If you love The Sims 4 but find yourself annoyed that certain features still aren’t in the game then mods can be the answer. The modding community works hard to fill in the gaps offering everything from small quality of life additions to brand new features and functionality.
The best news is that mods aren’t are complicated as you may expect and they are completely free to download and use. However, despite the fact that mods are relatively easy to install, the process is more complex than when you are dealing with custom content, which adds create-a-sim or build and buy objects. They are also more likely to cause issues in your game and require more frequent updates.
In this guide, we take a look at where to find mods, what they can do, and how to download and install them. We also look at how to minimize the impact on your game experience, especially after patches are released. In short, here’s everything you need to know about modding The Sims 4.
What Modding Adds To Your Game
A mod is anything that affects the way your game behaves. This can be something as small as mods to change annoying Sim behaviors like washing dishes in the bathroom or calling at 3 am, through to game-changing features such as the addition of a new hobby, career, or skill.
Mod creators are passionate fans who want to add more to the game they love. They can also often do things that would not be allowed officially, such as NSFW content. The Sims team is very supportive of the modding community which has led to some amazing creations.
Many Mod creators have their own websites but there are also some which allow modders and CC creators to make and maintain profiles and share their work without the need for a separate website.
The main thing to be aware of is that no one should be charging for mods (or custom content) It is acceptable for it to be behind a limited-time paywall, such as being offered as a Patreon reward, but it should be publically released after a few weeks. It’s also worth being wary of anything that uses adfly, as this is known to causes issues in some cases.
If you want to browse through some mods then we recommend taking a look at these websites:
- The Sims Resource
The Sims Resource hosts thousands of mods and custom content creations. Those who wish to share their creations can add a profile to the site and post all their content. The site runs on ad revenue but also offers a subscription that offers access to an ad-free alternative. The site is well-loved and trusted within the comm9unity and many creators who have their own sites also add creations here.
- Mod The Sims
Mod The Sims hosts a huge amount of mods for The Sims 2, 3, and 4. It also offers creators the chance to have a profile to link all their creations together. You’ll find not only mods but also tutorials and other advice.
The first step is to download your mod. Most will come with instructions but the process is pretty much the same. Script mods are usually in the form of zip files but other mods should be unzipped and will likely be a .ts4script or .package file.
If you aren’t sure if a mod should be unzipped then double click the zipped file and check the extension of the file inside. If it is a .pyc file this means it is a script mod and you should leave it zipped.
- Any mods that are .pyo files are now out of date and will not work!
Once you have the mod file it should be copied into the mods folder. This can usually be found under Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods.
You can have subfolders inside the mods folder if you wish to organize the content you download. Once you’ve copied your mods into the folder you’ll then need to adjust the in-game options.
The Sims 4 now requires players to enable mods in their game. To do this you need to go to the options menu and find the Other option. There are two options to check. The first is “Enable Custom Content and Mods” which enables all custom content and non-script mods.
Since script mods affect more of the game’s code these are turned on separately by ticking the “Script Mods Allowed” box.
Updating and Resolving Issues
Every time a new patch is released it can break your mods and cause issues since mods alter the game code in the same way patches do. Due to this, it’s recommended that you frequently copy your Mods folder to another location as a backup. We also advise backing up your Saves folder, so you don’t lose your save data, and the Tray folder, which holds the lots and families in your game that aren’t saved to the gallery.
We recommend that you first start The Sims 4 after a patch with a blank Mods folder and check the stability before adding any external content back into the game. When you do add content back in, CC is less likely to cause issues so we advise re-adding this first. Before adding mods you need to check for updates and also make sure that you retick the boxes to enable both mods and CC as patches often uncheck these.
The vast majority of modders will test their own mods after a patch and release updates to fix any issues as soon as they can. However, modders are usually busy people with jobs and lives so it can take a while, especially if the update was large.
The best way to ensure your mods are up to date is to check the page you got the mod from and look for either an update or confirmation that the mod is fine. Some modders also post on social media when their mods break and are updated.
Once a new mod is confirmed to work or updated, replace it if necessary and then start your game. You can either add your mods in one at a time to test stability or add them all in then remove them and try the one by one system only if something goes wrong.
For those who want an easier solution, there are other options, including Raxdiam’s Mod Manager, which allows drag and drop installs.
The Risks Of Mods
There are always rumors that mods will break your game, give you viruses, etc but this is very unlikely to happen. In order to ensure you are safe, we recommend downloading from trusted sites, listening to community members’ experiences, and avoiding anything that uses Adfly. You should also keep any anti-virus software you have up to date.
You can use an ad-blocker if you wish but this will prevent hosting sites like TSR or creators themselves from receiving ad revenue that could go towards paying for their website costs and time.
Most modders will offer information and support on their websites or through their social channels if you come across any issues with their mods. Just remember that you are dealing with people who are doing this as a hobby for the most part. As such replies can take time. Deal with modders politely and they’ll be more inclined to help you out. After all, they are offering their skills and time for free and that should always be respected.
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Helen began playing games at an early age with her first computer being a hand-me-down Sinclair ZX Spectrum. It didn’t put her off… She is all grown up now but is still a gamer at heart, especially when it comes to The Sims and other strategy and simulation games.
She juggles the daily demands of life with a family and somehow still finds the time to indulge her two passions in life, writing and gaming; sometimes both at the same time.
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