How do you enable Google Hangouts in Chrome on Ubuntu 16?

I have a Gmail account open in Chrome, and when I hover over the phone icon in Gchat, it says "Please enable Hangouts to make and receive in this browser". It then links to this page, which allows me to download a .deb file to install the plugin, which installed fine. However, even after restarting my browser, Chrome still shows the same messages saying the Hangouts plugin is not installed.

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Chrome doesn't support ActiveX controls or NPAPI plugins, so the plugin you downloaded won't work. You can try reading the text on the bottom of the page you linked.

Instead, you can try to use the Hangouts extension.


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