This is more of a review of the entire system itself. Here is my honest review of MyCircle Pros: -None. Cons: -Cuts internet speed in half -Filled with bugs that sometimes takes days to weeks to wear off. -Very high price tag. -Infests devices with adware. If I were you, I would avoid this product at all costs. Having trust in your children and teaching them about web safety is much more effective and cheap.
I switched from Screentime with a data plan ti Circle with Disney without a data with home unlimited high-speed internet. As for the apps themselves, I prefer Screentime's overall since it allows precise scheduling down to the minute (which Circle allows only according to 15-minute time blocks) and more intuitive blocking of apps. I somehow managed to unblock WhatsApp in Circle but am having difficulty figuring out how to apply strict limits on Circle without it blocking Skype and Outlook and other two-way communication apps. In the Screentime App, I could do so easily by simply choosing what apps I wanted to block. Circle with Disney does allow me to schedule more daily offtimes though. Also, whereas Screentime blocks or unblocks and app as a whole, Circle can more effectively block or unblock specific sites without blocking a web browser itself. I like the hardware component of Circle though. Unlike Screentime, which applies to the phone itself, Circle applies to the home internet connection instead, which gives the kids a break when they're at a friend's home (unless they have Circle too) or at the mall. Since they have no data plan, we don't worry about occasional unmanaged Wi-Fi access and Circle allows me to better control all home-connected devices at once. If Circle could combine the Circle hardware with Screentime Lab's software, we'd have a significantly improved package. Add the Circle app's ability to schedule multiple daily offtimes, and it would be even better. On the hardware side, I'm not even aware of an alternative to Circle. Looking at the hardware and the app as a package, I'd say it's a tie between Circle and Screentime, the former being better with home Wi-Fi, the latter with a data plan.
Quick update. The app still works as advertised however the device no longer works to accomplish anything other than drastically slow down your network. The kids hate this little gem, that should tell you that it does what it is supposed to do. A few reviewers have had suggestions for the devices improvement. I agree with most of the advices - however I would like to also suggest that devices that can not be monitored/controlled be placed into a cartagory instead of having to do trial and error.
It started off really well. I had the app and the device synced. About 5 weeks into using the system, the app was not able to locate the device. After talking to support, I have had no resolution. My box is just collecting dust and I am back to pulling the router plug when I don't want to give the kids access to the internet.
Why? Why would someone need this... The appeal for parents, which should be none existent, is only showing distrust in their kids. We will always have access to WiFi and Tak mg it away now will not help us... Please, any parent who reads this, don't buy it. Your kids will turn on you sooooo fast and a relationship could be lost...
Love the whole concept and ease! However the app sometimes just stops loading and I can't get in to manage. I have a pixel xl.
Whether you just started using Circle with Disney this week, or you’ve been using it since day one, you’re going to LOVE the new features in this update.
Weekend Time Limits
Unmanaged Filter Level
45 New Platforms
Backup & Restore
Learn more about these new features at medium.com/building-circle
As always, if you have any questions, need any help with Circle, or want to provide any feedback, you can contact our Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to support.meetcircle.com