Circle: Smart Family Controls

Circle: Smart Family Controls

By Circle Media Incorporated

  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Release Date: 2015-11-04
  • Current Version: 2.0.16
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 52.67 MB
  • Developer: Circle Media Incorporated
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 2.5
From 599 Ratings


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:



  • Worst device ever

    By Waz-up buttercup
    This is meant for terrible helicopter parents. It slows down devices and the internet, and I hope the creators of this piece of malware get locked up.
  • Nothing is perfect

    By Falu
    I have YET to see a perfect app. This app, like ALL the others has its flaws. If you’re looking for a way to monitor and assist your kids online activity while they use modern technology in a responsible manner, THIS IS THE APP FOR YOU. My kids are much better at time management because of the app. I tell all my friends with kids about it. Yes, its not as easy as it could be. Setting up the device/app is an art-form, not a science. The instructions are about 80% useful but I haven’t any other app work this well and regulate access like this and such a low price. When all else fails, I take a 30 min break from trouble-shooting and go watch a YouTube video or check online to see how others overcame the same issue. (About me: very tech savvy; used Disney Circle for about 2.5 years.)
  • Volume control please!!

    By Rmbmr
    App is good but the alert tone is way too loud!
  • Buggy product

    By Dnmurthy
    Does not work as expected. Any Mac does not work with Any kind of filter. If I set teen or even adult filter on a Mac, it becomes useless, no network on it. I contacted their customer service so many times, but they don’t seem to get to the root cause of the issue. I wanted to return the router, just holding on to it as did not find a better solution yet.
  • Excellent product

    By 4R15
    I've tried several devices and services to manage my kids' Internet usage over the past couple of years and Circle is the best by far. The app could use some refinements, but overall I'm very pleased with the level of control and reporting. Initially, I hesitated to buy Circle because I have 1 Gbps internet service and Circle warned that it could slow down my connection. I was also concerned about reports of incompatibility with my eero network. Fortunately, neither turned out to be an issue for me and my Circle device has been working flawlessly for more than a month.
  • Want to love it

    By JimInNoVA
    The features this have are far more robust than most apps I’ve seen like this. For example, tagging devices to users and aggregating time spent across all devices. This seems like such a no- rained to me, but few others do it. Unfortunately, Circle interferes with our Verizon Fios router and completely removes the info in the channel guide on the set top boxes. I’ve spent over an hour on the phone with Verizon and the only thing that would get the boxes working properly again was disconnecting Circle. After doing that, we went a few months without Circle and hooked it back up again in hopes that it’d work. Sure enough, after a couple days all the info in the guide was blank again. Great concept, but not well executed.
  • Would love time limits in ALL categories

    By JdSquared-1
    It would be nice if time limits could be enforced against any allowed category. For example, mature and explicit content could be limited, under the adult level to 15 minutes per day/week. That way incidental access to these sites is not blocked but repeated purposeful attempts to access mature or explicit content are. Thanks!
  • Such a helpful tool!

    By Song.Casey
    Circle is an absolute must have device in a world full of screens. It allows families to manage content and time online as easily as tapping a button on your smartphone. As a parent to two young children, who are a wee bit addicted to screens--this has been a lifesaver. Circle is a beautifully designed little white box that pairs wirelessly with your router. It was so easy to install! You literally just plug it in, download the app, and set-up a profile for each family member. From the profiles you can manage what they have access to, how long they can use the device(s), and even set a wake-up/sleep time for each device. Not to mention a function to reward additional time online and monitor how much usage your child/ren uses on each device. Circle also has an optional service, Circle Go, for only $4.99 a month that allows you to manage up to 10 mobile devices on LTE/4G data and other WiFi networks outside of your home—perfect for families with teenagers! I do hope that in the future Circle will add more features, like the ability to manage device/app usage on a daily basis rather than a weekdays/weekends setting because we like to do Monday Movie Nights and Screenless Saturdays. As of now, I have to manually change the access. I would also like more fine tuned control. With that said—this is such a convenient tool to have! It takes away the hassle of fighting with your children when it’s time to turn the device(s) off because Circle just does it for you. And you can rest assured knowing that your children’s access to the internet/apps are safe, especially since Circle has a partnership with Common Sense Media
  • Disappointed

    By jess70810
    Um, can you explain to me why it says I’ve spend 5 minutes on Twitter, when I don’t even have a Twitter? At least if you’re going to show my parents what I’m spending my time on, don’t lie to them.
  • Easy to turn off

    By Poppy480
    Every time I turn it on my kids unplugg it and I don’t get the notification that it is off even though I should be getting it