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The player using their NookPhone

The NookPhone is a smartphone the player is gifted by Tom Nook at the beginning of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, part of the Deserted Island Getaway Package. In-game, Tom Nook explains to the player that he had the phones made for every individual on the island.

Opening the phone allows the player to access the various apps, which can be unlocked by completing certain tasks. Apps unlocked by default include the Camera, Critterpedia, Map, Passport, and ! Rescue Service apps. A unique feature of the phone is the ability to call a Rescue Service. If the player uses the service, it allows the player to reappear outside their chosen location. Using this specific app costs Nook Miles, while all other apps do not.

After completing Tom Nook's workshop on customization, Customizable Phone Case Kits can be purchased from the Nook Stop for  1,800 Nook Miles each. Customizable Phone Case Kits allow players to change the NookPhone's case to a custom design. Introduced in version 1.6.0 is the Pocket Camp Phone Case, which is a promotional item themed after Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp that can be applied to the player's NookPhone.


App Unlocked By Description
NookPhone Camera NH Icon.png Camera Available from start Allows the player to pan and zoom the camera to take snapshots, as well as set a filter and border style.
NookPhone Nook Miles NH Icon.png Nook Miles Available from start
Nook Miles+ accessible after the player pays off their initial home loan.
Displays Nook Miles and Nook Miles+ challenges and allows the player to collect miles after completing them.
NookPhone Critterpedia NH Icon.png Critterpedia Catching a bug, fish, or sea creature Displays an encyclopedia of bugs, fish, and sea creatures the player has caught and indicates if they've been donated to the museum.
NookPhone DIY NH Icon.png DIY Recipes Completing Tom Nook's workshop Displays all DIY recipes the player has collected.
NookPhone Nook Shopping NH Icon.png Nook Shopping Buy 100 items from Nook Shopping at the Nook Stop Access the full Nook Shopping catalog from the NookPhone
NookPhone Island Designer NH Icon.png Island Designer Receiving the Island Designer Construction Permit Allows the player to construct cliffs, rivers, and paths on the island, as well as request cleanup of items or view the manual.
NookPhone Design Maker NH Icon.png Custom Designs Available from start (standard designs)
800 Nook Miles at the Nook Stop (pro designs)
Allows the player to view, use, and edit custom designs.
NookPhone Map NH Icon.png Map Available from start Displays a map of the player's island, showing where buildings are as well as indicating the player's position.
50px Happy Home Network Happy Home Paradise Allows the player to view and visit the previous clients whose vacation homes they have designed for Paradise Planning, as well as share their designs on the internet with other players.
NookPhone Chat NH Icon.png Chat Log Using multiplayer Displays the chat history of players, both in single-player and multiplayer. It is cleared when the player exits the game.
NookPhone Passport NH Icon.png Passport Available from start Displays the player's passport and allows them to edit their photo, comment, and title.
NookPhone Best Friends NH Icon.png Best Friends List Using multiplayer Displays a list of other players added as friends showing their online status, and allows the player to manage Best Friend requests.
NookPhone Call Resident NH Icon.png Call Resident Having another player move to the island Allows the player to summon another resident to play local co-op multiplayer
NookPhone Rescue Service NH Icon.png ! Rescue Service Available from start Calls the Rescue Service, who will transport the player to a location on the island for 100 Nook Miles.
50px Island Life 101 Ver. 2.0 update Periodically provides tips and guidance about life on the island.