Circle Set Up Essentials
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Circle Set Up Essentials

Worried about the Circle setup process? Don’t sweat it—we made it easy to get Circle up and running for your whole family.

In no time, you’ll be setting screen time limits and enjoying balance in your family’s online and offline life. It all starts with the Circle App.

Get the app and create an account

  • Grab your phone: Before setting up Circle on your kids’ devices, you’ll need to set up Circle on your own smartphone or tablet.
  • Download the Circle Parental Controls app. Find it on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store by searching for “circle parental controls”.
  • Create a Circle account

Activate your Circle subscription

  • If you already have a Circle Home Plus device, scan the QR code and follow the prompts in the app.
  • If you don’t have Circle Home Plus, start a 30-day free trial through the app store risk-free.

Set-up Circle Home Plus on your home network

  • Connect: Connect Circle Home Plus and your router using the Ethernet cable.
  • Pair: As backup, pair Circle Home Plus with your home Wi-Fi network.

Create Custom Profiles for Each Family Member

  • Set Filters: For each Profile, select an age-appropriate Filter Level, then customize to best fit your needs from there.
  • Create a few limits: You can set a Bedtime, create Time Limits, and more. Customize each profile based on age and interests and your preferences.
  • Assign devices: Each Family Profile should have at least one device assigned so your Circle settings can take effect. For mobile devices that you want to manage outside the home, you will need to download and install the Circle App directly on their device and select the Kid App option during the setup process.
  • Assign additional devices: If you’d like to assign another device to the profile, you can select from a list of devices discovered on your network, or you can pair another device by installing the Circle App on the additional device.
  • Enable push notifications: When prompted, enable notifications from Circle on both the Parent and Kid apps. We send alerts to parents about Circle connectivity (hint: we let you know if Circle is offline or uninstalled), and send alerts to kids on Time Limits, Rewards and more. Notifications must be enabled on both the Parent and Kid apps in order to use the Location feature.

Create a Home Profile for Devices Your Family Shares (for Circle Home Plus owners only)

  • Set Filters: Set up a Home Profile and customize filters for your family’s shared devices.
  • Assign devices: Add shared devices to the Home Profile by selecting from the list of devices discovered on the network (ex: smart TVs) or by installing the Circle App on devices your family shares.
  • Auto Assign devices: When a new device is found on your network, you can choose to have that device set to your Home Profile’s filter level. For example, if your child’s friend comes over, you can assign their device to your Home Profile. Then each time they come over, Circle will automatically apply those filters to the friend’s mobile device.

For more help getting the most out of Circle, you can watch our set up videos or find helpful articles on

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