Animal Crossing: New Horizons introduces a series of new features to the Animal Crossing series, including cloud saving.
You no longer have to worry about losing rare fish or furniture due to power outages – or your entire island, theft, or console failure.
Aside from cloud save, this guide will also discuss automatic storage, manual storage, and transfer storage topics for Animal Crossing New Horizons.
How to Manage Cloud Saving and Recovery Island
Animal Crossing: New Horizons added cloud storage and island recovery options as part of the July 2020 update.
This update allows you to upload islands and save data to the Internet at certain times, so you can later recover your progress if your console switch fails, is lost or stolen. (Since you may have included hundreds of hours in your game, we recommend that it is vital to turn on this feature)
Island Backup on Animal Crossing: New Horizons
To set it up, you first need to make sure you have a Nintendo Switch Online account.
It would be best if you booted New Horizons and, when you are at the title screen, press the ‘-‘ (minus button) button to open the Settings menu.
Next, you want to select the ‘Island backup’ option, followed by ‘Enable island backup.’
With the Island Backup option activated, your New Horizons island will be regularly backed up when you don’t play games, and your Nintendo Switch is connected to the Internet. The time and date of your last backup will be displayed in the lower-left corner of the title screen.
You can disable ‘Island Backup’ at any time by returning to the Settings menu and selecting the option, ‘Disable island backup,’ followed by ‘Yes, disable backup’ to confirm your decision.
Restoring your island data depends on whether this loss is caused by theft or damage to your Nintendo Switch console.
If your console has been stolen, then you should contact Nintendo Customer Support.
If your Nintendo Switch has been repaired, you need to boot New Horizons as the player who activates ‘Island backup.’
After the new game loads, check that the island shown in the title screen is your island. If so, then you don’t need to worry and keep playing New Horizons.
You also have to make sure that you have not started a new island on the console, if not you must delete Animal Crossing: New Horizons save data on your console to restore your old island.
If you cannot see your island, you need to press and hold the ‘-‘(minus button), and if you have done it right, a screen will appear, asking if you want to check the island’s data to recover.
Make sure you are connected to the Internet, before selecting ‘Check’ You will be given a backup of your island, which you can choose for recovery. If you have backed up several islands under this user account, you need to make sure you choose the right one.
The game will restart after the island is restored, and you will be able to continue playing New Horizons.
Note this is different from Save Data Support as part of Nintendo Switch Online membership – this is most likely due to the limitation of one island per Nintendo Switch. This means you must activate this function in the game through the steps above rather than at System Level.
How many islands can you save on Animal Crossing: New Horizons?
On Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you are limited to one island per console, which means that everyone who uses your Nintendo Switch will share the same island.
Because the maximum number of users that Nintendo Switch can have is eight, this also means that there are a total of eight human inhabitants on an island in New Horizons.
If you want to start the New Horizons adventure again, you must delete the save data from your Nintendo Switch. This will allow you to create an entirely new island, but this will sacrifice your first island.
Transferring save data for Animal Crossing: New Horizons
According to the Animal Crossing: New Horizons page on the Nintendo UK website, the game will initially not allow you to transfer saved files from one Nintendo Switch to another.
But it continues to say that a special function for Animal Crossing: New Horizons to move users and save data to other consoles is planned for later this year.