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How to return an Animal Crossing: New Horizons lost item

While pottering about your island in Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Switch, it’s possible to stumble across a variety of lost items. What exactly should you do with an Animal Crossing: New Horizons lost item in order to return it to its rightful owner, though?

Stick with this guide to learn everything you need to know about returning lost items to their owners in Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch.

How do you return an Animal Crossing: New Horizons lost item?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons lost item

It is possible to keep lost items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons if your conscience can take it, though for players that buy into the spirit of the game there’s no other option than to get a lost item back to its official home. When you find one it’ll be crystal clear, with the misplaced goods being labelled as a “Lost item” in your inventory. Although keeping them might be tempting, it’s worth noting that you will be rewarded for taking the time to return any lost New Horizons items.

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How to return an Animal Crossing: New Horizons lost item

  1. Locate a lost item lying on the ground and pick it up.
  2. Find and speak with one of your island’s residents.
  3. Choose the “You lose this?” dialogue option.
  4. Select the lost item from your inventory.
  5. If it belongs to that resident, they’ll thank and reward you.
  6. If it doesn’t, the resident will point you towards the rightful owner.
  7. Locate and initiate conversation with the confirmed owner.
  8. Choose the “You drop this?” dialogue option.
  9. Select the lost item from your inventory.

That’s all there is to it, and you can hold your head high knowing that you’ve done a good deed.

If you visit another player’s island and discover a lost item, you won’t be able to pick it up just in case you accidentally take it home with you.