microG service does not allow me to add a Google Account

I’m trying to get casting to a Chromecast to work and some services like Youtube require me to sign in. I’ve never been able to sign in with a Google Account to microG services.

Whenever I get as far as my password and accepting policies, it brings up a message saying “Sorry…there was a problem communicating with Google servers.”
Is this normal? I know the whole point is to avoid registering for Google…but the occasional service keeps asking for it and microG keeps failing to sync the account. Has anyone found as solution to this?

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I tried factory resetting my phone and am still receiving “Sorry…there was a problem communicating with Google servers.” Even with no SIM or SD Card inserted.

Removing the SIM/SD and resetting was an old fix for the Vanced microG app. Has anyone had a similar problem add a Google Account with microg? It’s impossible for me.