Circle: Smart Family Controls

Circle: Smart Family Controls

By Circle Media Incorporated

  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Release Date: 2015-11-04
  • Current Version: 2.0.14
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 53.10 MB
  • Developer: Circle Media Incorporated
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 3
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From 354 Ratings

Description

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 meetcircle.com ----- 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 meetcircle.com/circle-go ----- 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 help@meetcircle.com or go to support.meetcircle.com ----- 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 (meetcircle.com/circle-go) Circle Premium (for supported NETGEAR routers): $4.99 USD / month (meetcircle.com/netgear) Privacy policy: https://meetcircle.com/privacy/ Terms of use: https://meetcircle.com/license/

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Reviews

  • Excellent at keeping my kid honest and safe online

    5
    By Pookiebear04
    This is working great and keeping my sneaky 10 year old honest about what she’s doing. I homeschool her so this helps by letting me see that she’s on the sites she’s supposed to be on for the amount of time needed and not off playing games. I also love that I can give her rewards through chore monster and I can use Alexa as well to remind her of her bedtime or screen off times.
  • Cool but no privacy

    2
    By ChrisLLR2831
    I think the adults on the app should be able to set their own password to access their circle and devices associated. I set this up for my cousin so she can monitor her daughters usage and if my cousin wanted to she could see everything I’m doing. Now, I’m gay and a man... think about it. I don’t need her seeing what I’m doing in my private time. So let’s be real here. Haha.
  • Why are mysterious ghost devices showing in the device list?

    3
    By jaimeCLT
    Update: so it seems that the Orbi router keeps a cache off every single device that has ever connected to it. Even devices that might have connected months and months ago show up in the list. The Circle app picks of this same list and shows it as devices to be managed. I guess this is OK but it is confusing. Probably something to add to directions. ———////——/ Great concept but very buggy and lagging software. Not sure if I would trust yet. It shows I have 27 devices on my network when I really have only 10. There are devices showing up even with names of people I don’t even know (Like ‘Joe’s iPad’) This is on netgear nerwork locked to the teeth (the router admin shows only what I know I have) - crazy,
  • Cool app but doesn’t work as advertised

    2
    By Megazinehd
    App is great, you can add all your family members and see who logs on and off when people visit. I like that you can freeze online for everyone. Here’s what I don’t like. The app doesn’t tell you how long someone is online for, so it’s actually unfair and cruel to put a limit on a child when their phones by default use data when not in use. Over night, our phones sometimes use data by certain apps like weather, email, internal computations etc.. So when we wake up, Circle would state everyone in my family used 2-3 hours overnight when we were actually sleeping. Going to delete after free trial. Hopefully Apple makes their own version.
  • Security risks!! Avoid.

    1
    By VegasHangover
    Google “Talos Intelligence Circle spotlight”. venerabilities. 23 security risks 17 of which are 9 out of 10 bad. Maybe email your customers telling them you dropped the ball!! Unplugged forever money wasted.
  • A nightmare

    1
    By Zsevs
    This device is incredibly buggy. Not to mention how evil this is to kids. But if your kid is smart with technology they can bypass this so easily. Ethernet cords, hotspots, VPNs, etc. there are also more drastic ways but those require coding knowledge. Some may say, “But you can disable VPNs in the app” it doesn’t work. A simple chrome or safari vpn extension bypasses it. Also browsers like opera with a built in vpn bypasses it. Waste of 99$. Also, this app really brings distrust between the kids and the parents. It causes a lot of fighting when the kid is in the middle of an online game that can’t be paused, and they get paused by circle. This app also slows down your internet a lot. And I mean a lot. We got a new internet, it was crasy fast, and now it’s really slow. Other people have had the same problem. My hotspot runs faster then the WiFi now, because of this awful app.
  • Software update broke the app.

    1
    By Sillumkungfu
    Rarely am I able to connect to circle app for management. If you use circle go you will not get the notifications they claim you will when the device uses hotspot or someone disabled it on the device. Poor app
  • Does not work with Mothership

    4
    By Gingererer
    We bought the Circle because it would integrate with Mothership, which we already used for our household chores. Months later, and we have not yet managed to get this to work. The Circle is mostly useless to us. If you’re getting this to use with Mothership, don’t waste your time. One Star, because I can’t give zero. EDIT 1/12/2018: I’ve gotten Circle paired with Mothershp now. Everything is looking promising. Thanks to the support team at Circle for reaching out to me to resolve this issue.
  • Going in a good direction

    4
    By BlueEdge
    Only using app for 2 weeks with initial assessment very positive. Issues below are probably just my learning curve, so advanced users can ignore. 1)The site visits “history” is helpful to some degree, but need a bit more related data, as many are just IP addresses. 2) managing profiles, would like to update time limit on an app for all selected profiles at same time. E.g. all “kids” profiles limit on YouTube (rather than set each individually) 3) one laptop had web site blocked, yet same profile on another laptop was not blocked. This caused a lot of confusion. 4) have not figured out how to setup multi-user device with different filter profiles Awareness of sites and time is definitely worth the effort. I’m using with the Netfear Orbi mesh network. No issues with that install.
  • Works great most of the time

    4
    By gabeyho
    For my needs circle works effectively most of the time. It is kinda buggy sometimes, especially on one of my kids’ phones with the circle go installed, but overall this has helped a ton with policing the internet overuse in my home. I really don’t care that sometimes it cuts people off early or overestimates the amount of time they’ve been doing certain things. I’d rather they’re almost never on their devices anyway. Circle go is kinda iffy and makes a lot of things not work on the network, which is kind of annoying and to be honest I’m about to get rid of it, but I understand that it in it’s infancy and they have to work within the restraints of the network and how to apps connect. Anyway, overall we are happy with it and my life has improved since installing it in my home. A lot of the complaints in the reviews are covered and explained well in the circle help and troubleshooting.

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