How to Access NookLink in the Nintendo Switch Online App (Animal Crossing: New Horizons)

Applies to: Nintendo Switch Family, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite

In this article, you'll learn how to access NookLink in the Nintendo Switch Online app, to enhance some of the features in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Important: If you've recreated your character or island and NookLink is still displaying your previous data, please read A Deleted Character Still Appears in NookLink (Animal Crossing: New Horizons) for further assistance.


  • NookLink is a service in the Nintendo Switch Online app that allows you to use custom design QR codes from earlier Animal Crossing titles, use your keyboard to chat with other players, and see information about your Best Friends in the game. 

  • A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use NookLink. 

Complete these steps

  1. If you have not already done so, activate NookLink from the Animal Crossing: New Horizons title screen.

    1. Launch the game from the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu. 

    2. On the title screen, press the (-) Button (Settings). 

    3. Select NookLink settings, then Yes, please. 

  2. Launch the Nintendo Switch Online app on your smart device and link the same Nintendo Account that you use with Animal Crossing: New Horizons. 

  3. In the “Game-Specific Services” area of the app, select Animal Crossing: New Horizons to access the available features:

    • Passport: View information about your character and other residents that you've encountered. 

    • Designs: Scan a QR Code for designs created in Animal Crossing: New Leaf or Animal Crossing: Happy Home Design. You can use your NookPhone in Animal Crossing: New Horizons to download saved designs to your game. 

    • Keyboards: Use your smart device keyboard to chat with friends. 

    • Best Friends: View and communicate with your Best Friends in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. 

    • Settings: Change the player or language on your app, and view copyright information and credits.