Circle: Smart Family Controls

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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.



You can start using Circle if you have a Circle device or a supported NETGEAR router. Learn more about Circle at



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If you have any questions, need any help with Circle, or want to provide any feedback, you can contact our Support Team at [email protected] or go to



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 (
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Circle: Smart Family Controls App Description & Overview

The applications Circle: Smart Family Controls was published in the category Lifestyle on 2015-11-04 and was developed by Circle Media Incorporated. The file size is 46.43 MB. The current version is 2.0.10 and works well on 9.0 and high ios versions.

In this update, we’re excited to bring you two new Circle Connections, as well as some bug fixes and improvements.

-- New Features --
Introducing: Assistant and Automation Connections!
We’re excited to launch the Assistant (with Amazon Alexa) and Automation (with IFTTT) Connections. With these Connections, you can use your voice to conveniently access your family’s Usage information and unlock new possibilities with Circle. Learn all about our Assistant and Automation Connections at

-- Bug Fixes --
Improvements to tracking in Usage and History.

-- Circle on NETGEAR --
Families with a NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 router can now get started using Circle in their home by using Circle Basic or starting a free trial of Circle Premium. Learn more about Circle on NETGEAR at

-- Need Help? --
As always, if you have questions or comments, please contact our Support Team at [email protected] or visit

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Circle: Smart Family Controls Reviews


Excels in some areas, needs some provement in others.  Staciemagril  3 star

I really wanted to love Disney circle and circle go. It’s interface is incredibly easy to use, and I have found the technical support and support people very helpful and willing to answer the numerous questions I have had. I do love the filtering system and the fact that I can blacklist specific websites. I love that I can set individual time limits for specific apps. I like the new rewards system (though there is room for improvement), love the ability to quickly pause our child’s device, and much more. Here is where it falls short. And these things are extremely annoying. 1) The time limits are inaccurate! This is incredibly frustrating, as it makes our children feel like they are being punished. Even when my children’s phones are turned off and sitting beside me for a half hour, when we turn them back on, their devices will often show that they has been active for 15 or 20 minutes, or even that entire 30 minutes! This means that even when they are inactive, it is eating up their approved time. Support recommended that our children force close any apps or webpages when they are not actively using their device. We tried that, but it did not solve the issue. One of the biggest problems appears to be messaging apps like Instagram and Snapchat. I think that anytime someone sends a message, it counts towards a time limit. Disney circle needs to find a way for the program to differentiate between when someone is actively using the program versus when the phone is turned off and it is just receiving messages and notices. 2) circle go seems to slow down my children’s devices and ability to use their apps when they are not on a Wi-Fi connection. It slows it down to a point where it is almost unusable. If this doesn’t seem to improve, I don’t see much point to having the circle go subscription, and I will need to cancel it and find a different solution. 3) circle go needs a “safe Wi-Fi” feature, so that it has the ability to detect when a child’s device is on a safe and monitored Wi-Fi location, such as school, so that it will then shut down its VPN. Other programs have this feature, and I think it is extremely important. Currently, when my children are at school, they cannot get onto their school’s network. Yes, they could use their cell data, but see number 2 above. 4) The website history log is confusing to read and decipher. It cannot differentiate between websites your child has actively visited, versus sites required and accessed by apps and programs on your child’s device. For example, many apps utilize specific analytics data, and these websites will show up over and over and over in the history log. It ends up being difficult to tell what your child has actually visited, versus what is just running in the background while they were active on their device. 5) I love the new rewards ability, but it isn’t set up the best way, in my opinion. I find it confusing. Additionally, it would be incredible to see Disney add some features that I think would really help set it up as the premier parental monitoring and filtering system. These include: getting notifications/warnings when your children are sending or receiving potentially troubling messages or social media posts (sexting, drug/alcohol references, gambling, bullying, depression/self-harm/suicide, etc), and also the ability to monitor and watch out for your children setting up additional email and social media accounts without their parents’ knowledge. There is lots to like, but the downsides have become very frustrating, and the time limit feature is almost useless to us at the moment. I’m hoping they figure out a way to fix this and make it more accurate soon!


