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Animal Crossing: New Horizons — How to set up NookLink

Animal Crossing New Horizons Jennifer House
Animal Crossing New Horizons Jennifer House (Image credit: iMore)

NookLink is a companion app that is actually useful for Animal Crossing: New Horizons players, and it's easy to not even realize it's a part of the game if you're unfamiliar with it. As a new Animal Crossing player whose first game in New Horizons, I didn't follow the lead up to its release all that much. Because of this, there's a lot I didn't know about it. NookLink allows people to chat with other players, scan QR codes to send custom designs between different Animal Crossing games, and manage your Best Friends list.

Note: A Nintendo Switch Online subscription is required to use the mobile app and NookLink.

  1. On the title screen in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, press the minus button at the top of your left Joy-Con to access the settings.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Title Screen (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Select NookLink settings once Tom Nook asks you which settings you'd like to access.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Nook Link Settings (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Confirm that you'd like to setup NookLink by selecting Yes, please!.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Nook Link Access Confirm (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Download the Nintendo Switch Online app on your mobile device.
  2. Sign in to your account.
  3. Under Game-Specific Services, select Animal Crossing: New Horizons.Source: iMore

Nintendo Online App Sign In (Image credit: iMore)

Nintendo Online App Game Specific Services Animal Crossing (Image credit: iMore)

Nintendo Online App Nook Link Welcome (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Press Start on the screen that pops up.Source: iMore

Nintendo Online App Nook Link Things You Can Do (Image credit: iMore)

Nintendo Online App Nook Link Apps (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Select which in-game app you'd like to access including your Passport, Designs, Keyboards, Best Friends, and Settings.

That's all there is to it to set up NookLink. If you're even curious about it, we have a handy guide detailing everything you can do.

Any questions?

How are you enjoying Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Are you getting connected with NookLink? Let us know in the comments below.

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life, and bought a Nintendo Switch specifically for all things Pokemon. You can find her obsessing over Star Wars and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.