6 Reasons Why I Love the Jawbone UP24 (& Why You Might Too)

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This post is sponsored by Jawbone, but I loved this fitness tracker long before I connected with the nice people there, and I am more than happy to write this review. Get ready for me to totally geek out!

I’ve used the Jawbone UP24 for 4.5 months now, so, not surprisingly, I have a lot to say about it. It has sooooo many cool features, so I wasn’t sure where to begin with my review, and I decided to highlight my favorite things about the UP24.

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Without further ado, here are the 6 reasons why I love the Jawbone UP24 and why I think you might too!

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It encourages me to move more.

This is definitely the #1 thing that I love most about the Jawbone UP24. It’s constantly tracking my movement and idle time throughout the day, so I get real-time updates whenever I want to track my progress or need a little motivation. It’s basically checking in with yourself to see how you’re doing.

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The UP24 is more than just a pedometer because it sends me push notifications to tell me how close I am to my 10,000 step goal. (It also tracks my sleep… more on that in a minute!) For instance, it will let me know that I’m at 8,000 steps for the day, so I’ll make my afternoon walk with Murphy a little longer or head out for a family walk in the evening to make sure I hit my goal. It’s like having my own personal coach to push me to be more active. It’s awesome.

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Side note: The UP24 tracks your steps and running. In the above image, the red and orange bars in the graph are me running. It tracks other activities, like CrossFit, for instance, but it records the activity as general movement. It’s technically counted as steps by the UP24, but at a lesser level (as you can see by the smaller bars in the graph). The yellow peak late in the afternoon is me at CrossFit. I can’t remember the exact workout that we did, but the UP24 picked up on that movement. The other shorter yellow bars are me walking around the house and running errands.

It track my runs.

The UP24 syncs with RunKeeper, so I get a more detailed report of my running, including my route, pace, duration, goals, personal records… everything the app would normally do, but it syncs with my UP24, which means I can use it as a GPS watch too and all of my data is in one place and easily accessible on my phone. So cool! This is feature is especially awesome if you run or walk with a jogging stroller and you’re not constantly moving your arm with the UP24 to count your steps. I was actually kind of bummed when I realized that the UP24 didn’t record my steps when I was holding onto the stroller handle, but then I discovered the RunKeeper app and it was a game-changer (and the coolest thing ever)!

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It helps me prioritize sleep.

The UP24 has been a life-saver with an infant. It gives me an in-depth summary of my sleep, including graphs to let me know when and how much deep sleep and light sleep I get and how often I wake up during the night.

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With waking up to feed Quinn, sometimes multiple times a night, the UP24 has been awesome with helping me prioritize sleep when I go a few nights without getting a lot. The UP will send me bedtime reminders, like suggesting going to bed earlier to catch up on lost sleep. I especially like this when Quinn wakes up 3-4 times each night, and I have trouble getting back to sleep. I know I’m not sleeping much, but seeing it in black and white on my UP24 encourages me to make it a priority, so I try to take naps and go to bed earlier when I can. These little adjustments make all the difference, and I can function like a normal person! Haha! You can also use the Power Nap and Smart Alarm settings to get to sleep and wake up at optimal times for you.

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It connects to my favorites apps.

This is one of my favorite things about the Jawbone UP24. When I realized how many different apps it works with, it got a whole lot cooler to use! And the apps have expanded beyond just fitness, nutrition, and sleep apps. Now you can adjust your Nest Learning Thermostat, monitor your house with SmartThings, and walk your dog with Whistle, just to name a few. In addition to RunKeeper, I used MyFitnessPal for a little while at the beginning of the summer to track my meals and calories. It was so neat to see how they synced together. I had all of my food and exercise data in one place. (I know a lot of people use and love MyFitnessPal, so I wanted to make sure you guys knew about this awesome feature!) Additionally, the UP24 syncs with Gym Pact, Lose It, HealthyOut, PlateJoy, The Orange Chef, Munchery, and more! You can check out all of the compatible apps here.

It helps me get to know myself better and understand my choices.

The UP24 automatically tracks your daily activity and night’s sleep, so besides just pushing a button on the band before you fall asleep and after you wake up to let it know that you are asleep/awake, you don’t need to do anything else to it. Ok, well, you need to charge it about once a week, but it only takes about 20 minutes.

