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How to Update Animal Crossing: New Horizons

In this article, you'll learn how to update Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

On 21 August 2020, a new software update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons became available for download. Please take a moment to download and install this update while your Nintendo Switch console is connected to the internet.

Additional Information:

  • Save data will still be available for use after downloading the update.
  • If the console is connected to the internet, the update will download and install automatically.
  • All players must be using the same version of the software to play together. Please make sure you have the same software version as the person or people you are playing with.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Connect the Nintendo Switch console to the internet.
  2. Return to the HOME Menu and launch the game.
  3. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  4. Once the update is installed, the newest version number will be displayed on the title screen.

Update history

Ver. 1.4.2 (Released 21 August 2020)

The software has been updated if you see “Ver. 1.4.2” in the upper-right corner of the title screen.

General updates

The following issues have been addressed:

  • From Ver. 1.4.1:
    • Fixed issue where the “sumo ring” would not display properly.
  • From Ver. 1.4.0:
    • Fixed issue where the game would shut down under certain conditions when dreaming.
    • Fixed issue where shining soil would improperly appear behind buildings and other places.
    • Fixed issue where specific message cards sent from animal residents the player is close friends with would not arrive in the player’s mailbox as intended.
  • From Ver. 1.3.0:
    • Changed the MTU when playing with others from 1364 to 1240 in order to investigate an issue where players cannot play with others in certain network environments.

Ver. 1.4.1 (Released 6 August 2020)

The software has been updated if you see “Ver. 1.4.1” in the upper-right corner of the title screen.

General updates
The following issues that occurred in Ver. 1.4.0 have been fixed:

  • Fixed an issue where trees could mature and contain things other than the normal fruit, etc.
  • Fixed an issue where shining soil disappears after returning to your own island after a dream and buried Bells appear in that location instead.
  • Fixed an issue where the player swings their shovel through the air when attempting to hit a rock placed at a certain location.

Ver. 1.4.0 (Released 30 July 2020)

The software has been updated if you see “Ver. 1.4.0” in the upper-right corner of the title screen.

  • General updates
    • New seasonal events, fireworks shows, have been added.
    • New limited-time seasonal items have been added to Nook Shopping.
    • A new feature was added to the NookPhone Camera app, allowing you to turn off the guide information by pressing the Right Stick.
    • The “funny glasses” item now matches up with player skin colour variations.
  • Online connectivity features
    • A new feature allows you to sleep in a bed and meet Luna. You can upload a dream of your island via the internet or visit other uploaded dream islands.
    • New features have been added to the Custom Designs Portal. You can now search by design name or type. You can also create a list of favourite creators.
    • A new feature has been added for backing up save data to Nintendo’s servers via the internet. You can use backed-up save data with the island backup service if your Nintendo Switch console is lost or damaged.
      • You must have an active Nintendo Switch Online membership and enable island backup within Animal Crossing: New Horizons to use this new feature.
      • Save data cannot be restored at a customer’s discretion. If your console is damaged, you must contact Nintendo Support to start a repair request. If you have lost your console, you must contact Nintendo Support.
      • This feature does not allow save data to be transferred to a different console (unless your console is lost or damaged, as explained above). We currently plan on adding a save data transfer feature within 2020. Information on the feature and timing will be announced on a later date.
    • Learn more about the island backup service.
  • Fixed issues
    • Other adjustments were made to improve the gameplay experience.

Ver. 1.3.1 (Released 10 July 2020)

The software has been updated if you see “Ver. 1.3.1” in the upper-right corner of the title screen.

  • Fixed the following issues:
    • Addressed issue where players could not properly use a zen bridge or red zen bridge placed on top of a cliff (third tier).
    • Addressed issue where a wet suit would not be available for sale within Nook’s Cranny.
    • Addressed issue where hermit crabs would appear in places other than the beach.
    • Addressed issue where a dialogue bubble would improperly appear after speaking with island residents.

Ver. 1.3.0 (Released 3 July 2020)

The software has been updated if you see “Ver. 1.3.0” in the upper-right corner of the title screen.

