How to Install Mods in The Sims 4

Sims 4 mods

Thanks to hobbyists and talented Sims 4 fans, there’s a huge wealth of Sims 4 mods available for the game on PC. But how do you install them?

While many of us may be happy playing The Sims 4 exactly how it comes out of the box, it’s true we may be missing out on a lot of fun. Mods come in all shapes and sizes. They can allow you to further adjust how your Sims looks, tinker with their personality, add different items to your home, and completely change how the game plays. There are literally thousands of mods available – and here’s what you need to know about installing mods in The Sims 4.

Installing a mod is fairly straightforward. First, you need to make sure the option to install mods is enabled in the game’s options. From the Sims 4 home screen, click ‘Options’, then ‘Game Options’, then ‘Other’. In there, you’ll see two tick boxes: ‘Enable Custom Content and Mods’, and ‘Script Mods Allowed’. Make sure both of these boxes are ticked. Click ‘Apply Changes’, and leave the menu.

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When you download a mod, it’s likely that it’ll be compressed as a .zip file. You’ll need to first extract its contents – you can do this directly in Windows. Open the file and click ‘Extract all’ at the top of the Explorer window. Once it’s extracted, you then need to place it in the correct location within your Sims installation. By default, you’ll find the Mods folder in Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods. Drag and drop your mod files in there, then start up the game. It’s as simple as that.

Be wary though; some mods may require additional steps, so ensure to check any documentation before installing a new mod.