How to Delete Your Island and Restart Your Game | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

ACNH - How to Delete Your Island and Restart Your Game
Learn how to reset your game when you want to start over or reroll your island and villagers on Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to also learn what you should do to save what you already have and get them back on your next playthrough.

How to Restart Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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 to do so.

Steps to Delete Save Data

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 Delete All Save Data for this Software.
7 Start the game.

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

ACNH - Select System Settings

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

3. Go to Data Management

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

4. Choose Delete Save Data

ACNH - Delete Save Data

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

ACNH - Select ACNH for Deletion
After choosing Delete Save Data, select Animal Crossing: New Horizons from the list of games.

6. Select Delete All Save Data for this Software

ACNH - Delete All Saved Data
Select Delete All Save Data for this Software to wipe all the save data for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

7. Start the Game

ACNH - Timmy and Tommy Intro
Once you have successfully cleared all save data, start the game again to see Timmy and Tommy.

Restart your character name and appearance, as well as the island layout and name.

Beginner's Guide to Animal Crossing New Horizons

Tips and Tricks to Save Items and DIY Recipes

Drop Items on a Friend's Island First

If there are any special furniture or DIY items you want to keep, you might want to leave them on a friend's island first by visiting them online.

This allows you to carry 40 items at most, if you have the last pocket upgrade. Then, when you have restarted your game, you can get them back.

List of Items and Furniture

Do Not Learn DIY Recipes Yet

Similar to the above method, if you have any DIY Recipes that you want to learn, you can drop them on a friend's island.

Once you have restarted the game, you can visit your friend's island again to get them back.
List of DIY Recipes | How to Get DIY Crafting Recipes

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1 Anonymousabout 2 months

If you delete your game, what happens to your designs on the portal?

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