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 graph window and 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 "New" alerts? Go to GlassWire's settings to instantly turn them off.

GlassWire's Firewall

GlassWire's "Firewall" tab lets you block applications from accessing the Internet.

  1. 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.
  2. Ask to connect. Want to have more control over what apps connect to the Internet, before they connect? Go to GlassWire's "Firewall" tab, then switch over to "Ask to connect" mode to allow or deny new connections.
  3. Block All. Want to have no connectivity while you're away from your PC? Go to GlassWire's "Firewall" tab and turn on "Block All" mode.

Using the GlassWire Graph

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 "week", "24 hours", "3 hours", and "5 minutes" buttons 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, or traffic type.

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's firewall then click the app icon you want to be Incognito, then choose "More" then "Add to Incognito".

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.

GlassWire Usage

  1. The "Usage" tab shows you a summary of your network activity for the day, week, or month.
  2. Go to the top left area and click the "settings" 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, or traffic types.
  4. Click the date in the middle of the "Usage" tab to set a custom date or month there to monitor a custom time period.

GlassWire Alerts

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

GlassWire Things

  1. The "Things" 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 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", or change the graph color via the "Skins" option.

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


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. Turn on the VirusTotal app analysis option in GlassWire's settings.
  2. Next, go to GlassWire's Firewall 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 top left GlassWire menu and choose "Remote Access".

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

GlassWire's Free Trial

GlassWire has a 7 day free trial. After the trial ends you can purchase GlassWire Basic, Pro, or Elite. Your purchase of GlassWire allows us to continue to work on and improve the software and we are very grateful for your support.

Thanks for using GlassWire. Please check out our help page with more detailed information about the application or join our forum to discuss GlassWire with others.

Sincerely, The GlassWire Team

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