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The NookPhone is a smartphone in New Horizons. It is included in the initial Deserted Island Getaway Package from Tom Nook of Nook Inc. Tom Nook gives the player the NookPhone on the day after the island orientation party, after discussing the fees the player has to pay. The NookPhone can be accessed by pressing the ZL button on the Switch controller, or SL when playing with a single Joy-Con.

The NookPhone also has a calling feature, which is used during the tutorial section by Tom Nook to call the player at certain times, such as completing the first 3 housing plots, and for other purposes. When Nook's Cranny is built, and the player has deposited items to sell in the drop-off box, the next day, either Timmy or Tommy will call the player the next day to notify them that the total from that day has been deposited into their savings account. The player cannot use the NookPhone to contact island residents or NPCs.

In the 1.5.0 update, a newly added app in NookLink has been added, where the player can access their Reactions through their real-world smartphone.

In the 1.9.0 update, the ability to access the Custom Designs portal was added to the Custom Designs app.

In the 2.0 update, the optional "Island Life 101 Service" app is offered to the player by Tom Nook while giving them their NookPhone, and is afterwards made available at the Nook Stop in Resident Services for 400 Nook Miles, providing players with tips on how to play the game.

In the Happy Home Paradise paid DLC, the "Happy Home Network" app will become available after the player completes 2 vacation home projects. Initially, the HHN app is a portfolio of the player's completed home/facility projects for viewing purposes. The app gets updated after the player completes 11 more projects via the Showroom feature. Accessible via Nintendo Switch Online and internet connection, HHN's showroom feature showcases other players' completed projects for getting inspiration (although all players can only store up to 10), and follow and/or search for a specific user via a 12-digit code input ID. The player can also visit their own completed home/facility projects and have the option to tour other players' establishments.


This is a list of ALL apps. Note that some come with the phone, and others must be purchased or otherwise unlocked.

Camera: The player can take a photo of themselves using the + button, and the picture will be sent to the Nintendo Switch system album. Taking a picture of themselves earns the player 100 Nook Miles if they have Nook Miles+.

After the 2.0 update, players are now able to upgrade the app to add a handheld camera and tripod mode, and unlock the Painting, Retro, Surveillance and Fisheye filters by purchasing the "Pro Camera" upgrade from the Nook Stop for 1,500 Nook Miles.

Nook Miles: Allows the player to view certain objectives that earn them a certain amount of Nook Miles. A list of them can be found here.

Critterpedia: This app is unlocked once the player has caught 1 bug or fish and hands it to Tom Nook to study. It is an encyclopedia of all the fish and bugs (sea creatures were added in the Wave 1 summer update) you have caught. Fish and bugs can be donated to Blathers in the museum and (if donated) are marked on the app with an owl icon.

DIY Recipes: Allows the player to view their DIY recipe list. This app is unlocked once the player has attended Tom Nook's lesson on DIY crafting or using the workbench once.

After the 2.0 update, players are now able to upgrade the app to add cooking recipes by purchasing the "Be a Chef! DIY Recipes+ upgrade from the Nook Stop for 2,000 Nook Miles.

Custom Designs: Allows the player to view their list of Custom Designs they made. The player starts out with some designs by Nintendo. The app can be updated to include Pro Designs by purchasing a kit from the Nook Stop for 800 Nook Miles.

After the 1.9.0 update, players are now able to upgrade the app even further to add 50 more Custom Design slots and 50 more Pro Design slots, as well as expanding the Pro Designs options to umbrellas, small handheld flags, uchiwa fans and photo standees, by purchasing the "Custom Design Pro Editor+" upgrade from the Nook Stop for 2,000 Nook Miles. It is also possible to access the Custom Designs kiosk from this app, by clicking the X button, after purchasing the "Custom Designs Portal" upgrade at the Nook Stop for 300 Nook Miles.

Map: Allows the player to view their island's map, including a player's home, other player's homes (if they have played New Horizons), and residents' homes.

Passport: Allows the player to change their title and passport photo. They can also add an additional comment.

Call Resident: If the player has a second player that lives on the island, they can play together using 2 Joy-Cons. The player must choose who to play with first, then press the SL and SR buttons on the 2 Joy-Cons respectively. It is also possible to have three or more players playing at the same time. Please note that the "followers" will not be able to do as much as the "Leader".

Rescue Service: The player can be rescued for 100 Nook Miles. They can be dropped off at their house or Resident Services. The Nook Mile price is to prevent it being used to get around. If the player is in a building, the application will not work.

Island Designer: Unlocked once the player has a 3-star rating and shortly after K.K. Slider visits the island for the first time. The player can make paths (different kinds of paths can be purchased for 2,000 Nook Miles each) that lead somewhere on the island. The player can also purchase waterscaping and cliff-construction permits for 6,000 Nook Miles each.

Nook Shopping: Unlocked once the player has purchased 100 items from the Nook Shopping service on the Nook Stop. The player can use the app the same way they would use the regular Nook Shopping interface.

Best Friends List: If the player has a(some) friend(s) on the Nintendo Switch, the can communicate with each other.

Chat Log: The player can chat with a friend in the game (if they have a friend on the Switch system). They can also view (and report) conversions they made with anyone, friends or not.

Happy Home Network (DLC-exclusive): Unlocked when the player finishes working on 2 vacation homes. Can be used to see and visit the player's already-completed vacation homes and facilities and see and visit other's vacation homes and facilities. They can also post their own for others to view.

Room Sketch (DLC-exclusive): Unlocks once the player visited Happy Home Paradise on 11 separate days and learnt all the Soundscapes (after 33 completed homes). Can be used to sketch vacation homes from anywhere.

NH-Icon-Nook Phone-Camera
NH-Icon-Nook Phone-Nook Miles
Nook Miles
NH-Icon-Nook Phone-Map
NH-Icon-Nook Phone-Rescue Service
Rescue Service
NH-Icon-Nook Phone-Passport
NH-Icon-Nook Phone-DIY Recipes
DIY Recipes
NH-Icon-Nook Phone-Call Resident
Call Resident
NH-Icon-Nook Phone-Critterpedia
NH-Icon-Nook Phone-Custom Designs
Custom Designs
NH-Icon-Nook Phone-Island Designer
Island Designer
NH-Icon-Nook Phone-Nook shopping
Nook Shopping
NH-Icon-Nook Phone-Best Friend list
Best Friends List
NH-Icon-Nook Phone-Chat log
Chat Log

NH-Icon-Customizable phone case kitCustomization[]

NH-Screenshot-customizable phone case kit

A player customizing their phone case

The NookPhone can be customized using a customizable phone case kit bought from the Nook Miles Redemption service within the Nook Stop for 1,800 Nook Miles. It is purchasable after the player learns how to customize from Tom Nook and allows the phone case to be customized either with a pre-made design or a player's Custom Designs.

You can also obtain a Happy Home Paradise phone case at some point in the DLC if you have it. It gives your phone a HHP pattern.[More info needed]



  • The NookPhone may be the successor to the user interface of Pocket Camp, which also is like a smartphone.
  • The player will occasionally see villagers using their own NookPhones.
  • Villagers seemingly have their own unique NookPhone designs.
  • As of the Summer Update (Wave 1), the NookPhone can be used by the player while swimming, which suggests that it may be waterproof.

In other languages[]

Language Name Translation
France French NookPhone -
Spain Spanish Nookófono -
Germany German NookPhone -
The Netherlands Dutch NookPhone -
Russia Russian Нукофон Nukofon -