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 1,133 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:



  • The app needs some work

    By SStewart6809
    I was really excited for the app, but it struggles. I’d set a bedtime and the app would shut down the network an hour before. I thought perhaps it was a time zone thing, but never did find where I could adjust the time zone. I would disable time restrictions and the network would still shut down. I reset to factory settings, i re-established our circle and then the next day while I was at work, the network shut down. I opened the app to unpause the network and the app no longer recognized my circle. At this point, the app is too much of a hassle. I just wanted the thing to work, but I’m no longer willing to pay for this headache. I’m sad that Disney has its name on the app.
  • Good Start easy to use.

    By Alw75
    This is a good start. And after looking at a few of the other reviews it’s nice to see the developer cares and is working hard to make it better. This is one of the easiest to use when you have the Orbi routers. I have not tested with VPNs yet but if it’s that big of a problem time to pull the plug.
  • User Friendly👍🏼👍🏼

    By MamaMinaMina
    Thank you Disney! This has been WONDERFUL for our family 😬
  • Reset and still glitching

    By AprilleCA
    Having all kinds of issues with the platform the last few days. Reset factory settings - which meant I was losing all the blocks I had built in - and still having issues after the reset. Was hoping I would look and see an update to fix bugs. It keeps responding with the “unable to find circle” message.
  • Not so sure it works.

    By helicopter parent in virginia
    Not so sure it works. Set up Circle on my iPad to control Netgear router. Initial set up was nice but it took a lot of time to recognize router. Once it did, it worked well. I left the home and came back and could not establish communication with router and was not able to control or filter content. When it is working it is good and easy to use. Like the filter and. The customization that each level can receive.
  • Stopped working after a couple of months

    By EN315carta
    Worked fine on my Orbi RBR50 for a couple of months under paid service plan, but suddenly stopped working. Kept receiving “your router is compatible!” message but if I clicked “Enable Circle” it would repeat that same message on and on, without doing anything else. Will cancel the service before new month starts.
  • Too many ways to get around it

    By Jericho Humphrey
    If you want to use Circle primarily to keep track of how much screen time your kids using, it is great. It’s also a good idea I’d you are worried about your children using inappropriate apps or websites. If, however, you want to limit their screen time, it doesn’t work very well. First of all, there are too many loopholes (like watching a long YouTube video— it won’t stop in the middle of something) and secondly, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out a way around it completely. My son easily figured out that he could simply opt out of our home WiFi, or use a device that wasn’t assigned to him. It took him about 2 hours to render it useless. I recommend good old fashioned discipline, like taking away screens or other privileges when limits are ignored.
  • Crashes ALL the time

    By Beachgrl76
    I just installed this app, and I can’t even set up the Circle devices because the app keeps crashing and will not let me back in. I have to delete the app and re-install every time. Please find a way to control using a Pc!
  • Does not work with Netgear

    By Parent...
    Worked well for about 6 months but suddenly stopped working with Netgear Orbi routers. Checks for compatibility, confirms compatibility click the enable button and repeat this loop over and over again. Wasted money for months now trying to resolve with reboots, app and iOS upgrades, etc. I originally recommended this to several friends but now would not even recommend to my enemies.
  • I wanted to like this 😕

    By Flick86
    The idea of this app is good so if it worked correctly, I’d probably love it. BUT... there are a couple major issues that make it a terrible app. 1st... Their time runs out because of things running in the background or whatever is happening. I read the instructions to go into each app and close down it’s ability to run while the app is closed. I tried everything. I gave my kids 2 hours a day and before they woke up in the morning there two hours was used. So... 2nd... I tried to disable the time limit so that it didn’t run out why my son was at school and he could contact me after school to be picked up. But even with the time limit disabled, it locked him out. I even tried removing his device from his account and it still locked him out so I had to go on and give him a 12 hour time limit so that it didn’t run out of time (even though he wouldn’t be using it) before school was finished. All I can say is “UGH”....