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How To Remove An Inactive Player’s Tent Residence In Animal Crossing New Horizons

It’s awesome that you can play Animal Crossing New Horizons with friends and family. Frustratingly, if they join your Animal Crossing village and place a tent, then never play again, it stays there. If you’re wondering how to remove an inactive player’s tent or residence in Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH), we have the solution for you!

Just make sure they’re not coming back to your island, as once you’ve deleted another player’s home in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there’s no going back.

The Issue

If your family member or friend plays ACNH on your Nintendo Switch, they can join your village. When you start the game, you’ll choose a location to place your tent; this is the same when family and friends play too.

The issue is, if they’ve placed the tent down and don’t play often or not at all, there’s no easy way to remove the tent. Or so it seems!

Animated character in a striped shirt celebrating setting up a yellow tent in a vibrant video game landscape with fruit trees and dialogue box reading "I set up my tent! That's a big first step!"

If a player continues to play on your island, it’s possible to remove their house later in the game. You’ll need to reach certain milestones before this can occur. It costs bells to move a residence which is an inconvenient expense.

Once you establish that the player never wants to play again, it’s actually easier to remove their player data entirely which will delete their player character and remove their tent (or house), and anything else they have built.

The Solution


Here’s how to easily remove a player’s tent from your Animal Crossing game:

  • Launch Animal Crossing New Horizons
  • Start the game as the player you want to remove
  • On the title screen, press the “-” (minus) button on your Switch
  • Tom Nook will warn you about changing advanced settings
  • Select “Save Data Settings”
  • Choose “Delete Resident Registration”
  • Tom Nook will explain the details, then select “Delete Resident Registration” again
  • Select “Delete It” (Tom really likes to make sure you’re happy to proceed)

Just make sure you are sure you want to remove the player from the game before following these steps, as the process is irreversible, so if you want that player back on your island at a later date, they will have to start again.

Here’s a visual overview of the steps above:

1. Save Data Settings

Screenshot from a video game showing a character named Tom Nook, a raccoon in a tropical shirt, inside a dimly lit room with a dialog box offering menu options for save settings.

This will allow you to amend your save data settings.

2. Delete Resident Registration

Tom Nook from Animal Crossing is shown in a room, with dialogue options and a speech bubble saying "I can help you with a few things now. What will it be?"

Deleting resident registration will remove the resident from your island and any player data.

3. Save Data Deleted

Screenshot from a video game showing a character named Tom Nook, a brown raccoon in a blue shirt, standing in a dimly lit room with a speech bubble reading "Now, what settings would you like to talk about today?" and a dialogue box with options: 'Save data settings', 'NookLink settings', 'Nothing right now'.

That’s it! You’re all set. You can press the Home button on your Switch and select Animal Crossing New Horizons to play the game on your main account. The player’s tent or residence will now be removed from your island, you’re now free to use the space to expand your island, or maybe even move your house to their old spot.

How to Remove a Player’s Tent After Deleting the User From Your Switch

The above steps are really helpful when the player in question still has a user account on your Nintendo Switch. But what happens if you’ve already deleted the user? How do you log in with a user that is no longer there?

If you want to delete a player from Animal Crossing that’s no longer on your Switch, there is a solution.

  • Ask a friend or family member to add their user account to your Nintendo Switch.
  • Launch Animal Crossing: New Horizons with their user account.
  • When asked whether the user wants to play Animal Crossing as a new user or an existing user, select existing user.
  • Select the villager that the previously deleted user account was using.
  • Follow the steps in the guide above to remove the inactive player’s tent from Animal Crossing.

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