Animal Crossing: New Horizons is receiving a new update this week on July 30th and will include the option to back up and restore Island Save Data. As most people know, New Horizons is not compatible with Cloud saving on Nintendo Switch meaning there was no previous way to back up the hard work folks have put into their island.

The ability to back up island save data will surely be a welcome feature but there is a slight catch. Players will be able to back up their save data but will only be able to restore it from the server if they have experienced console failure, their console has been stolen or lost.

Nintendo UK Support has published a new page on their site to instruct Animal Crossing: New Horizons players how to back up and restore their island save data. It doesn’t actually say how to do so as of yet but states that more information is coming soon. Most likely when the feature goes live on July 30th.

Below is what is current written on the Nintendo UK Support page:

How to Back Up and Restore Island Save Data (Animal Crossing: New Horizons)

This game does not support the Save Data Cloud functionality of Nintendo Switch Online. However, a service to back-up Animal Crossing: New Horizons save data and recover it from the server in the event of console failure, loss or theft will be available to Nintendo Switch Online members from July 30th 2020. More information will be shared here once the service is available.

Source: Nintendo UK Support

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