My Google account was hacked, I think because somebody SIM-hacked my T-Mobile account. (Thus the Google account recovery process was short-circuited.) I've asked Google for help via the recovery process but I'm not at all hopeful. In the meantime (as the recovery process suggests!!!) I've got a new Google account.

Now I'd like to get my Android phone (ZTE Axon 7) working with the new account, but even after a factory reset it still wants to access the Google account it thinks is associated with the phone. In other words, from the "Let's get started" screen, it won't take my new account login, instead insisting that I provide the password to the former account.

Can anything be done to deal with this problem?


The hindsight version:

Factory reset protection is supposed to prevent thieves from stealing your phone and using it. To do this, the phone requires you to login with a Google account that was on the phone before the factory reset. Add the new account to the phone before the factory reset. Or, alternately, remove all accounts before the factory reset.

  • You cannot remove accounts without the account password.
    – Pointy
    May 28 '19 at 15:11

When that happened to me, I had to flash the rom again. Some phones are protected against this, but it doesn't hurt to try.

  • That would probably work, but it's pretty drastic and I'm not sure how to do that on this particular phone.
    – Pointy
    May 29 '19 at 14:51
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    Instructions for your device are here: ztefirmware.com/zte-axon-7-a2017
    – PJK2011
    May 29 '19 at 15:01

Goto Settings option. In settings find Account option. Scroll through account option to find out the hacked account and remove it from the device. Then in the same menu, add a new Google account


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