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The UP24 also gives me “daily insights” and updates to keep me motivated toward my goals. For instance, it’ll give me summaries about how many steps I’ve taken or how much sleep I’ve gotten, like the one below. (This is in addition to the real-time graphs and tallies you can access all the time via the UP app or online.)


It’s a visual reminder of my health and fitness goals.

I wear the UP24 pretty much 24/7 (I take it off when I shower), so it’s a constant reminder of my health and fitness goals. Simply glancing at my wrist during my daily activities motivates me to move more and prioritize sleep. It’s also a discrete accessory that doesn’t get in the way of my everyday life. I’d even say it’s kind of fashionable compared to other fitness trackers on the market. For those of you who asked about why Mal picked the Jawbone UP24 over other trackers, the way it looked was the main reason. He liked that it wasn’t an obvious tracker and looked kind of cool as a piece of arm candy. Additionally, he said he liked that the UP24 was compatible with so many different kinds of apps and the actual UP phone app was a lot more user-friendly and polished than other ones.



  1. A few little quirks that I have learned with my few months being an UP owner… if you get up with the kids too much at night, it will switch back to “awake” mode. So I always check after I have gotten up, before falling asleep. And I learned after my first marathon Walmart trip, that you have to have your arm moving (like you mentioned above) in order to track steps. When I am shopping, I have started pushing 1 handed or pulling my cart so I get my steps. And even though it says to wear it on your non-dominate arm, I tend to put it on my right because I carry everything on my left, and that reduces my arm swing too.
    I have the one you have to plug in to get feedback, because I only had an iPhone 4 when I got it, but I am hoping for the 24 for Christmas!

  2. Thanks for this super thorough update! I could definitely see myself getting into this… I just wonder if having this much info would make me a little crazy? Yes, it would keep me accountable and motivated, but will I feel guilty if I spend a lazy, rainy day (or two) on the couch catching up on Orange Is the New Black? 😉

  3. I love this post! I’ve been reseasrching different devices like this, so its great to read the insider info on one…I do have one question though in regards to the sleep tracking. You say you have to push something before you fall asleep? I’m perplexed by how this works since I am the type to sit in bed unable to fall asleep. Do you just push it when you get in bed, and it knows when you actually fall asleep? Or would my type of sleep make it inaccurate? Thanks so much!!

    1. You just push a button on the UP24 to tell it that you’re going to sleep. It tracks your sleep by your movement, so if you’re completely still it assumes you are sound asleep. But, if you toss and turn and then get up to use the bathroom, it’ll track it as light sleep or not sleeping. It’s not totally perfect since it really doesn’t know if you’re asleep or not, but it gives you a good idea what your sleep patterns are like!

  4. Do they have any information about EMF radiation exposure from this advice? I have read enough concerns when it comes to cell phones or anything wireless, so the thought of something that emits radiation being attached to me 24/7 has prevented me from buying one. I’d love to know if they have done any research!

  5. Thanks for the detailed review! I was considering getting one (or a Fitbit) and this is really helpful- I think it measure SO much about your daily life that I would become obsessive and stop listening to what my body is actually saying. I’m far too competitive with myself, and could see myself not taking rest days or sick days when I need them because I wouldn’t want to see low numbers. I’m glad you’re enjoying it, and glad that it works for so many people.

  6. Definitely a lot of cool features. Do you feel like it makes you “too” aware of your habits though? I worry for me that something like this would cause me to obsess, but I’m also someone that has trouble running with a Garmin. I guess there’s always a flip side to being aware of you own patterns.

  7. I LOVE my Jawbone! I’ve had mine for about a year and a half now and I’d be lost without it. It is definitely a friendly reminder for me to MOVE! I love how you can set it to alert you that you have been idel for so many minutes/hours. Working a desk job, that feature has been a lifesaver. Many time I would find myself sitting at my computer for 2-3 hours. Now, every hour my band vibrates at me and I get up and take a lap around the building. 🙂 I also love tracking my sleep. So cool!

