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:
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.
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!
Other places you can adjust watchers:
Notifications page: Easily watch and un-watch tasks directly from the Notifications page by clicking the eye icon.
Creating a task from the (+): Click the eye icon in the Create Task window to add people to the Watchers list.
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.
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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