QR codes can be used to transfer patterns and designs between games and devices in Animal Crossing New Horizons. This allows you to share your designs, and download those that others have made, though the method can be a little tricky. We've put together a guide on sharing, downloading and scanning the QR codes of other designs, so that you can get started.
On this page:
- How to Scan QR Codes Into Animal Crossing New Horizons
- How to Turn a Design Into a QR Code
- How to Convert Your Own Images into QR Codes
- How to Get Your Download Code For an Item and Share it
- How to Download NookLink
- How to Search For Designs
How to Scan QR Codes Into Animal Crossing New Horizons
To scan QR codes in Animal Crossing New Horizons, you will need to do the following:
- Download the Nintendo Switch Online app for your mobile device
- Link your Nintendo account
- From the 'Game-Specific Services' section, select Animal Crossing New Horizons
- Select 'Designs'
- Scan QR Code
How to Turn a Design Into a QR Code
To turn a design into a QR code, you'll need to be playing Animal Crossing New Leaf or Happy Home Designer. These are the only games that can produce QR codes in this way, so QR codes are primarily for moving designs from these older games forward to New Horizons.
How to Convert Your Own Images into QR Codes
Via a third party tool, it's actually possible to make your own designs and then generate a QR code. To do so, you can either use the pattern editor on this site, or click 'convert'. This will give you the option to upload your own images, and place them in game.
How to Get Your Download Code For an Item and Share it
If you'd like to share something you've made in Animal Crossing New Horizons you will need to generate a code for it. To do so, head to The Able Sisters shop (here's how to unlock it if you haven't yet) and interact with the pink terminal at the farside of the shop. Here, you can upload designs, which will generate a code. Anyone you share that code with can then download your designs.
How to Download NookLink
To download NookLink, you'll need to download the Nintendo Switch Online app. This is available via the App Store and Google Play store. The NookLink app is within this app, just select New Horizons when starting it up.
How to Search For Designs
To search for a design in Animal Crossing New Horizons, you can either search for someone's creator code and see all of their posts, or search a design ID to look for a specific item. You will need this info before searching.