Time Travel Guide – Animal Crossing: New Horizons Wiki Guide

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This portion of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide covers everything you need to know about Time Traveling in order to do everything faster. With Time Travel, you can get resources for crafting (such as Iron and Wood), unlock the museum and shops, make a bunch of money (Bells), grind for Nook Miles, and pay off your house in a flash! You can even make a million really easily using this trick. Here’s how to change your Nintendo Switch system clock so you can take advantage of Time Travel and the time travel benefits and consequences you should be aware of.

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How Time Travel Works[edit]

Animal Crossing: New Horizons happens in real-time, based on your system clock. This means if it’s March 20th, 10pm – according to your Nintendo Switch clock – it will be 10pm in the game world.

Time matters in Animal Crossing: New Horizons because Shops and Sellers have limited hours, different creatures and items appear at different times and seasons, tournaments are limited to certain days, and some construction projects “won’t be completed until tomorrow.” Even the time of day and season, in-game, is tied to your Nintendo Switch clock.

How to Change the Nintendo Switch Date and Time[edit]

You can Time Travel by changing your Nintendo Switch Date and Time, just make sure the clock is not synced to the internet first! Here’s how to do it.

  1. Select System Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and select System.
  3. Select Date and Time.
  4. Make sure “Synchronize Clock via Internet” is set to “Off.”
  5. Change the Date and Time to whatever you want!

Time Travel Benefits[edit]

While using Time Travel goes against the “one day at a time,” “take it slow,” tone Animal Crossing is known for it also lets you “get to the good stuff” more quickly. You can even get a million bells super fast, while avoiding most of the Time Travel Consequences, if you use this trick early enough in the game! Jump down to: How to Make a Million Bells Fast for details!

Here are the benefits of time travel and why you may want to do it.


  • Skip the wait time: for construction, trees to grow, etc.
  • Play whenever you want in real life and still experience both day and night. If you only play after dinner, you won’t ever see the sun. But with the magic of time travel you can experience any and every hour of the day.
  • Experience day-sensitive events regardless of when you play. You don’t have to play on Sunday to buy some Turnips from Daisy Mae. You can just jump to Sunday!
  • Shop till you drop: Can’t wait for the Able Sisters to change their selection? Change your clock and buy new items.
  • Grind more efficiently for resources, bells, and Nook Miles. There are always a few key Things to Do Daily, such as digging up the money spot, finding the money rock, getting fossils, and more. Get a week’s worth of resources during just one play session by messing with your clock.

Time Travel Consequences[edit]

  • You may lose your Nook Stop Streak Bonus. Every time you visit the Nook Stop you’ll get free miles. The first day you do this, you’ll get 50. You’ll get more miles each consecutive day you return. Your biggest streak can be 7+ days which gives you 300 miles. So depending on where you’re time traveling to, your streak may come to an end!
  • Your turnips may go bad! This is a big deal because you can buy and sell turnips (ideally for more than you bought them for) as a way to make money. It’s called playing the Stalk Market. If you have turnips and jump to or past the following Sunday, your turnips will go bad: just as Daisy Mae said they would. However, you can safely time travel with your turnips during the week you bought them as long as you’re only jumping a day or 2 ahead. You cannot go back in time with your Turnips! This means if you buy Turnips on Sunday and jump ahead to Tuesday, you cannot go back to Monday without ending up with Rotten Turnips. Gross and not at all profitable.
  • You’ll have bedhead but your character will fix it themselves, at zero cost!
  • Cockroaches may appear in your home. Fortunately how to get rid of cockroaches is pretty simple! Just step on them. You may have to exit and re-enter your home to get the last one(s) to appear. You’ll know all of them are gone when your character says “Oh good! All the pesky cockroaches are GONE! I feel so much better now.”
  • Residents may feel neglected and can even leave your island.
  • Weeds may grow more quickly. Besides aesthetics, weeds can cause the furniture that falls out of trees or presents that fall from the sky to disappear if they land on some weeds (sometimes, not always). For these reasons, it’s best to get rid of your weeds so having them reappear can be a pain.
  • Your mailbox may be packed. You get letters from time to time but if you jump way ahead you may have a pile of mail waiting for you.

You can use Time Travel to make a million bells fast and you won’t have to worry about weeds or villagers leaving. Your only real consequence is sometimes having to kill a few roaches in your home.

The money you deposit into your ABD Savings account will gain interest over time. Like real-life, the longer you leave that money – in the bank, untouched; and the more money you have in the bank period – the more money you will gain! Fortunately, unlike real-life, this interest rate is actually pretty good!

Here’s how to get a million bells easily:

Use this exploit after getting access to the ABD Bank, available at the Nook Stop, and before you start trying to get more residents to your Island by building them furniture.

  • Forget about paying off the loan on your house for now.
  • Put all your money into the bank. It can be a lot or just a few thousand bells. (Personally, we started this process with 45,000 Bells).
  • Save and exit your game by pressing the (-) symbol and closing the software.
  • Change your system clock to the year 2000. Month and date doesn’t matter but we liked keeping it the same to avoid extra variables.
  • Start the game so that Tom Nook thinks it’s the year 2000. Read all your mail. (You may already have a letter from the bank saying there’s interest from doing this time jump BUT interest is never deposited into your bank for going back in time so don’t celebrate yet).
  • Save and exit your game by pressing the (-) symbol and closing the software.
  • Change your system clock to the year 2060.
  • Start the game so that Tom Nook thinks you’re in 2060. Read all your mail. Note: Sometimes you will get 2 letters, each for 99,999 bells but you’ll notice only 99,9999 bells will actually be deposited into your account.
  • The max amount of interest you can earn is 99,999
  • Check your bank! We recommend checking your bank account each time you do this to make sure you’re doing it correctly!
  • Depending on how much money you have in the bank, it may take a while to get the max interest and a while to find the minimum amount of years you need to jump in order to get the max interest. So experiment a bit with how much you’re changing your clock because jumping ahead repeatedly is easier than jumping back, then ahead, then back ahead.
  • Once we had 900,000 Bells in our savings we only had to jump 2 years ahead to get that 99,999 bells interest.
  • REMEMBER you only gain interest when you’re moving forward in time.
  • Repeat this time jumping process until you get 1,000,00 Bells! Go for more if you’d like.
  • You can likely do this later in the game too but you’ll risk more weeds growing and Residents leaving. They may not leave immediately but could start leaving suddenly once you get back into your daily routine.

If you’re interested in getting rich quick but don’t want to Time Travel, be sure to check out our Money Making Guide for tips outside of this exploit!

And you can learn more tricks like this by checking out our Cheats and Secrets page.

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