  • General Updates
    • Players can now wear a wet suit and go diving in the ocean.
    • Players can now catch sea creatures while diving, which they can then donate to the museum.
    • Players can now encounter new visiting characters somewhere on the island.
    • Nook Miles can now be traded for new items.
    • New seasonal items have been added to the Nook Shopping catalog, available for limited time only.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • The names of several fish have been fixed in Korean and Simplified Chinese.
    • Addressed issues to further ensure an enjoyable gaming experience.

Ver. 1.2.1 (Released 22 May 2020)

The software has been updated if you see “Ver. 1.2.1” in the upper-right corner of the title screen.

General updates

  • Addressed issues to further ensure an enjoyable gaming experience.

Ver. 1.2.0 (Released 23 April 2020)

The software has been updated if you see “Ver. 1.2.0” in the upper-right corner of the title screen.

  • General updates
    • The following visiting merchants can now visit the island:
      • Leif (gardening shop)
      • Redd (Jolly Redd’s Treasure Trawler)
    • Added seasonal events.
    • Other adjustments were made to improve the gameplay experience.

Ver. 1.1.4 (Released 6 April 2020)

The software has been updated if you see “Ver. 1.1.4” or “Ver. 1.1.4a” in the upper-right corner of the title screen.

  • General updates
    • Fixed an issue where, when Flick is on your island, if you give him the number of scarab beetles required for a model, the model you receive is of a different insect.
      • How this issue will be resolved in affected save data:
        After the software is updated to Ver. 1.1.4, if you give Flick the required number of scarab beetles again, you will receive the correct model.
    • Adjusted the appearance rate of some Bunny Day eggs through 11/04/2020.
      • Note: Eggs will be easier to find on Bunny Day itself, which takes place on 12/04/2020.

Ver. 1.1.3 (Released 3 April 2020)

The software has been updated if you see “Ver. 1.1.3” or “Ver. 1.1.3a” in the upper-right corner of the title screen.

  • General updates
    • Fixed an issue where balloons stop showing up.

Ver. 1.1.2 (Released 2 April 2020)

The software has been updated if you see “Ver. 1.1.2” or “Ver. 1.1.2a” in the upper-right corner of the title screen.

  • General updates
    • Fixed an issue where an animal you’ve invited to move from another island doesn’t actually move, leaving the plot of land allocated for them to move to sold and unoccupied.
      • How this issue will be resolved in affected save data:
        After the software is updated to Ver. 1.1.2, the sold plot of land will revert to being available, and a new animal will become able to move there again.
      • Note: Unfortunately, the animal that was originally invited to move to your island when the issue occurred will not return to their original island, nor will their plan to move to your island be carried out.
    • Fixed an issue where a request from Tom Nook for the Resident Representative to find a plot of land for new residents disappears.
      • How this issue will be resolved in affected save data:
        After the software is updated to Ver. 1.1.2, if the island is developed to a certain point (Nook’s Cranny is either under construction or completed), the next time the Resident Representative plays the game, a special event will trigger during the island-wide broadcast and the story will move forward.
    • Fixed an issue where, after deleting a resident, it becomes impossible to move their house and/or other structures.
      • How this issue will be resolved in affected save data:
        After the software is updated to Ver. 1.1.2, it will once more become possible to request that these structures be moved.
    • Fixed an issue where both Nook Miles and Bells are subtracted when you use Nook Miles Tickets to go on a Mystery Tour and purchase an item from Wilbur.
    • Other adjustments were made to improve the gameplay experience.

Ver. 1.1.1 (Released 26 March 2020)

The software has been updated if you see “Ver. 1.1.1” or “Ver. 1.1.1a” in the upper-right corner of the title screen.

  • General updates
    • Fixed a serious issue that affected game balance.
    • In order to experience an upcoming seasonal event, after downloading Ver. 1.1.1 and once the event starts (real-world time), you will need to launch the software while connected to the internet to update to Ver. 1.1.1a.
      • Please note that a user with a linked Nintendo Account must launch the software to update to Ver. 1.1.1a.

Ver. 1.1.0 (Released 20 March 2020)

  • Online connectivity features
    • It's now possible to visit other islands through online play via the internet.
    • Added features related to NookLink, a game-specific service in the Nintendo Switch Online smart device app.
    • Added functionality for Best Friends.
    • Message cards can now be sent to friends or received from friends.
  • General updates
    • Added a seasonal event.
    • Other adjustments were made to improve the gameplay experience.