How to add friends in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons emphasizes the importance of community and friendship. Through having different colors of a furniture series to every player having different fruits on their island, the game forces you to interact with other players to gather all the collectible items possible. It also gives you a chance to show off your hard work and how your island has changed since the start of the game without risking other players destroying your island.

Although showing off your island is fun, it’s also profitable for players. Inviting friends to visit your island or visiting a friend’s island will give you a chance to earn additional Nook Miles daily. So, players who are on the hunt for their dreamie will have no trouble gaining Nook Miles if they have enough friends. Adding friends to your list will alert you as to when friends are online, who you can visit, and other fun bonuses that are worth exploring.

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When to add friends

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In order to start visiting with friends, players have to wait at least one day after creating an island. After you arrive on the island on the first day, the airport will be closed and inaccessible. Once the airport is open for business, you will be able to visit other islands as well as host visitors. However, before going further, it is important to note that, in order to have visitors or visit other islands, players will need a Nintendo Online subscription.

Visitors can be either people from the player’s Switch friends list or can be provided via Dodo Code. Although the Dodo Codes do provide players with more control over who comes to visit the island, it does run the risk of players meeting unsavory people. There has been an issue within the Animal Crossing community where players that open their island to strangers for cataloging parties or trading events have had their items stole, their flowers trampled, and their island otherwise disrupted. But there are also a lot of good people out there who will go out of their way to help provide the lost items back to players. The community is full of all types of people. Just be careful about who is invited to the island and who is allowed Best Friend status on your island.

How to invite players to an island

Once the airport is up and running, you’ll be able to invite other people to their island as well as visit friends. When speaking with Orville in the Airport, you’ll be given the choice of either inviting visitors or flying to other islands. From there, you’ll be asked if you will be traveling/getting visitors either locally or online. Playing locally indicates that everyone that will be visiting the island is in the same room, whereas online players can be anywhere in the world so long as all players are connected to the internet and have a Nintendo Online subscription.

If visiting another island, Orville will let players know what gates are open and which islands players are able to visit. Be sure to know the name of the island you want to visit as Orville will only tell you the name of an island that is welcoming visitors.

If you’re inviting other people over, Orville will ask if you want to use a Dodo Code, invite people from your friend list, or only allow best friends to visit. You’ll have the option of selecting whichever suits your visiting needs.

Once a visitor has arrived or you have visited another island, the other person will be added to your friend list on the NookPhone.

Best friends or friends?

There is a distinctive difference between friends and Best Friends in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. While friends can come visit the island, only Best Friends will be able to use tools that can destroy the island, items such as the shovel or the axe. You can access the Best Friend app from your NookPhone. It should appear automatically after you play online for the first time.

Setting a friend to a best friend in Animal Crossing: New Horizons allows them to visit your island, use tools, and destroy your island via items like the ax or shovel. To add a friend as a best friend, access the Bestfriend app through the NookPhone. Any friends previously visited the island can be changed to a best friend.

Once added as a best friend, you will see their online status, message them in-game, and be able to send them gifts. Although, the only way to add a friend is if you’ve connected with them in-game.

To add another player to your Best Friend list, access the Best Friend app in the NookPhone. Once you and the player are on the same island, their name should pop-up and give you the option to add them to the Best Friend list.

We encourage you to travel to another player’s island because it rewards you with extra Nook Miles. Nook Miles can be redeemed back on your island for Nook Miles Tickets and other items for your island.

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