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How do I fix Animal Crossing stuck on loading screen?

How do I fix Animal Crossing stuck on loading screen? If you’re finding yourself looking at an Animal Crossing black screen for a while, you may be worried that something is wrong with your game. It’s possible to get this issue resolved, but you have to be careful or you can mess up your save game!

As with many games, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has loading screens in-between areas. Unfortunately, things can get stuck sometimes and you might be staring at a loading screen for a while. This is an annoying problem at best and a cause for concern at worst. There are some solutions to this problem, but it’s going to take you some time.

How do I fix Animal Crossing stuck on loading screen?

How do I fix Animal Crossing stuck on loading screen? black screen plane

The first and most important thing you need to know is this: do not turn off your Nintendo Switch! If the game is on a loading screen, it’s possible that it is still saving. If you turn off Animal Crossing: New Horizons while saving (or any game, really), there’s a chance that you can corrupt your save. You certainly don’t want to lose dozens or hundreds of hours of work on your island!

As silly as this may sound, the best thing you can do is wait. I’ve certainly had the occasional long loading screen, and some people have reported it taking as much as 15 minutes for the game to load in certain situations. One of the easiest answers to “How do I fix Animal Crossing stuck on loading screen?” is to simply wait a little while.

If that still doesn’t work, however, one user on Nintendo’s support site reported that putting his console in Airplane Mode worked for him. If you do decide to try this, keep in mind that you do so at your own risk — it’s possible that you could lose your save!

How do I fix Animal Crossing stuck on loading screen with Airplane Mode?

  1. Hold the Home Button.
  2. Scroll down to “Airplane Mode” and turn it on. That’s it!

Airplane Mode turns off the Internet connection without closing the game. If the issue is something with your Internet connection, this should force the game to stop trying to connect and might get you back on your island.

One final note: I’ve noticed that having a lot of items on the ground can slow down loading times considerably. If you have a bunch of junk dropped on the ground and you keep having long loading times, it might be a good idea to clean up!