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

ACNH - How to Delete Your Island and Restart Your Game
You can restart your game to reset your island and villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch.

Find out how you can save items from your old save data to transfer to your new island as well as other tips and tricks when restarting your game!

How to Restart Animal Crossing: New Horizons

There is no in-game option to restart your game. However, you can delete all save data on your Nintendo Switch to start fresh.

1 Go to the Nintendo 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 Nintendo 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 - Restart Your Game - 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 - Restart Your Game - 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 - Restart Your Game - 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 - Restart Your Game - 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 - Restart Your Game - 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 - Restart Your Game - 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

ACNH - Restart Your Game - Drop Items in Friend
If you've really made up your mind about restarting your game to create a new island, we have a couple of tips and tricks that'll help you save some time by keeping some of your items!

Drop Items on a Friend's Island First

ACNH - Restart Your Game - Tips
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. You can get the items back once you've restarted your game.

List of Items and Furniture

Don't Learn DIY Recipes Yet

ACNH - Restart Your Game - DIY
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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