Circle: Smart Family Controls

Circle: Smart Family Controls

By Circle Media Incorporated

  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Release Date: 2015-11-04
  • Current Version: 2.1.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 55.40 MB
  • Developer: Circle Media Incorporated
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 2.5
From 1,062 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:



  • Great app!

    By YosemiteSam831
    I have 2 kids at home and the occasional visitors and so far this app has worked and has surpassed my expectations! You can create profiles to have adults on guest and anyone that automatically joins goes to a custom profile with as many restrictions as you want. Every profile can be customized to your liking. I haven’t had any issues with it and it’s been working well. Recommended to parents.
  • Worst App Ever!

    By Junnito49
    Don’t loose your time with this app. It disables devices on its own and in most cases doesn’t even open! We have never experienced such adversity with any app!

    By Ccost4
    I love this Service! I have a 8 & 13 year old and each time they log on to their devices it notifies me. I monitor their X Box, PlayStation, Ipod, Ipad, and home computer with this app! I am able to see any sites they go on. I am able to set a time limits and pause their devices as well. I tested by adding my phone to be monitored and I could not log on to any adult content sites! This APP IS AMAZING! The service is amazing! I was able to add all these devices in minutes. And then whenever someone device is on our WiFi it immediately notify me and I can rather add them to be monitored or not. This is an amazing SERVICE! I am so happy I bought this.
  • Wishing for a different app

    By scott-24455
    Does not track the exact webpage visited. Also, every morning I have to reset the router as all devices are not seeing internet. What is strange is the fire stick is still connected.

    By dOggggggLover
    So, my mom got this app, and now she is a total helicopter parent. I totally understand why this has such bad ratings, because it’s trash and stupid, plus it invades my privacy. My life used to be so easy until my mom found this app. At least my dad doesn’t use it nearly as often as my mom. Anyways, my point is, this app should NOT exist and I feel bad for every kid who has a parent with this app. Also, why did you drag Disney into this? I feel bad for them! 🙄
  • Maybe good for 3-year-olds?

    By Coocoo Froggy
    I'm a high school teen (15), and I know that most kids on here are just rating it very poorly because they hate it. But I actually think that this is useless. Circle blocks a lot of websites that should be accessed, and there is no easy way for the parents to quickly approve requests to unlock it. Unfortunately, it blocks too much to really be useful for a teen (even though there is a teen setting). Circle Go is terrible. In the first day I had it, I bypassed it too easily. It also only sends the parents a notification after a day or when you pass bedtime. You can easily bypass Circle Go for an entire day, and then turn it on for the night. (By the way, you can bypass it by turning off "Connect on demand" in the VPN settings and make sure you turn it back on before bedtime 😉) Good for 3 year Olds.
  • Not so great

    By SSDT Podcast
    Hijacks your network and randomly stops devices from connecting. Have to restart router each time. Tried the free trial of Circle Go. Won’t connect at all now. Decent when it works
  • Terrible app, pretty much useless

    By TheGarmac
    Setup was fine. Was able to setup profiles and devices. But once done, app is useless. Keep saying a new devices joined the network but when you go to device list none of the newly discovered devices show up! The device list needs a LOT of work. Devices appear out of the blue, miss labeled, etc... So with the device list on the app not working I figured I would try to go to the webpage on a computer and it tells you there is no circle devices on the network, even when the app works and sees it AND even after entering the IP of the circle device directly. No wonder it’s so cheap... been using the Ethernet connection or the wireless, I also made the changes requested to support my Velop network and turned off express routing... no dice! :(. Hope they can fix the app! This is NOT a new device so they should have the app polished and working at this point...
  • Nope

    By Annieroze
    The old app would show the devices currently connected. The updated app shows every device that has ever connected to your WiFi. Sure you can delete them but they come right back was they reconnect and make it impossible to know which devices are on the internet now. I used to recommend this product to all my friends but not anymore. It’s basically useless to me now.
  • Love this app - my kids hate it

    By Gratefull Parents
    Love this app! No idea why the negative reviews. Reading some of them made me hesitate, however I thought I could easily test it out. I am not any kind of computer whiz and I found it very easy to understand - after following the instructions. My 2 teenage boys hate it (and their friends who stay over)! I now have full control over when they can access the WiFi network in my house - control over each device and further control over which apps and websites. I love that I get to limit the screen time and can do that for each individual app or website. My personal favorite is bedtime - no more surfing late at night. I can also give time rewards for extra chores or extra “sweetness” as my wife likes to say. This is the first app review I have ever given - reflecting how strongly I feel about Circle. This internet access control is more than I ever dreamed of.