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    How to Remove the Main Google Account from an Android Phone Without Factory Reset

    CAUTION: If not done correctly, you might brick your device. Don't turn the phone off without restore the file to it's original name. Otherwise you might have to use ODIN, an SBF file, or whatever true factory restore method there is.

    Here is one method to remove the main Google account from an Android phone without doing a factory reset. This works well because many people get used phones while on Cricket. You can prevent losing apps and settings while still removing the main Google account from a phone.

    Basically this was done on a rooted phone. We used the program called Root Explorer and navigated to /system/framework. Make sure that is mounted r/w and not r/o (read write vs read only). Rename framework-res.apk > framework-res.apk.bak. You might get an error after this (force close). Just go ahead and force close it. Immediately rename it back to framework-res.apk. Reboot and you're done. Enter your new main Google account.
    Last edited by Chris Rodriguez; 10-25-2011 at 10:36 AM.
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