How to make Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ chat less insufferable

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Typing on the Nintendo Switch is a bit of a hassle. In Animal crossing: new horizons, your character will crumple their face into something that looks like the thinking face emoji while the keyboard is open. It’s a physical signal to your friends that you’re trying to talk to them – like when your phone is off, which is a signal that you are Probably distracted. Typing, whether you’re using a finger or your Joy-Cons, still takes a while. Most of the time, I prefer not to chat. But then I remembered NookLink.

NookLink is an app in the Nintendo Switch Online app for iOS and Android smartphones. It has a number of different features, but the most useful – for me, at least – is the chat feature. You can use NookLink to chat by voice or text, and it performs much better than the in-game keyboard.

Here’s how to set it up.

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First, you need to download the Nintendo Switch Online app from your phone’s app store. Once it’s open and you’re signed in, select Animal crossing: new horizons in the “Game-specific services” list. If this is your first time opening the app, you will need to follow a few steps to connect it to your game.

  1. Open up Animal crossing: new horizons to its title screen
  2. Press the minus (-) button on the Nintendo Switch (upper left corner)
  3. Select “NookLink Settings” and follow the instructions from Tom Nook
  4. Restart the Nintendo Switch Online app and NookLink

Once these steps are completed, you will have access to the NookLink app. Open Animal crossing: new horizons on your Nintendo Switch. Once you want to chat, select “Keyboards” in NookLink and send SMS. Anything you type there will appear on the screen in Animal crossing: new horizons. An important thing to note is that you will only be able to send messages to friends when you are connected to the internet.

Please take this gift and happily chat with your friends.

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