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How to Remove an Inactive Player Residence in “Animal Crossing: New Horizons”

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a great game to share with friends and family, but sometimes an in-person player will place a tent in an annoying spot and never play again. Getting rid of their tent or house involves deleting their Animal Crossing player data. Here’s how to do it.

The Problem and an Alternative Solution

Sometimes, other players on your Animal Crossing island place their tents in inconvenient locations. For example, maybe you’d like to landscape around your house, but another player’s home location is in the way.

An annoying tent in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

If the player plans to keep playing on your island, it is possible later in the game (once certain milestones are met) for the player with the badly placed house to pay a large sum of Bells to Resident Services to move their house to another location.

But if the player with the offending tent or house doesn’t plan to play the game again, then it’s best to consider removing their player data (which the game calls “deleting resident registration”). This will completely delete the player from Animal Crossing and remove their tent or house.

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How to Remove a Residence From Animal Crossing by Deleting Player Data

Before doing any deleting, it’s always best to ask the other player if it is OK to remove their account. If they say “yes” or they have no plans to play the game again, then you’re set.

Launch Animal Crossing and start the game as the player you’d like to remove from the game. Make sure you pick the correct account, or you could accidentally delete the wrong player by mistake.

Picking user to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons

When you get to the title screen, press the “-” (minus) button on the left Joy-Con to go to the Settings menu.

Launch options from the title screen in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

There, you will see Tom Nook and he will give you a warning about changing advanced settings and saying that children should get help from a parent. When Nook asks you what settings you would like to change, select the “Save Data Settings” option.

Tom Nook's Options Menu in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

At the next menu choice, select “Delete Resident Registration.”

Delete resident registration menu in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Tom Nook will warn you that all memories of this player and their property will be removed from the game. That includes their home, money, miles, and all island residents will forget that the player ever existed.

Tom Nook warns about deleting registration data in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

If you’re OK with the risks, Nook will confirm that you want to proceed. Select “Delete Resident Registration” a second time.

Delete Resident Data confirmation in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

You’ll see one last warning/confirmation screen. Select the “Delete It” option.

Delete Resident Data confirmation in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The game will confirm that the player’s data has been deleted.

Player Registration Data has been deleted in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Now, you can press the physical Home button on the right Joy-Con, select the Animal Crossing icon, switch players back to your main account, and the offending tent or house should be gone from the game.

Benj Edwards Benj Edwards
Benj Edwards is a Staff Writer for How-To Geek. For over 14 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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