It is possible to disable Circle Go on your device, and doing so will result in a notification like this being sent to the admin device that you use to manage your Circle settings via Circle Home:
At times, there may be a similar notification following this that indicates Circle Go is still inactive on that device. Here's how to understand this better.
Why are you getting this notification?
Circle Go is built to be smart about where and how you connect to the Internet, so the Circle Go system is constantly checking on the whether a Go-enabled device is getting online over a "safe" Internet connection or not.
When Circle Go is first installed, it will identify the network that you are connected to at the beginning and designate it as a "safe" network because that is where your Circle device is located. When a Go-enabled device connects to that network, Circle Go will recognize that you are on your own Circle-managed Wi-Fi, and because Circle's settings are already in place at home, the VPN stays OFF.
When the Go-enabled device is away from home and getting online using another Wi-Fi network or 3G/4G/LTE cellular connection, the Circle Go VPN will come on and continue to manage that Internet connection. If it does not, the notification above will be sent to the admin device.
With few exceptions, these notifications are sent because the Circle Go VPN has been disabled on the device Circle Go is trying to manage. There are a number of reasons why someone may turn off the Circle Go VPN—both legitimate and less-than-legitimate—so Circle Home will send this notification to let you know what is going on and give you an opportunity to have a conversation within the family about the Circle Go experience overall.
Note: There are rare circumstances where the Circle Go VPN may not connect in a timely manner when switching network or data connections. If this occurs and remains disconnected for over an hour you may get a notification that the device needs attention. This does not mean the Circle Go VPN or MDM was intentionally removed. Check to make sure the VPN/MDM profile are still installed correctly (see here for more on iOS) or that the device administrator is still checking for MyCircle (see here for more on Android).
How to address this notification
You can always disable Circle Home notifications by going to iOS Settings >> Circle >> Notifications and turning OFF the "Allow Notifications" toggle on the phone or tablet you use to manage Circle. However, aside from disabling notifications for Circle Home altogether in iOS Settings or removing Circle Go from the device, the best way to address the notification that Circle Go has been disabled and rendered inactive is to re-enable Circle Go on that device.
To re-enable the Circle Go VPN
- Take the device that you want to re-enable Circle Go on.
- Go to iOS Settings >> General >> VPN
- On the entry for the Circle Go VPN, tap the information badge (the circle with an 'i' inside) to open the Circle Go VPN settings.
- It is very likely that the Connect on Demand toggle is turned OFF. Switch the Connect on Demand toggle ON (to the right).
NOTE: The Connect on Demand toggle is managed manually and does not automatically turn itself on or off. If this toggle is turned off, the Circle Go VPN will not launch on its own when a Go-enabled device is away from the "safe" network, and your Circle settings will not be enforced.