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How to Get Villagers to Move out ACNH

Every villager has their personality and aesthetics. As such, you could say there's a villager out there that is perfect for everyone. But, you don't always get to choose who lives on your island. Here's a how-to get villagers to move out ACNH guide if it's time for new neighbors.

In this article:

  1. Fastest Method: Time travel
  2. Replace a Villager With Amiibo Cards
  3. Organic Method
  4. Notes

How to Get Villagers to Move out ACNH Guide | How to Get Villagers to Move out ACNH

Fastest Method: Time travel

The fastest method to evict a villager requires time travel (manually adjusting the time and date on your Nintendo Switch to move forward and backward in the game). Time travel is controversial, and it can have some consequences, such as a cockroach infestation. If you don't want to use time travel, continue reading for alternative methods.

  1. Decide which villager should move.
  2. Time travel 15 days ahead. (More days have the same outcome.)
  3. Look for a villager with a thought bubble. If there aren't any, continue time traveling in one-day increments until one appears.
  4. If the villager with the thought bubble isn't the one you want to move, set back the time to 4:59 AM and save your progress. 
  5. Watch the morning broadcast, then skip to later in the day. We suggest skipping to 1:00 PM when most villagers are outside.
  6. Repeat step 6 until the right villager has a thought bubble.
  7. Talk to the villager and urge them to leave.
  8. They will start packing the next day and will be gone the day after. | How to Get Villagers to Move out ACNH

Replace a Villager With Amiibo Cards

You can use amiibo to invite a new villager to your island. The visitor will ask you to craft an item. Keep on fulfilling their requests until they accept your offer to move to your island.

If your island is at maximum capacity, let the new villager strike a deal with the villager you want to move. 

Organic Method

If you'd like a villager to leave organically, it may take a bit more time. Keep the following in mind:

  • A villager is more likely to leave if your island is at full capacity.
  • You can decrease a villager's friendship level by ignoring them. Every day you don't interact with somebody, the likelihood of a thought bubble appearing increases by a point. 
  • The count resets when you talk to a villager about leaving or staying.

With this in mind, you can get a villager to move by avoiding them, not completing their requests, and never giving them gifts. Although it can take more than 30 days for a villager to move, it's worth the effort. 


  • You need six villagers living on your island before you can evict anyone.
  • You'll see a thought bubble appear if a villager is thinking about leaving. (Only when villagers are outside.)
  • Villagers currently moving their house, someone you recently asked to stay, and anyone who celebrated their birthday within the last week won't be up for eviction. 
  • Talking to Isabelle won't make a villager move.

While these are not the only methods, they are the most reliable. So, whether you don't like a villager or if you would like a new neighbor, this how-to get villagers to move out ACNH guide is a step in the right direction. 

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