Their Internet. Your rules. Manage your family’s screen time and block content.
The Circle App is the easiest and most comprehensive parental control app for your family’s Internet-connected devices. The Circle App helps parents manage their family’s online screen time and filter content. Kids use the Circle App to keep track of their own time online with a personalized Dashboard.
Start managing your family’s online screen time and content with the most robust suite of customizable features available. Your 1-month free trial includes access to all Premium parental control features in-app. Details below.
SET ONLINE SCREEN TIME LIMITS:
• Filter: Choose appropriate or block inappropriate content by age.
• Time Limits: Set daily online screen time limits for popular apps and sites.*
• Pause the Internet®: Make the internet stop at the push of a button.*
BALANCE TIME ONLINE AND OFFLINE:
• Bedtime: Set a bedtime for all of your kids’ internet-connected devices.*
• Rewards: Celebrate good behavior by giving a little extra online time just for the day.*
• Off Time: Schedule preset offline times for important moments like homework or dinner timer.*
KEEP TRACK OF ONLINE TIME:
• Usage: Get a complete picture of your family’s internet use, across all devices.
• Location: Keep track of your kids through their mobile devices.*
• History: Check out sites visited and filtered throughout time.
* Premium feature (free for the first month)
Circle Home Plus — sold separately
Need an in-home device to manage online screen time on smart TVs, video game consoles, and computers? Manage all Wi-Fi connected devices in your home with the Circle Home Plus parental controls device. Learn more: meetcircle.com
If you have any questions, need help with Circle, or want to provide feedback, please contact our Support Team:
Subscription Pricing & Terms
A Circle subscription is required and gives your family access to every Circle parental control feature.
FREE 1-month trial (for new premium members only.)
$9.99 USD / month
The Circle subscription is an automatic renewing subscription. Your subscription will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase and will automatically renew at $9.99 USD per month unless auto-renewal is disabled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. Subscriptions are billed at the start of each period and cannot be refunded. Subscribers can manage subscriptions and disable auto-renewal by visiting their iTunes Account Settings after purchase.
Many parents want to make sure that chores, homework, or other responsibilities get attention before their kids enjoy time online. This release introduces Time Limits that are by reward only. Now, parents can set the Time Limit for a specific app or category to zero minutes, then later use a Reward to extend the time. We also improved Compatibility Mode, enhanced the History view, and optimized the home screen so it’s more clear when a family profile or device is paused. For questions, please visit support.meetcircle.com.
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Helpful, but tedious
I like the time controls this allows, but the system is a little frustrating. I find it difficult to keep track of many things and rewarding for good behavior is an annoyance. I try to increase my sons time on Fortnite, but his online game time is 1 hour, making me have to add that reward so he can actually play Fortnite, then he has a total internet timer set at 2 hours, so if I want to let him play Fortnite more than 2 hours I have to also give him a reward for that. So, I have to do 3 rewards to give him a little extra time on Fortnite. Or I have to take off time limits on all but 1 of those 3 things. The other issue is how it tracks “online games”. For instance, my son left his Xbox on while we ate dinner. He had played 15 minutes of Fortnite, but when dinner was over he was locked out because circle counted his time connected to Xbox live as “online game” time. So then I either have to increase that time limit or set it to unmanage. The system is a little cumbersome, but a heck of a lot better than my distracted inner clock that will allow my kid to play games for hours on end. I’d definitely recommend it, it’s a great system, but not as magically controlling as I’d envisioned in my mind when I bought it.
Developer Response ,
Hey there, I'm sorry to hear that you've been experiencing some issues with navigating Rewards. We love to discuss this with you. Would you contact us firstname.lastname@example.org?
Okay, so I get the idea to manage your chidrens screen time or whatever, but I think it’s too personal. Sometimes it works fine for me and I’m able to use my iPad without bursting into tears because it dosent let me play, but other times it is so annoying. Like, today, it wasn’t letting me play at 12:00, and the time I’m able to play is around 8:45 to 9:00. I don’t know what’s going on, and the weird part is that it’s supposed to let me play at 8:00. That’s all. I know my parents should be writing a review for this, but it completely takes over my iPad. Please fix so I can actually enjoy my iPad. I have continually seriously considered trashing my iPad for this reason. If you are a parent reading this, please don’t consider getting it. It’s not your personal bisniss looking at what your child does online. I used to do really private stuff that I wouldn’t ever want my parents seeing. I think that I have a lot of parental guards on my iPad, and this just stresses me out. My parents dont trust me on my iPad. I used to do things that I shoudnt be doing but now it’s even worse. I dont do bad things anymore, but yet ny mom freaks out whenever I go over 1 hour and 10 minutes. She said that if I do that again I will lose my iPad. Now I’m scared of Circle for that reason. My mom shoudnt be monitoring me wgen I’m doi ng nithing wrong. I have to time myself whenever I use my iPad which is annouing. I don’t get it.
Developer Response ,
Hi, thanks for sharing. If you are a child currently being managed by Circle, we recommend reaching out to your parents and having a discussion with them. Thanks!
Absolutely Love Circle!!!
We have tried many different filtering systems but always come back to using Circle! It offers the most comprehensive and diverse parental controls we have found available. I know what my children
are using on their devices and can monitor the amount of time spent on different apps/websites/etc. Has also paved the way for conversations when I’ve seen excessive use of certain social media/websites/video streaming. The older teens have actually appreciated having limits and bedtimes/off-times to allow them play time/break time on their phones without the stress of being sucked in and losing hours of study or sleep time. Has been a blessing all around for setting electronic device time-limits as well as blocking inappropriate material/specific websites for those struggling with internet/pornography consumption.
Developer Response ,
We're so glad to hear that you're having a great experience with Circle. Thanks for the review!
- Circle Media Incorporated
- 113.8 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, Spanish
- Age Rating
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2020 Circle Media Labs, Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- Monthly $9.99
- Monthly $9.99
- Annual $99.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.