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 659 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:



  • Good..... but.....

    By PeanutRounder
    Been using this service for over a year and I really like it. That said, kids are using all sorts off apps that aren’t identified in the filter. When you go to “Usage” you’ll find the bulk of the time is in the “uncategorized” section with only an IP address to identify it. I’m sure most folks don’t know how to run a WHOIS command to track this down. And even then it’s often uninformative. Suggest Circle hires a couple folks to look at the top uncategorized sites and capture the content so we know the app that is associated to the IP address. Many of these addresses now go to a company that builds/operates apps for their clients. As such much of the information you would want from the app isn’t there. As a parent you are left blind on the bulk of internet usage. I hope the Product Manager for the app can prioritize something like this in the near term backlog.
  • Doesn’t support face id with iphone X

    By Hari Garlapati
    Lacking features. Doesn’t work well with iPhoneX.
  • Stars for concept and post setup features, jury out on security and privacy

    By Cayossarian
    I really wanted this app to work for us mainly to simply shut off WiFi for specific devices at specific times. Since most routers allow you to block devices the value for circle is ease of use and flexibility. I have a Netgear Orbi router with Circle built in. I named all my devices in the router to user friendly names. None of these friendly names show up in the circle app so the Circle user is left picking from many generic devices like “Apple” in the device list and renaming them based on MAC address. The developer indicates I should wait a day or two and that they are not syncing to the cloud, hmmm. That brings up the question of what data Circle, inside the Orbi router, is syncing to the cloud and how they are getting through the firewall when my router has no remote management configured. I turned off WiFi and the Circle app appears to still be able to control the router behind two firewalls with no PlugNPlay enabled - that seems like they are setting up an outbound tunnel via some sort of reverse proxy without my permission or polling the cloud. I deduct a star for the expanded network attack vector. Without remote management enabled no control of the router should be possible outside the local network or they should document how this remote access works, ports, protocols, security, etc. What I do really like is the user (really device) grouping and being able to manage endpoints as a group tied to a person or activities. This organization of devices is the primary value. I also like the history but would like an indication of which device the history came from. What I would like better is to understand what stock filters contain and be able to change them without history checking trial and error. Since a service like Circle Go, where they attempt to manage cellular connectivity, does not have Apple support (VPN can’t be locked) it seems cellular control is easily disabled. Circle workaround is not giving the kid passcode is not practical since someone turning off the device would need the passcode. We opted to use iOS restrictions to restrict certain apps from using cellular data (Snapchat, browser, YouTube, etc) so those apps are WiFi only and subject to Circle management at home. Yes kids can then go elsewhere and get on WiFi but that’s the trade off to avoid hassle. Hopefully iOS will someday restrict removing profiles, disabling VPN via native iOS restrictions instead of via passcode. Their customer response is very timely so that is a huge plus. When Circle evolves I’m happy to update my review.
  • App doesn’t work

    By kumar kishnani
    It asks to enable circle but when I do that it says update firmware of router even though it is already up to date. it’s not working for me.
  • Needs work. Not ready to be a paid app.

    By OneShibaDog
    Deleted from my phone. Biggest problem was setting up. Not well designed, and confusing. Need to make it easier to tell what devices are what on the settings screen. Our family has about 25 devices on our WiFi network, and trying to select the right device from the list is impossible. All you need to do is let me select devices by MAC address and give me the capability to schedule service availability and content viewability by device. MAC addresses please.
  • Sad for kids

    By whydouneed
    I’m a kid and my mom has this,and it’s truly annoying,I’m studying on my laptop and since it turned on I can’t study.and kids need privacy!i don’t see why you would neep to see what they are on.
  • Crashes on iPhone X

    By MacBilly
    Used to work. Now crashes even after I restart my iPhone. Please fix this issue.
  • Free version better than expected

    By 208Yogi
    Setup on Netgear was very easy for me, I enabled circle in the router first under parental controls and then launched the app on my phone. Filtering including safe search is included with the free version which is great! OpenDNS had filtering but not the force safe search. My only complaint is I'd like to be able to see which device accessed sites in the history, obviously when you tap an item in history it should be able to show you that.
  • Was partially working and then nothing.

    By Cuz'Eddie
    We were pretty excited to get Circle. We first started noticing a problem when we couldn’t get allowed websites and videos to load on our devices. And then we realized the history feature wasn’t working. I called tech-support and after an hour, instead of getting history to work, I slid backward ended the phone call with lost profiles (which had required an extensive search to identify and rename all our devices based on MAC address) because the backup didn’t load and without the ability to even connect to the Circle app! The representative was nice enough, but admitted it needed to go to a senior technician. When I got the email from the senior technician two days later, I followed those trouble shooting instructions exactly with no luck. I’ve now got another set of instructions to follow. Great idea Disney, but your execution is flawed. How about we allow really well-designed apps like VidAngel a chance to filter content — instead of blocking and suing them?
  • Awesome!!

    By paredes5
    This device is perfect for our family. It allows me to help my child navigate the internet and keep track with what apps he’s accessing and for how long. I really liked the content controls. I’ve recommended it to everyone I know. We even subscribed to Circlego.