So you've set a filter, paused, or created an OffTime for a profile, but your settings just aren't working. Is it just happening for one device in particular? There might be a filtering issue going on or something else. This article will help you identify the particular device having issue, and steps to try to allow the websites and platforms that aren't working. Note that these troubleshooting steps were written for device-specific issues in mind.
Save your changes
After making a change to your profile's filter settings, make sure to save those changes by tapping the "Save" button in the top right. Otherwise, Circle won't change them!
It's always a great idea to try a restart of the application and device before digging in too deep: sometimes things just need to be restarted. Be sure to force close the application and reboot your computer or phone to see if that helps. You can also reboot your Circle via the Menu under Manage, and your router by powering it off and on.
Which device is which?
In order to diagnose the right device in your Circle app, we want to make sure we're looking at the right one. To do that, we will use your device's "MAC address." A MAC address is a unique ID number for the physical device. If you aren't sure how to figure this out, please check out this article about finding your device's MAC address.
Once you have the device's MAC address, you can follow the instructions found in this article for matching that MAC address with the proper item in your Circle device list. Once you're sure you're looking at the right device in the Circle app, proceed on with the problem below that best matches what you're seeing.
Everything works except I can't open this website/app!
Is a particular service you're trying to use not loading? First, let's see if it shows up in your History as "Filtered":
- Navigate to the profile which the device is associated with.
- Tap "History".
- Tap the "Filtered" tab.
Do you see websites listed here that you recognize and want allowed? Simply tap on the website, and choose "Set as Allowed" or "Set as Unmanaged" to remove the restriction in place. You might need to set up a Custom Filter to make sure that site loads correctly. You can see what you need to allow under History and the Filtered section.
The website may be cached and is only showing previously saved data. Websites cache data to help your browser load faster. You can clear the cache on most browsers. After doing so, try to load the page again.
Check your settings!
Make sure your settings for the profile or device look correct and would filter what you mean them to. You might need to check your timing or the days you've set up for your BedTime or OffTime (and watch out for weekend differences). If you've set any categories or Platforms to "Unmanaged" realize those won't be Filtered even during a Pause! Check your Filter Level and make sure what you're trying to block is set to "Not Allowed". Finally try making a "Custom Filter".
Wait just a minute...
Circle's filter can take a few minutes to take effect, especially if you're changing the setting away from home or for devices with Circle Go. This is because the new configuration has to be sent through the internet via our remote/VPN servers, which isn't as instantaneous as over your local Wi-Fi network. After tapping "Save", give your device a moment to propagate those changes.
Nothing is being filtered!
- Make sure that you've associated the device with the appropriate profile. See the section on "Which device is which?" above for help if you aren't sure.
- If you're certain that it's assigned correctly, try Pausing the profile next.
- If you are still able to access websites, make sure the websites you're testing are not "cached" (that is, already downloaded onto that device). You can avoid this by deleting cached data in your web browser or by visiting a website you know hasn't been entered before.
- Check if Pausing the specific device rather than pausing the entire profile makes a difference. If that's still not working, plug in Circle via Ethernet directly to your router and check out this article.
Have an complicated network? Check out our article on Advanced or Unsupport Network configurations and work through the items there. Afterwards you can test if your devices are being managed correctly.
You might also find that enabling Compatibility Mode helps with your network and managing devices. Set that up while connecting Circle Home Plus or later from your Circle app Menu.
Check and see if the device can be managed if you change how Circle is connected (Ethernet versus Wi-Fi) or if the device is managed on your 2.4ghz versus 5ghz networks.
Disabling IPv6 can sometimes help with management issues. See more here.