Add and remove task Followers

Followers are people who are notified when changes are made to a task. Assignees are automatically set as Followers on tasks they're assigned to.

Unlike assignees, Followers aren't necessarily responsible for completing task items. Followers are people who need to follow a task's progress. 

Watchers was renamed Followers on April 17, 2024.

What you'll need

Add a Follower to a task

To add a Follower to a task in Task view:

  1. From the upper-right corner of an open task, click the bell icon. You can also add Followers using Quick Create tasks and Bulk Action Toolbar.
  2. Click an avatar to select yourself, another person, or a Team.
  3. The task Follower's avatar is highlighted.
  4. The task Follower will be sent task updates in their notifications.

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The following are some common actions that also add you as a task Follower:

  • When a task is assigned to you.
  • When you edit a task name or description.
  • When you comment on a task.
  • When a task comment is assigned to you.
  • When you create a new task.
  • When you change a task's due date.
  • When you change a task's status.
  • When you change a task's priority.

You can be added or removed as a Follower by Automations.

Remove Followers

Followers can be identified by their highlighted avatars. You'll also see the last time a Follower viewed the task directly under their name.

To remove a task Follower:

  1. From the upper-right corner of an open task, click the bell icon. You can also remove Follower when using Quick Create tasks and Bulk Action Toolbar.
  2. Click an avatar to select yourself, another person, or a Team.
  3. They'll be sent task updates in their notifications only when someone @mentions or assigns them an item within the task.

Manage Follower notifications

There are several Follower options in your Notification settings that you can configure.

Add a Follower to a comment thread 

You can also add Followers to task comment threads to be notified of any new comments or reactions. 

To add a Follower to a comment thread: 

  1. Open the Activity tab on any task. 
  2. Click Reply on any comment to open its thread. 
  3. Click the Follower button in the upper right. 
  4. Click an avatar to select yourself, another person, or a Team.
  5. The thread Follower's avatar is highlighted.
  6. The thread Follower will be sent thread updates in their notifications.

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