In some cases, I'd like to let a teammate watch an issue, and be informed of whatever is going on about that issue, even though the issue is not assigned to him/her.

Is it possible to add a person to watch an exising issue, without assigning the task to him/her?


  • I have permission to Add Watchers, but it says that user does not exist. If admin try to add user to watcher, than there is no problem.
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Is it possible to add a person to watch an exising issue, without assigning the task to him/her?

Absolutely, this is documented within Watching and Voting on an Issue:

If you have the correct permissions (see below), you can also view the voter and watcher lists for an issue and, you can manage the watcher list — that is, add other people to the watcher list. This is useful if you need to draw someone's attention to a particular issue. [emphasis mine]

The relevant permission is:

  • Manage Watcher List — permits a user to view/edit the watcher list.

You can manage the list by clicking on the watcher count icon:

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    Excellent answer and completely correct!
    – Ryan Kohn
    Jul 27, 2015 at 21:39
  • This feature has arrived with the latest update (that we started using this September). It was a missing feature. FYI. :) Dec 13, 2016 at 17:50

I have added people as a watcher on particular tickets that I thought they would be interested in. You will have to add a 3rd Party plug in to do this - works fine. Check out - https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/JIRAKB/Add+watchers+in+the+Issue+creation+screen

  • I'm not an admin, and we do not have the possibility for add-ons at the company. Still, useful answer. Jul 24, 2015 at 20:13
  • While this 3rd party plugin is still the only way to add watchers during creation of new issues (+1), managing watchers for existing issues is available out of the box, see my separate answer for details. Jul 27, 2015 at 17:39

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