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Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Import Images, Custom QR

by Ginny Woo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been treating us well, but we’re wanting to make our experiences a little more unique. Forget the mystery of Daisy Mae’s creation and Joan’s potential death, there’s been some chatter on the internet with people showing off some really wild outfits amongst other things. Wondering how to use Animal Crossing: New Horizons to import images via custom QR and to unlock your designing potential? We’ve got how.

Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Import Images, Custom QR

So, you’ve seen some cool designs kicking around on Twitter or something, and maybe you’re wondering how to get images like that into your own Town. Well, your island now. Sometimes it’s a bit hard to keep track. Maybe you want a sick new flag? Maybe you want something else that’s a little more varied than a RGB color palette and a smiley face? Well, you can get that if you know how to import images in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Here’s essentially how it all works, but we’re going to note one super important thing first – in Animal Crossing New Horizons, importing images involves NookLink.

If you’re not sure what NookLink is, well, you’re going to need a smartphone with the Nintendo Switch Online app installed in order to use it. Yes, everything has now come full circle. You need to first install the Nintendo Switch Online app on your smart device, and when you have it set up, you’ll have to navigate to the following place:

  • Game-Specific Services
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Designs

When you navigate over to the Designs tab as we’ve indicated in our step-by-step guide, you’re going to be able to use that interface to scan in custom QR codes. These are, essentially, what amount to images in Animal Crossing as a series – you save your designs that you create as QR codes to be scanned into your games. At this point in time, you are only able to scan QR codes of images and designs made in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Happy Home Academy for use in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Once you have a design, you have to then Scan the QR code using your smart phone, and save it when the prompt comes app within the Nintendo Switch Online app window. 

After you’ve done that step, you will be able to find it in the Custom Designs app that you have on your NookPhone in Animal Crossing: New Horizons by selecting the Download option (+ key on your console) and picking the design of your choice that you now have on your Switch Online app NookPhone. You then import the image from the Switch Online app into Animal Crossing: New Horizons and voila! It can be saved and use that way, but anything imported this way cannot be edited.

Now that you have our guide for Animal Crossing New Horizons on how to import images using custom QR codes, it’ll be easier than ever for you to deck out your villagers and yourself in some real sick threads. On top of that, you can also lay down some absolutely sick paving and interior design options so really, the world is your oyster with the Pro Designer! Need a hand with anything else in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Check out these other tips and tricks that we’ve put together for you in our dedicated guides hub for the game:

Ginny Woo

Ginny hails from just south of Mordor, and when she's not debating others about the One Ring then she's probably glued to an MMO or a JRPG. With Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny 2, and World of Warcraft on her plate, she's always got something to chat about and a sneaky guide up her sleeve. If writing's not on the cards, then she's probably drinking way too much coffee.