My Hangouts app in Chrome has been vanishing on me on my home computer and I could not figure out why. I tried to uninstall it and reinstall it. Nothing fixed it. When I would close it and restart the app, it would show the “loading spinner” as normal size, but then it would shrink to an extremely tiny icon. If I then tried to click on the Hangouts app, it would vanish, never to be seen again until I reloaded the app again.
After some searching, turns out that this is a bug, that is being tracked here.
Here is how I worked around the issue, not sure how permanent this work around is though.
- Go to: chrome://settings/search#page%20zoom
- Make sure the Page Zoom is 100%
- Even if it is 100%, change it to something else.
- Now change it back to 100%. (You could probably change it to some other default, but YMMV).
Now my Hangouts app is back to normal… For now.