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How to Use QR Codes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2021

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In This ArticleHow to Set up NookLinkStep-by-Step: Scan QR CodesDownloading DesignsUsing Custom Clothes DesignsExtra: Share Your Designs

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a fun game where you can add personal flourishes with custom designs and download other people's custom designs to use on your island. To do so, you'll need to set up NookLink within the game and scan them using your smartphone and QR codes. Here's everything you need to know about using QR codes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. 

This guide applies to all Nintendo Switch versions of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and requires you to have an active Nintendo Switch Online membership. 

How to Set up NookLink in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Before you begin scanning QR codes, you need to set up a NookLink connection between your game and the Nintendo Switch Online app on your smartphone. Here's what to do.

Download the Nintendo Switch Online app from the App Store or Google Play Store, and make sure to log in using your Nintendo Switch Online details. 

On your Nintendo Switch, open Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Press - on the title screen to open Settings.

Wait for Tom Nook to finish speaking then tap NookLink.

Tap Yes Please.

Wait for the connection to be established. 

You can now scan Animal Crossing: New Horizons QR codes via your smartphone. 

How to Scan QR Codes on Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Now that you can successfully use an Animal Crossing: New Horizons QR code, you need to know how to scan them. Here's what to do.

QR codes are predominantly there for sharing designs from Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. You can also use https://acpatterns.com to create QR codes and designs in your web browser.

Open the Nintendo Switch Online app on your smartphone.

Tap Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Tap Next.

Tap Start.

Tap Designs.

Tap Scan a QR code using your camera.

Hover your phone's camera over the QR code you wish to scan until the phone registers it.

Tap Save to save the design.

The design is now available to use on your Nintendo Switch.

How to Download Designs to Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Now that you've scanned some designs, you'll want to use them in-game. Here's how to download them to your village in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. 

Open Animal Crossing: New Horizons on your Nintendo Switch.

Open your Nook Phone by tapping ZL or tapping the Nook Phone icon.

Tap Custom Designs.

Tap + to download a new design.

Tap OK.

Choose an empty Design slot then tap A.

Tap Overwrite it.

Make sure it's an empty slot so you don't lose any content.

The design is now downloaded to your game.

How to Use Custom Clothing Designs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Downloaded your designs? Here's how to apply the custom clothing designs you've just downloaded.

Open Animal Crossing: New Horizons on your Nintendo Switch.

Open your Nook Phone by tapping ZL or tapping the Nook Phone icon.

Tap Custom Designs.

Tap A on your chosen design.

Tap Wear.

You can also use the designs in other ways, such as displaying them as a painting or mannequin.

Choose to wear as a top or as face paint.

You're now wearing the design.

How to Share Your Custom Designs Using the Custom Design Portal in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

If you want to share your creations with other users, you'll need to complete a few tasks to make it possible. Here's how to share your designs using the Custom Design Portal and alphanumeric codes.

You need to have the Able Sisters location unlocked first to be able to share designs.

Go to the Able Sisters shop.

Use the pink terminal in the top-right corner of the shop.

Tap Access the kiosk.

Tap Post.

Find other users' designs by tapping Search by Design ID or Search by Creator ID.

Choose the design you wish to share.

Share the code that's generated with other users.