Supporting Android API version 17 with Ionic 3 app


I have built an application using Ionic framework (ionic --version returns 4.3.1), however I would like to support older Android APIs, more specifically Android 4.2 which is API 17 I think. I have read that Android support depends on the Cordova platform version and when I run cordova platform ls I get android 6.3.0. Looking at the cordova documentation found here I see that Cordova 6.X.X supports API levels all the way down to 16, however my app’s android-minSdkVersion in the config.xml is 19. If I change that to 17 then I get a blank screen when building for that API level.

It is really critical to be able to run the application on API level 17, so all help would be greatly appreciated.