How to Delete and Transfer Save Data | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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This is a guide to deleting your save data and moving islands in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). In addition to how to erase your saved data and start a new game, we will show you how to move your data to another Switch, as well as how to restart your game.

How to Transfer Your Save Data

Moving Users and Save Data Will Be Available in the Future

The Island Backup and Restoration Service does not support moving save data to another Switch system. However, they are planned to be released this year. More details will be written when news is released.

A Backup Service is Available

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An island backup restoration service is available for lost or damaged Switch devices by uploading your data via the Internet. Check out this separate to learn how to avail of this service.

Island Backup Restoration Service | How to Recover Island Save Data

Will I Lose My Animal Crossing Data When I Get a New Switch?

Your Animal Crossing island save data is stored in the system's internal memory. This means that you cannot carry over your save data to a new Switch, as of the moment.

When you start the game with your profile on another Switch system, you will lose your data.

How to Delete Save Data

Summary of Steps

1 Go to the Switch Home Screen
2 Select “System Settings”
3 Go to “Data Management”
4 Choose “Delete Save Data”
5 Select Animal Crossing: New Horizons
6 Select the profile who's saved data will be deleted

1. Go to the Switch Home Screen

First, press the Home Button on the Switch to go Home. The Home Button is the small round button found underneath the right joystick.

2. Select “System Settings”

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From the Home Screen, find the Settings Icon from the bottom right side of the screen.

3. Go to “Data Management”

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From Settings, scroll down on the left-hand column until you find Data Management, then select it.

4. Choose “Delete Save Data”

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After selecting Data Management, scroll down on the right-hand colum. Find Delete Save Data from the bottom of this list.

5. Select Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Fire Emblem's saved data is used in the image

After choosing Delete Save Data, select Animal Crossing: New Horizon from the list of games.

6. Select the profile who's saved data will be deleted

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After selecting the game, it will ask you which profile will have the save data deleted. Choose Delete Save Data for [Name]. This will complete save data deletion.

Restarting Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to Restart the Game

Delete Save Data

There is no in-game option to restart New Horizons. However, you can delete all save data on the Switch to start fresh. Please follow the instructions above to do so.

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24 Anonymous4 days

>>23 did it work !??

23 Anonymous6 days

>>17 Couldn't you just set it to backup your island in game(via Cloud) , then delete it from your system to start fresh with the option of going back to your original island if you ever felt the need? Youd obviously have to delete the new island you started in or to restore your old island but, in theory it could work. Im going to give it a try lol whats almost 300 hours on my current island anyway, right 😬😬🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️

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