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How to Transfer an Island to a New Nintendo Switch Console (Animal Crossing: New Horizons)

In this article, you’ll learn how to transfer an entire island and all residents in Animal Crossing: New Horizons to a new Nintendo Switch console.

Important

  • Access to both the source Nintendo Switch console and the target Nintendo Switch console is required to transfer an island. Local wireless communication must be enabled on both consoles.
  • The Island Transfer Tool (available as a free software download) must be downloaded from Nintendo eShop on both consoles.
  • The resident you want to transfer must already be living in a house.
  • The island will no longer be available to visit on the source Nintendo Switch console after transferring. If you would rather only transfer individual residents (not including the island's Resident Representative) to a separate island on the target console, see our steps on How to Transfer an Individual Resident to a New Island.

Will the target (new) console be completely replacing the source (original) console in your household?

Follow these steps if you will no longer be using the source console. These steps ensure that all your users and user data will be transferred to the target console.

  1. Make sure that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is updated to the latest software version on your source console.
  2. Download the Island Transfer Tool for Animal Crossing: New Horizons on your source console, if you haven’t already.
  3. Transfer the User Data of the player from the source (original) Nintendo Switch console to the target (replacement) Nintendo Switch console. This will transfer all software save data tied to the user account, other than Animal Crossing: New Horizons, to the target console.
    • Repeat this step for each user account. If you are transferring all user accounts, a default account named “User” will remain on the source console.
  4. Make sure that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is updated to the latest software version on the target console.
  5. Download the Island Transfer Tool for Animal Crossing: New Horizons on your target console.
  6. Open the Island Transfer Tool on each console.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions and select Continue, then Let’s begin.
  8. On the source console, select Source.
  9. Select Yes to confirm when the name of your island on the source console is displayed.
    • If Animal Crossing: New Horizons has not been updated to the latest software version, your console nickname will be displayed instead of your island name.
  10. On the target console, select Target.
  11. On the source console, select Continue. On the target console, select Proceed.
  12. When the target console is detected, select Transfer data on the source console.
  13. When the source console is detected, select Proceed on the target console. The transfer will begin.
  14. When the transfer is complete, a message will appear on both consoles. The save data is now deleted on the source console and present on the target console.
  15. Launch Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the target console to continue playing on your island.

Follow these steps if you will continue to use the source console. Note that your island will be completely transferred to the target console, so you will no longer be able to play on the island on your source console.

  1. Make sure that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is updated to the latest software version on both consoles.
  2. Download the Island Transfer Tool for Animal Crossing: New Horizons on both consoles.
  3. Open the Island Transfer Tool on both consoles.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions and select Continue, then Let’s begin.
  5. On the source console, select Source.
  6. Select Yes to confirm when the name of your island on the source console is displayed.
    • If Animal Crossing: New Horizons has not been updated to the latest software version, your console nickname will be displayed instead of your island name.
  7. On the target console, select Target.
  8. On the source console, select Continue. On the target console, select Proceed.
  9. When the target console is detected, select Transfer data on the source console.
  10. When the source console is detected, select Proceed on the target console. The transfer will begin.
  11. When the transfer is complete, a message will appear on both consoles. The save data has now been deleted from the source console and is present on the target console.
  12. Launch Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the target console using the user account you will be using for your resident.
  13. When prompted, select the resident name for the user account. You cannot change the resident associated with your user account later, so be sure it is the correct one.
    • Repeat this step for any other user accounts and residents that will be playing the game.