Mods make any game more colorful; this is a fact that is widely appreciated in any gaming community willing to get a mod. Think the Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Mount and Blade series with their abundance of mods; all allowing for unique, fun gameplay that was possibly not present in the original. The Sims 4 is no exception as it’s pretty evident from its still-growing fanbase and their usage of mods, that the community really enjoys mods.
However, at the same time, the biggest issue that arises with mods is the amount of dedication and time they require. Not to mention, a lot of people don’t even know how to install or use mods. This guide serves the purpose of relinquishing that information.
Let’s Build The Foundations
Before you start, make sure your game is patched to the latest version. You can quickly check this online, or via Origin by going to the Settings tab and clicking on the “Update Game” button. If it needs updating, Origin will do the heavy lifting for you. If it’s already updated, then you’ll get a notification telling you so.
Now that you have your game up to date, it’s time to move onto the next step. You’ll need to gather tools and perhaps the most useful one that you’ll want at the moment is an extraction tool. Basically 7z or WinRAR; any will do as long as you can extract the mods from their archived folders. My recommendation goes to WinRAR.
Next, you’ll want to turn on mods setting in your game. By default, the game has them disabled, so you’ll have to navigate into the settings and turn them on manually, thus allowing you to use mods to your heart’s content. To do this, start the game, click on the Menu button and then Game Options. Click on Other and then tick the “Enable Custom Content and Mods” option. Do note that with every patch, this goes back to being disabled, so be sure to enable it every time you update.
How To Install Mods In The Sims 4
Now you’ve basically set up the foundation. The next step is finding the perfect mods for you. I’ve written an article that details some of the best mods in The Sims 4 that are an absolute must for anyone looking to get into the modding business.
Simply google these mods, or whichever mod you want, and then download them. Navigate to where you downloaded the mod, and then extract it. You can also create a folder with the mods name and extract it there. The point is, you need all of the data into a single folder. Double-check by opening the folder and seeing if the files end with ‘.paragraph.’ This is an indication that things are going right. Do note that this is the most common one, and other file types do exist.
Now, time to select all of the items in the mod folder (or just the mod folder itself) and cut it. You’re now going to have to navigate to your game folder. To do this, go to Documents >Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods. Once here, simply paste all the files you copied.
And that’s it! There is also Script Mods. For those, you’re going to have to tick another setting called “Script Mods Allowed.” Script Mods are usually mods that change a lot of the script in the game, from typical dialogue interaction to meaningful conversation.
Help!! Something Went Wrong While Installing The Mods
Sometimes, it may be the case that your mods don’t work, in that case, try these troubleshooting techniques:
- As aforementioned, you want to ensure you have the proper settings ticked in the setting’s place; otherwise, there is no point.
- Reinstall. Sometimes the most uncomplicated advice can be the most useful.
- While you’re online, use Origin to repair your game. This will basically reinstall all the folders. Your save file won’t be damaged, but any error/issue in the game will most likely be cleared up.
- Try deleting cache, that might help fasten the process. You can do this by going into the Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4. Here, you can delete the ‘localthumbscache.package’ File. You will also see a cache folder and one titled cachestr. You may delete everything you want in these two files, but don’t delete the folders themselves as that might cause more problems than it would be fixing.
- Try redownloading the mod. Sometimes downloads can get corrupted, and that causes issues.
- Check if the mod is up to date and/or works with the latest patch of the game. Because sometimes a new patch can make some mods useless, for this you can check the SimsVIP site for which mods are now incompatible with the latest version.
- Remember most mods only work on genuine games; if you’re running a pirated copy, then chances are it won’t work. Consider supporting the devs anyway!
With this, you can now run the mods and enjoy them as you want! Have fun!