Enjoying the increased control capabilities but...
My kids both have android phones; I'm getting notifications that Circle Go has been removed for both phones every day but when I check the phone the app is still there and logging time. Needless to say I've done some unpopular griping and false accusing before figuring this out. I just added to a brand-new LG sunset phone yesterday, and got this notification this morning so I know it's not a conflicting app issue as it occurs on both. I've had circle about four months now and while I appreciate the controls and the internet filters, it's clear that iOS is the system for which these apps are developed (having worked at a connected device company this is common) - but I'd really like to see Circle home in on their android dev a bit as I personally will not be giving my kids expensive iOS devices for them to lose/destroy anytime soon so Android will be the device of choice for kids in my house for the foreseeable future. It's especially frustrating because Go is a premium subscription option but the experience is not premium.
To their credit the developers are clearer about OS support in Android than they used to be, but please put the time in to fix your android issues before adding new features to the app. Stabilize, then improve features.
1.6.2 does not work
Since 1.6, time restrictions for my kids do not work. Circle blocks every and all devices set to their accounts
The Circle device, along with this update, is saving my family. We are spending time together again and the kids are doing chores without me hassling them. The latest app update is so good. Thank you Disney!!
Circle is a great idea for those who don't have access to their modem interface to do the same kind of thing. The problem is that Circle seems to pick and choose when it's going to work. If I set a time limit for my daughter for a half hour, it will often tell me she's reached her 15 minute time limit (when I set it for 30) and then it keeps going anyway past the 15 and then past the 30 until I step in (which I do). It kind of makes the whole thing moot. I would pay maybe $20 for it, but for $100 it is definitely not worth it. Just go back to the old fashioned way of monitoring screen and device time.
App does what it says, except
App does what it says and blocks the nasty social stuff.
Picks up the devices that join my network by my children's friends too. So no one gets around it without using cellular.
One area needed for improvement is having separate time limits for apps on the phone. My kids listen to Spotify while doing their homework. That counts against their daily limits. When they use their math app or do homework. I don't want this app to count nor their math app etc. . .
Suggestion for the developer: allow certain apps to not count against the limit.
So if you want to allow you children to use some apps all the time without restrictions than this is not the device to control your network for your kids. Maybe they will add this in the future, but everything else it gives you is worth this headache.
Worst app ever
I don't think you should buy circle it is not worth $100 way to expensive and does not even work.
Lifesaver for our family's sanity
It's just what we needed to get our focus back on our family. Internet off, homework time on. Chores done, reward of extra time. Super easy set up.
By Puddi Puddi 1454
First of, i am freely admitting that I am a kid who's parents put this on. Personally, I hate it. That being said, I have a few suggestions:
Ability to customize dashboard
Notifications at 25%, 50%, and/or 75% of time used
Notifications at 1 Hour Remaining
Apple Watch app
Ability to clear/remove the extra Disney social media stuff
Ability to whitelist certain sites, allowing access to them without using time
In addition to this, add ability to access whitelisted sites even if a time limit is reached
Set time limits, bedtimes, and restrictions by day
Chrome/Firefox Extension to provide notifications regarding time limits
So far I like it
By 5 call me mom
I really like the circle product. I would like to see off times in the app for social media. I would like to allow online research during certain hours but disallow going onto social media during those same hours without completely blocking social media each time.
Been using Circle for a year now and it's great. Noticed in the latest version you integrated with chore apps. GREAT IDEA!! Consider adding the Our Home app to the mix which is one of the better chore apps. Looking forward to the other features coming soon!
The Circle has instantly become an essential piece of our home tech setup. It's filters, notifications, and scope of use are fantastic. I can establish safe boundaries with my kids and openly dialogue about these boundaries easily with Circle. Woot.
Creates no privacy
Although children don't need to much privacy especially when on their electronics, it is fun for them to feel like they are older and aren't being tracked and watched. Cool device, but needs to cancel some of the restrictions.