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How to Add Friends in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Bring even more friends to your paradise island with Animal Crossing: New Horizons

New Horizons is a fun game to play alone, but nothing quite beats sharing your experience by playing with and adding friends in Animal Crossing.

When you add a friend on Animal Crossing, it means you can explore each other’s islands and marvel at their creations. Not only is playing with friends more enjoyable, but it also unlocks some added benefits, especially when you add someone as a best friend in Animal Crossing.

How to Add Friends In-Game on Animal Crossing

Total Time: 10 minutes

Launch Animal Crossing

Nintendo Switch user selection screen with Kirby avatar named "Georgie" highlighted.

Turn on your Nintendo Switch and launch Animal Crossing as the user you want to play the game as. If you have multiple users on your Switch, ensure you choose the correct one as you’ll be adding friends your character has played with.

Visit Dodo Airlines

A character from the video game "Animal Crossing" standing outside the Dodo Airlines building on a wooden pier at night, with a snowy landscape and waterfalls in the background.

On day 2 of your Animal Crossing island, you’ll be able to visit Dodo Airlines. This unlocks the ability to play with friends locally, via online play, and add best friends.

Talk to Orville

A character in a green outfit talks to Orville, a bird character in a pilot uniform, at the Dodo Airlines counter, choosing the option to play "Via local play." Text displayed reads, "You wanna invite someone from a nearby island on local play or one from a far-off island via online play?"

Once inside Dodo Airlines, talk to Orville. Choose “I want visitors” if you want a friend to visit your island. Select “via online play” or “via local play”.
Local play will only work if you are physically near another player in your house who has their own Nintendo Switch and copy of Animal Crossing.

Invite Friends

A player character talking to Orville, a Dodo Airlines staff, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, displaying a Dodo Code of "85Y11".

You will be able to choose who you want to invite to your island, whether that be all of your friends, or friends via Dodo Code.
Dodo Codes can be found by talking to Orville. If you obtain a Dodo Code, you can give this to your friends so that they can enter through your island’s gates.
Alternatively, you can invite only your friends or best friends to your island, meaning not just anyone with your Dodo Code can enter.

Add Friends

Screenshot of a Nintendo Switch user interface showing "Georgie's Page" with options including "Friend List," "Trending With Friends," "Online Play Invitations," "Friend Suggestions," "Add Friend," and "User Settings." The "Add Friend" menu shows options to "Search for Local Users," "Search for Users You've Played With," "Search with Friend Code," and "Sent Friend Requests." The friend code SW-0401-1553-6631 is visible.

Now that your friends are able to visit your island, you can add them to your Nintendo Switch friends list. Click the home button on your Switch, then select your profile in the top left-hand corner.
From here, you can select Add Friend > Search for Users You’ve Played With. This will open up a list of players you’ve recently played with, including the game you played with them.

Send Friend Request

Nintendo Switch profile screen showing a pink character as the profile picture. Options for "Send Friend Request" and "Block." Information displayed includes "Software Played Together: Animal Crossing: New Horizons," "Date Played Together: 02/03/2021 10:13," and "Play Activity: Animal Crossing: New Horizons played for 425 hours or more."

Now that you’ve seen which friends you’ve played with recently. You can simply press A on your friend’s profile picture, and select Send Friend Request.
This will send a request to their Nintendo Switch. Once they’ve accepted your request, you’ll be friends on your Nintendo Switch console.

Add Friends in Animal Crossing

A screenshot from the game Animal Crossing showing the "Best Friends" list on the left and an avatar standing outside a house on a snowy evening on the right.

After you’ve played with a friend in Animal Crossing by either inviting them to your island or visiting their island, you can add them as a Best Friend.
You do this by pressing ZL in the game and selecting Best Friends List from your Nook Phone. Choose a name from the list and select Ask to Be Best Friends.

What Can Friends Do in Animal Crossing?

You can check out our Animal Crossing multiplayer guide for a full list of the requirements and options to do things with friends in the game.

For now, here’s a quick glimpse of the activities friends and best friends can unlock.

Gameplay OptionsFriendsBest Friends
Resources
Pick and plant fruits/flowersyesyes
Catch bugs and fishyesyes
Pick up resources from the groundyesyes
Hit stones to gather iron/clay/moneynoyes
Hit trees for woodnoyes
Dig for fossils and clamsnoyes
Plant treesnoyes
Other
Visit the Nook Shop to buy and sellyesyes
Access items in Resident Servicesnono
Talk to animal residentsyesyes
Enter homesyesyes

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