GlassWire Quick Start Guide

Quickly learn how to use GlassWire's basic features.

Welcome to GlassWire!

Thank you for downloading and installing GlassWire.
After installation you'll see the main GlassWire Protect window. The GlassWire Protect tab lets you block applications from accessing the Internet.

Click to Block. Click the fire icon next to the application you'd like to block from accessing the network, then click the app's icon again to stop blocking. Colored fire icons mean the application is currently blocked.

Ask to connect. Want to have more control over what apps connect to the Internet, before they connect? Go to GlassWire's Security tab, then switch over to "Ask to connect" mode to allow or deny new connections.

Block All. Want to have no connectivity while you're away from your PC? Go to GlassWire's Security tab and turn on "Block All" mode.

Welcome to GlassWire

Using the GlassWire Graph

Navigate to the Traffic Monitor tab for a visual representation of your network traffic on a graph. You'll begin to see some "New" alerts that let you know about all the applications that are currently accessing the network on your computer.

You may be surprised by how many apps are accessing the network from your PC, and you may even be more surprised about what remote servers the apps are communicating with.
These "New" alerts will decrease over time as GlassWire learns what apps on your PC should be accessing the network.

Tip: Don't like alerts? Go to the GlassWire menu and click "Snooze Alerts" to turn "on".

Welcome to GlassWire

The main GlassWire graph shows a real-time visual representation of your network activity.

  1. Left click anywhere on the graph to see more details about what applications and hosts your computer is communicating with and right click to continue using the graph normally.

    You'll notice that the server IP addresses have flags that show the country the host is located in.
  2. Use the bottom graph sliders and the time range options from the top right corner to choose the time and dates you want to show on the graph.
    GlassWire's unique network time machine feature lets you see your past network activity in detail.
  3. You can also break down Internet usage by apps, traffic type, publishers, or country.

Incognito mode

Don't want to keep any network history? Go to the top left GlassWire menu and turn on GlassWire's "Incognito" mode. Would you prefer to only make a certain app like a web browser Incognito? Go to GlassWire Protect and click the app icon you want to be Incognito, then choose "More" then "Add to Incognito".

Tip: You can clear your GlassWire history any time in GlassWire's settings.

Don't worry, your network activity is only stored on your device and we can't access it even if we wanted to. Check out our privacy policy for details.

Incognito mode

Usage Table

  1. From the Traffic Monitor tab, navigate to the usage table view, this shows you a summary of your network activity for the day, week, or month. Click the calendar icon to set a custom date, week or month range to monitor a custom time period.
  2. Click the alarm bell icon to set a limit for your monthly bandwidth and receive a warning before you hit a certain level of data usage.
  3. You can break down network activity by apps, hosts, traffic types, publishers, or country.
GlassWire Usage

Log Analysis

The "Log Analysis" tab shows you a list of all GlassWire alerts and allows you to mark them all as read.

GlassWire Alerts

Network Scanner

  1. The "Network Scanner" tab shows you what other devices have joined and are currently on your network or WiFi.
  2. Go to GlassWire's settings to get alerted when new unknown devices join your network.
GlassWire Things

GlassWire Settings Options

Go to the top left GlassWire menu to access the GlassWire settings, turn on "Incognito" mode (where your network history is temporarily not listed on the graph), temporarily disable desktop notifications via "Snooze Alerts", or change the graph color via the "Themes" option.

There are also many other options under GlassWire's settings. Check out our in depth guide for more details.

GlassWire Settings Options


VirusTotal is a free online service that analyzes files and URLs enabling the identification of viruses, worms, trojans and other kinds of malicious content detected by antivirus engines and website scanners.

Want to analyze your apps using VirusTotal?

  1. Go to GlassWire's settings and navigate to the VirusTotal tab and add your Personal VirusTotal API key.
  2. Next, go to GlassWire's Security tab then click the "analyze" button to analyze certain apps.

You can also analyze all Internet connected apps automatically with the VirusTotal settings if you choose to do so.


Remote Monitoring

To access your computer remotely using GlassWire, or to set up access to monitor a remote server go to the GlassWire settings and choose "Remote Access".

Check out this detailed guide for more information on how to set up remote monitoring.

Remote Monitoring
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