AndroidManifest.xml file locations

I have searched here and all across the net and I’m not finding a definitive answer to this question:

Are AndroidManifest.xml files required to be in the Assets->Plugins->Android folder only?

The reason I am asking is because I have multiple plugins I purchased from the asset store that have their AndroidManifest outside of the main Plugins folder and they don’t seem to be merged after I build (gradle or internal). Using Unity 2018.4.26f1 (currently the latest LTS). TIA

according to this post, the “.androidlib” suffix has to be used in the android library folder for it to work in any folder on the application:

This is the official documentation about it:

Hope this helps people surfing 4 this error =)