  8. I love how slim the Jawbone Up is.

    I actually have a Fitbit Flex and like it a lot. I’m really excited with all the new native health functionality on iOS and Android to see how daily health gets more and more embedded in our lives. The iPhone Health app looks super slick, unfortunately, nothing I use connects with it. 🙁

  9. I’ve been waiting for this review and am so impressed; what a great, in depth review. Thank you! I’m debating a few different trackers and appreciate the ins and outs of the jawbone.

  10. I love my jawbone too! I’ve had mine for about 6 months. If you update the firmware on the band the charge lasts 14 days instead of 7 like it used to!

  11. I’ve had my Up24 for about 4 months as well, and I love it. I have it set to buzz if I have been idle for over an hour, and that motivates me to step away from my desk for a bit. It is also pretty durable – I accidentally wore it in the surf at beach in Florida; it slipped off my wrist when a big wave hit us, and I thought it was gone forever. Somehow it washed back onshore a few hours later right where our friends were hanging out, and it still worked!! That was 2 months ago and I haven’t had any problems!

  12. Now THIS is what I call a great review!! I’ve seen this exact product reviewed by someone else and it was not helpful at all. Your review answered ALL my questions and I’m actually rethinking getting one of these. I’m going to ask my husband to get me one for Christmas. You totally turned me around on this.

    So glad that you do what you do!

  13. Thank you for this review! I’ve thought about getting some kind of fitness tracker, but, I haven’t taken the plunge yet. I never thought about having my sleep tracked though. I’m way over the baby stage, but, I work shift work and I work nights several times a week. I find that when I work nights I don’t sleep enough and when I come off night shift for my days off I try not to sleep the day away… I’m pretty sure I don’t get enough sleep at all. This may help me make sleep more of a priority. I may have to put this on my Christmas wish list (or get it for myself) 🙂

  14. The Jawbone seems really neat! I have a Fitbit, which I really like, but the battery life really sucks for someone that’s super active. But even being super active, it keeps me active on those days where I just don’t feel like it. Love being able to track it!

  15. I’ve never had a jawbone, but I have a Fitbit. I notice with my Fitbit that it doesn’t do a great job at tracking my cardio workouts – i.e. spin, stairmaster or elliptical. I use a heart monitor for those things. It’s way more accurate. Outside of that an activity tracker is a great motivation. I’m not sure if Jawbone has the same limitations.

  16. Stupid question # 45… I’ve been reading about fitness trackers lately and would love to get one. However, I use a blackberry device exclusively. Does yours only work with I phones? By the way, I am 60 yrs old, work out obsessively…seven days a week run 50+ miles per week and lift. Did it with 4 kids at 445 am, so it’s kinda fun to relive your experiences. My kids are 23, 20, 18 and 14 and that’s what started my early workout journey. Never got over it

  17. I was reading Kath’s thoughts on KERF regarding the UP because I’ve really been wanting a fitness tracker. When you said you can sync it with RunKeeper I was sold. I’m getting one this weekend!

  18. Thanks for the review. I’ve been thinking about getting a fitness tracker but I do a lot of workouts that I wasn’t sure how compatible they’d be to such a device. How does it treat a workout on the elliptical for example? I also practice quite a bit of yoga so wasn’t sure if it would really be too useful – any thoughts? The sleep component sounds like such a useful piece though!

  19. Last year I had the Jawbone and loved it. But sadly the software kept messing up and it would randomly stop working. After going through 2 of them and hearing so many other people having the same issues I decided to save my money and find a more reliable tracker. I wouldn’t not recommend this product to anyone

  20. I think I’m sold. If I have something that says “HEY MEG CATCH UP ON SLEEP – GO TAKE A NAP” I think it’s a given. I need one.

    That laundry that needs to be folded. Nope. Take a nap!

  21. I have had my UP for a year and a half now. I absolutely love it. It syncs with so many apps (I really need to get the Withings scale so it automatically connects too). They also have FANTASTIC customer service. I have had the band die on me before (I have the older plug in version) and they have sent me a new band…3 times! No questions asked. Very prompt in all their communications and very helpful about troubleshooting. One thing I’ll mention about the sleep function, if you do forget to press the button to tell it you’re going to sleep, you can manually put it in later and it still interprets your data correctly. My absolute FAVORITE function is the sleep alarm. The band will vibrate to wake you within a set amount of time while you are in a light sleep so you wake feeling refreshed and not groggy I got it for this one feature alone and it has been a life saver. For instance, I set it to go off at 7:30 am, and for a 20 minute window, it will sense within 20 minutes before 7:30 if I’m in a light sleep and then wake me up. If I’m not in a light sleep it will go ahead and vibrate at that 7:30 alarm time. I have had better mornings in the last year than I have ever had. And it isn’t loud, so you don’t wake up a spouse either. This band is worth the money; best investment ever.

