If you would like to set use the Circle Parental Controls app, you will need to set up a fresh account and profiles in the new Circle App. Circle is not able to transfer history or existing profiles and settings from Circle 1st generation.
General questions about Circle features
Circle Parental Controls (2nd generation) features several upgrades from Circle with Disney (1st generation):
- Mobile (data or Wi-Fi) management for your Android and iOS devices
- Location tracking for mobile devices
- Faster network connection at home
- Less disruptions (upgraded hardware, parent notifications and app deletion restrictions)
- More flexibility and security so settings are always saved
See more on the differences here.
Basic: Filters, History, Usage
Premium: Time Limits, Bedtime, Focus Time, Pause the Internet®, Location, Rewards
The basic features are always free. The Circle premium subscription includes access to all Premium features, regularly $9.99 (USD) monthly or $99.99 (USD) annually. To manage all your devices anywhere, choose your Circle Home Plus device and app subscription package. To manage mobile devices only, try the Circle Parental Controls App free for 1-month.
See more about Basic and Premium here.
Learn about the various Circle product offerings here.
Circle can manage online screen time for any Internet-connected devices on your home network once Circle Home Plus is connected to your router.
As long as the Circle Parental Controls App is installed on any mobile device, you can also manage online screen time on that device away from home.
Currently, Circle doesn't manage offline screen time (that is, screen time that does not require an Internet connection). Apps that are available offline and downloaded content will still be available on your devices.
Usage gives you a view of all Internet activity by day, week, and month, by category, app, and site. History shows all sites visited, what has been filtered by Circle, and lets you create custom filters.
However, popular sites like YouTube, Google, Netflix, and Facebook are fully encrypted, which limits Circle from seeing the complete URL link. See more info here.
Circle’s award-winning parental controls device and app combo is the most comprehensive solution for families looking to manage screen time and content on all devices.
With Circle, you can manage all your Internet and Wi-Fi connected devices, at home and away, from one app. Circle offers the most customizable features so you can set limits and manage content across an unlimited number of devices, from computers to smartphones to gaming consoles.
With Circle you can filter all kinds of sites and apps! We cover Fortnite, Disney+, TikTok, YouTube, etc. You can manage these from the Filter menu settings. For more details, refer to our Filter support article.
Yes. Circle can manage access and set time limits for popular sites and apps, including YouTube, TikTok, Fortnite, Instagram, Netflix, Snapchat, Disney+, and more.
Circle adds another layer of protection on top of existing safety restrictions. Activate SafeSearch settings and Restricted Mode from the Circle App. You can even require that SafeSearch is turned on for certain family members and their devices to ensure inappropriate material is filtered out when your kids search. See more on searches and Circle's management here.
This feature functionality is managed by the respective search engines.
No. Circle does not monitor texts, phone calls, iMessages, emails, or in-app messages from Instagram, SnapChat, and so on. Since SMS-based text messages and phone calls are transmitted through your cellular carrier, these types of communication are invisible to Circle. Read more here.
Yes. Circle has different Filter levels for Kid, Teen, Adult, or None—all with default apps and websites blocked. You can custom manage these defaults along with other apps and websites within the Filter settings. See more on Custom Filters here.
No. Circle manages online time but can’t manage anything that does not require an Internet connection to work, such as games that can be played offline or pre-downloaded movies. Read more on that here.
- iPhones and iPads
- Android smartphones and tablets
- Windows, Mac based computers, and laptops like Chromebooks
- Smart TVs
- Gaming consoles
- Streaming devices, smart assistants, and more
iOS and Android mobile devices are also covered anywhere they go using the Circle Kid App.
Circle can manage iOS and Android devices wherever they go. The Circle Parental Controls App extends coverage to mobile devices away from home. Circle does not manage laptops outside the home.
Once installed, Circle’s parental control features are extended to devices through a VPN (Virtual Private Network). Track and manage online activity on any data network—even Wi-Fi networks away from home.
You can also manage your Circle Home Plus device and any mobile devices using the parent app while away from home using the parent version of the app while signed in.
Circle's mobile management utilizes an innovative VPN that runs locally on your mobile iOS or Android device to track and manage online activity. Because it runs locally, it won't interfere with sites like Netflix that don't normally work with VPNs.
Using Circle's mobile management you can filter, Pause, or locate your kid's Android and iOS devices on any network.
The most common solution for managing shared family devices is to create a Profile just for shared devices. If you have Circle Home Plus, the Home Profile is a great option. Read more here about shared devices.
Circle Home Plus connects to your Wi-Fi router. By downloading and installing the Circle App, it will then detect all your family’s Wi-Fi, mobile, and Internet-connected devices so you can apply all of Circle’s parental control features.
Yes. The Circle App can manage Android and iOS smartphones and tablets anywhere they go. Without Circle Home Plus, you are not able to manage devices on your home Wi-Fi router such as smart TVs, gaming consoles, computers, and other Internet-connected devices. Learn more about the various Circle product offerings here. Wondering about which product is right for you? See here.
Yes. Circle is designed to work with as many networks as possible. When setting up your Circle Home Plus, you can run Compatibility Mode to ensure it will work on your network.
- iOS version 11 and newer
- Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and newer
See more on system requirements here.
Pricing and shipping
Premium features include Time Limits, Bedtime, Focus Time, Pause the Internet®, Location, and Rewards. Circle subscriptions include access to all Premium features, regularly $9.99 (USD) monthly or $99.99 (USD) annually.
Basic features (Filters, Usage, and History) are always free.
See more on basic and premium here.
You can return Circle Home Plus for any reason within 30 days and get your money back (US only).
If you purchased your Circle device through another retailer other than Circle, please contact that retailer for return information.
See our return policy here.
Circle is currently available for sale via MeetCircle.com in the United States only. Circle can also be found on various Amazon websites depending on your location. Check back occasionally for updates on international availability.