List of NookPhone Apps and How to Unlock Them | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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This page is a list of the NookPhone apps available in the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for Nintendo Switch. Read on to find out what the different NookPhone apps are and how to unlock them, as well as the app functions.

List of NookPhone Apps and How to Unlock Them

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DIY Recipes.png DIY Recipes Shopping catalog.png Nook Shopping Catalog Island Creator.png Island Creator
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Passport.png Passport Villager Call.pngCall Resident Best Friends List icon.pngBest Friends List
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Unlock Condition: Available from the beginning

Take shots of your favorite places on the island.

This handy app will let you take pictures of your adventures on the island. You can even make matching faces with other villagers and take pictures together!
How to Use the Camera

Nook Miles

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Unlock Condition: Available from the beginning

Complete challenges and earn miles!

Nook Miles is a new feature that lets you earn miles by completing certain challenges.

You can use your miles to pay for your loan, but you can also exchange them for special rewards at Resident Services and for access to certain useful features.
Nook Mileage Program Activities & Rewards List


Bug List
Unlock Condition: After catching your first bug or fish

Give your caught bugs and fish to Tom Nook!

After giving the first bug or fish you caught to Tom Nook, Critterpedia will be available. From there, you can view details about the critter such as their seasonality and current active hours.

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DIY Recipes

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Unlock Condition: Available from the beginning

Check out all your DIY Recipes!

Through the DIY Recipes app, you can check the recipes you have and the recipes that you've already made! Take note though that you can't actually make the recipes through the app. Instead, you would need a 'work table'.
List of DIY Recipes | How to Get DIY Crafting Recipes

Nook Shopping Catalog

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Unlock Condition: Purchase 100 Items through Nook Shopping at the Nook Stop

Shopping at your fingertips!

You will unlock this app after purchasing 100 items through Nook Shopping at the Nook Stop! Through this app, you can view and order special goods or items from your catalog anywhere!

How to Get the Nook Shopping App

Island Designer

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Unlock Condition: Island Reaches 3-Star Rating & K.K. Slider Visits

Create the island of your dreams!

This app will let you modify the island. This includes modifying the rivers, cliffs, roads, and more! You can even create paths that can be seen on the map!

How to Use the Island Designer App

Custom Designs

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Unlock Condition: Available from the beginning

Create your own designs!

Dress yourself up with your own designs using the Custom Designs app! The designs you make in the 32x32 grid can be used for your clothes, the ground, or even as face paint. You can even unlock the Custom Design Editor Pro for 800 Nook Miles.

How to Create Custom Designs


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Unlock Condition: Available from the beginning

A handy way to find the other villager's houses!

The map is a useful app that shows you where each villager lives along with any other useful buildings on the island. Hover over each icon to see what the building is.

You can also view the player's Dream Address* here if they have it enabled.

*Requires the ver 1.4.0 update.

Chat Log

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Unlock Condition: First time playing online!

Can be used during online play!

You can read messages sent during online play through the Chat Log.

How to Play Online Multiplayer | Do You Have to Pay for Online?


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Unlock Condition: Available from the beginning

Set your profile through this app.

With the Passport app, you can easily adjust your profile and make changes to your photo, comment, and title! On top of that, the Passport app will also display your name, birthday, and registration date.
How To Make A Passport | Passport Title List

Call Resident

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Unlock Condition: Available on a second player's arrival

Play with up to four people!

Use the Call Resident app to engage in local multiplayer with up to four players!

How to Use Party Play | Playing on One Switch

Best Friends List

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Unlock Condition: Visit a friend's* island for the first time

*Friend added in the Switch user's profile.

Let your friends know that you're online! Add best friends and send them messages through this app. Being best friends with other players also has additional in-game features!
How to Add Best Friends

Rescue Service

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Unlock Condition: Available from the beginning

Warp straight to your home!

If you ever get lost on the island, you can use up some of your miles in order to get transported straight to your home. We still don't have the exact number of miles required, so stay tuned for more info!

How to Use the Rescue Service App

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