Watchers are people that are "watching" (or "following") a task. These people receive notifications when tasks they're watching are updated. 

Throughout ClickUp, you’ll see the "Eye" icon indicating watchers: 

eye icon

Choose to Watch a Task 

While viewing a task, click the eye icon on the top right side of the task window. Then, select yourself and/or others to add as watchers. 

press on the eye icon and select people to add watchers

Actions that will make you a watcher

  • When you're tagged in a task

  • When you're assigned to a task

  • When you edit the task description or task name

  • When you comment in a task

  • When a comment is assigned to you in a task

  • When a user creates a task

  • When you or someone else adds you through the eye icon (available on task and in notifications)

  • When you are added as a Watcher by Automations

Manage Watchers for a Task

In addition to adding yourself, you also can add, edit, or remove watchers for a task. The names with an icon in a purple circle are Watchers.

Scroll to the bottom of the eye icon list to select all members of a Team as Watchers.

Pro-tip: When you click the eye icon in a task, you will see when the task was last viewed by each user. This is great for team accountability and monitoring!

arrow pointing to eye icon

Other places you can adjust watchers: 

Notifications page: Easily watch and un-watch tasks directly from the Notifications page by clicking the eye icon

arrow pointing to eye icon on Notifications page

Creating a task from the (+): Click the eye icon in the Create Task window to add people to the Watchers list. 

add a watcher by pressing on the eye icon in the Create task window

Multitask Toolbar: If you need to add or remove watchers in bulk, use the Multitask Toolbar to add watchers to multiple tasks at the same time.

arrow pointing to eye icon on the Multitask Toolbar

What's the difference between a watcher and an assignee?

An assignee is responsible for completing one or more items within a task, and is automatically made a watcher. 

On the other hand, watchers receive updates when any changes are made within a task, but they are not necessarily assigned to complete anything within said task.

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