems. Naturally, you can only hit undo so many times without losing significant progress. However, it will be worthwhile to give it a try once or twice.

Nipping the problem in the bud right away with a few clicks could save hours in the long run. Consequently, whatever progress you lose will be more than compensated for by the time you save. However, if you’ve hit the undo button a number of times to no avail, throw in the towel. There’s no point in needlessly undoing your progress.

Step 2: Start Opening Your Files

The next best solution is to start opening all of your files (without an automated scan). This method is very tedious, but when you strike the right file, the solution may come quickly. What does this accomplish? Well, two things. For one, in opening every file, you’re more likely to catch the problem yourself where possible.

More likely, however, Android will take care of that task for you. When the problematic file is identified, the program is supposed to highlight it for you. When this occurs you can execute the fix very simply.

Step 3: Restart the Program

The two fixes listed above are highly effective in most cases.  However, if you find that success has not happened even after opening all of your files it isn’t time to panic. Should these steps not yield results, consider restarting the program. It may be that Android will point out the problem immediately. This will be demonstrated with a file highlighted for quick and easy fixing.

Even if Android doesn’t find the problem for you, however, triumph may still be right around the corner. It’s probable that the solutions listed above will work following a program restart.

Unfortunately, there is nothing inherently fast about any of these solutions. Fixing the android resource linking failed error code is as much about luck as it is a skill. The fortunate news? Regardless of how long the process takes, you are virtually guaranteed a positive outcome. This could happen after minutes, or after hours, but eventually, you will be up and running.


As you can see this problem is more frustrating than it is difficult. There is a decent amount of luck involved with this fix. In the best-case scenario, the problem is fixed in minutes. However, take into account the fact that, through no fault of your own, it may take longer.

The objective of this guide has been to help you fix the issue. Not only do we want to make the android resource linking failed error code go away, but we want to resolve the issue quickly.

Unfortunately, the reality is that this may not always be a possibility. Where speedy resolutions are not possible, exercise care, caution, and patience. Haphazardly tampering with files can lead to far more problems than they solve. The good news? If your odds of success (even when hiccups are taken into account) is right around 100%. With any luck, the issue will be resolved with a few quick clicks and you will be able to get right back to work.