Circle: Smart Family Controls

Circle: Smart Family Controls

By Circle Media Incorporated

  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Release Date: 2015-11-04
  • Current Version: 2.1.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 55.37 MB
  • Developer: Circle Media Incorporated
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
  • App Ratings:
    2.5/5 ( 990 Reviews)
  • Price:
Circle: Smart Family Controls App Ratings: 2.5
Total 990 Reviews

Circle: Smart Family Controls App Description

Circle is the smart way for families to manage content and time online, on any device. Circle works with your home Wi-Fi and manages every device on your network, both wireless and wired, without ever needing to put software on them. Setup is a cinch, and customizing Circle for your unique family is quick and easy! ----- Managing Screen Time and Content Has Never Been Easier - Set Time Limits for popular apps and websites - Set individual Filter levels for each of your family members - Reward your kids by bumping up their Time Limits, extending their BedTime, or removing an OffTime for the day Give Your Kids a Break from Their Devices - Set BedTimes for every family member and avoid late night surfing - Pause the Internet for an individual family member and their devices, or the whole network with a single tap - Use OffTimes to schedule Internet-free times throughout the day or week Be in the Know with Every Device in Your Home - Circle tracks Usage by Profile, not by individual device, so you can keep tabs on all your kids’ devices in one place - Circle makes it easy to differentiate all the web-connected devices in your home 5 Minute Setup, No Joke! There's nothing worse than getting a new gadget and then taking all day to configure and even longer to manage. Circle was designed with busy parents in mind to be super simple to set up, and even easier to manage. Geek cred not required. ----- GET STARTED WITH CIRCLE You can start using Circle if you have a Circle device or a supported NETGEAR router. Learn more about Circle at ----- CIRCLE GO Subscribe to Circle Go to manage your family’s mobile devices no matter what network they’re on. Learn more about Circle Go at ----- NEED HELP? If you have any questions, need any help with Circle, or want to provide any feedback, you can contact our Support Team at or go to ----- OPTIONAL IN APP SUBSCRIPTIONS - Pricing & Terms Circle Go and Circle Premium (for supported NETGEAR routers) are optional automatic renewing subscriptions. Your subscription will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase and will automatically renew unless auto-renewing is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of your current period. Current subscribers can manage subscriptions and turn off auto-renewal by visiting iTunes Account Settings after purchase. Circle Go: $4.99 USD / month ( Circle Premium (for supported NETGEAR routers): $4.99 USD / month ( Privacy policy: Terms of use:


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Circle: Smart Family Controls App Reviews

  • Circle user and parent

    By nabelay
    Circle disconnects and reconnects every few days. This is disturbing. Also i am not able to add another admin (my wife).
  • Best Buy in a long time!

    By Krsyclmbr
    I have 4 kids and I struggled with how to manage their online time and content. I have tried so many different ways to restrict time and content but still allow them access to the games/social media that I approve of. I bought the circle in desperation and it was fully worth the money! I have absolute control over every aspect of their online access and the circle is so well made that I can see literally every site they visit and how long they were there. My kids have threatened to “smash it with a hammer” which definitely means it’s working. The fact that even if they unplug it, the battery continues and the fingerprint restriction so they can’t get into the app and change it is absolute genius! The only issue we had is a bit of confusion identifying devices in the beginning but that is all straightened out now and when we get a new device I will add it into the program immediately. Did not slow our internet connection in the slightest. I now get to see my son again!
  • Has helped us immensely

    By Whatevs67
    This works for us and our differently aged kids (3-16). Yes; I’m sure that it *can* be “hacked” as some claim, but chances are your kids will not figure out how to do that. You can easily add things to block as well beyond the standard blocking of malicious sites. The most powerful feature of circle, in my opinion, is being able to access it from anywhere, not just from the network where it is hooked in.
  • Password reset

    Can't reset password from app. Why have app if you must have desktop to get what u need
  • Doesn’t really work right

    By Ron Vogt
    I have a 16 year old son that I try to restrict minutes on his video games but this program has no way to password protect or lock him out of accessing it. So he just gets on and changes his times so he can play more.
  • It’s hilarious how disconnected parents are from their own children!

    By Jake Sevy
    This device is destructive, my parents bought this device on sale last year. After dealing with this god awful piece of trash it’s made my siblings upset, me upset, and even my mother upset -keep in mind, she bought the thing. The only person it doesn’t have an affect on is my father, because he uses unlimited cellular. We have multiple phones, computers, tablets, and a PS4. The time limits are atrocious, and the whole “reward” system is BS. I’ve tried talking to my parents about this, after I’m the oldest at 18 years old... but to no avail. My parents just do not care, my siblings and I have gone to drastic measures to have more than an hour of WiFi. We’ve unplugged it, installed VPNs, changed IP addresses, and even cut the wire that gives the circle it’s power. It’s worthless to talk to your parents. They don’t care. Not to be over the top, but this app can truly ruin households and families.
  • Doesn’t work with U-verse

    By Begonia 775
    Had to return wouldn’t work with my att U-verse modem. Slowed WiFi and made our tv service choppy. As soon as we unplugged the circle no more issues. Tried 2 more times and the same problem. Our modem isn’t listed as one that doesn’t or does work.
  • Nice and hoping for some improvements

    By Philmonk
    Circle is overall a nice product. It would be better if it didn’t list so many of the sites visited with only the IP numbers (not sure if that’s what they are “” or something like that) and rather with the actual site names. I’ve used it in combination with a Microsoft Family account l to manage my large family and together the two are a great combination. For the latter however you have to disable all browsers except for Edge, in order to get all the reporting if sites used. On the negative side, the notifications I get from Circle no longer tell me what they pertain to. They just pop up and no info follows and unfortunately. At $5 a month I hope they will make the improvements suggested here.
  • Horrible quality. Setup is horrendous. Great ideas, terrible implementation.

    By roundedCorners
    So, conceptually - the ideas, and UI design of the app are great. The setup of the app is super bad, error prone - and just horrendously bad. The app does not recognize most of your devices, and hours after trying to set it up - does not even start correctly. Hangs on network errors, with no useful messages on how to fix. If you get lucky - and it works for you, then great. You might love it. If you have anything like the experience I’m having, you’ll hate the frustrating experience of repeated errors, hung app and nothing working as expected. This is a flat out poorly written, untested piece of software. I’ll give it another day or so, then I’m returning the Circle device, and deleting the app. Keep your circle device receipt till you get things working for a couple of weeks at least. Or avoid altogether if you can.
  • Don’t buy for teens

    By AwesomeSauceTheBoss
    If you want to buy this for your 5 year old who won’t get of his/her IPad the buy it. If you’re buying it for a teenager, don’t. This device is made for little kids. Buy it if you want to ruin your teen’s life.