I recently allowed Xamarin to update the Android components but it has changed the packaging process.
I want to go back to the old process which means I need to downgrade.
This guide explains how to sign the Android application package using Xamarin Android 7.0 or later. If you are using Xamarin Android version 4.2.6 to 6.1, see Signing the Android Application Package (Visual Studio XA 4.2.6 to 6.1).
So it looks like I want Visual Studio XA 6.1
All of the documentation that I've found about downgrading says "go to the downloads page". e.g. https://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/10132/howto-install-older-versions-of-xamarin-software
The downloads page, however lists versions of Xamarin.Android between 4.2 and 4.3 -- none of these are up to 6.1 or 7
In visual Studio (2015), under Help / About Visual Studio, it lists "Xamarin.Android 126.96.36.199"
In Visual Studio, under Tools / Extensions and Updates it says "Xamarin for Visual Studio" version 4.2.695"
So it seems it's the one under Help / About that I need to change.
How do I do this?