How Do You Save Your Game in Animal Crossing New Horizons? Answered

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ACNH Manual Saving

As with any survival game or title that just has you collecting a lot of resources, saving is the difference between making sure the last 2 hours of your life were wasted or not. There are various ways to save your game in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, ensuring that you never have to worry about losing your stash. So let’s explain how to save your game in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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How Do You Save Your Game in Animal Crossing New Horizons?

ACNH Save Screen


The quickest and easiest way to save your game in New Horizons is to simply let the game do this automatically. New Horizons includes an auto-save feature baked right into it that happens periodically. The way to spot this is via a cycling icon of dots in the top corner that will appear when it happens. Though this method is very helpful, if you want to make sure that everything is saved up to your current point, it’s safest to go the manual route.

Manual Save

Another way to save is by pressing the minus button on your left joy-con. This action opens the menu which brings up the caption “Ready to wrap things up for now?”. Once you click through that caption, you’ll either be able to “Save and End” or “Keep Playing”. “Save and End” will save your progress and then spit you out to the home screen where you can then decide if you to close the game or jump back into your island. Hitting “Keep Playing” will not save and just send you back on your way.


One method of saving that goes overlooked is the fact that your game is automatically saved once you put your character to bed. All you need to do is have a bed located in your house and then interact with it, and go to sleep. It’s a simple yet effective way of saving that fits into the normal flow of gameplay, making it way better than having to leave the game and go back in via the manual route.

Those are the 3 methods by which you can save your game in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Though they’re each pretty easy to accomplish, they can be just as easy to miss, especially if you’re a new player and are just getting used to the other various gameplay components. Hopefully, this answered your question and you have a better understanding of how to save your game in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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Hi! I'm Nathaniel; Star Wars nerd, musician, and active daydreamer. When it comes to gaming, I'll try anything at least once. My mains though are FPS, Action-Adventure, and Puzzle-Platformers.

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