You can use the TextInputLayout to display error messages according to the material design guidelines using the [setError](<>) and [setErrorEnabled](<>)methods.

In order to show the error below the EditText use:

TextInputLayout til = (TextInputLayout) findViewById(;
til.setError("You need to enter a name");

To enable error in the TextInputLayout you can eithr use app:errorEnabled="true" in xml or til.setErrorEnabled(true); as shown above.

You will obtain: