I used to select a google account each time I needed to add an app from google play. Then I would remove the account afterward. It is no longer possible. Are you aware of any changes on Android? I have android 6.0.1 phone Samsung SM-J510FN.

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    Account is needed by Factory Reset Protection for securing your device hence this can't allow it. On my phone you can't remove the primary mail unless you allow the unlocking of bootloader which makes the factory reset protection not applicable. I think this might happen too on your marshmallow – Thally Ace Dec 27 '17 at 11:23
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    As it worked before, it could be that this time you've installed an app that uses Google's license service (look for the permission vending.CHECK_LICENSE) which requires the playstore app and the account it was purchased with to verify its license or otherwise would refuse to run. – Izzy Dec 27 '17 at 11:44
  • Thank you. I removed the latest app but let's check it. How do I check the permission? is CHECK_LICENSE an environment variable? a file? – yakitori Dec 27 '17 at 12:34

I too was able to remove my primary Google account until recently. When removing it, it used to warn me about device protection features would no longer work or something like that but it would let me continue after entering my phone's PIN. Google account was no longer listed in Settings -> Accounts.

But recently I've gotten the same message and screenshots above. It seems a recent update to Google Play Services is the cause of this. The solution that worked for me was Settings -> Application Manager -> Google Play Services -> More (top-right corner of Application info screen) -> Uninstall updates. Then tap uninstall (and/or "yes" or "ok"... I forget the exact prompts).

You should then be able to remove your Google account as described above. (This worked for me, anyway.) The caveat is most of your Google apps (and some non-Google apps) will complain that they won't run unless you update Google play services. (Which, if you do, puts you back in the same spot with removing your Google account. Resistance is futile, eh?) Most apps did still work correctly for me (they'll pop up a notification which you should be able to clear) but a few did not such as Youtube.

Android 6.0.1, Samsung SM-S320VL, non-rooted

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