Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Save Your Game

All you need to know about savings in Animal Crossing New Horizons on Switch!

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Wondering how to save in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Well, this guide will talk you through everything you need to know.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the latest entry in the series, exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. With a whole host of new activities, villagers, and features to dive into on this island getaway, you can bet your bottom bell that we’re going to be spending plenty of time toiling away on our town.

Of course, as much as we’d like to, we can’t live within our Animal Crossing town forever. Here’s how to save in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

Saving Your Game in Animal Crossing New Horizons

To save your game, press the ‘-‘ button on your Nintendo Switch’s right Joy-Con. Doing so will result in the game asking you whether you want to ‘Save and Continue’ or ‘Save and End.’

If you want to take a break from the game entirely, you’ll want to choose the ‘Save and End’ option as it’ll boot you out of your town once the saving process is complete.

But if you’re simply wanting to make sure all that time you’ve just spent patiently arranging flowers doesn’t go to waste if your Switch battery ran out, you can choose the ‘Save and Continue’ option to carry on playing.

Is There Auto-Save?

It turns out that yes, Animal Crossing: New Horizons does have an auto-save system.

This kicks in fairly regularly, and will cause a small blue ring to appear in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

However, be warned that you shouldn’t turn off your Switch while the blue ring is visible on the screen. If you do, you could corrupt your save file, or at the very least, the auto-save won’t have completed.

That means it’s not the end of the world if you don’t save and quit manually, but it’s always best to just in case something significant happens between turning your Switch off and when the game last auto-saved.

There you have how to save in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Be sure to search for Twinfinite for more tips and tricks, check out our guide wiki, or check out more of our New Horizons content below.

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Chris Jecks has been covering the games industry for over eight years. He typically covers new releases, FIFA, Fortnite, any good shooters, and loves nothing more than a good Pro Clubs session with the lads. Chris has a History degree from the University of Central Lancashire. He spends his days eagerly awaiting the release of BioShock 4.