Animal Crossing: New Horizons: How to upload and add real images

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Follow this super simple guide to upload and add your own pictures and images into Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch.

I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. I’ve been an Animal Crossing player since the Gamecube era. I still have the memory card with my original town on it; a town, I’m certain, has become a wasteland where Tom Nook sits upon a throne of oversized skulls.

When Animal Crossing: New Horizons released, I immediately hopped back into my old habits. First things first? I had to put up some photos in my home.

Here’s how my house looks at the moment. If you’ll see, there are pictures of me, my wife and my two kids. It’s not super high quality but you only have so many pixels to work with. Check it out.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons


So here’s what you have to put your own real images into Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Step one: Unlock the pro designer tools. This one is a cakewalk. You can do this from day one by getting enough miles together and buying it from the ATM-like machine in Tom Nook’s tent. It allows you to make patterns (like Ash’s cap that I’m wearing) and it also gives you a download option.

Step two: Go to this website here. There are many out here that do this task but I love this one for its ease and wide variety of options. You can upload your picture, select what you want to turn into a QR code and it does it. For photos, I recommend going grayscale because it just looks way nicer with the limited color palette.

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Step three: Download the Nintendo Switch app on your phone. You sync it to your Nintendo account and open up the Animal Crossing tools. From there there’s a pattern button that allows you to take a picture of a QR code.

Step four: Go back into the game and open up your patterns. Hitting the + button allows you to download the last thing you scanned in the app. Do that and viola.

It seems complicated at first but once you have the site up and the app downloaded, it takes all of 10 seconds to get a photo into the game. I honestly got those pictures done in like five minutes of finding the right photo to transfer to placement.

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Side note: I always get asked on this one when people see my room. Sea butterflies make the most amazing lamps in your room. They’re those little fruit snack-looking things you catch in the sea. Also, when you activate them, their heads do weird terrifying things for a second which make you think you have little Metroids in your room.