Circle: Smart Family Controls

Circle: Smart Family Controls

By Circle Media Incorporated

  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Release Date: 2015-11-04
  • Current Version: 2.0.18
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 62.87 MB
  • Developer: Circle Media Incorporated
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 2.5
From 952 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:



  • Not great but it works

    By Just a normal guy 1978
    I’ve had Circle for about a week and I’m not sure if it has a long term place in our home. It sets limits and does great for bedtime but we catch it double counting minutes on the Xbox. My son was playing Fortnite for about 30 minutes but Circle counted them as 1.5 hours. On the other hand, I can shut down the system whenever I want, which is really handy. Like I said, it works.
  • Circle makes me wanna kill myself

    I’m thinking of suicide because of circle
  • We love it, our kids hate it.

    By Cube_68
    It was very easy to set up! Tried many other products and software, this is the perfect combination of both. Set a bedtime for all three of my kids, but can easily add time in 15 minute intervals when they need to be online to finish homework. Would recommend it for anyone with tweens and teens.
  • Please add a search feature in device list!!

    By Rock star;)
    After a year my device list is quite long. When I need to find a specific device I can’t easily find it. Device names don’t change when you rename your phone so I have many duplicate devices. I’m forced to search by MAC address which requires me to click on every device in the list until I find the right one to assign it to a family member. Either add a search in the device list or simply show MAC address in the device list so it’s easier. It would also be nice to see a list of currently active or recently active devices. Many of the devices in the list are now old. The Circle has served us well for years. Thanks.
  • The worst!!

    By mmmmmmlllllllllooop
    If I could, I would return it!!
  • Excellent product with great visibility...

    By mastercudaz
    I am not sure what is up with some of these reviews, but I suspect a lot of them are kids who just hate accountability and they are trying to scare users away, same with the Circle Go. However Disney has a great product here, is it perfect? Nothing is. However they have worked hard to give parents close trips over their home and their kids devices. I recommend this product regularly as I help parents learn about protecting their home and family. One time price, control over your home, visibility into your kids lives so you can talk about accountability and responsible device use... priceless.
  • Best money I ever spent on hardware

    By Fan of Catan
    I considered building my own content management appliance for the home network (I build and maintain large-scale Internet systems for a living), but after estimating the time and comparing Circle’s feature set, I bought a Circle appliance (and later, a Circle Go subscription) and never looked back. The reviewers who are saying it’s easily hacked either don’t know how to secure a network, or perhaps the Netgear-branded version operates differently. If you have a stand-alone Circle device, and a Circle Go subscription, your kids will *not* be able to bypass it without your knowledge (the notifications are timely and accurate). Feature set and UI are good (although not always flawless; I’d give 2-3 stars for inconsistent behavior). Overall, a great buy (have had one since before the Disney partnership, when they were still in startup mode).
  • Trash trash trash

    By DeeMisk
    Simply trash garbage trash trash trash don’t even bother
  • Love this product!!!

    By Cderek99
    Not sure why there are so many bad reviews here. This product works wonderfully. Very easy to setup and manage my kids devices. Customer service was very helpful as well when I messed my circle up during my move. I highly recommend this product.
  • Really good product

    By eljam2000
    I like being able to monitor the usage and sites my children use and really easy to shut down a device if needed. Good product, Thanks