I keep trying to add the android sdk but when I put it in the path where it was downloaded it does not recognize it. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the sdk with no luck
You can change the installation path and point Xamarin Studio/ Visual Studio where to look at it from the settings.
In Xamarin Studio click on Preferences and take a look under Projects. There you will find a folder called SDK Locations. In Visual Studio you will find a similar menu under Tools -> Options.
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