Island Backup Restoration Service | How to Recover Island Save Data | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

ACNH - Island Backup Restoration Service | How to Recover Island Save Data

You can now finally backup and restore your save data in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). Learn how the Island Backup Restoration Service works, and to transfer your data and move your island below!

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What is the Island Backup Service?

A Way to Restore Your Save Data In Case of Switch Loss or Damage

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Starting from July 30, 2020, the new Island Backup Restoration Service will be available; as it is included in the version 1.4.0 update.

This will allow you to back up your Animal Crossing: New Horizons save data, via the Internet, and restore that save data from the backup only if your Switch main unit gets lost, stolen, or damaged.

Update the Game to Ver 1.4.0

Before you can use this service, please update your game to Ver 1.4.0 or later.

Requires Nintendo Switch Online Subscription

ACNH - Nintendo Switch Online
To be able to use this service, you must have an active Nintendo Switch Online subscription, and your profile must also be linked to a Nintendo Account.

Service is Different from the Save Data Cloud Function

Please take note the the Island Backup is different from the Save Data Cloud which is available in selected games. You will not be able to access and redownload your save data on another Switch system, even if you use your Nintendo Account.

How to Backup Your Save Data

Steps to Backup Your Save Data

1 Press the - button on the Title Screen.
2 Select Island Backup.
3 Enable Island Backup.
4 Island Backup Complete! Confirm changes at the title screen.

1. Press the - button on the Title Screen

ACNH - Settings Location
From the game title screen, press the - button to open the Settings. You can see on the lower left side of the title screen if backups are not set.

2. Select Island Backup Setting

ACNH - Selecting Island Backup
Next, select Island Backup.

3. Enable Island Backup

ACNH - Enabling Island Backup
Next, enable Island Backup. Your game data will now be updated regularly, at times where you aren't playing but have your Switch connected to the internet.

4. Island Backup Complete!

ACNH - Island Backup Enabled on Title Screen
Island Backup is now enabled! You can check the date and time of the most recent backup on the lower left side of the title screen.

How to Restore Your Island Save Data

Save Data Cannot Be Restored at Your Own Will

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Restoration Service is only applicable in the events of loss or damage to the Switch system. You will not be able to restore your save data as you like. A new or repaired Switch is required.

Cannot Be Used to Move Island Save Data!

The restoration service cannot be used to move your save data to a new Switch. Please do not delete your save data even if you have backup data.

Steps to Restore Save Data

1 Prepare a Switch that has no Animal Crossing: New Horizons save data.
2 Link your Nintendo account to your profile.
3 Launch the game using the profile with the linked account.
4 Press the - button immediately when the Nintendo logo appears on the top left corner of the screen.
5 Start data restoration.
6 Set up island backup on the Switch.

1. Prepare a Switch that has no Save Data

Restore data 1

To start, prepare a Switch system that has no Animal Crossing: New Horizons save data. If one already exists, please delete it first.
How to Delete and Transfer Save Data

2. Link Your Nintendo Account to Your Profile

Restore data 2
Next, connect the Nintendo Account which has the backup save data from your previous Switch. Be sure that you have island backup enabled prior to restoration. Make sure your account also has an active Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

3. Launch the Game Using the Profile

Restore data 3
Start the game using the profile with the linked Nintendo Account.

4. Press the - Button When the Nintendo Logo Appears

Restore data 4
When you start the game, immediately press the - button when the Nintendo logo appears on the top left corner of the screen. This will take you to the settings.

If Timmy and Tommy have already appeared, please close the game and retry from step 3.

5. Start Data Restoration

Restore data 5
A message will appear, prompting you to start data restoration. Accept to download your backup save data.

6. Set Up Island Backup on the Switch

Restore data 6
When island restoration successfully finishes, Tom Nook will appear and you can set up island backup on the new Switch.

Contact Nintendo Consumer Support

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For a damaged Switch, you can send it to a repair center (costs are separate) to get a new or repaired Switch. Your island and user data will be recovered, and you can continue your island life.

However, in the event of loss or theft, you can contact the Nintendo Consumer Support to restore your data.

Nintendo Support Page

How to Disable Island Backup

ACNH - Disable Island Backup
To turn off Island Backup, simply go to the Settings and choose to disable island backup and confirm.

Please take note that when you disable island backup, you will not be able to restore your data when your Switch gets lost or damaged.

How to Transfer Data to Another Switch (Moving Your Island)

Download the Island Transfer Tool

ACNH - Island Transfer Tool
The Island Transfer Tool lets you transfer save data to another Switch. This service is useful for those who bought a new system but does not want to start a new island again.

For more information on how to use the Island Transfer Tool, see the guide below.
Island Transfer Tool Guide

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3 Anonymous7 months

>>2 Girl getchyo self outta there tf. Make a new island. Start fresh on the game and in life boo

2 NotSoAnonymous9 months

So ive been playing on my boyfriends switch and now we've been thinking about separating and i want to keep playing my island do i really have to restart the whole game or stay with him :/

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