Fresh clothes, fun flags, and even special fabrics and floors are easy to add to your island home with QR Codes and Custom Designs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. And while there are wardrobes full of beautiful clothes in the game, nothing finishes off your villager’s outfit better than some custom designed flair.
Luckily for you, Animal Crossing: New Horizons QR codes let you download the best creations from around the world through the magic of black-and-white squares. Or you can flex your own creativity and don your own custom designs featuring your snazziest motifs.
As well as QR codes though, once you make friends with the Able Sisters and open their shop, you’ll be able to input alphanumeric codes to share and download brand new custom designs too.
But first, to get started with QR Codes you’ll need a smart device with access to either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. This can be a smartphone or tablet.
Also, to get NookLink and scan Animal Crossing New Horizons QR Codes on your Nintendo Switch, you will need to pay for the premium Nintendo Switch Online service. It costs £18, 20€, or $20 for a full year for a single account – or £31.49, 35€, or $35 for a family pass of 8 accounts.
It can be purchased from the official Nintendo site, here. Yes, it’s not ideal, but Tom Nook’s fabulous Hawaiian shirts don’t pay for themselves.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons QR Codes – How to download NookLink
Don’t make the mistake of just searching “NookLink” in your app store of choice. To download and scan Animal Crossing: New Horizons QR codes, you need to first download the “Nintendo Switch Online” App.
It’s picture is the Nintendo Switch logo of two Joy-Cons with “Online” underneath.
Once you’ve downloaded the app onto your device, you need to sign in with the Nintendo account you have linked to the console you play Animal Crossing on.
Now, open the app and you should see Animal Crossing: New Horizons as a “Game-specific Service”.
Next, you need to prepare Animal Crossing on your Switch console. Open Animal Crossing: New Horizons on your Switch, then press “-” (minus) on the title screen.
This opens the settings menu, where you’ll be able to enable NookLink in the NookLink settings.
With your smart device and console linked, you will now be able to transfer items generated by Animal Crossing: New Horizons QR codes between the two.
Go into your New Horizons game and you will be able to use the “Custom Designs” app on your Nookphone. To unlock the Pro part of the app – which lets you put designs on clothes other than tank tops – you need to visit the Nook Stop at Residential Services and unlock it with 800 Nook Miles.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Custom Designs – How to open the Able Sisters’ Shop
After a few days on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island, you will be able to upload your own custom designs once you gain access to the Able Sisters’ shop. They’ll give you your creator code and access to the online portion where you can generate codes for your own designs.
QR Codes are for patterns generated by older Animal Crossing Games. If you make a new design in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you receive an alphanumeric code that you can input at the Able Sisters’ shop to get an item.
To open the Able Sisters’ shop, you first need to speak to Mable when she visits your town plaza selling clothes. Spend bells on the designs she has available, and after a couple of visits she’ll see the opportunity to open a full tailor’s shop.
Once you’ve opened the Able Sisters’ shop, remember to speak to Sable as well as Mable every single day. She’ll be prickly at first, be eventually tell you more about her backstory and give you custom designs of her own.
How to use the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Custom Designs Kiosk
A couple of days after you’ve picked out a spot for the shop, it will open. Inside, head over to the back wall of the shop and you’ll find a computer kiosk.
Interact with the Kiosk and you will be able to connect to the internet. With a Nintendo Online subscription, you will be able to search for custom designs either with a creator code or item code – as well as share you own designs.
Where to find the best Animal Crossing: New Horizons Custom Designs and QR Codes
As for where you can find cool QR and code items for yourself, the best places to look are the online communities of Animal Crossing: New Horizons players.
Alternatively, you can create your own QR codes by uploading jpegs to ACToolKit (linked).
In these places you’ll find fabric, tops, dresses, shorts, hats, and prints, all emblazoned with absolutely anything you can think of.
There are cute, fashionable clothing designs, cosplays of your favorite characters, but most of all: memes. Memes as far as the eye can see.
Below are a few of our favorites we’ve seen so far.
For flat prints, you will only need one QR code. But if the design is stretched out over a 3-d object like a t-shirt, then you will need 4 QR codes to catch each side. Otherwise, just input the code at the Able Sisters for freshly created patterns.
Link’s Breath of the Wild Tunic:
Uploaded by u/Zilto1d
Distressed cobblestone paving:
This season of the Mandolorian might be over, but we all still love Baby Yoda.
here’s Madame leota, hitch hiking ghosts, and baby yoda QR code’s I made for ur walls n stuff 🥰#AnimalCrossingNewHorizons #ACNH #animalcrossingqrcodes #AnimalCrossingDesigns #animalcrossing pic.twitter.com/U12WkJ3kNY
— green bean🌱 (@ashhpotato) March 23, 2020
— Spicy Noodle Rations (@cupnoodleration) March 22, 2020
North Face jackets:
A cute leopard print sweater:
Uploaded by u/catgirrl
A top-tier My Neighbour Totoro hoodie:
Uploaded by u/milkytf94
Ash’s hat and jacket from the Pokemon anime:
Uploaded by Poiosaurio
A Team Aqua outfit from Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire:
— Riko Hitsuya (@RikoHitsuya) March 22, 2020
Matt Smith-era Doctor Who outfit:
— Graeme – Fossil Arcade (@FossilArcade) March 22, 2020
Uploaded by Mouse-flavored
For even more designs, there’s this video from NerdAttack! floating of 500 Animal Crossing QR codes, featuring the likes of Assassin’s Creed, Persona, Marvel and DC superheroes, and many more, so you can fill your island to your heart’s content!
Here’s an alternative video for if you’d prefer a showcase of items you can download with Able Sisters codes rather than just QR:
And finally, here’s a showcase of cheeky items that are a little more ‘out there’. Don’t get into trouble downloading some of these!
For more information, check out our full page of Animal Crossing: New Horizons guides.