Adding custom content (CC) or mods can add a new dimension to your Vanilla Sims 4 game. From cosmetic packs to gameplay, custom content can turn your Sims game into something new and exciting. The only problem is…
Adding custom content to a game is very confusing, especially for players who have no experience with modding games.
So if you’re ready to add something new to your Sims 4 game but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place. Find out all the important details on how to add custom content to your Sims 4 game.
How to Download CC for Sims 4
Before you download all those cool mods and custom content for The Sims 4, there are a few things you need to do first.
1. Make sure your game is patched to the latest version
This first one is easy. Go to your gaming platform and open your Game Library. Go to the Settings tab and select “Update game”.
2. Have a removal tool
This is another simple step and probably one you can skip if you already have an extraction tool to open compressed files. Most CCs come in files that end in suffixes like .rar and .zip, but you can’t put them in the Sims 4 game folder as is. You must first extract certain files.
3. Mods/CC is enabled for your game
Sims 4 disables mods/cc by default, but this is an easy fix. To enable mods, follow the steps below:
- Start the game.
- Go to the Menu and then Game Options.
- Select “Other” and check the “Enable custom content and modifications” box.
- Click the ”Apply Changes” button.
- Restart the game.
Remember to follow these steps every time you download a new patch for the game because it resets the game to default settings.
How to Download CC for Sims 4 on Windows 10
Once you have all the necessary tools, it’s time to download custom content. When you find the content you want to add to your game, here’s how you download and install it:
- Press the download button on the website where you found the content.
- Go to your Downloads folder and right click on the content file.
- Select “Extract to…” with the content name to open the files in the same folder.
- Open the new content folder and cut everybody “.package” files
- Paste them into the Sims 4 game folder. It probably looks something like:
Documents>Electronic Arts> The Sims 4 > Mods
If you don’t already have a Mods folder, you can create one and paste everything in there.
No additional action is needed to ”.package” files Just start your game and enjoy your new content.
If you have downloaded mods that add places or characters for your Sims to visit, these are called “bundles”. You would download and install many the same way, except for the type of file and where it is pasted.
So, look for files that end in:
They are usually the suffix of the lot content. If you have these files, they go to the game tray folder:
Documents>Electronic Arts>The Sims 4>Tray
Bundles are not automatically installed in the way that ”.package” the files are, so you need to perform an additional step when starting the game:
- Go to your game’s “Gallery” (it’s the icon that looks like photos).
- Select ”My Library” and browse for your newly downloaded batches.
- Place the lot in your game.
The script’s custom content does things like add custom animations and runs. Installing them is relatively similar to how you install other mods. It also goes to the Mods folder, but these files have a ”.ts4script” suffix.
If you use custom scripts, make sure you have them enabled in your game by going to Game Options in the main menu and checking the box that says “Script Modifications Allowed”.
How to Download CC for Sims 4 on Mac
Downloading custom content for The Sims 4 happens the same way, regardless of whether you’re on a Mac or PC. See the instructions above for step-by-step instructions on how to download different types of content files.
How to Download CC for Sims 4 on PS4
PlayStation doesn’t support custom content for The Sims 4. The closest you can get to “other” content is The Gallery, where other Simmers on different platforms upload their rooms, homes, and lots for your use. However, if a Simmer uses custom content, they still won’t be able to use it, even if it comes from The Gallery.
How to Download CC for Sims 4 on Xbox
You cannot download custom content for The Sims 4 on Xbox. However, just like PlayStation gamers, you can use The Gallery to access new homes, rooms, and more that other members of the Simmer community created and uploaded.
How to Download CC for Sims 4 on Origin
Downloading custom content for Sims 4 on Origin happens in the same way as described in the Windows 10 instructions above. You need to download and extract the content, cut the appropriate files and paste them into your Sims 4 folder.
How to create mods for Sims 4
There are quite a few tutorials online on how to create custom content for Sims 4. Most creators use a program like Sims 4 Studio (S4S) and another that can save DDS files or Notepad, depending on the type of mod you want to create.
Keep in mind that the tutorials you find may differ depending on what you want them to do. Writing scripts to change animations is different from making aesthetic changes, so you’ll have to find them on your own.
Where do I download Sims 4 custom content?
You can search online for custom Sims 4 content. Some content is available through a creator’s personal Tumblr, such as Marvin Sims’s menswear line and Viiavi’s womenswear line. Websites like The Sims Resource and The Sims Catalog are also an option if you want to see many different types of content in one place.
Should I download CC for Sims 4?
Downloading custom content is not for everyone. Many CC users claim that it is the only way they can play the game, as vanilla Sims 4 gets boring after a while. Ultimately, however, the choice is up to you.
How do I add CC to Sims 4?
Adding custom content is as simple as downloading the file and cutting and pasting it into the appropriate folder. Just remember to enable mods for your game, or the new content won’t appear.
How are mods enabled in The Sims 4?
Enable mods in The Sims 4 by going to the main menu and then “Game Options”. Go to “Other” and check the box that enables mods for the game. Be sure to press the ”Apply Changes” button before exiting the menu.
Give your game a facelift
It may be time to pick up The Sims 4 again. Custom content can give a tired old game a new look with new cosmetics, bundles, and animations. If you’re a console player, you’re not completely locked out of new content. Check out The Gallery to see what other Simmers are up to and get new assets for your game.
What is your favorite place to find custom content for The Sims 4? Let us know in the comments section.