Needs enhancement  Enniejay  4 star

This is a great app and device. It tends to go offline occasionally, but it's infrequent enough so it's not a big deal. One huge thing that is lacking is the ability to set up warning alerts for users when they're getting close to their time limits. That little fix would save a lot of slammed mice and angry shouts from those in the middle of heated games who are suddenly cut off without warning.


iPhone X update needed.  b-lake624  1 star

Need to update app for iPhone X


The only problem, is not a Circle problem  JamesShinevar  5 star

I love how much control and insight this provides into my children’s device usage. The only problem is that Circle GO creates a VPN connection and that causes Netflix and Hulu to stop working when not on the home WiFi. Netflix and Hulu need to realize that many people want to use VPN’s for personal protection. They need to stop blocking them.


Free version was bad paid is worse  frownie56  1 star

Had the free version, thought buying it might improve but only made it worse I’m expecting a full refund


Unable to activate premium features in trial  MelkiteZ  3 star

So far the app works but I’m unable to use the Premium features. It says I’m using the trial but app is still in basic mode. So.. if I can’t use the premium features I will have to delete the app. But basic mode works fine.

DJ Damage

Every Family Should Have this  DJ Damage  4 star

This is the only product that I know that actually works to give you control over your home Internet. It is not only effective it is the most user-friendly solution on the market. Also support is responsive and works to improve the product constantly. I recommend purchasing a Netgear nighthawk router that have Circle built it. If you already have a router use it to extend your network as an access point. Suggestion: it would be great to see the site categories when you look though history next to each site. It can be a little confusing to know what types of sites some categories will block. But again totally worth it, everyone should have it. So happy that you have partnered with netgear.


Filter changes won't save  jhwang  3 star

I have not been able to save Filter changes since the last update. Click Save and it stays on the same screen with changes NOT saved. Tried on iPhone and iPad. Response from developer said to connect by Ethernet and restart. I was already connected by Ethernet and had already restarted and a second restart did not help. Update 2.0.10 did not fix this. I had to create a new profile for my daughter and that one functions fine.


Circle  angelaclooney  1 star

It WAS great but now we have to pay to use any of the services... I could just put parental controls on Wifi and have saved myself 100 bucks on a device to pay monthly to use now... So stupid and frustrating.


Shelf  KSBurton  1 star

The circle should be taken off the shelf.


Nifty!  techdadinmn  4 star

Isn't technology great! I bet those parents from the 90's and oughts had this stuff. I appreciate all you have accomplished. The simplicity is key. I am a tech pro and find this very refreshing. It is very simple (in application and in concept) to use. For those that want grainular control down to the packet, go get your pro stuff. This just works the way I want 99.5% of the time. I even like how it notifies you when circle loses internet connection. Helpful when not at home or logging when provider's have outages. All in all it does what it advertises. Keep up the good work and I look forward to new and improved features.

Former Luminosity Addict

Just what I was looking for!  Former Luminosity Addict  5 star

I love this app! Monitoring my kids is so much easier now. Every parent should own this!


Very bad(DO NOT BUY)  najaksnsnjsks  1 star

The circle box and app are both bad. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!


Update wrecked my circle  Clet2315  4 star

I updated Circle today and now nothing works. It doesn't recognize the network. I tried to re install and it doesn't work. Very frustrating! Edit: there was a second update and now my circle is back! We appreciate Circle and it has been getting better!


Used to love it  Momz000  2 star

I used to love this app, but ever since the update it won't even open. I contacted support, and she suggested turning the Circle device in my home on and off. The app still won't just spins and spins. Very disappointed


Great App, great way to control internet!  BriteStart16  5 star

Parents, most bad reviews are written by disgruntled kids. This app works well to help you manage the content, time and quality of your kids internet usage. Unless you set up parental controls on their phones, there is almost no other easy way to control the socials. This makes it much easier. Great tool.


GOOD app  dh838-9smd9-HKs8m2  1 star

This is an amazing service!


Perfect to provide discipline and time management  Familygeek  5 star

This has been a god send. My kids do hate it and try to turn it off but it alerts me when that happens and remarkably turns back on when I call them. We move it around the house to hide it from them. Great product.


Don't Let the 1-Stars Fool You! :-)  SwimFastJG  5 star

Kids hate this app like a heroine addict hates rehab. All the 1-star reviews are from the kids who have had their screen time appropriately managed. This app and service have brought sanity back to our family. You should buy the the $100 service and get this app. Very easy to install and manage. Well done Circle!

The J.C. Command

Broke my wifi  The J.C. Command  1 star

This thing broke my wifi and it took forever to fix. This thing uses some high level hacking called arp spoofing. Stay away.

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