Animal Crossing New Horizons Nook Phone Apps Guide

Animal Crossing New Horizons Nook Phone Apps

When you start your journey in Animal Crossing New Horizons you meet Tom Nook who gives you the phone. As you progress in the game you unlock new apps for your Nook Phone in Animal Crossing New Horizons. In our Animal Crossing New Horizons Nook Phone Apps guide, we will share all the information you need. If you wish to know about the special services, head over here.

Animal Crossing New  Horizons Nook Phone Apps

When you get access to the phone you will have a few apps already unlocked on the Nook Phone while others would need to be unlocked as you progress in Animal  Crossing New Horizons. You will see a “?” sign next to the apps that are locked for the time being.


The camera is one of the apps on your Nook Phone and allows you to take pictures in the game. The Camera App gives you access to Photo Mode.

How to Use Photo Mode:  Press SL to access your Nook Phone. Select the camera app, you can zoom in and out using the directional buttons. You can choose from a range of filters as well, there are around 7 filters available in the game. The next step is to choose an emotion to display on the picture. Take the picture with the directional button.

Nook Miles

Nook Miles is a new currency in Animal Crossing New Horizons. You earn these as rewards for completing various challenges that appear in the Nook Miles app. You can exchange these miles for items and activities such as DIY recipes, Nook Miles tickets, and Nook Inc. uniform.

Crafting Recipes and DIY

You have purchase tools from shops but crafting DIY recipes is available to you on the Nook Phone.  You can check out the full list of crafting recipes in our other guide.


To access the map you can open your Nook Phone apps section in Animal Crossing New Horizons. The map is available to you on the lower-right corner but you can access the full map on the phone. Moreover, you can select one of the four maps to start off with.

Call Islander

If you are planning to dive into the multiplayer portion of the game, this is where you do it. Call Islander is one of the Nook Phone apps in Animal Crossing New Horizons. You can access features such as Party Play aka Couch coop. Up to 8 players can play on the same Island.

Unlockable Nook Apps

As mentioned above, there are some maps that you need to unlock.

Custom Designs

You can use the Custom Design app to customize your furniture, clothing, and other items the way you want to. You can add designs and different patterns. Moreover, you can bring over designs from New Leaf and Happy Home Designer. Here’s how to do it.

  • Download the Nintendo Switch Online App on your phone
  • Use the NookLink,  Animal Crossing New Horizons game-specific service
  • Select Custom Designs to scan the QR codes of design created in the New Leaf and Happy Home Designer.
  • Scan and save through the NookLink
  • Open the custom designs app in the New Horizons and press R to toggle over the “Pro Designs.” You can wear, display, or erase the custom design from the in-game app.


You can access and customize your passport via the Nook Phone. You can customize your Passport by changing the photo, add a comment, and choose a new title whenever you want.

Rescue Services

Rescue Services apps are available via your Nook Phone in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Select service on your phone and it will transport you “somewhere  cozier.”

Island Designer

At one point in the game, you will get the permit to perform construction on the Island. You can access the Island designer on your phone after you get the permit.

Nook Shopping

You can use the Nook Phone  Nook Shopping app to shop for your various items.

Best-Friends List

Last but not the least, you can access your best friends list on the Nook Phone in Animal Crossing New Horizons. To protect your Island during multiplayer items such as axes and shovels are banned. However, you can choose from a best-friends list to use these items on their Island.

This marks the end of our New Horizons Nook Phone apps guide. If you need more help with the game check out our Animal Crossing New Horizons Wiki.

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