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Read this Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch (ACNH) guide on time travel guide. Learn how to change time forward and backwards, time travel penalties and more!!!

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Time Travel Guide

*In order to fully enjoy the real time gaming experience, we highly recommend you NOT to change the time with this method.

Change Time From System Settings

change time

▲Change time from the Switch settings page


▲System Settings can be found here.

In order to change the time in Animal Crossing New Horizon, you need to change the devise time from Nintendo Switch's system setting. Follow the steps below to change your time.

1Save your Animal Crossing data by pressing "-" button
2Press the "Home" button and fully shut down Animal Crossing by pressing the "Y" button
3Choose System Settings from the lower right corner of the Switch's home screen.
4Choose "System" from the bottom of the menu. Choose "Date and Time"
5Turn off "Synchronize Clock via Internet"
6Change the time from "Date and Time"

Good Things - Change Time Forward & Back

You Can Change The Season


By skipping time, you can instantly experience different seasons. This will also allow you to catch Bug and Fish that only appear in certain seasons!

Rocks & Materials Respawn


The materials you can get by striking rocks with a shovel are limited. By changing the date, you can gather materials much more quickly!

When Does A New Day Start?

Do Flower Breeding Faster

Do Flower Breeding Faster

Want to make your island colorful? Floor breeding usually takes time but you can make it faster with time travel.

Check Out How To Do Flower Breeding Here

Get Interest From Bank

Get Interest From Bank

As you forward the time, you will get interest based on the amount of savings balance in ABD. At the start of the day, you will be notified by the bank about it by a mail

Check Out What Is ABD Here

Penalties - Change Time Forward & Back

No Major Penalties

There are no major penalties when it come to progression of your game. Villagers may move out from island if you progress the time too much.

Cannot Continue Daily Miles Bonus


Accessing ABD increases the bonus miles (max 300 per day), and time travel will reset the bonus mile gotten from ABD. You will need to start from day 1 bonus (50).

Lost Items Can't Be Returned

Lost Items Can

If you time travel while a lost item is in your bag, you won't be able to return it to anyone. It will be an unknown item in your inventory so be sure to return it first before moving time forward.

Check Out How To Return Lost Items!

Warning: Turnips Will Spoil!

Unfortunately, Turnips in your inventory will all spoil if you change the time on your Switch! This will cause you to lose a lot of money on Turnips, so be careful!

>>>Check Out More Info On Turnips Here!

Cockroaches At Your Home

Cockroaches will come to you and it affects home evaluation of Happy Home Academy.

Weeds Grow On Island

As you skip the time weeds on island grow everywhere, which may affect your island evaulation of Isabelle.

Should You Do Time Travel?

Not Recommended Basically

The game is designed for you to take your time to enjoy day by day. So, to enjoy the core essence of the game, time travel is not basically recommended.

Good Way If You Want To Progress The Game Faster

If you are busy and progress the game faster, time travel might be a good way. However, you may shorten life length of the game by travelyou may shorten life length of the game by travel.

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ur mum 3

time travel doesnt work as efficiently anymore. anybody got any tips on how to get more bells?

Anonymous 2

If you missed your ABD's bonus miles strike, try this. Travel to 7 days before today, check the ABD. Move to the next day, check ABD again. When you reach your current time, you will already at the 7+ days bonus (300 miles).

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Turnips placed in your house don't spoil when you change the time.

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