Animal Crossing: New Horizon server is down for maintenance [Resolved]

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What you need to know

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons' server is down for maintenance right now.
  • This mainly affects online activities associated with the game.
  • Until the server comes back up, players cannot visit other islands or send gifts to friends via online play.
  • It's unclear when things will be back to normal.

Updated Feb. 2, 2021, 9:00 p.m. ET: The Animal Crossing server is back up and online functions are working properly again.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons players aren't able to use the game's online services to travel to another island, welcome visitors to their own island, or send gifts right now due to the Animal Crossing server being down for maintenance. Local communications are unaffected.

If players attempt to use any part of the game that requires online services a notification pops up that reads:

Error Code: 2306-0811

The server is currently undergoing maintenance.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Please try again later.

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Acnh Server Down Maintenance (Image credit: iMore)

It's currently unclear how long the server will be down for. However, if we were to guess, we'd say it will likely only be down for 30 minutes to a couple hours. Last time the Animal Crossing server went down a large update became available right afterwards. It's possible this maintenance has something to do with the upcoming Festivale event, the Animal Crossing Mario event scheduled for March, or other big changes coming to New Horizons.

Animal Crossing is one of the best Nintendo Switch games of all time. With it being such a popular game, the server going down definitely affects a lot of players. We'll keep on top of this news and will update when the server comes back on.

If you're looking for a fun multiplayer Switch game to play in the meantime, we highly recommend Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

If you're really missing the life sim fun, you might want to check out the best Switch games that are like Animal Crossing. Some of them also offer online multiplayer options. Who knows, maybe you'll discover another game that you love just as much.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.