  22. I really like the look of this tracker and I think it’s really cool that it tracks sleep! I would just be worried that I might get too obsessive with all that information. In the other hand I am a bit of a geek and I might just love it!

  23. I’ve never really given a whole lot of thought to activity trackers in the past. I thought they were just a fad and didn’t do a whole lot besides track steps…boy, was I wrong! I don’t even know all the different ones out on the market, but the UP seems to be very technologically advanced and I like that it synchs with so many apps. I may need to look into them a little more. I think it would really help remind me of daily movement too. I sit at my desk most of the day to work, and try to use my lunch hour to take a walk, but this would be a constant reminder to move at more than just my lunch hour. All little movements add up to make a healthier life. Thanks for the review.

  24. Thanks for a great review! I’ve been thinking about getting a fitness tracker for a while, and I think you’ve just swayed me towards the Jawbone UP24 🙂

    Just wondering which size you had, as I know the band comes in S, M or L?

  25. Great Review as always! I was just wondering..if it’s constantly connected to your phone, is it always using up your data when you’re not on wifi?

  26. Thank you so much for this review! I thought about getting one of these but didnt really know what all it could do. With your detailed explanations, I now want to get one for all the exercise/workouts I do. 🙂

  27. This is awesome! My sister and I both run – but as she’s expecting her first baby in the New Year, you can guess what I’m buying her for Christmas. I would like to know the answer to the question which Jenna asks above, though, about data use?

    Thanks, from Mari.

  28. I’ve been reading your blog for a while, but I love it even more now that I’ve moved to Texas from Boston because it lets me see the weather 🙂 I have been looking into fitness trackers for so long (driving myself crazy on the internet), but your review got me to bite the bullet and get a Jawbone UP24. I just wanted to let you know because I didn’t use your reference link – I went to Best Buy because they are so good at helping when stuff breaks. I wanted to make sure you got the credit though !!

  29. I just bought the up24 and am so excited to use it. Just curious how you use it for runs and classes? Do you bring both your phone and the up on a run? Do you set the activity timer? Or add back in your runs and activities later?

    Thanks so much, your review really encouraged me to buy the up!

  30. Hi, I got a Jawbone Up24 for Christmas and Im still trying to figure out how to work it. My biggest question is that it doesn’t vibrate when Im in idel. I’ve gone to the movies a few times and noticed it never vibrated while I sat there for 2.5 hours. Also, it doesn’t vibrate when I’m approaching 10,000 steps. One more thing, the time seems to be off sometimes. For example yesterday it shows the last recorded time (on the graph) was 12:59pm, but I was up walking until 10pm. My steps are correct, over 10,000 but the time didn’t update. Do you think it’s broken? Thanks for your help.

  31. I thought this review was very helpful. I just got my Up24 and I am having a hard time with the app. I want to sync with my fitness pal and haven’t figured out how to do it. I don’t find it user friendly, I did not grow up with all the technology and have tried to keep up with it but this is more of a challenge for me. I welcome any suggestions.

  32. Wait a couple of months. My band stopped working under warranty and Jawbone cannot find a replacement.

    Waste of money, bad policies.

  33. I just got up24, and connected UP and RunKeeper apps. But how do I pair my up24 with RunKeeper so it works as GPS to track my runs? Do I have to still have my phone with me when I run or is simply turning on UP24 in stopwatch mode sufficient? The RunKeeper feed does not show my Up24 tracks.

    ps. I really enjoyed your article, learned much more about what this little band can do! thank you so much

  34. Does it track driving as steps? My Fitbit Charge HR does, and since I’m a truck driver that is a major fail.

  35. my complaint is it doesn’t have a stairmaster option. I don’t understand since it has elliptical option.. also it doesn’t track my steps correctly on the stair master unless I swing my arms the entire time

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