How to Add or Delete Players | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

ACNH - How to Add or Delete Players
You can add or delete additional players on the same island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch.

Find out how you can play on a single save file with more than one player and what you need to watch out for when adding or deleting players in the game!

How to Add Players

Steps Directions
1 Start the Game with another user
2 Receive your tent and NookPhone

1. Start the Game with Another User

ACNH - How to Add User - Start the game on the Target Switch

Other users on your Nintendo Switch can join your island as a new villager, all they have to do is start up the game in their own user account.

Additional players will then answer Timmy and Tommy's questions. These include the name, birthday, and appearance questions.

However, unlike the first player, additional players don't need to answer the question, What would you bring to a deserted island?

Additional Players cannot make their own Island

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A single Nintendo Switch is limited to one island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

So if a different user wants to have their own island, they'll need a separate Nintendo Switch and a separate copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is required.

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2. Receive a Tent and NookPhone on Arrival

ACNH - How to Add User  - Receive a Tent and NookPhone
Additional players will arrive on the island and receive a Tent and NookPhone. They can take a DIY Workshop with Tom Nook to start crafting items.

Keep in mind that additional players can't progress most of the required story goals after completing the DIY Workshop.

Added players will have a sandbox game experience without set goals unlike the first or original user who'll have to accomplish goals to gain progress with their island.

What to Watch Out for When Adding Players

The Flimsy Axe and Flimsy Shovel DIY Recipes Must Be Purchased

Although the first player receives DIY Recipes as part of the story, additional players must purchase the Recipes for themselves.

They're available for sale in Resident Services or Nook's Cranny, depending on if Nook's Cranny has been built yet.

How to Delete Players

Press - on the Title Screen

ACNH - Deleting Player Data Explanation

Steps Directions
1 Press the - Button on the title screen
2 Follow dialogue to delete save data

1. Press the - Button

Press the - Button on the game's title screen to access game settings.

You'll be taken to a screen with Tom Nook, where you can change your settings in the game!

2. Follow Dialogue

Select Save data, then Delete resident registration. to remove the current user's save data.

Once you erase or delete a player, you won't be able to bring them back, so be sure to think twice before deleting a player!

The first player cannot be deleted

Keep in mind that the original player who came to the island acts as the Resident Representative for the island, so their save data cannot be erased from the Settings menu.

If you want to erase the save data for the first player, you'll need to delete the save data of Animal Crossing: New Horizons as a whole, which will also delete all the other save data together with it.

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Can 2 People Play On 1 Switch?

Play Locally with Party Play

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With New Horizon's new feature, players on the same island can now play together. You can play with up to 4 people on local multiplayer using Party Play!

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